And still a bit more good news

Irving Shipyards, in Halifax, began, on 22 Nov, what are known as ‘builder’s trials’ of the first of the Harry DeWolf class Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) called for by Prime Minister Stephen Harper early in his first mandate and, finally, in the water over ten years later …

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… despite my often expressed reservations about this being a Royal Canadian Navy ship ~ I believe it is a constabulary vessel, not a warship, and should, therefore, be in a constabulary fleet: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Marine Division ~ it is good to see that she is in the water and one step closer to entering service.

Well done to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, simply for not screwing this up, and to Irving‘s workforce for building the ship.

2 thoughts on “And still a bit more good news

  1. Notice the red enclosed lifeboat as required in a civil, not combatant, ship. Helicopter will be RCMP or US Coast Guard.

  2. A new hull in the water, even a less than ideal platform, is a better solution than no new hulls in the water. A final fleet size of eight ships are enough to be an effective fleet by numbers alone. Training of personnel will be more economical and so will a supply chain for spare parts. In addition any future upgrades are more likely to be worth the R & D required.

    Although the the last two of class will not be Navy, that will not prevent them from having military applications in a time of crisis. This could also apply to the lack of an armed helicopter, or large caliber weapons systems, installed on the ship. In a time of potential conflict there are numerous choices for portable antiaircraft missles, artillery, and even armed helicopters, that could be procured on short order. The long lead item is a ship to transport them.

    If Canada is serious about Arctic Sovereignty we need to take steps to project that sovereignty now. The majority of countries in the World either do not recognize Canadian claims to sovereignty in the Arctic, or are so far distant from the Arctic they do not have an opinion. If some of our closest allies do not recognize Canadian Arctic Sovereignty, what are we to expect from potential adversaries.

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