Minister Findlay tours facility where investments in equipment for the Canadian Armed Forces are sustaining jobs

News Release / March 13, 2013 / Project number: NR 13.084

RICHMOND, British Columbia – The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C., Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Delta – Richmond East, along with the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam, today announced the awarding of a significant subcontract that will sustain jobs in British Columbia and better equip the Royal Canadian Navy to conduct marine mine detection missions and route survey operations.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates our Government’s commitment to provide the Royal Canadian Navy with the modern equipment they need to protect the sovereignty and security of our maritime approaches,” said Minister Findlay. “This subcontract will allow members of our Armed Forces to continue protecting Canadians by detecting underwater threats, while at the same time sustaining high-quality jobs in the Canadian marine sector.”

The $2 million subcontract, awarded to International Submarine Engineering Ltd. of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, covers the purchase of two complete off-the-shelf, high-speed deployable Aurora Towfish vehicles. The sensor systems that International Submarine Engineering Ltd. will integrate into the towfish will effectively and accurately map the sea floor, with the resolution needed for detection, localization, and identification of objects as small as a lobster trap or as large as a shipwreck.

“Our Government is proud to support projects that create jobs and provide major economic benefits for Port Coquitlam and British Columbia,” said the Honourable James Moore, Minister Responsible for British Columbia and Member of Parliament for Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam. “This investment will help protect Canada’s sovereignty for years to come.”

The Towfish sensors subcontract stems from the Route Survey System Life Extension contract the Government awarded to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates in November 2012. The Royal Canadian Navy’s Route Survey System uses a sonar sensor that is deployed and towed from Canada’s Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels. The Navy uses data collected by these sensors in surveillance and patrol operations that help protect the sovereignty and security of our Canadian waters.


Note to editor/news director: A backgrounder on the Route Survey System Life Extension project is available at the following link:

Media Inquiries:

Andrea Richer
Office of the Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Q.C.

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