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Red Tape, Inexperience Slows Canadas Warship Building: Defense Official

The M/V Asterix, which will be converted into an auxiliary oiler replenishment ship to meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy, is shown at Davie Shipbuilding, in Levis, Que., in this file photo. (The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)

The M/V Asterix, which will be converted into an auxiliary oiler replenishment ship to meet the needs of the Royal Canadian Navy, is shown at Davie Shipbuilding, in Levis, Que., in this file photo. (The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)

OTTAWA—A former Defence Department official is pulling back the curtains on what he says are some serious problems with Canadas $60−billion effort to buy new warships for the navy.

They include onerous red tape and inexperience among key government officials.

The revelations are in a report by retired rear−admiral Ian Mack for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, in which Mack says Canada has a lot to learn from Australia when it comes to naval shipbuilding.

Mack spent a decade helping manage Ottawas efforts to build a new fleet of warships before he retired in 2017, at which point Australia asked him to help advise it on the purchase of a new fleet of frigates.

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