On June 9, 2016, at Irving Shipbuilding’s facility in Halifax, Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic and Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT), along with Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding, and Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Pierre Auger, MARLANT Formation Chief, attended a coin placement ceremony for the future Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Harry DeWolf, the lead ship in the class.

The coin placement is a shipbuilder and naval tradition where a newly minted coin is placed on the ship’s structure to bring luck to the vessel and her crew for the life of the ship. The coin was placed by Carl Risser who, with 46 years of shipbuilding experience at Irving Shipbuilding, declared the keel as “well and truly laid.” The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) project office as well as Irving Shipbuilding employees, and marks another significant milestone in the ongoing construction of HMCS Harry DeWolf.

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is eagerly anticipating the delivery of HMCS Harry DeWolf, the first of the Harry DeWolf-class AOPS, in 2018. The ship is named after Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf, a widely-respected officer who served with distinction in the Second World War and later rose to be Chief of the Naval Staff in the late 1950s.

The Harry DeWolf Class will be capable of: 

  •  armed sea-borne surveillance of Canada’s waters, including the Arctic;
  •  providing government situational…

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