The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has completed the development, commissioning and sea-trials of its first Resolve-class naval support ship, Asterix.

The vessel was constructed by Canada-based Davie Shipbuilding and delivered to the navy on time, within budget and at an internationally competitive cost, the company said.

"The delivery of this ship is an innovation showcase for Canadian industry and marks an important new era in Canadian maritime power."

Asterix sailed from Québec City to travel to the Canadian Forces Base in Halifax on 23 December, where the ship is slated to enter into service with the RCN.

The 26,000t vessel will be operated by Federal Fleet Services.

Federal Fleet Services chief executive officer Spencer Fraser said: “The delivery of this ship is an innovation showcase for Canadian industry and marks an important new era in Canadian maritime power, for it once again allows the RCN to independently deploy globally for combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.

“To see the Resolve-class as just another naval ship is too simplistic.

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“It is truly a force multiplier, which will provide a globally deployable operating base for the Canadian forces.”

The ship is set to undergo integration training this month following its arrival in Halifax and will begin supporting Canadian Navy operations over the next ten years from February.

The first Resolve-class naval support ship was designed by Rolls Royce to meet the Nato and Lloyds Register requirements in order to help support military operations, particularly for its primary replenishment-at-sea functionality.

It is also anticipated to support operations related to systems redundancy, damage control, ammunition storage and other systems.