Esquimalt, B.C. — At a sod-turning ceremony on July 13, 2001, the Honourable Art Eggleton, Canada’s Minister of National Defence, marked the beginning of a modernization and consolidation project at the Fleet Maintenance Facility (FMF) Cape Breton Shop in Esquimalt, B.C.
Over the next several years, the consolidation project is expected to regroup 90 per cent of the Fleet Maintenance Facilities workshop area that is now spread out in more than 60 outdated buildings throughout the base.
The project, valued at C$80 million, includes the construction of about 28,000 square metres of new industrial space and the demolition of 32 existing buildings. The first contract for site preparation will be tendered in August 2001.
FMF Cape Breton provides maintenance support for ship and ship-related equipment to the Commander Maritime Forces Pacific. With an average of 850 military and civilian staff, this unit fulfills a strategic function by using the facilities at CFB Esquimalt’s Dockyard to ensure the routine technical readiness of Canada’s Pacific Naval Fleet. FMF Cape Breton is, in effect, the Pacific Fleet’s indispensable “corner garage.”