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MV Asterix refuels RCN ship for the first time

21 January 2018
Canada’s new Resolve-class oiler MS Asterix transfers fuel for the first time to HMCS Toronto on 15 January 2018. Source: Davie Shipbuilding

The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) new support tanker, MV Asterix , has successfully conducted its first fuel transfer to an RCN ship at sea. The Project Resolve vessel made its first transfer of fuel to Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto on 15 January and completed a dual replenishment with sister ship HMCS Montreal two days later. The exercises were part of the ship’s initial training with the navy.

Alex Vicefield, chairman of Davie Shipbuilding, told Jane’s that the first exercises with the navy have proven very successful so far. “It has gone very well with all the main systems tested. … It is very satisfying to be able to demonstrate the capabilities we promised the navy.”

The ship is operated by a combined crew of personnel from the RCN and Federal Fleet Services, the primary contractor. MV Asterix will formally enter RCN service upon completion of training and is contracted by the navy for an initial five years.

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