After a period of layup and then maintenance, HMCS Kingston sailed yesterday presumably for some trials. She spent a portion of the last night anchored in the Basin. The 12 Kingston Class vessels were built as Minesweepers, But also excel as Survey and diving platforms – Their main issue is their slow speed – about 15 knots, which is required for mine-sweeping, but limits their usefulness in other duties.
As A result, a Proposed mid life refit was shelved, and the MCDV’s will likely have a shorter then normal life. MCDV Refers to their designation as Maritime Coastal Defense Vessels.