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The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships

At the end of July 2020, the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) – HMCS Harry DeWolf – was handed over to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). This was a great moment for several reasons. First, this is the first ship built for the navy through the National Shipbuilding Strategy (the Coast Guard has already received several ships). And, second, this is the first new ship the RCN has received since the 1990s.

HMCS Harry DeWolf

The AOPS are ice-strengthened patrol ships which can operate in limited amounts of ice; they are not icebreakers. They are not heavily armed, but they will extend the navy’s ability to operate in Arctic waters, and somewhat expand its operating season there. They will also provide the RCN with new capabilities in a range of patrol, search and rescue, and security missions. Six are to be built for the navy, and two for the coast guard.

If you want to know more about the capabilities, size and functions of the AOPS, check out the Briefing Note produced by the Naval Association of Canada at

Read more: NAC BN #14 (.pdf)

Canadian Naval Review (CNR) - Vol. 16.1


The National Shipbuilding (Procurement) Strategy (NSS) is the largest shipbuilding program that Canada has implemented since the Second World War.

In the spring issue, we examine the NSS from many angles. How did the program come into being? Why was it created? And what is happening with it? What are other countries in similar situations doing? Will it accomplish its goals? What is missing from it? And what are the strengths and shortcomings of the strategy? You have questions, we have answers.

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Previous CNR issues

Volume 15, Number 3 (2020)

  • Editorial: Not for Sale: Trump, Greenland and Danish Naval Diplomacy - Tim Choi;
  • Winner of 2019 CNMT Essay Contest: On the Rise of the Materialists and the Decline of Naval Thought in the RCN - Captain (Navy) Hugues Canuel, RCN;
  • How Does the RCN Prepare to Fight in Hypersonic Missile Environments? - Matthew Beaupré;
  • Dollars and Sense: Slightly Delinquent: Canadian Defence Burden Sharing - Dave Perry.

Volume 15, Number 2, Fall 2019

Volume 15, Number 2, Fall 2019

The fall issue developed a focus on the Arctic:

  • Chinese ship Xue Long visited the Arctic in 2017;
  • Arctic Rangers;
  • US Navy in the Arctic;
  • Dollars and Sense: Stepping up in the Arctic.

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