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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:20 pm 
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Of course it doesn't exist, because if they converted another supply ship, they would have to spend money meant for Justin Trudeau's hairspray budget!


Ottawa Citizen

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Military assessment ruling out the need for a second interim supply ship doesn’t appear to exist
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: April 16, 2019
In December 2018 the issue of why the Canadian government declined to purchase a second interim supply ship – a sister ship to MV Asterix which is currently at sea supporting Royal Canadian Navy operations – became a source of debate in the Commons.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Liberal government why it was not moving ahead with having Davie provide the second supply ship, the Obelix, to the navy. Scheer said the navy needed the second ship.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused Scheer of playing “petty politics.”
“The armed forces did an assessment,” Trudeau explained. “They don’t need the Obelix and for him to suggest that we should buy it anyway is pure base politics, the worst politics. We make our decisions based on facts. We recognize the quality of work done by Davie shipyard and we do want them to get good jobs but we are not going to make up work for political reasons.”
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:27 pm 
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A job well done to the crew of the M/V Asterix:

Chronicle Herald

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Canada’s stopgap supply ship MV Asterix ‘pumped a lot of gas’ during 500 day deployment
Aaron Beswick (abeswick@herald.ca)
Published: 22 hours ago
Updated: 22 hours ago
Three hundred and fourteen thousand kilometres later, the MV Asterix is home.
Canada’s leased supply ship has returned to Halifax after a first deployment that saw it spend 500 days at sea.
The 182.5-metre German-built container ship owned by private company Federal Fleet Services was converted by Quebec’s Davie Shipyard to provide interim fleet support to the Royal Canadian Navy until two planned replacements for the decommissioned Protecteur class can be launched.
The first of those is scheduled to be launched in 2023 from the Seaspan Marine Corporation yard in Vancouver.
“We pumped a lot of gas,” said Lt.-Cmdr. Trent Nichols, commanding officer of the MV Asterix’s naval replenishment unit.
Nichols arrived in Halifax aboard the MV Asterix, having joined her in Brisbane, Australia, for the voyage home.
Though the ship was gone for nearly two years participating in missions and exercises in the Pacific, off Korea, the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf, its crews were constantly changing.
“We could not expect anyone to be gone for 500 days,” said Nichols.(...SNIPPED)

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