The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) interim auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel, MV Asterix , was welcomed into service during a ceremony at HMCS Scotian on 6 March. The vessel completed sea trials in January and was officially commissioned at the end of that month.
Asterix was built by Chantier Davie in Levis, Quebec, and will be crewed by civilian and naval personnel during a five-year lease with the RCN. The navy has the option to buy the vessel at any time or extend the lease up to 10 years.
Admiral Ron Lloyd, the RCN commander, confirmed that after more exercises off Canada’s east coast, Asterix and two Halifax-class frigates – HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Vancouver – will be deployed to the 'Rim of the Pacific' (RIMPAC') exercises later in the year.
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