Thales Canada Inc., in a joint venture with Thales Australia Limited, has been awarded a contract to provide in-service support for the CAF Minor Warships and Auxiliary Vessels (MWAV) fleet for 5 years, with options to extend the contract for up to 19 years. This contract will begin in July 2023.
The CAF MWAV fleet comprises approximately 100 vessels from 24 different classes, including the Kingston class Maritime Coastal Defense Vessels, Orca-class training vessels, tugs, dive tenders, range vessels, and auxiliary support barges and vessels. This contract is essential for ensuring the CAF fleet remains operationally fit and includes the flexibility to increase or reduce the number of vessels serviced in response to changing operational needs.
The contract will provide significant economic benefits to the Canadian marine sector. Thales Canada Inc., in a joint venture with Thales Australia Limited, will subcontract work to small and medium shipyards and enterprises across Canada, including in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Quebec.