captloadie said:So, we are going to
createinvest in two national shipyards to build ships. Great. But who is going to design the ships? Are we going to have agreements that allow foreign designs to be built in Canada? If not, this will greatly limit the ability for the ministries involved (DND, Fisheries, etc.) from getting the ships that meet their needs. "Buy Canadian" is a great theme, but is it really practical, or economical? The story was rather thin on details.
Canada has several internationally competitive naval architecture firms. They can quite readily address the needs of the non-combatant ship designs, including AOPS (which technically is a non-combattant despite the work split described). Aside from the frigates, there is currently more capability to design the ships in Canada than to build them.