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Addtional Announced CSC Bids

Bids for the CSC were due today, and 2 additional bids have been publicly announced. the French/Italian consortium has proposed their FREMM Design, used by France, Italy, morocco and Egypt, and under consideration by Australia. in an interesting twist, the consortium maintains the 15 ships can be built by Irving at the original 30 billion project estimate.

A bid was also received from Alion Canada, offering the Dutch  Provincien Command frigate. this ship went into service with the dutch navy in the early 2000’s so is only somewhat newer then the current Halifax class. I have no record of this ship class visiting Halifax.

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A 4th bid has been announced coming from Spanish firm Navanta. The F-105 is a variation of the Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigates and is the basis for the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen class (Pictured above), and the under construction Australian Hobart Class.  The ships use the American Ageis system.

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2/3 of HMCS Harry DeWolf to roll out

today and tomorrow, the mid and stern superblocks are scheduled to be rolled out. The Middle is to be done first, and it already placed on the transporters. The Stern will follow.

The bow superblock sub assemblies were constructed in Woodside, and have been delivered to the yard to be assembled into the third superblock. Additional work will continue in the yard. It also appears that a Tower crane is being installed on Pier 8 to facilitate this work.

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Fire Aboard HMCS Toronto at ISI

Last night a fire was extinguished aboard HMCS Toronto. The Toronto is currently undergoing FELEX upgrades in the Graving Dock at Halifax Shipyard. It is now believed a Powertool battery battery failed, causing the fire.

The fire was reported to be minor, but hard to reach, and located 3 decks down. After it was extinguished, the ship was ventilated. There was no one aboard at the time, and no reported injuries.2 people were sent to hospital as a precaution.