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    Canada About to Finalize Two Navy Ships' Disposal Deal

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    The Canadian government has awarded a contract for two ships' disposal, Public Services and Procurement Canada said in a press release on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Canadian government has awarded a $9.96-million contract for the dismantling and disposal of two ships, Public Services and Procurement Canada said in a press release on Friday.

    "Jim Carr, Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement, today announced the awarding of a $12,616,144 [Canadian dollars] contract to Marine Recycling Corporation from Port Colborne, Ontario, for the disposal of the Royal Canadian Navy’s former Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Preserver and Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel (CFAV) Quest," the release stated.

    The refueling ship Preserver and the oceanographic and research ship Quest were decommissioned in 2016 after decades of service, the release said.

    The two ships are set to be replaced with Halifax-class frigates, along with Kingston-class maritime coastal defense vessels and Victoria-class submarines as part of the Canadian government’s national shipbuilding strategy.

    Both ships are expected to be dismantled by summer 2019, according to the release.

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