Future HMCS Harry DeWolf coming together

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Crowsnest - Fall 2017 / October 31, 2017

The mega-blocks are coming together!

The first two of three major sections of the Royal Canadian Navy’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, have been moved on heavy lift transporters out of the Halifax Shipyard to land level for further outfitting.

According to Sean Lewis at Irving Shipbuilding, major land level events include shaft installation and alignment, propellers and rudders installation, electrical cable pulling and termination, and energizing the main switchboards.

The bow section, the final mega-block, will be transported to land level for joining and further outfitting later this year. It is expected the future HMCS Harry DeWolf will be launched in 2018.

Just over a year ago steel was cut for the second AOPV, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke. Its keel-laying ceremony has already taken place, marked by the placing of a coin onto the keel of the ship by Olivia Strowbridge, the first woman in a trade supervisory role at Halifax Shipyard, and its first female certified ship spray painter.

Today, 28 of 63 units of this ship are under construction.

Irving Shipbuilding is using a progressive build approach to construct the new AOPVs, and over the course of time 63 smaller units become 21 larger blocks, which then become three mega-blocks.

The AOPV project will deliver six ice-capable ships, designated as the Harry DeWolf Class, after Canadian wartime naval hero Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf.

The new AOPVs will be capable of armed sea-borne surveillance, including in Canada’s Arctic; providing government situational awareness of activities and events in these regions; and cooperating with partners in the Canadian Armed Forces and other government departments to assert and enforce Canadian sovereignty, when and where necessary.