Two Canadian warships were ordered to return to port in Esquimalt, B.C. after colliding during an exercise while en route to Hawaii, and two separate reviews have been planned to assess the damage and find out what happened.
The federal government will decide this fall which ships will get built first: Navy resupply ships or coast guard icebreakers. Government officials say the decision means the schedule for one type of ship will get pushed back so the other can be built first.
The navy's long-delayed, much-studied joint support ship program is expected to come under the political microscope within weeks in what is likely another defence equipment embarrassment for the Harper government.