Canada’s Davie Shipbuilding launched its Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) conversion from the company’s yard in Quebec City on 15 October.
The vessel represents the largest-ever naval vessel to be launched from a Canadian shipyard and will serve as an interim supply vessel for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) until the delayed Protecteur-class Joint Support Ships (JSS) come into service from 2021.
Sea trials are scheduled to begin on 16 November in Gaspé Bay, Quebec, and are expected to take between four and seven days, Alex Vicefield, chairman of Davie Shipbuilding, told Jane’s . Following trials, the vessel will head to Halifax for installation of RCN equipment and a short work up before entering naval service “on schedule”, he said.
Project Resolve was originally pitched by Chantier Davie Inc to the Canadian government when it became clear that the RCN would have a significant capability gap following the early decommissioning of the navy’s two Protecteur-class oilers in 2014 and the impending delay of the new Protecteur class. Chantier Davie’s unsolicited proposal was accepted by the Conservative government in 2015 and work began later that year under a contract valued at CAD700 million (USD558 million).
Project Resolve involved the conversion of a commercial container ship, former MV Asterix , with replenishment equipment from the previous HMCS Protecteur . A large number of Canadian suppliers have been used for key military-specified equipment such as the integrated navigational and tactical system, NATO-compliant replenishment-at-sea systems and the platform management system.
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