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French, Italy endorse Fincantieri-Ng bid for Canada

Ottawa - The French and Italian governments are officially backing an unsolicited proposal to supply 15 military vessels to the Royal Canada Navy outside of the ongoing competition for the $60-billion contract, documents show

Ottawa - The French and Italian governments are officially backing an unsolicited proposal to supply 15 military vessels to the Royal Canada Navy outside of the ongoing competition for the $60-billion contract, documents show.

The French and Italian ministers of defence submitted a letter last month to their Canadian counterpart, Harjit Sajjan, stating that they “fully support” the joint bid by Naval Group and Fincantieri to replace the RCN’s existing frigates and retired destroyers.

The support from the French and Italian governments could give additional weight to the long-shot proposal, which aims to bypass the official procurement process for new Canadian Surface Combatants: “Under the umbrella of an intergovernmental agreement, we will provide project management support so that the Royal Canadian Navy can operate the purchased warships, sustain their operational capabilities and manage their evolving capabilities throughout their entire lifecycle,” said the letter from French Defence Minister Florence Parly and Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti.

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