The Candian Government has awarded a contract to Ledcor Construction for the construction of a new Canadian towed array sonar system (CANTASS) work cell at CFB Esquimalt.

The $3.8m project includes construction of a new industrial-support building, additions and renovation of two existing modern industrial buildings, extensive upgrading of the dockyard’s utility services and general site improvements.

The facility will replace the existing building, where work on the CANTASS is performed for use in patrol frigates and DDH-class destroyers.

CANTASS is the next level of phase IV of the modernisation of the fleet maintenance facility at the Esquimalt dockyard.

The five-phased fleet maintenance facility shop consolidation project was announced in March 2009.

CFB Esquimalt is the base of Pacific maritime operations and home to Canada’s Pacific fleet warships.