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Defence update: Arctic offshore and patrol vessels and the Nanisivik Naval Facility

By Adam Lajeunesse      

The second APOV, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, is now structurally assembled in Halifax, with its bow section having been attached in early May.

The first major naval vessels built in Canada since the mid-1990s are now beginning to emerge from the Halifax Shipyards. The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels, announced by prime minister Stephen Harper in 2007, are versatile ice-strengthened patrol ships that will be used for a variety of missions including coastal surveillance, SAR, drug interdiction, support to international partners, humanitarian aid, and disaster relief, writes Adam Lajeunesse. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The first major naval vessels built in Canada since the mid-1990s are now beginning to emerge from the Halifax Shipyards. The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPV), announced by prime minister Stephen Harper in 2007, are versatile ice-strengthened patrol ships that will be used for a variety of missions including coastal surveillance, SAR, drug interdiction, support to international partners, humanitarian aid, and disaster relief. Construction of this class began at Irving Shipyards in Halifax in 2015; the lead ship, HMCS Harry DeWolf, was launched in September 2018 and is on schedule for delivery to the Navy this summer, with operations to begin in 2020.

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