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Canadian Navy commissions its first Arctic and offshore patrol vessel

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Posted on June 27, 2021 at 6:08 PM by

The maritime executive

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) officially commissioned its first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPS), HMCS Harry DeWolf, the first ship delivered under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

the Harry dewolf-class aims to strengthen the RCN’s presence in the Arctic and increase its ability to operate globally. Specifically designed to patrol Canada’s northernmost regions and offshore waters, the class is at the heart of Canada’s plans for an enhanced Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) presence in the Arctic.

HMCS Harry dewolf was launched in 2018 and delivered to the RCN in July 2020. The ship is named after the hero of the Canadian navy, Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf, Commanding Officer of HMCS Haida, which sank 14 enemy ships in a single year during World War II. This is the first time in 111 years of history that the RCN has named a class of ship in honor of an important figure in the Canadian Navy.

“HMCS Harry dewolf and the Arctic and offshore patrol ships that will follow it in service will allow the Royal Canadian Navy to maintain an increased presence in Canada’s North, to patrol and protect our sovereignty in the Arctic, and to provide security and strength. from Canada to the country, ”said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defense of Canada. “We are witnessing a moment in history and I wish HMCS Harry dewolf and its best crew as they prepare to embark on their first operational deployment. “

In the fall, the new ship will cross the Northwest Passage and tour North America, with secondary missions to the Eastern Pacific and the Caribbean (where the RCN contributes to anti-smuggling operations) .

The second AOPS ship, the future HMCS Margaret brooke, was launched in 2019. Construction of the AOPS three, four and five hulls is underway, and construction of the sixth vessel is expected to begin in 2022.