This morning, the shipbuilders at Halifax Shipyard successfully transitioned Canada’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, from land-level onto a submersible barge for the vessels planned launch tomorrow, Saturday, September 15, 2018.
The 103 metre, 6,615 tonne AOPS is the largest Royal Canadian Navy ship built in Canada in 50 years.
Weather permitting, the barge carrying the future HMCS Harry DeWolf is scheduled to be towed from Halifax Shipyard’s Pier 6 at 0500 to a launch site in Bedford Basin, located off the shore of Rockingham. Once moored at the launch site, the barge will be submerged in a controlled manner over many hours and the future HMCS Harry DeWolf will float off.
The public are advised to stay a safe distance from the launch site, no less than 500m, and reduce speed to minimize waves.
Following the launch, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf will be towed to Halifax Shipyard where our shipbuilders will continue working to prepare the ship for sea trials in 2019. HMCS Harry DeWolf is scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in summer 2019.