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The Canadian Surface Combatant – More than Just a Ship

Originally published: Navy News, 16 October 2020.

With the release of Canada’s defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged in 2017, the Government of Canada signaled its commitment to renewing the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) fleet.

As part of an effort to deliver a Blue Water Navy built around the ability to sustain two naval task groups of up to four combatants and a joint support ship, supplemented when warranted by a submarine and maritime air assets, the government committed to the acquisition of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC).

The CSC is Canada’s next generation warship, which will eventually replace both the recently retired Iroquois class and today’s modernized Halifax class. Capabilities from both classes will be modernized and future-proofed to ensure not only that systems stay relevant for years to come, but more importantly that tomorrow’s sailors have the equipment they need when sent into harm’s way. It forms part of a broad vision of defence capabilities that will serve Canada’s defence interests well into the latter half of the century.

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