Canada’s new replenishment vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) are to be known as the Protecteur-class when the two future vessels, Protecteur and Preserver join the RCN, the Department of National Defence (DND) announced on 12 September.
Previously, the Joint Support Ships (JSS) were due to be named Queenston-class but the delays in the JSS programme led to the previous Protecteur-class being retired from service, freeing the name for future vessels.
The JSS programme has suffered a number of delays since it was announced in 2004. A contract for CAD230 million was signed by the government in January, and construction of the two Auxiliary, Oiler, and Replenishment (AOR) vessels is set to begin next year, with the first of class scheduled to enter service in 2021.
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