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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