Joint Support Ships

By Dr. Ann Griffiths, 8 May 2024

In this forum we talk a lot about the Canadian Surface Combatants, submarines/submarine replacement and the AOPS. But what about the Joint Support Ships? What’s up with them? Will we ever see them? Well, according to the April edition of the Seaspan Signal, Seaspan is planning the launch of the future HMCS Protecteur in North Vancouver by the end of 2024. According to Seaspan, they’re working on laying the Helicopter Handling Tracks and finalizing the shaft alignment. They also say that 50% of the cable has been installed, and more than 70% of the piping has been installed. It sounds like a lot of work still needs to be done, so the 2024 launch may not happen, but at least progress is being made. 

Progress is also being made on the future HMCS Preserver, the second Joint Support Ship. Seaspan says more than 50% of the ship’s blocks are now in production, with particular focus being put on key blocks for the engine and pump rooms. The bow – a 17-metre long block – was delivered to the shipyard via barge, and is scheduled to be connected with the rest of the hull later in 2024.

The end may not quite be in sight but, to quote Winston Churchill, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”


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