DDH 280 Class 5inch/54 Mounts Wear Out After 50 Years

When the construction of the four DDH280 Class destroyers commenced in Quebec in the late 1960s, the main armament choice was the Oto-Melara of Italy’s 127 mm/54 (5″) Compact. The mountings were built in 1969 and shipped to Canada. This weapon system proved popular and was adopted by several navies around the world. They were in service for roughly 20 years and were replaced during DDH280 modernization program in the 1990s by a 76mm mount from the same firm. It is believed Canada returned the original mounts to Oto-Melara who…

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Preserver Scrapping Completed

The final 15 meter section of the former Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) HMCS PRESERVER was broken up in December 2018, concluding an 18 month disposal of the ship. With nearly 1.4 million parts and 8,400 controlled goods certificates verified and catalogued, the storied life of PRESERVER came to an end with the issuance of her final Certificate of Demilitarization on 12 December 2018. PRESERVER’s disposal is part of a larger disposal program managed by the Directorate of Maritime Equipment Program Management (Non-Combatants), Department of National Defence. In recent years,…

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