April 7, 2014 1:02 pm

Ottawa announces start of construction for 2 Halifax military projects

Navy, army and air force officers, left to right, hold flags of the three forces at a ceremony in Halifax on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. Federal Defence Minister Peter MacKay announced that the services will officially be known as the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army.

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HALIFAX – The federal government has announced the start of construction on two military projects in Halifax.

The first project is a housing and training facility for the junior ranks at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

Aecon and SLI have been awarded that contract for $64.8 million.

The second project, worth $6.1 million, is going to PCL Constructors Canada for a new armoury in Bedford.

That facility will be named after Maj. Robert Campbell Risley, a native of Sydney, N.S., who was the first commanding officer of 5 Provost Company in 1947.

That unit later became the modern-day 3 Military Police Regiment.

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