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March 3, 2021 | Local, Naval

DND refuses to change course on warship project even as price rises to $77 billion | The Chronicle Herald

DND refuses to change course on warship project even as price rises to $77 billion | The Chronicle Herald

Despite warnings that its new warship fleet continues to rise in cost, national defence is refusing to make changes to the $77-billion project. It has instead launched a PR campaign to highlight the proposed new ship, the Type 26 from the

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    Renewing Canadian Coast Guard fleet and delivering important services for Canadians

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