The Joint Support Ships, part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, will supply fuel, ammunition, spare parts, food and water to deployed Navy Groups and also provide a home base for maintenance and operation of helicopters.
"The selection of the Joint Support Ship design was conducted through a transparent assessment process, involving multiple government departments and third party advisers, based on three criteria: operational capability, affordability, and the cost and schedule risks associated with building the ship," the government said.
"The process was monitored by audit firm KPMG, as an independent third-party. First Marine International, a recognized firm of shipbuilding experts, provided ship construction costing expertise."
The government had commissioned BMT Fleet Technology and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Canada for designs. BMT provided a new ship design while ThyssenKrupp provided an off-the-shelf design.
The government will give the design to Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd to review in preparation for actual production
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