The Government of Canada, in May, announced that Irving Shipbuilding Inc. will build 2 additional Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) that will be adapted for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) to perform tasks including offshore patrols.
The Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard is currently building six AOPS ice-capable, multi-purpose ships for the Royal Canadian Navy. The first ship of the class, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf (AOPV 430), is in the final stages of construction and is preparing for initial builder sea trials later this month.
Construction of two additional AOPS vessels for the Coast Guard along with continuous Halifax-class maintenance work will ensure steady workload at the Halifax Shipyard leading up to the construction of the Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) in 2023.
The CCG variant of the vessels will:
+ be dedicated to a range of critical missions, including North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) patrols.
+ operate as the primary conservation and protection enforcement vessels on Canada’s east coast, replacing existing Coast Guard offshore patrol vessels.
+ have ice-capable functionality that will allow the Coast Guard to expand its patrol capability into the low Arctic.
The Canadian Coast Guard provides critical search and rescue and environmental response services in Atlantic Canada, with more than 1,900 employees, a fleet of 44 vessels of various sizes, as well as 9 helicopters.