Keel laid for RCN’s second AOPS
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has laid the keel for the second of its six future Harry DeWolf class Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, the RCN announced on 29 May.
The keel-laying ceremony, which took place at Halifax Shipyard, was marked by the placing of a coin onto the keel of the ship.
The six AOPS are being built by Irving Shipbuilding under a contract issued by the Public Works and Government Services department of Canada in January 2015.
The RCN will deploy the vessels to conduct sovereignty and surveillance operations in Canadian waters. The vessels will also support other units of the Canadian armed forces in maritime-related operations.
HMCS Margaret Brooke is expected to be officially launched in 2019.
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