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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Halifax Shipyard seeks confirmation from the Federal Government regarding the National Shipbuilding Strategy

On Friday, August 10th, Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Service and Procurement Canada and Member of Parliament (Gatineau, Quebec) stated that Davie Shipyard in Levis, Quebec will have opportunities to bid and win work under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Mr. MacKinnon also described Davie as a solid partner in the NSS, effectively equating Davie to Irving Shipbuilding and Vancouver Shipyards which were both selected in a national competition in 2011 for the exclusive right to build Canada’s future Coast Guard ships and future Navy combatants…

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HMCS Montreal arrives at Halifax Shipyard for docking work period

August 14, 2018 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal, arrived at Halifax Shipyard yesterday for a 53-week docking work period (DWP) that includes routine maintenance and upgrades to ensure the ships longevity. More than 400 Halifax Shipyard employees will work on HMCS Montreal DWP, including apprentice and journeyperson crane operators, electricians, engine fitters, ironworkers, joiners/stagers, labourers, material handlers, pipefitters, riggers, and welders, who are members of Unifor Local 1. HMCS Montreal is the third consecutive Halifax-class frigate from the Navy’s east coast fleet…

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New Irving Shipbuilding Research Chair at Dalhousie creates foundation for leadership in marine engineering

A new Irving Shipbuilding research chair at Dalhousie University will help further enhance Canada’s reputation as a global leader in marine research. Mae Seto, an associate professor in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Engineering, has been appointed the Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Marine and Engineering Autonomous Systems. This research chair will create a foundation for sustainable Canadian talent and leadership in marine engineering and provide leadership in ocean engineering at Dal. “I am honoured to occupy the Irving Shipbuilding Research Chair in Marine Engineering and Autonomous Systems,” says Dr. Seto. “My collaboration…

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ABCO Industries to build AOPS landing craft

Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Canada’s National Shipbuilder, has awarded an $8.9 million contract to ABCO Industries Limited (ABCO) for the design and construction of 12 metre landing craft for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Halifax Shipyard is constructing up to six AOPS as part of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Each AOPS will have one custom designed 12m landing craft onboard. The landing craft will be used by Royal Canadian Navy to deploy vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles or trucks,…

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