Support Ships for the RCN

The recent Parliamentary Budget Office report on the Joint Support Ships (JSS) made it clear that the build will cost significant money, and noted the huge difference in cost (and speed at which it was available) compared to converting MV Asterix as an interim solution. Setting aside the question of why such a report would be produced at this time when construction of the JSS is already underway, what can be said about the JSS build? The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) responded quickly to the PBO report and vigorously defended the JSS. No one was surprised at its defence of the project, but discussion continues on the topic.

There’s an interesting article in Frontline Defence (Vol. 17, No. 2) called “Joint Support Ship v. Budget Office?” available at


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