The Canadian military is using a leased supply ship more than it planned and will spend an extra $71 million to keep using the vessel at sea.
The ship, the MV Asterix, was at the heart of the failed legal case against Vice Adm. Mark Norman, who had argued for leasing the supply vessel because of ongoing delays in the program to construct two other supply ships for the navy.
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Asterix is being leased from Federal Fleet Services, a company associated with Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec, and has been operating in support of the Royal Canadian Navy since 2018.
Asterix was an existing commercial vessel converted for use as a naval resupply and refuelling ship and Davie delivered the ship on time and on budget.
The initial contract for use of Asterix over a five-year period had been set at $620 million, but because the navy is using the ship more frequently, that price tag will be increased, according to national defence.