Saint John Yard Selects Sperry, And Gibbs & Cox For Frigate Design Team

Saint John Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Ltd., Saint John, New Brunswick, which was selected by the Canadian Government as one of two finalists in the Canadian Patrol Frigate program, has announced the principal members of its team who will participate in the program's contract definition studies.

Andrew A. McArthur, president of the Saint John Company, said Saint John will be the prime contractor, with overall responsibility f o r the program. The Sperry Systems Management Division of Sperry Inc. of Canada will serve as principal subcontractor, with responsibility for the combat and electronic systems design and integration.

Saint John Marine Consultants Ltd. will handle ship design, with Gibbs & Cox serving as naval architects.

Sperry Inc. previously announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Spar Aerospace Limited of Toronto to establish "a continuing business relationship" to pursue contracts for "life cycle support of military and commercial aircraft and ships." Spar will play a major role in development of the patrol frigate program through that relationship with Sperry, Mr. McArthur said.

Following these one-year definition phase studies, the Canadian Government will select the proposal of one of the two finalists, and will award a subsequent contract for the implementation of the $2.3-billion (Canadian) program to build the first six patrol frigates.

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