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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New CO will sail HMCS Oriole on 2018 Great Lakes Deployment

The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) oldest commissioned vessel, the tall ship HMCS Oriole, had an exceptionally busy and successful program in 2017. Under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Mike Wills, Oriole made the passage from Esquimalt, B.C., to Halifax, including stops at 10 different Canadian cities as part of the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Throughout that period, the ship cycled through more than 300 crew members, took 400 sea cadets and hundreds of other visitors for day sails, and while alongside routinely welcomed more than 1,000 visitors on board each…

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