July 31, 2020 – Precommissioning Unit (PCU) Harry DeWolf was delivered today in Halifax. This ships is the first of six Arctic and Ocean Patrol Ships (AOPS) for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and two for the Canadian Coast Guard.
The six ships of this class will be the first ships capable of Arctic operations since 1957. Although able to land a helicopter the size of a CH-148 or CH-149, the usual embarked helicopter will be for law enforcement of scientific purposes.
The only armament is a MK38 25MM gun, which appears to not have any fire control fitted on the mounting.
PCU Harry DeWolf will remain at Jetty NJ at HMC Dockyard while the RCN conducts its post-acceptance trials and training, including operations near Newfoundland and Labrador. Once this post-acceptance work is complete, she will undergo a formal commissioning ceremony in summer 2021.
Construction for the following three ships is ongoing, with construction of the fifth and sixth ships expected to begin in 2021 and 2022, respectively.