Canadian Government To Spend $624.4 Million For 12 Minesweepers

Canadian Defense Minister Perrin Beatty recently announced plans to design and build 12 minesweeping vessels to fill a gap in Canada's aging naval fleet. The contract is valued at 750 million Canadian dollars (US$624.4 million).

J.Y. Clarke, president of the Canadian Maritime Industries Association, said the project would provide a boost to medium-sized Canadian shipyards, which don't have the capacity to handle the larger frigate and submarine contracts.

He estimated that 75 percent of the work could be done in Canada.

The vessels will be equipped with 40-millimeter Bofors guns and remote- control minehunting systems.

They will be manned by the 3,000- strong naval reserve which, under Canada's new policy is responsible for maritime coastal defense

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 15,  Sep 1988

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