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Asterix at the Ammunition Depot

The M/V Asterix, the navy leased replenishment ship spent the last two days at the Ammunition Depot in the Bedford Basin, and is scheduled to proceed to sea this Afternoon.

Asterix is scheduled to take part in the RimPac Exercises in the pacific which take place every 2 years in July, and is headed to the Pacific Ocean for the foreseeable future.

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Athabaskan to be towed for disposal Thursday.

Word from Marlant is that Athabaskan will make her way to the Scrap yard Wednesday at 10am. She is the Last of the Iroquois Class destroyers – Algonquin, Huron, And Iroquois having all previously been scrapped.

Athabaskan was Paid off March 10 2017, and has been sitting at the dockyard having salvageable parts removed.

UPDATE 03/28:

She is now scheduled depart at 5pm, under tow of the Atlantic Larch.

Update 03/28 19:00:

She is now scheduled to sail, 0800 on the 29th

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Addtional Announced CSC Bids

Bids for the CSC were due today, and 2 additional bids have been publicly announced. the French/Italian consortium has proposed their FREMM Design, used by France, Italy, morocco and Egypt, and under consideration by Australia. in an interesting twist, the consortium maintains the 15 ships can be built by Irving at the original 30 billion project estimate.

A bid was also received from Alion Canada, offering the Dutch  Provincien Command frigate. this ship went into service with the dutch navy in the early 2000’s so is only somewhat newer then the current Halifax class. I have no record of this ship class visiting Halifax.

UPDATE:

A 4th bid has been announced coming from Spanish firm Navanta. The F-105 is a variation of the Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigates and is the basis for the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen class (Pictured above), and the under construction Australian Hobart Class.  The ships use the American Ageis system.

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Athabaskan to be Scrapped

The federal government issued a tender to “dispose of, through Ship Breaking, the former HMCS ATHABASKAN”

This means she is to be scrapped, rather then preserved as a museum ship. You can read the Tender at https://buyandsell.gc.ca/procurement-data/tender-notice/PW-ERD-003-26503

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Protecteur and Preserver are back – New Support Ships Re-named by navy!

Trident is reporting that the Queenston Class Support ships will now be the Protecteur Class, and will now be named Protecteur and Preserver. The previous Conservative government named the to be built support ships in October 2013 as HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay .

The recently scrapped supply ships HMCS Protecteur and Preserver were the original Protecteur Class, and the new class will continue the legacy of the Old ships. Given these vessels were in service in 2013, the names were unavailable for re-use.

These Vessels are scheduled to be built by Seaspan in Vancouver.

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CFAV Quest to the Breakers Wednesday

CFAV Quest will be towed to Sydney NS on Wednesday Sept 13th for her date with the breakers. Built by Burrard Dry Dock Co in North Vancouver, she entered service in 1969 as one to the navys research vessels.

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