Thank you for the question.
We were pleased to announce yesterday that the request for proposal closes November 30. It was extended, sometimes at industry's request, for a couple of reasons. One, we want to make sure that industry had a chance to put their best foot forward, and we take into account their feedback. It really is an example, as the minister said, of procurement modernization.
As well, we still anticipate the start of construction in the early 2020s. This is a streamlined procurement strategy for one warship design and the combat systems integration that comes with it, which from our perspective should achieve efficiencies.
With respect to production slowdowns, it is a common feature of modern shipbuilding, and a number of things will play into this. The contract that we have for Arctic offshore patrol ships on the east coast has a guarantee of five ships, with an incentive for six. When we know the sixth ship will be built, that will tell us when the gap will start. We do expect the production slowdown. We've hired a third party to help us analyze the start of that gap, the nature of it, and its timing and duration—