Category Archives: Navy

RCN Sailpast

Sadly timing didnt work out for me to catch the RCN Sailpast and Fly over today. I Say RCN, as the Americans sailed early, and the french were late, but 3 frigates, 4 MCDV’s, a submarine and Asterix sailed out of the harbour today for Exercise Cutlass Fury 21, which runs to Sept 16th.

Ships Anchored in the basin starting at 0930 this morning. FS Aquiaine (Below) of the French Marine Nationial, and (Above) Asterix and HMCS Moncton wearing a western approaches disruptive paint scheme.

AOPS Updates on ships 2 and 3

Halifax Shipyard achieved two milestones this week. The HMCS Margaret Brooke completed several days of sea trials off the coast of Nova Scotia. The Ship departed the shipyard the afternoon of the 7th, and returned Tuesday morning.

The bow mega block was rolled out May 8th for ship number 3, the future HMCS Max Bernays, and positioned to join the rear two thirds of the ship already outside. The ship is scheduled to enter the water in the fall. 

HMCS Windsor In the Basin

HMCS Windsor has completed her recent work period and has spent the past week exercising in the Bedford Basin. Windsor is currently the only sub on the east coast, Corner Brook, Chicoutimi and Victoria are all currently on the west coast.

Trot Buoy Service.

RMI Seafox and a barge were seen out in the basin servicing some of the Navy’s Mooring Buoys. These buoys are anchored to the seabed, and allow navy vessels to tie up via their bow Fair lead.

This particular trot Buoy is located just south of the DRDC Barge. Below is a diagram of the setup of such a buoy.

AOPS #3 Mega Block Rollout

This Friday morning brought the rollout of Megablock #1 for AOPS #3, the future HMCS Max Bernays. The Stern block moved onto the ramp Saturday.

AOPS #2 was Launched Nov 10 2019. Its Bow was Added May 3 2019, and the first two blocks rolled out Sept 21/18. if the Harry DeWolf schedule is any indication, the AOPS #2, the Margaret Brooke should be ready for trials soon. AOPS #1, Harry DeWolf, began trials 10 days after the The Margaret Brooke was launched. The Margaret Brooke powered up Jan 5th for the first time using its own power.

ISI Photo via Twitter

HMCS Harry Dewolf handed over to the Navy.

HMCS Harry DeWolf at Navy jetty J – aka NJ.

HMCS Harry DeWolf was handed over to the navy, and moved from the Halifax Shipyard to the Navy dockyard the Morning of July 31.

The ship will undergo additional training and trials by the navy, before formally being commissioned next summer. As the Ship is in possession of the navy, it is now proper to refer to her as HMCS Harry DeWolf. (US practice is to refer to a ship in possession of the navy but not yet commissioned as PCU <Name> for Pre-Commisioning Unit.)

AOPS #1 to be Delivered Friday

Word came out today that AOPS #1, HMCS Harry DeWolf will be turned over the the RCN Friday, with a webcast move from the shipyard to the Dockyard at 1pm Atlantic time.

The Move will be streamed via the Canadian Forces facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CanadianForces/

UPDATE: the Navy’s Glen tugs moved the HMCS Harry Dewolf to the Dockyard NJ this morning.