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Thales Celebrates Delivery of First New Class of Vessels to Canadian Coast Guard under National Shipbuilding Strategy

Thales celebrates the delivery of CCGS John Cabot, the third Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard under the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

The three new OFSVs, the first class of large vessels built under the NSS, are serving as the primary platform for Canada’s Fisheries and Oceans scientists to conduct important research activities. In addition, the OFSVs have the capability to support search and rescue and environmental response operations.

Thales played a key role in constructing the new OFSVs in support of the Canadian Coast Guard’s mandate. As Seaspan Shipyard’s Electronic Systems Integrator (ESI) for these vessels, Thales is responsible for the design, development and installation of the integrated bridge and navigation, internal and external communication, and science mission systems.

“Thales is proud to have played an important role in the successful delivery of the CCGS John Cabot and all three of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels. With unparalleled expertise in innovative systems integration, we are committed to continuing our work with Seaspan Shipyards under the NSS and supporting innovation within Canada’s domestic shipbuilding industry at-large.”- Mark Halinaty, President and CEO, Thales Canada


In 2016, Seaspan Shipyards contracted Thales as the ESI for the three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels, two new Joint Support Ships and one Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel. Under the NSS, Thales has generated significant economic impact to Canada, working with more than 70 suppliers across eight provinces from coast-to-coast, with investments totaling more than $70M CAD.