Construction begins on Canada’s fourth Harry DeWolf-class AOPS

Irving Shipbuilding has begun construction of the fourth Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) destined for the Royal Canadian Navy, the future HMCS William Hall.

The vessel honours Quartermaster William Edward Hall, the first Black Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

The future William Hall will have a length of 103.6 metres, a beam of 19 metres, a displacement of 6,615 tonnes, a speed of 17 knots, and a range of 6,800 nautical miles. Armament will consist of one 25-millimetre autocannon and two 12.7-millimetre machine guns.

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