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DEC 26, 2017

THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY’S NEW MOTHERSHIP SAILS, ON TIME AND TO BUDGET

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Lévis, Quebec, 26 December 2017 – Davie Shipbuilding – Canada’s leading shipbuilder – today announced that it has completed the construction, commissioning and sea-trials of the first Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, Asterix. The ship was delivered on time, to budget and most importantly, at an internationally competitive cost. The ship departed Québec City 23 December 2017 en-route to Canadian Forces Base Halifax where she will enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy and be operated by Federal Fleet Services Inc.

Her crew of 36 Canadian merchant sailors together with Davie personnel and industry contractors sailed the 26,000-tonne ship on her maiden voyage. During the journey, they completed the testing of her propulsion and navigation systems and state-of-the-art military systems. Upon arrival in Halifax, the ship will welcome aboard members of the Royal Canadian Navy to begin integration training during the month of January 2018 prior to supporting Canadian naval operations from February 2018, for the next 10 years.


The delivery of Asterix represents the first new naval support ship to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy in over 50 years. It is also the first large naval platform to be delivered from a Canadian shipyard in over 20 years and the first naval ship to be delivered since the launch of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.


“The delivery of this ship is an innovation showcase for Canadian industry and marks an important new era in Canadian maritime power, for it once again allows the Royal Canadian Navy to independently deploy globally for combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. To see the Resolve-Class as just another naval ship is too simplistic. It is truly a force multiplier which will provide a globally deployable operating base for the Canadian Forces,” said Spencer Fraser, CEO of Federal Fleet Services Inc.


The Resolve-Class Naval Support Ship, Asterix, was designed by Rolls Royce to meet the highest and most stringent of NATO and Lloyds Register requirements to support military operations, specifically for its primary Replenishment-At-Sea functionality but also in terms of systems redundancy, damage control, ammunition storage and other systems onboard.


“This is a proving point for Davie. When we began this program, we looked at what DND had been planning with the Joint Support Ships since 2005 and we quickly realized that the 26-year old German design could be improved upon. For example, having only two replenishment-at-sea stations would mean that it does not fully meet the latest NATO requirements, which crucially calls for four stations. So, we set out to build an innovative, modern design of a naval support ship with the latest, state-of-the-art systems that would be fully compliant to meet Canada’s international and NATO commitments yet also provide a purpose-built platform for responding to humanitarian crises. We wanted to deliver a ship which would rival or exceed the best of the world’s naval support ships. Working closely with our partners in the RCN, the Canadian government and Canadian industry from coast-to coast, we can state categorically that we achieved our goals today,” commented Alex Vicefield, Chairman of Davie Shipbuilding.


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Federal Fleet Services
About Federal Fleet Services

Federal Fleet Services supports military, government and humanitarian operations through the construction, ownership, servicing and management of complex, mission-critical ships. Federal Fleet Services is the Canadian At-Sea Support Services Provider, providing a fully operated Naval Support Ship for the Royal Canadian Navy from 2017. Federal Fleet Services is part of the Inocea Group of Companies which also owns Davie Shipbuilding Canada’s largest and highest capacity shipbuilder.


Chantier Davie Canada Inc.
About Davie

Davie is Canada’s largest, highest capacity and most experienced shipbuilder. In 2015, Davie won the prestigious title of Lloyds List North American Shipyard of the Year. Over the past five-years, Davie has generated over $2bn in economic benefit to Canada and directly and indirectly employs over 3,000 Canadians, including over 1,400 who work at the shipyard in Levis, Québec. Davie has been Canada’s shipbuilder and ship-repairer for every class of major naval platform over the past century. Today, Davie is an industry leader in icebreaking, LNG and dynamic positioning technologies as well as naval and other mission-critical shipbuilding. Davie is ISO 9001:2015 certified for Quality Assurance and ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental Management.

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