Halifax Shipyard launches Canada’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

November 10, 2019 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s second Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, was launched today, Nov. 10, 2019, at Halifax Shipyard. The launch of the second of six AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy, marks a significant milestone for Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and the revitalization of the Royal Canadian Navy’s combatant fleet. The 103-metre future HMCS Margaret Brooke transitioned from Halifax Shipyard’s land level facility to a submersible barge on Nov. 8, 2019 and launched in the Bedford Basin today.…

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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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Halifax Shipyard Delivers HMCS Montreal

August 22, 2019 – Today, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. celebrated the handover of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal to the Royal Canadian Navy, following the completion of a 53-week docking work period. The docking work period was completed on schedule and included preventive and corrective maintenance, ship system upgrades including new diesel generators and chillers to name a few, as well as installation of new equipment providing enhanced combat capabilities to ensure the longevity of HMCS Montreal, a Halifax-class frigate. More than 400 of Halifax Shipyard’s 2,000 employees worked on…

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DND Statement on Parliamentary Budget Officer’s Report on the Canadian Surface Combatant

June 21, 2019 – The Department of National Defence (DND) welcomes the report of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC). As the PBO uses similar tools to our own analysts, their report represents a valuable and independent corroboration of our work. Since selecting a design for the CSC earlier this year, we have recalculated our cost estimates based on certain weapons and support systems which are now known to be part of the CSC design. After an initial review of the PBO report, we find…

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Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd RCN on Frigate Design Contract

I could not be more pleased that the Government of Canada has unveiled the team that will design and deliver the Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) which will become the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for the next several decades. The implications for the Department of National Defence, Canadian Armed Forces and our Navy are wide-sweeping and we have already begun to take the necessary steps across the institution to ensure we leverage the technology and innovation that will be built into these extremely capable platforms. The RCN is…

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HMCS Max Bernays Won’t Make 2020 Delivery Date

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…

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Exceptional sailors recognized during Navy and Coast Guard Day

November 20, 2018 – Six exceptional sailors from the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) were recognized along with members of the Canadian Coast Guard on Parliament Hill in Ottawa November 20, 2018, during Navy and Coast Guard Day. Master Seaman Curtis Ancil Chambers, Leading Seaman Evan Stuart Gilbert, Lieutenant Stephanie Maxim, Master Seaman Annie Poirier, Petty Officer 1st Class Lee Richardson and Sub-Lieutenant Andrew Torchia were welcomed as distinguished visitors in recognition of their significant accomplishments in the RCN at home and abroad. Navy and Coast Guard Day, hosted by The…

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HMCS Harry DeWolf Christened at Halifax Shipyard

October 5, 2018 – Today, the RCN celebrated the official naming of the Harry DeWolf, the first ship built under the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project, during a ceremony at Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard. The Harry DeWolf-class will bolster the RCN’s presence in the Arctic and its ability to operate globally with a renewed focus on surveillance and patrol of our maritime borders. HMCS Harry DeWolf was named by the Prime Minister’s wife, during a ceremony attended by various Liberal Party politicians trying to cash in on a…

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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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Irving Shipbuilding Chair Takes Part in Operation Nanook ‘18

August 23, 2018 – The Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Canadian Arctic Marine Security at St FX University, Dr. Adam Lajeunesse, recently returned from Canada’s Arctic where he took part in the Royal Canadian Navy’s Operation NANOOK. Operations NANOOK is an annual Canadian Armed Forces exercise which allows the military to rehearse ‘whole-of-government’ responses to potential safety and security threats in the North. From oil-spills and ship groundings to terrorism and crime, these threats are growing as activity in the Canadian Arctic increases. Joining several members of parliament and the crew…

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