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Jason Kenney to announce temporary naval supply ship for Davie shipyard

06/23/2015 11:51 EDT | Updated 06/23/2016 05:59 EDT
CBC News has learned that Defence Minister Jason Kenney will announce today a plan for Quebec's Davie shipyard to retrofit a commercial cargo ship to serve as a temporary naval supply ship.

CBCNews.ca and CBC News Network will livestream his announcement at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa starting at 1 p.m. ET.

The move is necessary because existing supply ships were forced into early retirement. The government's decade-long plan to purchase new supply ships is still in the design phase and construction has not yet begun.

Davie shipyard is located in Levis, Que., the riding of Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney.

Last month, the Navy bid farewell to the HMCS Protecteur at a ceremony at CFB Esquimalt in British Columbia. 

The event marked almost 46 years of military service for the Canadian navy supply ship, including the Cold War, Gulf War and hurricane relief.

Protecteur retired after a devastating engine-room fire in 2014, which left the ship burning, powerless and adrift off Hawaii for 11 hours. It was towed to Pearl Harbor, then towed back to its home port of Esquimalt, B.C.

The supply ship was slated for replacement in 2019. 

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