The Federal minister of Defense is scheduled to make an announcement at the Halifax Shipyard today. That announcement will probably be an order for the 6th AOPS. the original contract was for up to 6 boats, with a firm commitment for 5 ships, with the 6th a possibility depending on budget and performance. Sagin will likely announce a firm order for that 6th boat, or possibly a firm 6th, and a maybe 7th under similar terms.
Yesterday the feds announced the winners of Halifax Class repair contract. worth 7 billion dollars, over the remaining life of the ships, the work went to Victoria Shipyards for the 5 west coast frigates, and will be split between Irving Shipyard and Davie in Quebec.
The concern the Navy has is that as the ships age, two will need to be drydocked at once, and halifax shipyard only has one dry dock. Hence the need to split the work.
Haliax Shipyard did have a second drydock – however they sold it to International Ship Repair of Tampa Florida.