Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, National Shipbuilding Strategy

By Les Mader, 21 May 2024

The commissioning of HMCS William Hall on 16 May 2024, only 13 days after the commissioning of HMCS Max Bernays, marks a truly noteworthy milestone in the National Shipbuilding Strategy’s (NSS) delivery of Canada’s Arctic patrol capability.  Two-thirds of the navy’s planned Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) have now been commissioned. 

Presumably, this happy situation means that the navy has sorted out most of the initial ownership issues (material capability, crewing, training, etc) related to this class of ship. 

It is to be hoped that the momentum clearly gained by the NSS and Irving Shipbuilding with the AOPS project will translate over fully and easily to the subsequent Canadian Surface Combatant one.

It would be very nice if the Canadian Armed Forces and the navy experienced some good news on the capital project front.

HMCS William Hall Commissioned into Service in Halifax, N.S. -


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