Shipbuilders, members of the Royal Canadian Navy, the federal and provincial governments in addition to the households of two Canadian naval heroes marked one other shipbuilding milestone with the official naming of HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays. Each ships are a part of the fleet of six (6) Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) being delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy as a part of the Nationwide Shipbuilding Technique. The naming of a ship is a steeped in historical past and naval custom. Courting again centuries, this ritual is believed to deliver good luck and protected journey to the vessel and crew.

The AOPS are warships of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) constructed by the Authorities of Canada Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) procurement projectThe Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships are giant, ice-capable ships, greater than 100 metres lengthy, and designed to conduct a wide range of missions in Canada’s waters, together with within the Arctic. The vessels will likely be able to conducting armed sea-borne surveillance, offering authorities situational consciousness of actions and occasions in these areas. They will even be capable of cooperate with companions within the Canadian Armed Forces and different authorities departments to claim and implement Canadian sovereignty, when and the place mandatory.


Shannon Bernays, sponsor of HMCS Max Bernays, formally naming the ship on the joint Naming Ceremony of HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays at Halifax Shipyard. (Picture by Irving Shipbuilding)

AOPV 431 is known as after Margaret Martha Brooke who enrolled as a Nursing Sister Dietician on March 9, 1942 on the rank of Sub-Lieutenant (SLt). She was promoted to the rank of Appearing Lieutenant on July 1, 1946, then to Lieutenant (Navy) on January 1, 1948, and at last to Lieutenant-Commander on April 1, 1957. She served within the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 to 1962. AOPV 432 is known as after Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Max Bernays, a Canadian naval hero who served because the Coxswain of His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Assiniboine throughout the Second World Battle’s Battle of the Atlantic.

The vessels’ design was initially supposed to include a standard icebreaking bow for cruising, and would have proceeded backwards for breaking heavy ice. The vessels’ stern would have been designed for ice breaking and they’d have employed azimuth thrusters for propulsion and for chewing by means of resistant ice. The propulsion can be offered by diesel-electric twin shafts with bolt-on propellers, much like present Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers. The vessels’ ice class is Polar Class 5, however the bow area is additional strengthened to greater Polar Class 4 degree. The vessels may have a hangar and flight deck able to using and sustaining the identical maritime helicopters because the RCN’s different vessels: the CH-148 Cyclone and the CH-149 Cormorant.

Royal Canadian Navy Names Two Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships at Halifax Shipyard
Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays seen at Halifax Shipyard for the official Naming Ceremony of each vessels. (Picture by Irving Shipbuilding)