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RCN unveils interim AOR ship

4th September 2017 - 03:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) nearly-completed interim auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel has been unveiled at Davie Shipbuilding’s Quebec shipyard.

The vessel, to be known as MV Asterix, is being converted by Davie Shipbuilding from a container vessel into an AOR in order to fill the navy’s replenishment-at-sea capability gap as it awaits the construction and arrival of the Queenston-class Joint Support Ships. The Canadian government has agreed to lease the ship for a five-year period with Canadian armed forces specialists serving alongside civilian mariners and a civilian master employed by Federal Fleet Services.

According to the shipbuilder, Asterix will provide a wide range of functions from at-sea replenishment of fuels and cargo to aviation support, fleet medical support and humanitarian and disaster relief to the RCN.

The ship is expected to begin trials in Halifax this fall, and will enter service to support the Atlantic or Pacific fleet by early 2018.

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