Last week the Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan and the Minister of Rural Economic Development Bernadette Jordan announced the end of construction of a new jetty at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.
“Today’s ribbon-cutting was another major milestone in providing the Royal Canadian Navy with the infrastructure it requires to remain as agile, flexible, and efficient as their job demands. I am proud of the excellent work being done at CFB Halifax – Jetty NJ is critical to ensuring our Navy is well-equipped and prepared to welcome the next generation of Canadian naval vessels,” said Sajjan.
Valued at $113 million, the Jetty NJ project will provide berthing space for up to four Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels, as well as other naval ship classes and foreign vessels.
The first ship is expected to be delivered later in 2019.
“Not only is Jetty NJ an important step forward in the preparation for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, the construction of this jetty also provided economic opportunities for communities in the region. With benefits for the local economy and Canadian industry, its construction has been a fantastic investment in both CFB Halifax and the surrounding area,” said Jordan.
During the jetty’s construction, this project created over 400 jobs for the surrounding region.
This new jetty will ensure that the RCN can adequately accommodate the ships it requires for the 21st century, including those being delivered under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.
It is 247 metres long and can operate in all weather conditions, and has a large back-up apron area. The jetty is also fitted with a modern fendering system to ensure the safe and secure berthing of vessels, and a utility tunnel to house services running to the jetty.
CFB Halifax is one of three locations across Canada that will support the new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, including Nanisivik in Canada’s Arctic, and CFB Esquimalt in the Pacific.