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Replace Existing Systems with Newer or Different System


To replace the Royal Canadian Navy’s Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessels that have reached the end of their service. It will provide Canada with a modern, task tailored, globally deployable, naval support capability. The Joint Support Ship (JSS) project will address the essential requirement to maintain the fleet and helicopter support capability and will provide enhancements to joint capabilities. The Project will deliver two JSS with an option for a third ship.


The JSS will provide at-sea support to a deployed Canadian Naval Task Group, limited sealift and support to operations ashore. In June 2013, Canada selected the German Berlin Class design as the basis for the JSS. The JSS's capabilities will underpin Canada’s ability to deploy and sustain Canada’s naval forces worldwide for extended periods. The JSS will have a crew of up to 199 personnel plus its air detachment and mission personnel for a total of 239 onboard accommodations. The JSS will be capable of 20+ kts, with a range of 10800 nautical miles with ice edge capability to access Nanisivik Naval Facility in the summer navigation season. Its two dual-purpose RAS stations will provide 29 days support to a Canadian Naval Task Group for both fuel and supplies. The JSS will carry two organic CH 148 Cyclone maritime helicopters and will also provide second level maintenance capabilities for the Naval Task Group’s helicopters. It will be fitted with self-protection systems such as Degaussing, NIXIE torpedo decoy, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear, Close-In Weapons Systems and Naval Remote Weapons System. The JSS medical facilites will include a NATO Role 2E capabilities to support an array of operations including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The JSS basic Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence systems will contribute to the maritime domain awareness. The JSS will also have robust cargo transfer systems for mission payloads to include cranes and a modular pontoon transportation system.

Preliminary Estimate

  • More than $1.5 billion

Anticipated Timeline

  • 2017 Implementation Approval
  • 2017 Request for Proposal Release
  • 2017 Contract Award
  • 2021 Final Delivery

Point of Contact

Director of Naval Requirements
Phone: 819-939-3950

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