Hero #9 is lined up on the launch ways ready to go. No word on when the launch will occur, but the yard likely wants her out of the way so they can complete demolition of the assembly hall.
When the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M Launches, she will be the last vessel to be launched from these ways, as finished vessels will be completed at the other end of the yard.
UPDATE: Daylight photo Above.
The CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M was rolled out on Monday, after the launching of the CCGS M. Charles Saturday night. With the rollout having occurred, demolition of the remainder of the building can continue, and was quickly resumed this past week. Unlike the previous vessels, she was painted while still in the shop, though is missing her white stripe, name and coast guard markings.
The 7th Hero Class vessel CCGS A LEBLANC began sea trials on Monday.
photos to follow.
Hero #9, still in the Shop has been painted. As its the Last ship, and the building is coming down when complete, i assume they didn’t care about getting paint everywhere.
Hero #8 M.Charles, is due to be launched tomorrow Night, at 11pm.
With hero #8 rolled out, today brought the opening of the doors offering a peak at hero #9. She will likely be rolled out for painting at some point this weekend, though that may be dependent on the forecast.
Hero #9, the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M.,is named after Canadian Army soldier Captain Nichola Goddard, M.S.M, who has the distinction of being the first female Canadian combat soldier killed in combat, and the 16th Canadian soldier killed in Canadian operations in Afghanistan.
Woodward group Tanker Havelstern emerged from the NovaDock this afternoon, Just over a month after entering. Tugs Atlantic Larch and Atlantic Willow helped her out, and dead ship moved her to Ocean Terminals.
Photos to follow
The second to last hero class vessel was rolled out on the weekend, after the delayed launch of CCGS A. Leblanc occured last weekend.
She was rolled out for painting way back at the Beginning of October. Much work that is normally completed in the yard appears to have been done indoors, inducing installation of the crane on the rear deck, and some antennas and other equipment. Once the mast is installed, launching should occur fairly quickly.
In what was perhaps a prophetic photo (Above) from the 17th, the CCGS A. Leblanc is scheduled to launch tonight, at 0200am on the 27th. I cannot recall a night launch previously, though its likely an attempt to foil media coverage – likely to be heightened due to the injury on the initial attempt.
The CCGS A. LeBlanc is now showing a Sunday morning Launch on the ports website. It would appear that the stop work order has now been lifted.
Perhaps not. I learned last night that tomorrows launch has again been Canceled.
Originally scheduled to be launched last weekend, CCGS A LeBlanc still sits in the yard at halifax shipyards. The launch cradle is lashed to the vessel, however she is still surrounded by barriers and has yet to be moved to the top of the launching ways.
No word on a new launch date at this time.
Shipfax reports that a line may have parted while moving the vessel to the top of the launching ways, injuring a worker. As a result, a stop work order may have been issued, delaying the launch indefinitely.
The hearld confirmed this story today. During the launching operation a cable came loose, causing a clip to go flying, crashing through a windshield and injuring a worker. The stop work order will be lifted when the labour department is satisfied the work can be done safely. Other shipyard work is unaffected