The Canadian Press
HALIFAX: The Conservative government has formally accepted the first six of the long-delayed CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopters.
Public Works Minister Diane Finley and Defence Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement today at the Shearwater air base in Nova Scotia in front of three of the Cyclones, which have been on the base for testing purposes.
The Harper government signed a deal a year ago to amend its contract with the U.S. manufacturer of the helicopter.
The agreement with Sikorsky Aircraft _ a division of United Technologies Corp. _ allows for the beginning of the retirement of the outdated fleet of Sea King choppers.
The original contract called for the Cyclones to be delivered in November 2008, with deliveries of all 28 helicopters completed by early 2011.
Kenney said that 43 air crew and maintenance staff have been trained to operate the new helicopters.
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