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Naval Refit Contracts to Create 335 Shipbuilding Jobs

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - The Honourable
Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services,
and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and
Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced today the award of a $44.7
million contract, excluding taxes, to conduct the refit of HMCS
PRESERVER to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"Once again, the Government of Canada is drawing on the expertise
of Canadian companies to deliver top-of-the-line services to our men
and women in uniform," said Minister Paradis. "We are committed to
providing the Canadian Forces with the equipment and services they
need, while delivering the transparency and accountability Canadians

The contract for the HMCS PRESERVER refit will create 225 Canadian
jobs. On November 20, 2009, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. was also awarded a
$22 million contract for the refit of the HMCS IROQUOIS. Work on both
HMCS IROQUOIS and HMCS PRESERVER will be done at the company's Halifax
shipyard. These two contracts will lead to the creation of 335 jobs in
the Canadian shipbuilding industry.

"The overarching goal of our Government's Canada First Defence
Strategy is to deliver to the Canadian Forces the best equipment
available to the people who protect us. The government is proud to make
significant investments in defence equipment which contributes to the
Canadian economy, supports Canadian industry, and contributes to the
safety and security of Canadians," said Minister MacKay.

The refit of HMCS IROQUOIS, a Tribal-Class destroyer, and HMCS
PRESERVER, an auxiliary oiler replenishment ship, includes structural
repair, hull painting, basic mechanical repairs, hull valve
refurbishment, and shaft line repairs. Comprehensive maintenance and
repairs will also be done to HMCS PRESERVER's various ship systems
including main and auxiliary machinery, air conditioning, and
electrical and piping systems. Work on HMCS IROQUOIS will begin later
this month, and is expected to be completed by fall 2010. Work on HMCS
PRESERVER is expected to begin in April 2010, and with completion
anticipated by February 2011.

Public Works and Government Services Canada, in close collaboration
with the Department of National Defence, conducted an open, fair and
transparent competitive procurement process for both contracts.

Conducting these maintenance repairs will ensure that Canada's
Tribal-Class destroyers and auxiliary oiler replenishment ships remain
relevant, responsive and effective when carrying out their missions,
and serving the needs of Canada and Canadians at home and abroad.

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