As predicted, The Minister of National Defence, today announced the names of the RCN’s new Joint Support Ships which will be built by Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd.under the NSPS. The two Joint Support Ships will be named HMCS Queenston and HMCS Chateauguay in recognition of the significant battles of Queenston Heights and Chateauguay during the War of 1812. Both vessels will be the first RCN vessels to carry these names.
Traditionally, the name of a class of warship is derived from the name of the first vessel in this class to be constructed. HMCS Queenston will be built first, therefore, the two JSS will be known as the Queenston-class. The Design is based in the German Berlin Class
These ships will provide underway replenishment capability, for fuel and other supplies, and offer hospital facilities and strategic sealift for operations ashore. They will ensure that the military can continue to monitor and defend Canadian waters and make significant contributions to international naval operations. The JSS will provide Canada with a modern, task-tailored, globally deployable support capability for naval task groups for extended periods.