Navy gets closer to deploying first-ever arctic patrol ship

The future HMCS Harry DeWolf, is now assembled at Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax shipyard

In July 2007 the Government of Canada announced plans to build six to eight icebreaking warships for the Royal Canadian Navy.

More than 10 years later, the bow section of the HMCS Harry DeWolf, Canada’s first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), was transported on heavy lift transporters from inside the Halifax Shipyard’s indoor shipbuilding facility to be married with the bow mega-block.

In the coming weeks, this third and final section will be fully joined.


“As the first ship of the class, having the future HMCS Harry DeWolf assembled at land level is a significant milestone for the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the AOPS program, and our 1,800 shipbuilders,” said Kevin McCoy, president, Irving Shipbuilding.

HMCS Harry DeWolf Quick Facts

  • Namesake: Vice Admiral Henry George “Harry” DeWolf (26 June 1903 – 18 December 2000) was a Canadian naval officer and war hero, famous as the first commander of HMCS Haida during the Second World War.
  • Class: Polar Class 5, meaning it’s capable of limited ice breaking
  • Displacement: 6,440 metric tonnes
  • Length: 103.6 m
  • Propulsion: 2 6,000 hp diesel-electric motors
  • Speed: 31 km/h open water & 5.6 km/h icebreaking
  • Range: 12,600 km
  • Crew: 65
  • Armament: Six modified Mk 38 Mod 2 25 mm cannons
  • Vehicle Bay: Pickup trucks, ATVs and snowmobiles

The HMCS Harry DeWolf is scheduled for launch at Halifax Shipyard in summer 2018. Construction of Canada’s second AOPS, the HMCS Margaret Brooke, is ongoing.

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