Irving Shipyards Offers First Glimpse Of New Arctic Patrol Vessels

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 11:31 AM

The first large sections of Canada's next generation of arctic patrol ships begin rolling out in Halifax today.

Irving Shipyards will move two of the three major sections of the HMCS Harry DeWolf outdoors.

The Centre Mega-Block will be the first section to move beginning at 4:00pm today.

At 37 metres long, 19 meters wide and weighing almost 2,800 tones, it is the larger of the two blocks.

The 1,500 ton Stern Mega-Block will move tomorrow afternoon.

The Centre and Stern Mega-Blocks will be joined once they are on land level to form 70% of the total ship.

The Halifax Shipyard will host an open house tomorrow for 4,000 people who have RSVP'd to have a look inside the construction hall and get a close up look at the progress being made on the ships.

The final Bow section is under construction now and will be joined to the rest of the ship this fall.

HMCS Harry DeWolf is scheduled to be launched in 2018.