The Federal minister of Defense is scheduled to make an announcement at the Halifax Shipyard today. That announcement will probably be an order for the 6th AOPS. the original contract was for up to 6 boats, with a firm commitment for 5 ships, with the 6th a possibility depending on budget and performance. Sagin will likely announce a firm order for that 6th boat, or possibly a firm 6th, and a maybe 7th under similar terms.
Yesterday the feds announced the winners of Halifax Class repair contract. worth 7 billion dollars, over the remaining life of the ships, the work went to Victoria Shipyards for the 5 west coast frigates, and will be split between Irving Shipyard and Davie in Quebec.
The concern the Navy has is that as the ships age, two will need to be drydocked at once, and halifax shipyard only has one dry dock. Hence the need to split the work.
Haliax Shipyard did have a second drydock – however they sold it to International Ship Repair of Tampa Florida.
Driving by the Shipyard last night, the SPMT’s are in place under the center mega block, and it looks ready to move. I expect it will probably roll out today, or on the weekend.
RMI marine dive boat Spectator lies alongside the future HMCS Harry DeWolf this morning at Pier 8. Boa Barge 37 (below) was refloated last night, and is being towed back to Pier 6 at Noon Sunday.
Photos of the launching were previously posted as well as photos of the loading of the Boa Barge 37
the barge moved to the basin and was in place by 9am. located in the area of Captain Jim.
Photos will follow throughout the day when the fog lifts.
around 10:00 am the fog lifted
these are around 11:30:
(Above) rolling back slowly. (Below) Partially on the Barge.
(Below) All the Way Loaded.
Launching details and prep are available in this post
More roll back photos will be posted here
the future HMCS Harry Dewolf had had the tarps taken down and is the correct shade of grey, with black boot topping and red below the waterline. some touch ups remain, but the SPMT transporters look ready to go to move the ship onto the Launching Barge.
I hear the launch is targeted for the 14th or 15th.
Updates will be Posted at https://blog.halifaxshippingnews.ca/2018/09/harry-dewolf-almost.html as they are known. they will not show up on the Mainpage.
UPDATE: Rollback photos Posted here
(Above) The first AOPS, the Future HMCS Harry DeWolf has been tarped off for painting, prior to launching in September. the modules were painted indoors as they were built, though it was presumably with a primer, as the grey is not the Canadian navy grey in use on existing warships.
(Below)The Middle and Stern Mega blocks for the Future HMCS Margaret Brooke are well underway. they will be moved out Post launching of the Dewolf and assembled, then joined by the Bow mega block.
Thanks to Mac over at Shipfax, We now know that the Halifax Shipyard has chartered the BoaBarge 37 for a period of 4 years. the Barge will be used to launch the AOPS vessels currently under construction. The barge departed Rotterdam yesterday under tow of the Boa Bison, and is Due April 17.
The plan for ship launches is to move the ship onto the barge, tow the barge to the Basin, and submerge it, floating the new AOPS off.
Photos from Boa.