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Canadian Surface Combatant

Project Type

Project Replace


To recapitalize the Royal Canadian Navy's surface combatant fleet by replacing and updating the capabilities found in both the retired Iroquois Class destroyers and the multi-role Halifax Class frigates and provide the necessary ammunition, training, support and infrastructure. The new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) will ensure that Canada can continue to monitor and defend its waters and make significant contributions to international naval operations.


15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships. These ships will be Canada’s major surface component of maritime combat power. With its effective warfare capability and versatility, it can be deployed rapidly anywhere in the world, either independently or as part of a Canadian or international coalition. The CSC will be able to deploy for many months with a limited logistic footprint. The CSC will be able to conduct a broad range of tasks, in various scenarios, including:

The project budget is $56-$60 billion with a Definition Contract awarded to Irving Shipbuilding under the National Shipbuilding Strategy in February 2019 for the design of the ship. The current Definition Contract value is $2.9B and will increase as design work progresses.

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Funding Range

Greater than $5 billion

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

Options Analysis Phase
Definition Phase
In Progress
Start Implementation
Initial Delivery
Final Delivery

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas

Key Industrial Capabilities

Not applicable.

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