The Canadian Navy has launched HMCS William Hall, the fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) in the Harry DeWolf class.
“Our Fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the future HMCS William Hall, has been launched into the water in Halifax!”
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The future HMCS William Hall will remain alongside at the Halifax Shipyard while construction is completed over the coming months, with the delivery of the ship to our Navy expected to take place in 2023.
The future HMCS William Hall has entered full production, with its keel being laid at Irving Shipyard, Halifax, in February 2021.
The fourth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) is named in honour of Petty Officer William Hall, a Canadian naval hero, for his actions at the Relief of Lucknow, India on November 16, 1857 during the Indian Rebellion.
About Harry DeWolf-class AOPS
The Harry DeWolf-class AOPS is a highly versatile vessel that can be used on a variety of missions at home and abroad, such as coastal surveillance, search and rescue, drug interdiction, support to international partners, humanitarian aid, and disaster relief. The vessels are designed to operate in the Arctic regions of Canada for patrol and support within Canada’s exclusive economic zone. The ship is 103.6 m (339 ft 11 in) long and has a beam of 19.0 m (62 ft 4 in). The ship will have a displacement of 6,615 metric tons (6,511 long tons).
Specifically designed to patrol Canada’s offshore and Arctic waters, the Harry DeWolf-class AOPS bolsters RCN’s presence in the Arctic and its ability to operate globally protecting Canada’s interests at home and abroad. The AOPS also augments Canada’s presence offshore, and will be capable of conducting a wide variety of operations abroad.
Lockheed Martin Canada has partnered with prime contractor Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to deliver Canada’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).