By Peter Mallett
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver has entered the final phase of a lengthy and extensive refit.
The frigate’s extended work period started at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards nearly two years ago. It was returned to the Navy November 16, 2020, when the ship’s commanding officer, Lieutenant-Commander (LCdr) Matthew Arthur, and approximately 30 crew members took possession of the ship from the Government of Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister Materiel.
However, the extended work period isn’t completed quite yet.
The restoring process is now under way with ship’s staff and contractors returning supplies, equipment and furnishings to the ship.
After the extended refit period is complete in May 2021, warship and crew will conduct basic single-ship readiness training during the summer.
“Moving forward, we also hope to commence sea trials in autumn of next year,” said LCdr Arthur. “Then next up in the spring of 2022, Vancouver is scheduled to complete intermediate multi-ship readiness training with an eye towards high readiness in the summer of that year.”
The refit of the Navy’s 12 frigates ensures they remain the backbone of the Fleet until the delivery of the new Canadian Surface Combatants.
“It also ensures our ability to defend Canadian sovereignty, project Canada’s foreign policy, and aid civil power and law enforcement including fishery, shipping, search and rescue, and border protection,” said LCdr Arthur.