The NEXT-ECS charter contract will release RCN vessels for operational tasks. (Photo: RCN)
The Canadian government is investing in Naval Experimentation and Testing – Engineering and Charter Services (NEXT-ECS) to support the country’s navy.
Canada announced a three-year charter service contract with an initial value of C $ 8.9 million (US $ 6.95 million) with LeeWay Marine for sea trials and technology trials, practices and operations. Under the contract, the company is expected to begin testing in 2022.
Canada’s Department of National Defense has said the contract will help the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) keep pace with technological developments and that use of the NEXT-ECS charter service will allow warships in the fleet to focus on operational missions.
NEXT-ECS will also support “efforts and initiatives” in line with the Government of Canada’s greening strategy by testing environmentally friendly technologies.
Canadian Minister of National Defense Anita Anand said Ottawa was “committed” to investing in the RCN to ensure its future capability.
She added: “We will continue to invest in state-of-the-art experimentation and testing so that our navy is well prepared to undertake important missions at home and abroad.”