Royal Canadian Navy’s 2nd Harry DeWolf-class OPV Named HMCS Margaret Brooke

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) named its second Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) as HMCS Margaret Brooke (AOPV 431).

The namesake of the ship is a Saskatoon war hero, Dr. Margaret Brooke. Brooke was born in Ardath, Sask. She studied at the University of Saskatchewan, becoming a dietitian before enrolling in the navy. She began her service during the Second World War with HMCS Unicorn.

On Oct. 14, 1942 she was aboard the SS Caribou off the coast of Newfoundland when it was torpedoed by a German U-boat. The ship immediately began to sink.

She was decorated and made a member of the Order of the British Empire for showing gallantry for trying to save her friend, Nursing Sister Sub-Lt. Agnes Wilkie.

In 2015, it was announced the Royal Canadian Navy’s second Harry DeWolf-Class Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel would be named after Brooke.

HMCS Margaret Brooke is expected to launch in July 2019. She will be commanded by Navy Commander Michele Tessier.

Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessel

Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessel is a Government of Canada procurement project for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) that is part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

The class was previously referred to as Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS). In July 2007 the federal government announced plans for acquiring six to eight icebreaking warships for the RCN.

The vessels had been speculated to be modelled on the Norwegian Svalbard class and as of 2007 were projected to cost $3.5 billion (CAD) to construct with a total project procurement budgeted to cost $4.3 billion in order to cover maintenance over the 25-year lifespan of the vessels.

The lead ship of the class was announced as Harry DeWolf in September 2014, and four additional ships were named in January 2015.

Construction of the ships, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf (AOPV 430) and the future HMCS Margaret Brooke (AOPV 431) started in September 2015 and September 2016 at Halifax Shipyards, respectively. Harry DeWolf and Margaret Brooke were planned to be delivered in 2018.

The future HMCS Max Bernays (AOPV 432) began construction in December 2017 and the future HMCS William Hall (AOPV 433) was planned to begin in 2017, with Max Bernays to be delivered by late 2019, and William Hall by early 2020.

The future HMCS Frédérick Rolette (AOPV 434) and the future HMCS Robert Hampton Gray (AOPV 435), are planned to be in service by 2021 and 2022, respectively.

Both Harry DeWolf and Margaret Brooke are planned to be retired from service and decommissioned by 2043.

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