AOPS Weapon Systems Mirrors HMCS St Laurent Fiasco of 1955

What does AOPS Harry DeWolf have in common with HMCS St Laurent (II)? In the video below, notice the two single 40mm Bofors guns. For some inexplicable reason, the mandarins in Ottawa okayed the purchase of the guns but refused to pay for the directors. Only the first few of the St Laurent Class were fitted with the guns and the concept was abandoned as the 40mm mountings would be nearly useless. Fast forward 65 years and Harry DeWolf will commission without the infrared/radar system of the MK38 mount, rendering…

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Creating and maintaining good Canadian jobs should remain Irving Shipbuilding’s top priority

November 5, 2019 – Unifor is reminding Irving Shipbuilding, Inc. that creating and maintaining Canadian jobs is a key component of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy and should remain the top priority. “The spirit and intent of the Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy is to revitalize our Canadian Navy while creating and supporting good shipbuilding jobs here at home and that’s not what’s happening here,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Members are rightly concerned that Irving is more interested in looking for ways to outsource than fulfilling its commitment to increase Nova…

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AOPS Landing Craft Ready for Action

October 14, 2019 – ABCO Industries Inc. (ABCO), based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia completed sea trials for the 12 metre landing craft in the summer of 2019 and delivered the first vessel in October 2019. They will supply these support boats for each of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) currently under construction at Halifax Shipyard for the Royal Canadian Navy. The landing craft will be used to transfer personnel and equipment to shore where there are little or no port services available. It can carry 4 tonnes of…

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Sixth AOPS Ordered

November 2, 2018 – The Minister of National Defense announced that the Royal Canadian Navy will receive a sixth patrol ship, which will help sustain hundreds of highly-skilled middle class jobs at Irving shipyards heading into an election year. The lightly-armed ships will not be capable of combat due to their civil construction standards and instead will mostly be providing a “presence” in the Arctic outside of thick ice areas. Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd RCN, Commander Royal Canadian Navy, said, “I could not be more pleased with the decision to proceed…

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MAN selects Nova Scotia’s Modest Tree VR for AOPS Training

October 24, 2018 – MAN Energy Solutions has selected Nova Scotia-based simulation and training software developer, Modest Tree, to develop a virtual reality training solution for the engines onboard the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships under construction at Halifax Shipyard. The virtual reality training solution, the first of its kind in the marine sector, will train the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy to operate and maintain the ship’s engines. Each Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship will be propelled by two MAN Energy Solutions…

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Combat Management System CMS 330

Lockheed Martin Canada’s Combat Management System – CMS 330 – is a derivative of a Lockheed Martin Canada legacy product that was originally developed in Canada in the 1980’s for the original build of the Royal Canadian Navy’s HALIFAX Class ships. CMS 330 was developed as a result of 25+ years’ experience and knowledge of Canadian and NATO naval operations. Key aspects of the system include: The system was designed as a modern, affordable solution for mid-life upgrades in the international market. It has an open architecture design which adapts…

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Halifax Shipyard launches Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel

September 15, 2018 – Canada’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, was launched today, Sept. 15, 2018, marking a significant milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the revitalization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. At 103 metres and 6,615 tonne, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years. The ship was transitioned from our land level facility to a submersible barge yesterday, Sept. 14, 2018, and launched in the Bedford Basin today.…

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