Royal Canadian Navy’s third Harry DeWolf-class patrol ship hits the water

The future HMCS Max Bernays, a Royal Canadian Navy Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, being launched into the water, October 23, 2021 (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

Irving Shipbuilding launched the Royal Canadian Navy’s third Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and offshore patrol ship (AOPS) into the water at its Halifax Shipyard in Nova Scotia on Saturday, October 23.

The future HMCS Max Bernays will be assigned to Maritime Forces Pacific, making it the first AOPS to operate primarily off Canada’s western coast.

The 103-metre vessel was designed in compliance to IACS Polar Class 5. A diesel-electric propulsion system will consist of four 3.6MW diesel engines that supply electrical power to two 4.5MW motors to deliver speeds of 17 knots in open water and three knots for icebreaking.

The future Max Bernays is scheduled to be handed over to the navy by 2022.

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