Government of Canada

12/06/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2018 12:00

Another important shipbuilding milestone: the third Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship receives its lucky coin

December 6, 2018 - Ottawa (Ontario) - National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

As part of Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada's Defence Policy, the Government of Canada is acquiring six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) to strengthen the Royal Canadian Navy's capabilities while equipping its women and men with highly versatile ships.

Another important milestone for the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) project was reached yesterday with the keel-laying of the future HMCS Max Bernays, the third Harry DeWolf-class ship. The traditional ceremony was held at Irving Shipbuilding's Halifax shipyard.

The keel-laying ceremony is a significant milestone in a ship's construction and includes the placement of a newly minted coin on the ship's keel. Ms. Vicki Berg, a welder at the Halifax Shipyard, placed the coin in the keel to mark the occasion. It will remain within the ship's structure for its entire life and is a token of good luck.

The coin placed in the keel of the future HMCS Max Bernays is the fifth in the Royal Canadian Mint's Second World War Battlefield series. It captures the intensity of the Battle of the Atlantic, a time at which Chief Petty Officer Bernays performed the actions that earned him honours and a celebrated place amongst Canadian Naval heroes. The coin selected conveys a real sense of the dangers faced by those who sailed the seas between 1939 and 1945 and is a tribute to all the Canadians who fought in the longest campaign of the Second World War.

The construction of the third AOPS is progressing well. The first two of three mega-blocks are expected to be moved to the exterior land level construction point of the Halifax shipyard in spring 2020.