Federal Fleet Services (FFS) has revealed that the Canadian Government extended its at-sea support services contract for Resolve-class naval support ship MV Asterix.

The two-year extension will allow the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to maintain its essential replenishment-at-sea capabilities at present and into the future. 

The auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship MV Asterix has been supporting the RCN since 2018.

The vessel was converted into a military specified support vessel from a containership by a Canadian company Davie Shipbuilding in a span of 18 months. It is operated by both the RCN and FFS.

FFS noted that Asterix’s overall optional lease period is ten years. However, Canada can execute a contractual purchase option at any time.

FFS CEO rear admiral (retired) Gilles Couturier said: “Locking in Asterix’s capability for Canada and the Nato alliance is smart business.

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“Its strategic capability is critical to Canada maintaining a capable, deployable, blue-water navy.

“The RCN can deploy anywhere in the world in response to crises, conflicts or to support humanitarian missions.

“Everyone at FFS, seafarers and civilians, is proud that we will continue to provide this critical capability. Asterix has rightly become a permanent and well-integrated component of the RCN fleet.”

In the past five-year since its deployment, the Resolve-class vessel Asterix has been deployed to carry out a wide range of missions for the RCN.

According to the company, Canada requires around four permanent replenishment vessels and as per the current plans, two Protecteur-Class supply ships are scheduled for delivery.