The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is set to commission its second Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and offshore patrol ship (AOPS) HMCS Margaret Brooke (AOPV 341).

The vessel will be officially commissioned during a ceremony held at the HMC Dockyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 28 October.

The event was confirmed by the Canadian Department of National Defence in a media advisory.

It will be attended by the representatives from ship’s company as well as various military and local dignitaries, including HMCS Margaret Brooke commanding officer commander Nicole Robichaud.

Launched in November 2019, the new 103.6m-long ice-capable vessel, HMCS Margaret Brooke, has been constructed by Canadian shipbuilding company Irving Shipbuilding.

The vessel is equipped with a diesel-electric power and propulsion as well as a bow thruster that will provide the capability to manoeuvre without tug assistance. 

The RCN’s forces can also operate and hangar a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter or any other small utility helicopter aboard the AOPS.

Construction of AOPV 341 started in 2017, which was followed by its delivery in July last year.

The AOPS is named after RCN former lieutenant commander Margaret Martha Brooke, who served as a nursing sister in the Second World War (WWII). She was also named as a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

All the Harry DeWolf-class vessels are being constructed as part of the country’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The contract for the construction of six AOPS for the RCN was awarded to Irving Shipbuilding in 2012.

Currently three AOPS, including HMCS William Hall and Frédérick Roletteare, are under different stages of construction and the final delivery is expected to complete by 2028.