The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN’s) Resolve-class auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel (AOR) MV Asterix arrived at Canadian Forces Base Halifax on 27 December and will begin at-sea training in the new year. The ship was crewed by 36 Canadian merchant seafarers on its maiden voyage from Quebec City to Halifax, during which time the crew completed the testing of the vessel’s propulsion, navigation, and military systems.
The merchant sailors will be joined by 100 sailors from the RCN in January to begin integration training for approximately one month, after which Asterix will begin supporting RCN operations. The vessel is being leased by the RCN from Federal Fleet Services for a period of 10 years, with an option to purchase that can be exercised at any time.
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