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RCN INNOVATION FURTHERS CANADIAN DIPLOMACY IN WEST AFRICA

At Davie Shipyards in Levis, Quebec ..
LARGEST NAVAL SHIP EVER BUILT IN CANADA UNVEILED

DAVIE SHIPS, IRVING LEGO'S
Davie unveils entire ship, Irving rolls out some steel modules
Nowhere has the distinction between two Canadian shipyards been so drastically defined as it is this week. In two days, Davie Shipyard will unveil the largest naval ship ever built in Canada. It is a remarkable - and historic - achievement for the legendary Quebec shipyard .. Meanwhile, the opportunists at Irving Shipbuilding, which was tasked to build ships way-y-y-y back in 2011, finally managed a couple days ago to roll out some steel modules which will one day form part of the ships which will cost Canadian taxpayers almost 5 times the cost of what other countries have built similar ships for. The above selfie shows 'Big Bad Jim' Irving and toothy cheese-eating-grin'd sidekick Kevin McCoy comfy-cosy with Treasury Board President Scott Brison and the indefatigable Pat Finn, of all people, the longtime DND Assistant deputy-minister for material purchases, best known for bobbing and weaving around myriad departmental procurement debacles over the years the way Mohammed Ali used to float around the ring in his heyday. Pat's the one who's peering over Big Bad Jim's left shoulder. Irving, btw, will make billions on the deal with its 'overhead & profit' payout. Billions. And the higher the cost-overruns (the PBO's recent warnings suggested Canada's 'shipbuilding strategy' is budget-busting towards $61 Billion), the more money to be made on the deal. The mind boggles. Interesting that while touting the miracle-like benefits of his Halifax shipyard to fawning politicians and beleaguered Canadian taxpayers, Jim instead has his own shipbuilding needs satisfied by foreign shipyards located outside Canada. Curiously, embattled Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, a Canadian hero, is nowhere to be seen in this 'boys only' high-five'r. Meanwhile, the parliamentary press gallery aligns itself to wonder what colour Justin's socks are today.

CANADA STILL HAS NO REAL DEFENCE POLICY

QUEBEC'S LARGEST UNION SLAMS SHIPBUILDING STRATEGY

NORSAT DEAL HIGHLIGHTS BC DEFENCE-TECH TIGHTROPE

ever-hopeful procurement officials
DND HOPES PROCUREMENT NIGHTMARES BEHIND THEM
MEANWHILE, PENTAGON MOVES TO SHUT FOREIGN FIRMS OUT OF ITS SUPPLY CHAIN

LARGE CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL NUCLEAR DEFENCE TRAINING EXERCISE UNDERWAY IN ALBERTA

Incessant indecision, ballooning budget, disgruntled suppliers, aging inventory
A 'PRUDENT' APPROACH TO FIGHTER JET COMPETITION ?

with no sign of victory in sight
CANADA EXTENDS ISIS MISSION BY 2 YEARS
but Canada won't redeploy troops to Afghanistan as NATO promises more soldiers

As Big Bad Jim Irving plays hardball with shipbuilders ..
SHIPS PROJECT CAREENS TOWARDS FAILURE
Time to yank shambolic management team & hit reset button on out-of-control Navy frigate program .. costs soar toward $60 Billion with no restraint in sight .. PBO's dire warnings .. bidder complaints, risk of pullout .. incomprehensible cloak of secrecy .. giveaway jump-the-queue citizenships for overseas foreign workers who come take Canadian jobs .. uncontrolled delays .. ridiculous management structure overseen by someone who has never built a frigate ..

PMO ducks for cover, clams up, as unions cry foul
$5 BILLION THALES SHIPS DEAL BOONDOGGLE ?

Questions rise over fishy Halifax ships deal
WHY ARE IRVING-BUILT FRIGATES ALMOST AS EXPENSIVE AS UK'S 5x-LARGER WARSHIP ?

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