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Team Vigilance Grows

Vard Marine Inc (VARD), launched the Vigilance Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) at CANSEC 2023 in conjunction with Team Vigilance partner companies Heddle Shipyards, Thales Canada, SH Defense, and Fincantieri S.p.A.

As a part of the ongoing development effort, Team Vigilance is now working to assemble a broad coalition of Canadian companies that can offer important services and vital equipment to the program. VARD announced the first tranche of suppliers at DEFSEC 2023, which took place in Halifax on October 3-5. This early identification of suppliers will help to ensure Vigilance is designed in Canada, built in Canada, and equipped in Canada – a tenet of the Team Vigilance approach.

SEA Canada is proud to be included in the first tranche of Canadian companies. SEA Canada can deliver high-performance ship and fleet protection products, undersea surveillance and monitoring solutions and in-service support and through-life maintenance. All designed and manufactured by SEA Canada’s team of experts to ensure continued delivery excellence to the Royal Canadian Navy.

General Manager of SEA Canada, Jeff Leonard said, “Being named as a preferred supplier for the Team Vigilance Program is a privilege we greatly value. It reflects our steadfast dedication to excellence and our mission to provide Canada with the state-of-the-art tools necessary to protect our vital interests, both at home and across the globe. With our recent rebrand, we are excited to leverage the resources and support available from our extended network.”

VARD has also selected American Bureau of Shipping Canada Inc. (ABS Canada) as a preferred supplier to Team Vigilance to provide classification society services and specialty engineering, in particular the application of their Light Warships, Patrol and High-Speed Naval Vessels rules, and their expertise in harsh environment operations.

It was also announced during DEFSEC that DUKE has been named as a preferred supplier for Team Vigilance. DUKE has been providing highly skilled professionals to the shipbuilding and oil & gas industries for over twenty years. As proven through its work on the Canadian National Shipbuilding Strategy, DUKE has earned a reputation as a first-class recruitment firm.

Not only will the Vigilance OPV provide the sailors of the Royal Canadian Navy with the modern tools they need to protect Canada’s vital interests at home and abroad, it will also promote economic development in Canada and bring shipbuilding back to Ontario in a substantive way.

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