The Canadian Government has decided to extend the existing Victoria in-service support contract (VISSC) with Babcock Canada.

The contract was originally awarded in 2008. The exercise of a two one-year contract extension options extends the VISSC contract until June 2023.

Babcock Canada delivers vital in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet of Victoria-class submarines (VCS).

According to Babcock, the VISSC is one of the ‘largest naval in-service support contracts’ in Canada.

It includes project management, technology integration, logistics, configuration, and safety records management, as well as engineering support.

The work scope under the contract also includes capability upgrades, refits and deep maintenance periods to support Canada’s VCS fleet.

Babcock Canada president Mike Whalley said: “Through the hard work and dedication of our team, sharing knowledge and innovative solutions, we have helped Canada grow and strengthen its strategic submarine sustainment capabilities.

“This further extension to the contract underlines Canada’s confidence in our partnership with the Victoria Class Submarine Sustainment Enterprise. Babcock continues to invest in Canada’s strategic submarine capability, and through VISSC has helped generate over $2bn in GDP impact.

“Since 2008, Babcock has helped create and maintain over 2,000 jobs, both directly and through the establishment of a supply chain of over 450 Canadian businesses across the country.”

To maintain, refit, and upgrade the VCS, Canada has partnered with the Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Scott, the FMF Cape Breton, the Department of National Defence, and Public Services and Procurement Canada for the past 12 years.