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Just requires a waiver from Cabinet to deviate from the (Cabinet level) Build in Canada policy.Just a question from a crayon eater - red ones please - can we not just contract a US shipyard to build us stuff?
As long as PQ gets to build something - industrial benefits etc - is that viable?
Was done recently for some hi speed ferries done overseas because no shipyard in Canada had the facilities big enough to make the modules, and also lacked the experience in using aluminium. There are some built in exceptions, like lack of facilities, operational requirements etc, but it's really political so difficult to justify for small ships, when we have plenty of shipyards that can do that kind of <1000 tonne ship with no major issue.
When 40% of all the salaries you pay comes right back into govt coffers as well the economic spinoffs are pretty big, so hard to make a good economic case (although hasn't stopped the Dept of Finance from trying for the last decade to get NSS torpedoed.)
Adopting a USN design is difficult though; they have a totally different crewing philosophy and we just don't have the same setup (or # of people). RN, RAN, RNZN operate pretty much the same as we do trade wise, so they are much better for compatible designs.
A lot of the complications come from GoC process requirements, so really don't see a big advantage. If we ditch all the IRBs, DPS and other contractual overhead and decision loops and just go with a straight commercial contract, would save a lot of time regardless of where it's built. And if things go sideways no real guarantee our build wouldn't get bumped if the USN needed a sudden build as well.