Thales Canada has officially opened a new maritime office to support major naval programmes for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the new office is the company’s eighth facility in Canada and will be able to offer up to 20 new job opportunities.
The new Thales office will be dedicated to serving the requirements of the Canadian Navy, in addition to the Canadian Coast Guard, and the company’s maritime partners and suppliers.
The facility has been designed to support the RCN’s AJISS programme, which is a long-term, in-service support contract originally awarded last year for the service’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and the Joint Support Ships (JSS).
As the prime contractor for the AJISS programme, Thales will oversee the refit, repair and maintenance for the RCN fleets over their operational lifetime.
Thales Canada president and chief executive officer Mark Halinaty said: “Today our team is focused on readiness, ready to support the first ship under the AJISS programme.
“Our newest location in the maritimes marks an important milestone of our in-service support programme, which will create jobs for the maritime industry across Canada.
“As we move forward, we will continue to work closely with the RCN, our customers, and partners, helping them master every decisive moment along the way.”
The Halifax maritime office will also ensure comprehensive in-service support for all systems and equipment of the AOPS and JSS fleets.
In addition, the office will facilitate the integration of major digital capabilities in big data and artificial intelligence to support modern in-service support practices.