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Pacific fleet to remain in Esquimalt: Harper

The Conservative government will not allow command and control of the navy's Pacific fleet to move from Esquimalt, B.C., to Halifax.

Control of fleet won't move to Halifax

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says command of the Pacific fleet will remain in Esquimalt, B.C., if he is re-elected. (DND)

The Conservative government says it will not allow command and control of the navy's Pacific fleet to move from Esquimalt, B.C., to Halifax.

In a written statement released Thursday, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said: "If re-elected, our government will not be taking this action. I will not allow this move. The command and control of the Pacific fleet will stay in the Pacific, at Esquimalt."

Earlier this week, media reports suggested the navy was planning to move some top command and operational jobs at CFB Esquimalt, on Vancouver Island, to its headquarters in Halifax.

The proposal was part of a navy organizational review aimed at increasing efficiency and saving money.

Navy officials declined to speak about the specifics of the review, saying only that a number of proposals were being considered.

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