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Keel laid for future HMCS Protecteur

20th January 2020 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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A ceremonial keel laying event has been held for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) first of two Joint Support Ships (JSS), the future HMCS Protecteur.

The two JSS, future HMCS Protecteur and HMCS Preserver, will replace the RCN's former Protecteur-class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment vessels. Being built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy, the vessels are based on the German Type-702 Berlin-class design.

The JSS will feature damage control and self-defence systems that will allow it to conduct a full range of military operations in high-threat environments. In addition to providing critical at-sea replenishment, these multi-purpose warships will also be capable of seamlessly integrating with any Canadian or allied naval task group, and will significantly extend the range and endurance of these groups through the provision of fuel, ammunition, aviation support, food, spare parts, and medical and dental care.

Construction of the early blocks of the first JSS began in June 2018. A contract for the remaining full construction of Protecteur is expected to be awarded in spring 2020, with delivery in 2023.

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