Halifax Shipyard is constructing up to six AOPS as part of the Government of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Each AOPS will have one 12m landing craft onboard, which will be used by Royal Canadian Navy to deploy vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles or trucks, from the ship’s vehicle bay.
As the Conference Board of Canada said, the building of six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) will boost the economic activity across Canada by $3.42 billion between 2013 and 2022.
Moreover, other Nova Scotia boat builders are constructing deployable support boats for the AOPS program. Namely, Rosborough Boats and A.F. Theriault are building two multi-purpose Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats for each of the six AOPS.
The first three of six AOPS are being constructed by Halifax Shipyard’s more than 1,800 shipbuilders. The first AOPS, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf, will be launched in fall 2018.