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May 5, 2022

Canadian Halifax frigate HMCS Toronto to undergo major docking work

All the RCN’s Halifax-class vessels have reached mid-life stage and are now undergoing a refit.

The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class multi-purpose frigate, HMCS Toronto, is set to undergo a major Docking Work Period (DWP) programme at Davie Shipbuilding.

The ship will enter Davie’s Lorne drydock in a few weeks.

During the docking work period, HMCS Toronto will spend several months at the drydock, before re-entering into the service.

The vessel will receive major upgrades and undergo maintenance works along with a range of engineering changes.

Commissioned in July 1993, HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) is the third vessel of RCN’s Halifax-class.

In 2015, HMCS Toronto received various upgrades under the Frigate Equipment Life Extension (FELEX) programme.

The DWP programme comes under an initial $382m (C$500m) contract, which was awarded to Davie Shipbuilding to provide maintenance to three Halifax-class frigates.

Prior to Toronto, RCN’s HMCS St John completed DWP at Davie. The ship is expected to return to service with the RCN in summer this year.

Canada is conducting maintenance work on all its 12 Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates to extend the operational capability and service life of the vessels, at least until 2040.

The modernisation programme involves upgrading the communications and missile systems, electronic warfare systems, combat management system (CMS) and radar capability of the frigates.

The 12 Canadian-built vessels can be deployed across the globe, both independently, as well as with the Nato and allied nations.

Once the modernisation works are complete, the Halifax-class frigates will perform core maritime missions and serve as a bridge to the RCN’s future fleet.

HMCS Toronto arrives at Davie Shipbuilding for major docking work period. Credit: CNW Group/Davie Shipbuilding.

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