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Thales Commends Canadian Government’s Selection of Seaspan Shipyards

20 October 2011

(Ottawa, October 19, 2011) - Thales Canada today expressed its support of the Government of Canada’s selection of Seaspan Shipyards as the Non-Combat Centre of Excellence for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

"We are very pleased that Seaspan was chosen to provide non-combat vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard since the yard has a long and established track record of building world-class ships on time and on budget,” said Paul Kahn, President & CEO, Thales Canada. “As an NSPS partner of Seaspan, Thales Canada will be the Electronic Systems Integrator, a challenge our team has prepared for and is fully capable to deliver, building on our own track record of being the partner of choice for critical system solutions.”

Thales has had a strong relationship with the Royal Canadian Navy since 1967. With more than fifty years experience in delivering equipment, systems and services to naval forces around the world, Thales offers unrivalled innovation, proven expertise, and market leading technology that creates value for client navies around the world. Leveraging an in-depth understanding of evolving naval and maritime environments, Thales supports all naval missions and is a trusted electronic systems integrator for over 50 Navies.

About Thales

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace & Transport markets. In 2010, the company generated revenues of €13.1 billion with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.

Thales Canada has 1,400 employees in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver working in Defence & Security, Aerospace and Transportation. Sales across Thales operations in Canada exceeded $500 million (CAD) for 2010 to a range of customers including urban rail service providers, civil aviation companies, and military and security agencies.

For further information contact:

Conrad Bellehumeur
Vice President, External Relations
Tel: 613-723-7000, ext. 3006

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