Rolls-Royce has started expansion work on its Centre of Excellence for Naval Handling equipment in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

The ground-breaking ceremony was witnessed by Peterborough-Kawartha Minister Maryam Monsef, Provincial Parliament Member Dave Smith, and Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien.

The newly expanded facility will accommodate the design and manufacture of Rolls-Royce Mission Bay Handling System (MBHS).

MBHS is a manufacturing system that will support the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC), as well as the UK’s Type 26 and Australian Hunter-class programmes.

The MBHS offers a flexible and compatible low-risk solution, holding the capability to launch and recover naval vehicles.

It can also move containerised packages without the aid of a dockside crane.

Rolls-Royce Business Development & Government Affairs vice-president Bruce Lennie said: “We are pleased to welcome Minister Monsef, MPP Smith and Mayor Therrien to mark this significant milestone in developing our infrastructure, which will support the Canadian Surface Combatant programme.

“This centre will harness and build upon the wealth of Canadian engineering and technological expertise we have at Rolls-Royce. We look forward to growing our business in-country, further developing our supply chain and enhancing our contributions to the Canadian economy.”

The upcoming infrastructure expansion is aimed to benefit the Canadian economy and Canada’s Armed Forces. The Global Combat Ship design for ships CSC ships have been approved by the Canadian Federal Government.

Under the deal, 15 new CSC ships are to be manufactured.

According to the company, the Canadian supply chain network has also been expanded to support the domestic and international export openings created by the Global Combat Ship programme.

Rolls-Royce currently has over 1,000 Canadian workforces across five facilities, including in Montreal, Ottawa and Peterborough.