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Shipbuilding Strategy: Patrol Ships and Building

shipbuilding strategy: Around the same time, the company also received criticism from the union for hiring a Spanish naval outfitting contractor to bring in employees for carpentry work on the Arctic and offshore patrol ships it is currently building as part of its 60-billion contract to build new vessels for the Canadian navy, according to The Chronicle Herald. Irving is the prime contractor for the combat portion of the government's National Shipbuilding Strategy and, in addition to building six Harry DeWolf-class Arctic offshore patrol ships, Irving is also building the navy's new fleet of up to 15 Canadian surface combatants starting in the 2020s. In the winter, The Chronicle Herald learned Irving was holding job fairs in Eastern European cities such as Gdansk, Poland, and had hired a full-time, permanent international recruiter. The creation of long-term jobs in Canada has been consistently sold as one of the major benefits of the program. Irving says only 13 workers have been hired internationally at this time. But Unifor Local 1 says it is concerned that 27 ironworkers have been hired into the shipyard from Lithuania and Romania throughout the months of September and October. ( As reported in the news.