Federal Govern­ment Makes Ma­jor In­vest­ment in Halifax Mil­i­tary Fa­cil­i­ties

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Ma­jor in­vest­ment will pro­vide Canada’s men and women in uni­form with the best pos­si­ble in­fra­struc­ture in At­lantic Canada.

The Hon­or­able Rob Ni­chol­son, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Ni­a­gara Falls, Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence, an­nounced the start of con­struc­tion work for two Halifax-area in­fra­struc­ture projects worth $208.6 mil­lion and which are ex­pected to gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated 380 jobs.

The first project is a new hous­ing and train­ing fa­cil­ity for the Ju­nior Ranks at CFB Halifax. A joint con­tract for $64.8 mil­lion was awarded last month to Ae­con and SLI of Halifax for this.

Phase 1 will see the con­struc­tion of a 21,060 m2 com­plex which in­cludes quar­ters, din­ing, gal­ley and mess hall, as well as a 1,169 m2 build­ing which will house a re­tail store, a con­ces­sion snack bar, a bar­ber shop and fi­nan­cial ser­vices. This first phase is set to be com­pleted in 2016.

Phase 2 will see the con­struc­tion of a mod­ern sea­man­ship train­ing fa­cil­ity, with an ap­prox­i­mate area of 7,654 m2. This fa­cil­ity will pro­vide the in­fra­struc­ture nec­es­sary to meet cur­rent and emerg­ing train­ing re­quire­ments in an ef­fi­cient and co­he­sive en­vi­ron­ment.

The sec­ond project is the con­struc­tion of a new ar­moury in Bed­ford, which will be known as the Ma­jor Robert Camp­bell Ris­ley Ar­moury. A con­tract for $6.1 mil­lion was awarded last month to PCL Con­struc­tors Canada Inc., of Halifax, for this project.

Sailors as­signed to the guided-mis­sile de­stroyer USS O'Kane (DDG 77) pre­pare to re­fuel with HMCS Pro­tecteur (AOR 509) dur­ing ex­er­cise Koa Kai 14-1 in wa­ters near Hawaii on Jan­uary 27. Koa Kai is a semi-an­nual ex­er­cise that

im­proves co­op­er­a­tion, readi­ness and the ca­pa­bil­ity of forces to re­spond quickly to var­i­ous crises, rang­ing from

armed con­flict to hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Specialist 2nd Class Dustin

W. Sisco)

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