The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has taken delivery of its third of six Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), HMCS Max Bernays.

The vessel will continue to remain at Halifax shipyard in Nova Scotia to complete the post-acceptance and final ship preparation works.

Once the associated work is complete, the AOPS will be transferred to its homeport of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in the West Coast next year.

Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand said: “Today we celebrate another important milestone for National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) and RCN with arrival of its third new AOPS Max Bernays.

“I would like to recognise important work of our shipbuilders and thousands of Canadians that have contributed their time, expertise, and materials to support construction of this new ship.”

In 2012, Irving Shipbuilding received a contract from the Canadian Government to build six AOPS for the RCN under the nation’s NSS.

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Construction of Max Bernays began in December 2017, while the ship was officially christened in May this year. It was named after chief petty officer Max Bernays.

The vessel has considerable space to accommodate small vehicles, a Cyclone helicopter and deployable boats.

The Harry DeWolf-class AOPS have been designed to support various missions at home and abroad. It includes search and rescue, coastal surveillance, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, drug interdiction and support to international partners.

Irving Shipbuilding is working on the fourth, fifth and sixth AOPS, that are currently under construction different stages.

Delivery of one new ship is expected to take place every year until 2025.