MIL-Davie Concept Drawing

Joint Support Ship

(???) multi-role support vessel

Future multi-role support vessel
Minimum Requirements:
26,000 - 28,000 tons full load
Not stated.
20 knots
Not stated.
7,000 tons fuel (plus ship's own fuel)
650 tons aviation fuel
1000-1500 lane metres of storage for CF vehicles
3 Helicopters


The currently stated requirement is for three (3) ships of this type.  


August 2008:

The Canadian Governnment has reported that both bids on this project were non-compliant. Basically, industry has reported back to the government that the capabilities required for the JSS project are not available for the budget that was allocated. The Government and the Military are supposed to announce how they intend to proceed sometime in the summer of 2009.


On Monday June 26, 2006, the Canadian Government announced that three (3) new ships of this type will be built, to enter service by 2012. These new ships will be an attempt to kill two birds with one stone; the Canadian Navy's lack of native sealift capability, and the need to replace the current AOR ships that are now approaching 40 years of age.

In order to support both the Navy at sea, and provide sealift capability for the Army while on foreign deployments, these ships would both replace the current fleet replenishment vessels and provide a much needed sea-lift capability presently unknown to the Armed Forces. A modular design combined with storage facilities for the stores needed to keep the Navy at sea, and a large helicopter deck for operating helicopters and storing Army vehicles, should allow these ships to carry out any missions currently planned for them. The design might include RO-RO (Roll On - Roll Off) capability. According to the new Statement of Requirement (SOR) for the new ships, the requirements are as follows:

Fleet Support:

    a. Task Group Support;

Joint Support:

    a. Sealift;
    b. Limited Afloat Joint Task Force Headquarters;
    c. Support to Forces Ashore; and
    d. Scalable Modular Hospital.

However, it is noted that these ships would only carry about one third the replenishment stores of the existing PROTECTEUR class, and the end result would be at best only a compromise. The Armed Forces would likely be better served by separate classes of ships to cover these two required capabilities, but the resources and funds required to do this are not forthcoming.


JSS Project Management Office website (now unavailable)

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