Irving opens its Halifax shipyard to the media

HALIFAX - Officials at Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding opened its shipyard to the media today, following recent speculation about the future of Canada's plan to refurbish the navy.

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President Kevin McCoy conducted a tour of the company's new massive ship assembly hall and fabrication facilities on the Halifax waterfront and in Dartmouth.

McCoy says Irving wants Canadians to know that work has been ongoing for the past four years and that the company is positioned and technically capable of meeting any requirements laid out by Ottawa and the navy.

Work is underway on the first of six Arctic patrol vessels and McCoy says Irving still expects to build 15 new frigates with construction to begin sometime in 2020.

Last week the federal government revised the framework for the frigate replacement program, opting for a proven foreign design over a custom domestic blueprint.

McCoy says Irving sees the change as simply a "refinement" of the shipbuilding plan and recognizes the sense in partnering with firms who have existing designs in order to save developmental costs and to avoid delays.



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