Ian Keddie, Toronto - Jane's Navy International
05 de noviembre de 2018
Canadá está adquiriendo un sexto buque de patrulla del Ártico y costa afuera (AOPS por Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship) para la Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), dijo el Ministro de Defensa Harjit Sajjan durante una presentación el 2 de noviembre en el astillero de Irving en Halifax, Nueva Escocia.
El programa de adquisición de AOPS comenzó en 2015 con un contrato de CAD3,5 mil millones para cinco buques y la opción de un sexto.
"La decisión para un sexto barco se hizo posible después de garantizar una financiación adecuada para la adquisición del barco, así como el programa de producción modificado", se lee en una declaración oficial de Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).
El primer AOPS, el futuro HMCS Harry DeWolf se lanzó en septiembre de 2018 y se espera que entre en servicio con el RCN en 2019.
Se trata de un barcazo para aguas polares, es un Polar Class 5 (PC5).
|PC 1||Year-round operation in all polar waters|
|PC 2||Year-round operation in moderate multi-year ice conditions|
|PC 3||Year-round operation in second-year ice, which may include multi-year ice inclusions|
|PC 4||Year-round operation in thick first-year ice, which may include old ice inclusions|
|PC 5||Year-round operation in medium first-year ice, which may include old ice inclusions|
|PC 6||Summer/autumn operation in medium first-year ice, which may include old ice inclusions|
|PC 7||Summer/autumn operation in thin first-year ice, which may include old ice inclusions|
HMCS Harry DeWolf
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Harry_DeWolf Design and description
The Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessels are designed for use in the Arctic regions of Canada for patrol and support within Canada's exclusive economic zone. The vessel is 103.6 m (339 ft 11 in) long overall with a beam of 19.0 m (62 ft 4 in). The ship has a displacement of 6,615 metric tons (6,511 long tons; 7,292 short tons). The ship has an enclosed foredeck that protects machinery and work spaces from Arctic climates. The vessel is powered by a diesel-electric system composed of four 3.6 megawatts (4,800 hp) generators and two diesel engines rated at 4.5 megawatts (6,000 hp) driving two shafts. Harry DeWolf is capable of 17 knots(31 km/h; 20 mph) in open water and 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) while icebreaking in new year ice of 1-metre (3 ft 3 in) thickness. The ship is also equipped with a bow thruster to aid during manoeuvres and docking procedures without requiring tugboat assistance. The ship has a range of 6,800 nautical miles (12,600 km; 7,800 mi) and an endurance of 85. Harry DeWolf is equipped with fin stabilizers to decrease roll in open water but can be retracted during icebreaking.
Harry DeWolf is able to deploy with multiple payloads, including shipping containers, underwater survey equipment or landing craft. Payload operations are aided by a 20-metric-ton (20-long-ton; 22-short-ton) crane for loading and unloading. The ship is equipped with a vehicle bay which can hold can pickup trucks, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. The ship also has two 8.5-metre (27 ft 11 in) multi-role rescue boats capable of over 35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph). The ship is armed with one BAE Mk 38 25 mm (0.98 in) gun and two M2 Browningmachine guns. The patrol ship has an onboard hangar and flight deck for helicopters up to the size of a Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone. Harry DeWolf has a complement of 65 and accommodation for 85.Construction
The order for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships was placed on 19 October 2011 with Irving Shipyards of Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. The ship was to be constructed in 62 blocks, which would then be pieced together into three larger blocks. These three "mega blocks" would be fitted together to form the hull of the ship. On 18 September 2014, it was announced the the first ship of the class was to be named Harry DeWolf in honour of Rear Admiral Harry DeWolf, a decorated naval officer who served during World War II in European waters and as the Royal Canadian Navy Chief of the Naval Staffduring the early Cold War. The ship was given the hull number AOPV 430. On 18 June 2015 it was reported that the construction of test modules for Harry DeWolf was underway. The first sections of keel were placed on 11 March 2016, but the official laying of the keel of Harry DeWolf was held on 9 June 2016, marking the first naval construction in Canada since 1998. On 8 December 2017, the three main sections of Harry DeWolf were fitted into place.
Harry DeWolf was launched on 15 September 2018. The vessel was loaded onto the semi-submersible barge Boa Barge 37 and taken out into Halifax Harbour. There, the barge was submerged and the ship floated free, to be towed back to the shipyard. The vessel was officially named at Halifax on 5 October 2018 by sponsor Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Harry DeWolf under construction in May 2018
Name: Harry DeWolf
Namesake: Harry DeWolf
Ordered: 19 October 2011
Builder: Irving Shipbuilding, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Laid down: 11 March 2016
Launched: 15 September 2018
Type: Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessel
Displacement: 6,615 t (6,511 long tons; 7,292 short tons)
Length: 103.6 m (339 ft 11 in)
Beam: 19.0 m (62 ft 4 in)
Installed power: 4 × 3.6 MW (4,800 hp) generators
2 × 4.5 MW (6,000 hp)
17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) (open water)
3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) (icebreaking)
Range: 6,800 nmi (12,600 km)
Boats & landing
craft carried: 2 × multi-role rescue boats
1 × BAE Mk 38 25 mm
2 × M2 Browning machine gun
Aircraft carried: Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone
Aviation facilities: Hangar and flight deck
HMCS Harry DeWolf (AOPV 430) is the lead ship of the its class of offshore patrol vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy. The class was derived from the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship project as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and is primarily designed for the patrol and support of Canada's Arctic regions. Named after Vice Admiral Harry DeWolf, a former head of the Royal Canadian Navy, the vessel was ordered in 2011, laid down in 2016 and launched in 2018. The vessel is currently finishing construction.
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