December 6, 2018 – Another important milestone for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) project was reached yesterday with the keel-laying of the future HMCS Max Bernays, the third Harry DeWolf-class ship. The traditional ceremony was held at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax shipyard.
The keel-laying ceremony is a significant milestone in a ship’s construction and includes the placement of a newly minted coin on the ship’s keel. Ms. Vicki Berg, a welder at the Halifax Shipyard, placed the coin in the keel to mark the occasion. It will remain within the ship’s structure for its entire life and is a token of good luck.
The coin placed in the keel of the future HMCS Max Bernays is the fifth in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Second World War Battlefield series. It captures the intensity of the Battle of the Atlantic, a time at which Chief Petty Officer Bernays performed the actions that earned him honors and a celebrated place among Canadian Naval heroes. The coin selected conveys a real sense of the dangers faced by those who sailed the seas between 1939 and 1945 and is a tribute to all the Canadians who fought in the longest campaign of the Second World War.
The construction of the third AOPS is progressing well. The first two of three mega-blocks are expected to be moved to the exterior land level construction point of the Halifax shipyard in spring 2020, which puts the ship almost two years behind schedule.
Official RCN photos