HMCS Ville de Quebec is scheduled to Sail from the Dockyard at 10 am tomorrow for the Mediterranean to Join Nato’s SNMG1 group. This trip is notable as it will be the first operational deployment for a Cyclone Helicopter.
Marlant will be Live streaming the Departure on Facebook beginning at 9:30
(above)HMCS Ville De Quebec Enters port. (Below) Galani and Oceanex Sanderling Occupy Piers 42 and 41 respectively.
at Fairview Cove, Atlantic Sea (above) held the western birth, and YM Moderation (below) was worked on the eastern birth
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.
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.
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
Marine Recycling Corp. of Port Colborne, Ont., has been awarded a $5.7-million contract the Athabaskan. The Work will take place in Sydney NS, and needs to be complete by July 2019.
Sadly, it looks like she wont become a museum ship.
Finally got a picture of her , tied up at pier 9
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.
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.
BAE Systems has announced they have submitted a variant of their British Type 26 Frigate design for the Canadian Surface Combatant project. They Published the Intro Video below.
On the lift for a work period. Likely including some paint touchups
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