Meet Darren MacDonald, Supply Chain Management Leader at Irving Shipbuilding
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As a partner in the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) with the federal government, the Halifax Shipyard is at the forefront of shipbuilding in Canada. In 2011, Irving Shipbuilding was selected through the competitive and transparent NSS to construct Canada’s future naval combatant fleet. Since then, we have invested more than $350 million to build North America’s most modern shipyard and provide Canada with needed shipbuilding capability.
The Canadian Surface Combatants (CSCs) are designed to provide the very best protection for the brave men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy and Canada’s coast lines.
These ships are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that will allow Canada to conduct independent naval operations, while simultaneously allowing for greater interoperability, on par with our NORAD and NATO allies and other partner nations. The CSC is the best ship to serve Canada and protect our borders, while being able to work with our allies through advanced interoperability.
By selecting a fleet of single-class ships, it helps eliminate unnecessary costs, facilitates better production efficiency, improves training, and allows the Royal Canadian Navy to independently conduct naval operations. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. works closely with our CSC partners Lockheed Martin Canada, and BAE Systems.
Halifax Shipyard is building six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, to be followed by two AOPS variants for the Canadian Coast Guard under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. To date $2.58 billion has been spent on business services and investments in the AOPS program with a national supply chain of 317 businesses across Canada.
With work well underway, our shipbuilders are hitting their stride with this new class of ship for the Royal Canadian Navy. Currently, Ship 1 has been delivered, Ship 2 is already in the water preparing for Sea Trials, Ship 3 under construction at land level, Ship 4 under construction in the Assembly Hall and first steel for Ship 5 in the coming weeks, we are very well positioned for AOPS 7 & 8 for the Canadian Coast Guard.
As a direct result of our trusted partnership with the Government of Canada, Irving Shipbuilding is reinvesting in projects that reach beyond our shipyard. We believe that it is not enough that the Canadian Surface Combatants serve and protect the Royal Canadian Navy. When we build in Canada, we invest in Canadians directly.
I support building ships in Halifax that support a stronger economy and industry here and in communities across Canada.
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