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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Seaspan & Partners Celebrate Start of Construction of New AORs

On January 15th, Seaspan Shipyards celebrated the start of construction on the first new AOR for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The steel cutting ceremony held at Vancouver Shipyards is a significant milestone for Seaspan, the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and Canada’s shipbuilding industry. With the start of construction on the new AOR, Seaspan is leading the way in rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding industry. In addition, start of construction ensures that Seaspan will see the continued growth of Vancouver Shipyards’ workforce while mitigating any possible downturn in production. “Today’s start of…

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Minister Considers First Steel Cutting of New AORs Not Newsworthy Enough for Twitter Feed

On June 15th, the Defence Minister participated in a steel-cutting ceremony for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) future Replenishment Ships (AOR). At its peak, work on the JSS project will help to sustain an estimated 1 000 highly skilled jobs at Seaspan Vancouver Shipyards. The AORs are critical components to achieving success in both international and domestic Canadian Armed Forces missions. The presence of replenishment warships increases the range and endurance of Naval Task Group operations at sea, permitting ships to remain at sea for significant periods of time without…

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AOR Replacements Renamed Protecteur and Preserver

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is pleased to announce the future Auxiliary, Oiler and Replenishment ships will be known as Protecteur Class. The renaming of the AORs to Protecteur and Preserver by the RCN recognizes the distinguished and remarkable service provided by its past Protecteur-class ships that have carried these names. The renaming perpetuates the Battle Honours awarded to the forbearers of these ships and allows the future ships to add their own Battle Honors to the Preserver and Protecteur legacy. In October 2013, the Government of Canada announced that…

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