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Canada's first AOPS begins builders' sea trials

28th November 2019 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Canadian Navy’s lead Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) has begun initial builder’s sea trials with Halifax Shipyard.

The future HMCS Harry DeWolf will carry out a range of trials including anchor handling, integrated bridge and navigation system tests, fin stabilisers tests, Multi-Role Rescue Boat launch and recovery, and communication systems tests.

Initial builder’s sea trials will continue over the next few weeks and will be followed by formal sea trials and acceptance by the Royal Canadian Navy in the first quarter of 2020.

There are currently three additional AOPS under construction at Halifax Shipyard. Second of class, Margaret Brooke, was launched on 10 November and is currently pier side where work continues to prepare the ship for sea trials and handover to the Royal Canadian Navy in late 2020.

Max Bernays and William Hall, third and fourth respectively, will follow.

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