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New tugs for the Navy. this time for sure.

The Feds have another tender on the street for the construction for 4 large navy tugs to replace the glen Class. this one has been working through procurement circles for a number of years, they first tried for 6 tugs in 2012. that went nowhere, so in 2015 they went looking to bareboat or time charter commercial tugs. that too went nowhere and now they are looking to buy again.

the request is for an off the shelf design, and the tender requires bidders to present a working example of the design, not more then 10 years old, with more then 1000 working hours.

this tender reads:

the Department of National Defence (DND) has a requirement to replace the Royal Canadian Navys (RCNs) five Glen-class tugs and two Fire-class fireboats with four Naval Large Tugs (NLTs). The procurement strategy is to award a single contract for the design and construction of four commercial-off-the-shelf tugs through a competitive process on buyandsell.gc.ca.

Two tugs will be delivered to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in British Columbia and the other two tugs will be delivered to CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia.

DND is seeking to acquire four NLTs of a proven, in-service, commercial off-the-shelf design. The primary mission of the new NLTs will be to provide a platform to conduct moves of larger RCN vessels, along with providing towing and afloat firefighting capability, in the harbors on both coasts. Each new vessel is expected to have a minimum 25-year life expectancy. In addition, as part of this procurement, DND will also acquire the necessary technical data packages, operator and maintenance training, and two years worth of spare parts for each vessel.

the tender also mentions that The vessels must be delivered with no more than 500 hours on the main engines and that The vessels shall not be towed from the shipyard to the delivery points.

US Aircraft Carrier off NS.

the US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Harry S. Truman,  and its strike group are currently believed to be operating off Nova Scotia.  Pictured above is the carrier with HMCS Halifax. (US Navy Photo)


On the 10th/11th C-2 Greyhound Aircraft were spotted at Halifax Airport, and the USS Arleigh Burke which spent last weekend at the dockyard is currently assigned the the Truman’s Carrier strike group. (Above photo by Barry S.)

Navy Today  mentioned HMCS Toronto, cruiser USS Normandy, destroyers USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), and fixed wing aircraft and helicopters from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) will also be participating in the exercises.

 

UPDATE:

Could this the them? Arctic is USNS Arctic – a civilian manned US Military Sealift Command replenishment ship.

HMCS St. Johns on the Synchro lift

HMCS Saint Johns has been on the Dockyard Synchrolift for the last week or so, having some hull plating repaired. The Ship returned from Op reassurance in the Mediterranean July 23.

HMCS Montreal is at the graving dock at Halifax Shipyards for a work period which began August 15th, and HMCS Fredricton is at the machine shop Wharf, having exited the graving dock in early august.

HMCS Halifax pulls into Irving for Gas.

Warships often tied up directly at the Imperial oil wharves for fuel in the past, but to my knowledge, this is the first time a warship has pulled up to the Irving Oil wharf.

Since the navy is now pulling up to Irvings for gas like the rest of us, the question remains, when will we get a harbour side, ship sized BigStop.

HMCS Halifax spent the past week at the Static sound range off Mcnabs.

AOPS Update

(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.

Final CSC Bidders – One of these 3 will be the Next Canadian Warship.

The 3 consortiums that submitted bids for the CSC had their final Submissions due last Friday on the 20th. this final submission allowed them to clean up and clarify portions of the submissions based on feedback from the federal government and Irving.

The Three Bidders Are:

Canada’s Combat Ship Team – composed of Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and CAE, MDA, L3 Technologies, and Ultra Electronics – submitted their proposal based on the British Type 26 Global Combat Ship. the British are currently building this ship, though it is not yet in service.

Alion Science and Technology-led team with a proposal based on the De Zeven Provinciën Air Defence and Command frigate which is in service with the Dutch Navy. The combat system solution is based on the world-class capabilities of ATLAS-Elektronik and Hensoldt Sensors

The third bidder is Spanish Navantia with its F-105 frigate design. The company will partner with Saab and CEA Technologies to deliver the ships should it be selected. The F-105 is a variation of the Spanish Álvaro de Bazán-class frigates and is the basis for the Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen class, and the under construction Australian Hobart Class.  The ships use the American Ageis system. Their CSC Proposal  is fitted with a 127mm main gun by Leonardo, a CEAFAR2 radar by CEA, 2x RAM launchers by Raytheon, 2x 35mm Millenium CIWS guns by Rheinmetall, 48x VLS and 8x RBS-15 Mk3 anti-ship missiles by Saab

Asterix at the Ammunition Depot

The M/V Asterix, the navy leased replenishment ship spent the last two days at the Ammunition Depot in the Bedford Basin, and is scheduled to proceed to sea this Afternoon.

Asterix is scheduled to take part in the RimPac Exercises in the pacific which take place every 2 years in July, and is headed to the Pacific Ocean for the foreseeable future.

Athabaskan to be towed for disposal Thursday.

Word from Marlant is that Athabaskan will make her way to the Scrap yard Wednesday at 10am. She is the Last of the Iroquois Class destroyers – Algonquin, Huron, And Iroquois having all previously been scrapped.

Athabaskan was Paid off March 10 2017, and has been sitting at the dockyard having salvageable parts removed.

UPDATE 03/28:

She is now scheduled depart at 5pm, under tow of the Atlantic Larch.

Update 03/28 19:00:

She is now scheduled to sail, 0800 on the 29th

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