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Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship

Project Type

Project Replace


The objective of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship project is to deliver six ice-capable offshore patrol ships that will be used by the Royal Canadian Navy to conduct sovereignty and surveillance operations in Canada's waters, including the Arctic, as well as to conduct a wide variety of operations abroad. The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship project is acquiring ships, associated integrated logistics support products, jetty infrastructures in Halifax and Esquimalt as well as a berthing and fueling facility at Nanisivik, Nunavut.


The primary characteristics of the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship include the following capabilities:

The project budget is $4.3B with the implementation contract of $2.6B awarded to Irving Shipbuilding under the National Shipbuilding Strategy in December 2014. A contract amendment was signed December 2018 for the acquisition of a sixth ship and extension of the schedule.

On August 22, 2019, the Government of Canada highlighted the end of construction of a the new jetty at CFB Halifax. Valued at $113 million, the Jetty NJ project will provide berthing space for up to four Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels, as well as other naval ship classes and foreign vessels.

In November 2019, the second Arctic and Offshore Patrol ship, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke, was successfully launched in Halifax. Builder trials for the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, the future HMCS Harry DeWolf were held in late-November.

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Funding Range

$1 billion to $4.99 billion

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas

Key Industrial Capabilities

Not applicable.

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