WATCH: Refit of HMCS Regina marks the completion of $4.3 billion FELEX program done by Victoria Shipyards
The defence minister was on hand for the unveiling of HMCS Regina, which has just undergone major upgrades.
It’s the fifth and final frigate to be modernized under the $4.3 billion FELEX program.
Victoria Shipyards provided mid-life maintenance, machinery control and combat equipment upgrades for all five frigates.
One of the major advancements is to the artillery of the ships, giving them more precision in hitting targets on shore.
“This is a ship I need to continue the mission in the Pacific,” says Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, base commander for CFB Esquimalt. “As we look at what the world is looking at right now, more and more I believe a presence in the Pacific is essential.”
The completion of the work marks a major milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy.
The frigate upgrades came in on time and on budget.
Both Lockheed Martin and Seaspan received global recognition as contractors on the project.
“Our team included Seaspan in our bid as the shipyard for the upgrades,” says Lockheed Martin vice-president Rosemary Chapdelaine. “This is the first time a foreign navy is planning to send their warships to Canada for full scale modernization and is a direct result of our strategic approach to this project.”
With the success of the project, Seaspan and Lockheed Martin Canada won a contract to work on Australian and New Zealand naval ships.