HMCS Harry DeWolf entered service at a naval base in Halifax on Saturday, the Royal Canadian Navy’s first ship constructed for Arctic army operations in a long time.
The ship is designed for patrols within the far north of Canada and in offshore waters and has international capabilities.
Named after the late Admiral Harry DeWolf of Bedford, NS, it’s the first naval ship to be named after a Canadian naval hero.
DeWolf’s household was current on a jetty at CFB Halifax when it was commissioned.
In a taped video, Protection Minister Harjit Sajjan mentioned the ship was constructed to carry out a number of capabilities, together with surveillance and search and rescue.
Sajjan thanked Halifax residents for his or her assist in constructing the ship regardless of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You’re the youngest in a proud line of shipbuilding that goes again over 100 years,” he mentioned. “You have got proven dedication, dedication, and adaptability in your important work.”
Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan, talking in individual on the occasion, mentioned it was time to have fun the work of seafarers who carried on the naval custom in Halifax.
The navy took possession of the ship on July 31, 2020, the primary armed warship underneath the federal authorities’s multi-billion greenback shipbuilding plan.
The ship has undergone exams, together with chilly climate and ice exams, off the coasts of North Labrador and Nunavut.
It has been at sea for 111 days and has lined 19,814 nautical miles.
After commissioning, HMCS Harry DeWolf will proceed its coaching earlier than setting off on a tour of North America in August. It’s deliberate to return to Halifax in December.
Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax is slated to construct 5 different related ships for the Navy and two for the Canadian Coast Guard over the following few years.
Then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper first introduced plans to construct as much as eight armed Arctic patrol vessels in July 2007, and Irving was chosen to supply them in October 2011 earlier than constructing replacements for the Navy’s frigates and destroyers.
Within the years that adopted, there have been a number of price overruns and delays in this system.
Technical issues had been additionally blamed for the a number of postponements of the supply date. Then Irving closed its Halifax shipyard for a number of months in March 2020 because of COVID-19.
It’s the first ship to be specifically constructed for army use within the Arctic because the Nineteen Fifties.
The Royal Canadian Navy would be the latest naval power to have a presence within the Far North. Russia, the USA, China and a few European nations have expanded their maritime capabilities within the area in recent times.