The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Halifax-class frigate, HMCS Montreal, has arrived at Irving Shipbuilding’s wholly owned subsidiary Halifax Shipyard for a docking work period (DWP).
The docking work is slated to continue for a period of 53 weeks and will include routine maintenance and upgrades on-board the vessel in order to ensure its longevity.
More than 400 employees from Halifax Shipyard are expected to work on the Canadian Navy frigate throughout the duration of the DWP.
These employees include apprentice and journeyperson crane operators, electricians, engine fitters, iron workers, joiners / stagers, labourers and material handlers, along with pipefitters, riggers and welders.
Irving Shipbuilding president Kevin McCoy said: “Our shipbuilders know the Halifax-class better than any other shipbuilders and we are proud to continue our legacy as the Halifax-class in-service support centre of excellence.”
HMCS Montreal represents the third consecutive Halifax-class vessel from the RCN’s east coast fleet to enter the Halifax Shipyard’s dock for a DWP programme since 2016.
The entire east coast fleet of seven Halifax-class frigates has already undergone mid-life overhauls and upgrades at the shipyard as part of the Canadian Government’s Halifax-class modernisation initiative.
In addition to HMCS Montreal, the RCN’s Halifax, Fredericton, Charlottetown, St John’s, Ville de Quebec and Toronto vessels were also modernised and refurbished at the shipyard between 2010 and 2016.
Halifax Shipyard is also currently engaged in the construction of six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC), which will be produced over the next 25 years as part of the country’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.