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Signalling an exciting stage of maturity for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax Class Modernization (HCM) Project, Lockheed Martin Canada is announcing several important program milestones.
The HCM project achieved First Article Acceptance - formal recognition that Lockheed Martin Canada’s combat system design meets the Navy’s performance requirements. First Article Acceptance was preceded by an extensive series of integration tests at the company’s Maritime Advanced Training and Test Site in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Individual system acceptance of the Lockheed Martin Canada combat system has also been achieved on seven of Canada’s 12 Halifax Class frigates. They are: HMCS Halifax, HMCS Calgary, HMCS Fredericton, HMCS Winnipeg, HMCS Montréal, HMCS Vancouver and, most recently, HMCS Charlottetown. The ships completed a rigorous sea trial program to validate the combat system is ready to support the Navy’s critical missions.
Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, commented on the achievements of the HCM project. “The overall management and success of the program has proven to be an excellent partnership model for future shipbuilding projects, and has been recognized internationally. The valuable information provided to the New Zealand Ministry of Defence on our modernization experience assisted them in their decision to upgrade the combat systems on their ANZAC class ships. This global export opportunity of the Canadian combat system is the result of close collaboration between the Royal Canadian Navy, Department of National Defence, and industry.”
The complex HCM project was managed through several stages. Requirements reconciliation set the tone for the entire project with the Lockheed Martin Canada team working collaboratively with the Navy to ensure requirements were well defined to support the competitive selection of key sub-systems. This was followed by the design and implementation phases. As vessels continue to come out of the modernization process, they go through various stages of readiness as the new systems are tested and the crews are trained. Modernized ships have already returned to the fleet and are now conducting Canada’s important missions.