So Project Resolve is now even closer to completion; Chantier Davie has nudged Asterix out of dry-dock and into open water to begin sea trials …
… I think she is scheduled to be handed over to the Royal Canadian Navy before Christmas.
It’s no secret, I’m sure, that I’m a fan of this project, because:
- I think Davie made a technically and financially sound and, even, innovative business case that serves it and the Navy equally well;
- I suspect Asterix is as good, maybe better value for money than the Berlin class ships (selected as the base model for Canada’s next generation support/supply ships) will be; and
- I believe there is a case for the Navy to rethink its doctrine of fleet support to allow civilian crewed ships to serve in combat flotillas, as the UK’s Royal Navy does.