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December 08, 2017
Naval Group, Fincantieri bid for Canadian ship contract
Washington (UPI) Dec 4, 2017
French and Italian naval builders, the Naval Group and Fincantieri, are offering an off-the-shelf class of warship for to the Royal Canadian Navy. The ship for Canada's 12-vessel requirement is based on the FREMM multi-role frigate used by the navies of both countries and can be easily modified to meet Canadian specifications, Fincantieri said in a news release. The bid of the two companies has the backing of the governments of France and Italy. "Should the offer be accepted, the ... read more

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Australia to upgrade submarines, frigates
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