August 2020

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. officially delivered the HMCS Harry DeWolf


On board are DESMI engine room pumps, heeling systems, ballast water management system & helicopter wash down system

Iriving Shipbuilding Management - 31 JULY 2020
(Halifax, NS) – Today at HMC Halifax Dockyard, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. officially delivered the HCMS Harry DeWolf, Hull Number 430 and the lead vessel in Canada’s new Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel class, to Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy. The Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel Class will be known as the Harry DeWolf Class. The HMCS Harry DeWolf was built by Canadian shipbuilders in the most modern and largest indoor shipbuilding facility in North America.

The vessel was moved this morning from Halifax Shipyard to the HMC Halifax Dockyard, where it will be based. An official Acceptance Ceremony was held on the Dockyard NJ Jetty, where ownership of the vessel was signed over to Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy. Mr. Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding, signed on behalf of the 2,000 shipbuilders at Irving Shipbuilding. On the instruction of Vice Admiral Art MacDonald, who signed the Acceptance on behalf of Canada, the ship’s company then marched on board to assume command of the vessel.


The 6,615 tonne HMCS Harry DeWolf is comprised of 440,000 parts and is the most modern and the largest vessel ever built in Canada in a combat package. It is also the largest Navy vessel built in Canada in more than 50 years. Other characteristics include:

  • Length: 103.6 metres
  • Beam: 19.0 metres
  • Speed (open water): 17 knots
  • Complement: 65 crew + 20 embarked forces
  • Endurance: 120 days
  • Range: 6,800 nautical miles at 14 knots
  • Integrated diesel-electric power and propulsion
  • Bow thruster for manoeuvering and berthing without tug assistance
  • Enclosed Fo’c’sle/Cable deck to protect foredeck machinery and personnel from harsh Artic environment
  • Retractable active fin stabilizers for roll reduction
  • Ability to operate and hangar a CH-148 Cyclone or small utility helicopter


The HMCS Harry DeWolf is the first of six Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy,


Photos delivered from Irving Shipbuilding Inc.