Pro­tect­ing our sovereignty

Fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounces five- year con­tract ex­ten­sion at CFB Tren­ton

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - FRONT PAGE - TIM MEEKS THE INTELLIGENCER

CFB TREN­TON — Pro­tec­tion of our air space and sovereignty and con­tribut­ing to global se­cu­rity are the rea­sons for the $ 230- mil­lion fund­ing an­nounce­ment made Thurs­day at 8 Wing Tren­ton.

A five- year con­tract ex­ten­sion for L3 MAS to con­tinue pro­vid­ing com- plete In- Ser­vice Sup­port ( ISS) ser­vices to the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence ( DND) CC- 150 Po­laris fleet was an­nounced by Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Minister of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties Marco Men­di­cino on be­half of De­fence Minister Har­jit Sa­j­jan and Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment and Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Minister Carla Qual­trough.

There is also an op­tion for an ad­di­tional five year ex­ten­sion.

“Our Strong, Se­cure, En­gaged pol­icy is about re­new­ing Canada’s de­fence pol­icy to keep us strong and at home, se­cure here in North Amer­ica and en­gaged in the world,” said Men­di­cino.

“This con­tract ex­ten­sion will en­sure the con­tin­ued main­te­nance of the Po­laris fleet for the next five years, and I want to un­der­line the con­tract is val­ued up to $ 230 mil­lion and it’s go­ing to sup­port a to­tal of more than 100 high skilled aerospace jobs in On­tario and Que­bec, and 70 of those jobs are go­ing to be right here in Tren­ton and an­other 30 in Mirabel, Que­bec,” he said.

“The Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence and the Cana­dian Armed Forces are re­ly­ing heav­ily on our home­grown in­dus­try to do this work,” Men­di­cino said. “Be­fore de­cid­ing on the ex­ten­sion DND worked very closely with L3 MAS to find ways to im­prove the main­te­nance pro­gram, specif­i­cally we looked at four prin­ci­ples for sus­tain­ably serv­ing mil­i­tary feets — per­for­mance, flex­i­bil­ity, value for money and eco­nomic ben­e­fit. L3 MAS is liv­ing up to each of these prin­ci­ples and that is why our gov­ern­ment opted to ex­tend the con­tract by five more years.”

Men­di­cino thanked L3 MAS Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager Jac­ques Com­tois, say­ing, “this con­tract ex­ten­sion is a di­rect re­sult of your hard work, tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and your track record of ex­cel­lence. “This is great news for the highly trained tech­ni­cians and en­gi­neers who work at L3 MAS and those who de­pend on these jobs.

The CC- 150 Po­laris fleet is used by the gov­ern­ment for such high- pro­file mis­sions as VIP trans­porta­tion and strate­gic air- to- air re­fu­el­ing, as well as pas­sen­ger, freight and med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion trans­porta­tion. As the prime con­trac­tor, L3 MAS is pro­vid­ing over­all pro­gram man­age­ment, ma­te­rial man­age­ment and en­gi­neer­ing sup­port ser­vices, as well as line and heavy main­te­nance sup­port and com­po­nent main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul ( MRO) ser­vices.

“These air­craft have de­liv­ered 16 mil­lion pounds of fuel over Iraq since 2014 in Op­er­a­tion Im­pact alone,” said Men­di­cino, “fol­low­ing through on their motto Om­nia Pas­sim – Any­thing Any­where.

“It’s also ex­cel­lent news for 437 Squadron, you make us all very proud,” said Men­di­cino. “You have a long and no­ble his­tory that dates back to the Sec­ond World War and we should all take a mo­ment to rec­og­nize that next year marks the 75th an­niver­sary of this in­cred­i­ble squadron. You should be proud of your his­tory and the fact that 437 has con­trib­uted to al­most ev­ery ma­jor Cana­dian Armed Forces op­er­a­tion since you re­lo­cated to 8 Wing in 1961. In hon­our of 75 years one of the five Po­laris air­craft now sports the white and red paint scheme that is em­blem­atic of the Royal Cana­dian Air Force’s his­toric Air Trans­port Group.”

“Our gov­ern­ment is thrilled to partner with L3 MAS on a con­tract ex­ten­sion that will en­sure the Royal Cana­dian Air Force’s abil­ity to do the chal­leng­ing work we ask of our men and women in uni­form. This de­ci­sion will en­sure that we can pro­tect our ap­proaches, de­fend our sovereignty and con­trib­ute to global se­cu­rity, and it’s one that will keep jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties right here in our com­mu­nity and up the high­way in Mirabel, Que­bec while en­cour­ag­ing home­grown re­search and in­no­va­tion,” said Bay of Quinte MP Neil El­lis.

“The part­ner­ship be­tween 437 Squardron and L3 is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how mil­i­tary and in­dus­try can work to­gether to en­able Cana­dian Armed Forces op­er­a­tions both here and home and around the world,” said 8 Wing Com­man­der Col. Mark Goulden.

“The women and men of 437 Squadron re­quire a ro­bust and de­pend­able air­craft, op­er­ated and main­tained by true pro­fes­sion­als and that is what L3 does for us. Trans­porta­tion of cargo and per­son­nel, fly­ing med­i­cal evac­u­a­tions, hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions, pro­vid­ing strate­gic air- to- air re­fu­el­ing to Cana­dian and coali­tion fighter air­craft are just some of the mis­sions 437 Squadron com­plete ev­ery sin­gle day, de­liv­er­ing air power for the Gov­ern­ment of Canada any­time, any­where,” Col. Goulden said.

Quinte West Mayor Jim Har­ri­son said the con­tract ex­ten­sion is good news all around.

“It’s 70 jobs and a con­tract for at least five years and maybe more, so think of the eco­nomic ben­e­fit to the whole re­gion, Quinte West in par­tic­u­lar but for the Bay of Quinte re­gion, we all ben­e­fit from this.”

TIM MEEKS/ THE INTELLIGENCER

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Minister of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties Marco Mend­in­cino makes a $ 230- mil­lion fund­ing an­nounce­ment at CFB Tren­ton Thurs­day.

TIM MEEKS/ THE INTELLIGENCER

Politi­cians, dig­ni­taries and CFB Tren­ton per­son­nel from 437 Trans­port Squadron were on hand at 6 Hangar, 8 Wing Tren­ton Thurs­day, for a $ 230 mil­lion fund­ing an­nounce­ment by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to ex­er­cise a five- year con­tract op­tion by the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment for L3 MAS to con­tinue pro­vid­ing com­plete In- Ser­vice Sup­port ( ISS) ser­vices to the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence ( DND) CC- 150 Po­laris fleet.

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