3 mai 2019 | Local, Naval

Le ministre Sajjan marque le début de la construction du quatrième navire de patrouille extracôtier et de l’Arctique

Le 3 mai 2019 - Halifax (N.-É.) - Défense nationale/Forces armées canadiennes

Un autre jalon important de la Stratégie nationale de construction navale a été franchi aujourd’hui lorsque l’honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, ministre de la Défense nationale, a participé à une cérémonie au Chantier naval de Irving soulignant le début de la construction du quatrième NPEA, le futur NCSM William Hall. Il s’agit du quatrième des six navires de ce genre à être construits au chantier naval de Halifax pour la Marine royale canadienne (MRC), conformément à la politique de défense du Canada Protection, Sécurité, Engagement.

La sécurité dans l’Arctique est compliquée par la géographie et le climat rigoureux de la région. Cette nouvelle classe de navires a été spécialement conçue pour patrouiller dans les eaux canadiennes et les régions nordiques. La polyvalence de ces navires leur permettra aussi de naviguer à l’étranger et contribuer aux opérations internationales. La classe Harry DeWolf améliorera considérablement les capacités et la présence des FAC dans l’Arctique, ce qui permettra à la MRC de mieux affirmer sa souveraineté dans l’Arctique pour les années à venir.

Depuis le début de la construction du premier NPEA en 2015, le projet a bien progressé. Le premier navire devrait se joindre à la flotte de la MRC cet été.

Citations

« Nous réalisons d’importants progrès sur les navires de patrouille extracôtiers et de l’Arctique alors que les travailleurs canadiens entreprennent la construction du quatrième navire, ici, à Halifax. Ces navires constitueront des atouts essentiels pour la MRC, car ils amélioreront notre capacité dans l’Arctique et contribueront grandement au succès futur de nos opérations dans les régions les plus isolées du Canada. Comme nous l’avons indiqué dans Protection, Sécurité, Engagement, notre gouvernement fournit de l’équipement moderne et polyvalent à nos femmes et à nos hommes en uniforme afin qu’ils puissent accomplir avec succès le travail que nous leur confions. »

L’honorable Harjit S. Sajjan Ministre de la Défense nationale

« La cérémonie d’aujourd’hui pour le quatrième navire de patrouille extracôtier et de l’Arctique du Canada marque un jalon important. Elle est un témoignage que la Stratégie nationale de construction navale revitalise notre industrie maritime, appuie l’innovation technologique canadienne, crée des emplois stables et génère des retombées économiques partout au Canada. Nous demeurons fermement engagés envers la Stratégie et continuerons de travailler en étroite collaboration avec nos partenaires de la construction navale afin d’en assurer le succès, maintenant et à l’avenir. »

L’honorable Carla Qualtrough, Ministre des Services publics et de l’Approvisionnement et de l’Accessibilité

« Je suis ravie de constater tous les progrès accomplis cette année sur les navires de patrouille extracôtiers et de l’Arctique, et j’ai hâte de voir le reste du projet progresser dans les années à venir. Grâce à ce partenariat avec Irving Shipbuilding, nous allons conserver plus de 4 000 emplois hautement qualifiés et créer des occasions ici, à Halifax, et partout en Nouvelle-Écosse. »

L’honorable Bernadette Jordan, Ministre du Développement économique rural

Faits en bref

  • Le projet des NPEA s’inscrit dans le cadre du regain d’intérêt du Canada pour la surveillance du territoire, en particulier dans les régions arctiques. À mesure que la dynamique de la sécurité dans l’Arctique évolue, en raison de facteurs tels que les changements climatiques, nous continuerons de travailler à sécuriser nos approches aériennes et maritimes dans le Nord, en coordination avec nos alliés et nos partenaires.

  • William Hall a reçu la Croix de Victoria en 1859 pour son héroïsme et le soutien qu’il a apporté à l’Armée britannique lors de la libération de Lucknow (1857). Fils d’esclaves afro-américains affranchis vivant en Nouvelle-Écosse, il est la première personne noire, le premier Néo-Écossais et le troisième Canadien à avoir reçu cet honneur.

  • Quatre NPEA sont actuellement en production, et la construction du cinquième navire devrait débuter plus tard en 2019. Le quatrième NPEA devrait rejoindre la flotte de la MRC en 2022.

  • Les NPEA sont des plates-formes très polyvalentes qui peuvent être utilisées dans le cadre de diverses missions au pays et à l’étranger, comme la surveillance côtière, la recherche et le sauvetage, l’interception des drogues, le soutien aux partenaires internationaux, l’aide humanitaire et les secours en cas de catastrophe.

  • Les travaux se poursuivent pour achever l’installation navale de Nanisivik, qui appuiera les opérations des nouveaux navires de patrouille extracôtiers et de l’Arctique et d’autres navires maritimes du gouvernement. Cette nouvelle installation devrait être terminée plus tard cette année.

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