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Oct 12 - HMCS Harry DeWolf

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531 HMCS Harry DeWolf


In Halifax, NS on October 5th, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, presided over the naming of Canada's first Arctic and offshore patrol ship the HMCS Harry DeWolf. The vessel is named for a vice-admiral who oversaw the rescue of 42 sailors from the HMCS Athabaskan on April 29, 1944, during the Second World War. This is the first of at least five Arctic patrol vessels that will be tasked with patrolling Canadian Waters, including the Arctic. The fully completed vessel is expected to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in June 2019.

Type:                     Patrol Vessel
Displacement:       6,615 mt
LOA:                     103 m
Beam:                   19 m
Draft:                     5.8 m
Speed:                  17 knots open water
                               3 knots icebreaking


The HMCS Harry DeWolf has a range of 6,800 nautical miles (12,600 km). The patrol vessel can embark up to 8 x 20’ sea containers and has a 20-tonne self loading / offloading crane. The core crew size is 65 and could surge up to 120 persons if required. The flight deck has been fitted to handle a CH 48 Cyclone Helicopter. Primary missions will include Arctic Operations during the navigable season, Search and Rescue (SAR), High Availability/Disaster Recovery (HA/DR) and will provide support to scientific research. Construction of the second and third vessels – to be known as the HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays – is already well underway.

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