No plans to change warships despite PBO cost warning, top official says

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Canada’s top military procurement official says there are no plans to change directions on the construction of a fleet of new Navy warships despite a recent warning about escalating costs from Parliament’s budget watchdog. In an exclusive interview with The Canadian Press, Troy Crosby, the assistant deputy minister of materiel at the Department of National Defence, said he remains confident in Ottawa’s estimated price tag for the 15 vessels. And he suggested switching things up now to save money would only lead to delays and undercut the Navy’s ability to protect Canada. “The solution that we have will deliver the equipment that the Navy and Canada require for its surface combatants for the long term,” Crosby said. “We’re going to do the best we can to deliver that in as timely a fashion as possible so the Navy gets the ships it needs.” Crosby’s comments come about a month after parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux released a report predicting another multibillion-dollar cost increase in what is already the largest military procurement in Canada’s history.

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