Davie Shipbuilding has launched the Royal Canadian Navy’s new Resolve-class support ship, which represents the largest naval vessel to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard to date.
The ship is expected to be delivered on time, within budget and at an internationally competitive cost.
Davie previously began commissioning all of the vessel’s onboard systems in early September.
The navy ship features a modern design and is equipped with latest Canadian naval systems.
It is scheduled to carry out sea trails on 16 November before attaining its full operational capability (FOC).
The sea trials are set to be overseen by Lloyd’s Register and are intended test the vessel’s safety, quality, systems and functionality against the military’s high standards and specifications.
Davie Shipbuilding chairman Alex Vicefield said: “The delivery of this ship has clearly demonstrated that there is a Canadian shipyard capable of delivering complex naval platforms on time, to budget and at internationally competitive prices.
“In the knowledge that the Royal Canadian Navy needed this ship urgently, our 1,400 staff have worked day and night to ensure that it is not only delivered on time but that it is of a quality that will be able to serve Canada proudly for decades to come.”
More than 900 companies across the country have contributed to the vessel’s construction, in addition to the delivery of major military-specified equipment such as its integrated navigational and tactical system (INTS), Nato-compliant replenishment-at-sea (RAS) systems and its naval integrated platform management system (IPMS).
The ship’s multi-functional design will allow it to carry out both combat and humanitarian operations.
Image: The Royal Canadian Navy’s Resolve-class support ship. Photo: courtesy of Chantier Davie Canada Inc.