26 septembre 2022 | Local, Naval

Irving recruiting foreign workers to build Royal Canadian Navy's new warship fleet

Irving Shipbuilding wants to bring in more foreign workers to help construct the Canadian navy's new fleet of warships.

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    25 novembre 2019 | Local, Autre défense

    Defence Procurement’s Effectiveness Dissected at Ottawa Conference

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  • Saudi Arabia gets arms despite Canada's pledge to halt deal

    26 décembre 2018 | Local, Terrestre

    Saudi Arabia gets arms despite Canada's pledge to halt deal

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    9 septembre 2019 | Local, Aérospatial

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