Seaspan joined Harjit S. Sajjan, Canada’s Minister of National Defense, at an official ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the Halifax-Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension (HCM/FELEX) Refit Program on the West Coast, and transfer of the HMCS Regina from Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards (VSL) to the Department of National Defense (DND) Dockyard.
HMCS Regina is the fifth and final frigate to undergo modernization on the West Coast for the $4.3 billion HCM/FELEX Program.
VSL has served as Canada’s capability partner on the West Coast under HCM/FELEX since 2008, providing mid-life maintenance activities, machinery control and combat equipment upgrades for the HMCS Calgary, HMCS Winnipeg, HMCS Vancouver, HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Regina.
Over the course of the HCM/FELEX Program, VSL has provided mid-life modernization activities worth an estimated $500 million, creating employment for more than 450 workers.
HCM/FELEX has remained on-budget, and program close-out activities are expected to be completed by 2018.