The Canadian Government has approved a ‘streamlined and transparent’ procurement approach to accelerate the delivery of Canadian surface combatant (CSC) vessels to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).

The simplified procurement approach, which was announced jointly by Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy M Foote and Parliamentary Secretary to National Defence Minister John McKay, will help deliver the vessels up to two years faster.

This approach will allow the nation to select and modify an existing warship design through a single competitive process, rather than selecting a warship designer and a combat systems integrator to custom-design the CSC.

"The Canadian Surface Combatant project is the most complex procurement in Canadian history."

Judy Foote said: "The Canadian Surface Combatant project is the most complex procurement in Canadian history.

"Along with the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships project, it will create 2,400 direct shipbuilding jobs in Halifax. We continue to seek opportunities to deliver ships as quickly as possible and to ensure that this and other ship construction projects provide middle-class jobs and prosperity to hardworking Canadians.

"This streamlined approach is aligned with our efforts to modernise procurement and to make it easier for Canadian businesses to work with government."

In the summer of this year, a request for Proposals will be issued to choose a ship design.

To be built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s long-term plan, the $26bn CSC project will replace Canada’s aging destroyers and frigates.

Construction of the new vessels is scheduled to begin after the completion of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships in the early 2020s.

The CSC, which will serve as the major surface component of Canada’s maritime combat power, can operate independently or as part of a Canadian or coalition task group, and can be rapidly deployed worldwide.