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Halifax Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension project


Ever wondered what it takes to rebuild a warship? Find out with this Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) documentary on the Halifax Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension project. It reveals the scope and detail of this multi-billion dollar project.

In the documentary, RCN sailors explain why the frigates needed upgrading, the complexity of the task, and the meticulously planned and executed engineering challenges. An RCN commodore and three commanding officers walk through the process, from the fine details to the big picture.

Various specialists discuss some of the daunting details that must be completed correctly if the project is to succeed. In addition to fresh and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and cutting-edge, time-lapse sequences, the show harkens back through RCN film archives to show two of the ships being launched in the early 1990s, and one of the current commanding officers as a young lieutenant, interviewed on the bridge wing of HMCS Vancouver during its maiden re-positioning voyage from Halifax to Victoria more than two decades ago.

The 12 Canadian-built multi-role patrol frigates are considered the backbone of the RCN and can deploy anywhere in the world – with NATO or with individual allied nations.

HMCS Fredericton Trials and Missile Test Fire


In November 2014, after Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Fredericton completed her Halifax-class modernization refit, the ship headed south to the coast off Norfolk, Virginia for sea trials and to test-fire the upgraded Evolved SeaSparrow missile system. The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) employs Evolved SeaSparrow Missile Systems as the main above-water warfare defence capability on the Halifax-class frigates.



Approximately 1,000 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and airmen and airwomen participated in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 combined and joint maritime exercise that took place near the Hawaiian Islands from June 26 to August 1. Scheduled and coordinated by the U.S. Navy Third Fleet, RIMPAC offered senior members of the Canadian Forces an opportunity to assume positions of leadership, further enhancing Canada’s ability to work with other nations of the Asia-Pacific region. RIMPAC 2014 involved forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

RIMPAC is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, designed to prepare military forces to work together in missions ranging from providing humanitarian aid to full combat operations. It began as an annual exercise in 1971 and since 1974 has been scheduled every other year. The endurance of this exercise demonstrates the value of bringing international forces together to train and improve their ability to operate in a joint and combined multinational force environment. Canada, along with only Australia and the United States, has participated in RIMPAC since its inception.