Despite cost, building warships in Canada good for navy: government official

Workers construct components of the Arctic offshore patrol ships at the Irving shipbuilding facility in Halifax on Friday, March 4, 2016. (Andrew Vaughan / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press, July 10, 2017 

OTTAWA — Canadians don’t have to look any farther than the navy’s troubled submarines to see the advantage of building warships here, says the head of military procurement at National Defence — even if it costs more.

Many taxpayers may have felt sticker shock last month when the Trudeau government’s new defence policy promised 15 new ships to replace the navy’s frigates and destroyers at a cost of around $60 billion.

It represented a dramatic increase from previous estimates the ships would cost between $26 billion and $40 billion, and confirmed its place as the single largest military purchase in Canadian history.

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