(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.
Boa Bison and Boa Barge 37 arrived this morning for the shipyard. The Tug took bunkers, and is expected to sail this afternoon. The barge is on long term charter to the shipyard, for use as a lunching platform for the AOPS vessels currently under construction.
Update: Boa Bison sailed for Bergen Norway at 6pm.
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.
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.
today and tomorrow, the mid and stern superblocks are scheduled to be rolled out. The Middle is to be done first, and it already placed on the transporters. The Stern will follow.
The bow superblock sub assemblies were constructed in Woodside, and have been delivered to the yard to be assembled into the third superblock. Additional work will continue in the yard. It also appears that a Tower crane is being installed on Pier 8 to facilitate this work.
HMCS Toronto was handed back to the navy this morning – the 7th and final Ship to go through the FELEX program at Halifax Ship yards. HMCS Fredericton is the first FELEX’d ship to see overseas deployment, and is currently serving with Nato in Europe.
HMCS Halifax was the first ship to complete the Upgrades, Being handed back to the navy in January 2013.
From last night. The First AOPS under construction.
yesterday brought the arrival of the Hull of Atlantic Griffon to Pier 6, Undertow of the tug Fairplay 31. Her Topsides arrived earlier this month aboard the Happy Sky, and they will be re-assembled
Last night a fire was extinguished aboard HMCS Toronto. The Toronto is currently undergoing FELEX upgrades in the Graving Dock at Halifax Shipyard. It is now believed a Powertool battery battery failed, causing the fire.
The fire was reported to be minor, but hard to reach, and located 3 decks down. After it was extinguished, the ship was ventilated.
There was no one aboard at the time, and no reported injuries.2 people were sent to hospital as a precaution.