Canada celebrated one other milestone in renewing the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) fleet with the supply of the third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Max Bernays. Constructed by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. of Halifax, Nova Scotia, that is the third of six new AOPS being delivered to the RCN by means of the Nationwide Shipbuilding Technique (NSS), an initiative that helps Canadian trade and jobs. Designed with a thick and strong hull, the AOPS considerably improve the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) capabilities and presence within the Arctic, higher enabling the RCN to claim and uphold Arctic sovereignty. With their appreciable area to move cargo and the capability to embark a Cyclone helicopter, small autos, and deployable boats, the AOPS have the flexibility to help a full vary of CAF operations at residence and contribute to world peace and safety in coordination with our allies and companions.

“In the present day we rejoice one other vital milestone for the Nationwide Shipbuilding Technique and the Royal Canadian Navy with the arrival of its third new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, HMCS Max Bernays. I wish to acknowledge the vital work of our shipbuilders and the hundreds of Canadians which have contributed their time, experience, and supplies to help the development of this new ship. Properly achieved to everybody who has helped make this supply successful,” The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Nationwide Defence mentioned.


Crew of Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Max Bernays on the handover ceremony. (Photograph by Royal Canadian Navy)

“For the third summer time in a row, we’re celebrating the supply of an Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS). The HMCS Max Bernays marks an vital milestone within the AOPS venture as we now have reached the midway level within the supply of those Royal Canadian Navy vessels. On August fifteenth, Irving Shipbuilding formally started manufacturing of Canada’s sixth and remaining AOPS for the Royal Canadian Navy. Our authorities acknowledges the exemplary work being achieved beneath the Nationwide Shipbuilding Technique by Canadian shipyards and the financial advantages it generates in communities and throughout Canada,” the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Public Companies and Procurement Canada mentioned.

HMCS Max Bernays will stay on the Her Majesty’s Canadian Dockyard Halifax whereas post-acceptance work and remaining ship preparation work are accomplished. In 2023, the ship shall be transferred to the West Coast, with CFB Esquimalt as its designated homeport. Development of the sixth AOPS started with metal slicing on August 15, 2022. In help of Canada’s defence coverage, Robust, Safe, Engaged, the Authorities of Canada continues to ship the fashionable, practical, and efficient ships that the RCN must help operations, whereas additionally rebuilding Canada’s marine trade with the creation of a whole lot of latest jobs beneath Canada’s NSS. The AOPS are extremely versatile vessels that can be utilized on a wide range of missions at residence and overseas, equivalent to coastal surveillance, search and rescue, drug interdiction, help to worldwide companions, humanitarian help, and catastrophe aid.

HMCS Max Bernays underway
Royal Canadian Navy Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship HMCS Max Bernays underway. (Photograph by Royal Canadian Navy)

The AOPS are often called the Harry DeWolf-class, named in honour of Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf, a Canadian wartime naval hero. The lead ship, HMCS Harry DeWolf, was delivered to Canada on July 30, 2020, and was formally commissioned into RCN service on June 26, 2021. The second AOPS, HMCS Margaret Brooke, was named in honour of the Royal Canadian Navy Nursing Sister Lieutenant-Commander Margaret Martha Brooke, who was adorned for gallantry throughout the Second World Battle. The third AOPS, HMCS Max Bernays, was efficiently launched into the water on October 23, 2021. A naming ceremony for the ship was performed on Might 29, 2022. The third AOPS was named in honour of Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, a Canadian naval hero who served because the Coxswain of HMCS Assiniboine throughout the Second World Battle’s Battle of the Atlantic.

AOPS 4, 5 and 6 are presently in varied levels of manufacturing, with the deliberate supply of 1 new ship yearly till 2025. The AOPS shall be utilized by the Royal Canadian Navy to conduct sovereignty and surveillance operations in Canada’s waters, together with the Arctic, in addition to to conduct all kinds of operations overseas. The Industrial and Regional Advantages (IRB) Coverage applies to this procurement. The IRB Coverage and its successor, the Industrial and Technological Advantages (ITB) Coverage, require firms awarded defence procurement contracts to undertake enterprise exercise in Canada equal to the worth of their contracts.