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  1. Stoker

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Actually AOPS has a PC4 icebreaking bow allowing them to officially break 1.2M of first year ice with old ice inclusions. As mentioned they break more ice than 1.2M as demonstrated in their ice trials. but yes officially she is a PC5.
  2. Stoker

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    AOPS will break 1.2M compared to 1M for Aiviq. That's what I'm talking about.
  3. Stoker

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Its impressive but only breaks 1M of ice.
  4. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    That's their assessment as well that I read, they still have their AOPS version. These are to replace another class of CG ship.
  5. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    Their CG is also their military, so they will be using it for that.
  6. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    It looks nice but AOPS is a heavier ice class. That's not a ice breaking bow.
  7. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    So am I, they trialed it on my ship. Pretty slick.
  8. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    TRAPS was fitted just to see if it could, its never been trialed however the potential is there.
  9. Stoker

    Replacing the Subs

    From my own experience in the Arctic its a long slog to get ships to the Western Arctic, the couple of times the WC did it with MCDV's they fueled in Dutch Harbor, by barge and at least once by CCG. From the EC we sometimes topped in St.John's but more often enough we transited the West Coast...
  10. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    If that was the case all ships would be armed to the hilt. Most of my career I have been in ships only lightly armed carrying out missions the AOPS will be doing, not once did I feel unsafe.
  11. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    For a diesel electric ship they are surprisingly sophisticated. I suspect it has to do with the tonnage of the ship. Realistically a LCdr CO, with LT(N) XO and CPO2 Coxn could easily sail this vessel.
  12. Stoker

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    All ships going to the Arctic have to embark a fuel boom and interestingly enough now each Kingston Class has to embark fueling hose in case they have to share fuel between ships as one year the ships were short of fuel. The evolution itself is not challenging but all fueling is inherently high...
  13. Stoker

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    I did it a bunch of times as well but in the past the CCG doesn't like the hassle of giving us fuel and often its hard to make an RV when the CCG is looking after commercial traffic and are constantly moving. In the arctic I fueled with another MCDV, CCG as mentioned, at Thule and of course in...
  14. Stoker

    Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs)

    Currently sailing in a Kingston Class on a major NATO MCM exercise in the Baltic. One ship operates the REMIS AUV to identify mines and the other has the diving payload to inspect and destroy. We both employ ROVs and have updated degausing systems. In the regards to the future of the class more...
  15. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    HMCS Harry DeWolf is in the Caribbean conducting warm weather trials.
  16. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    It sure was.
  17. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    It was already confirmed by DH. HMCS Shawinigan in Nares Strait Sept 8th 2014.
  18. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    No the RCN has never made it the pole as of yet. The furthest North they have gone is 80 degrees in a Kingston Class.
  19. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    The RCN has done chew changes before in the Arctic as proof of concept in regards to the Kingston Class and could be easily accomplished at the Arctic fueling depot. The plan as it stands the AOPS assigned to the Arctic will stay there the entire time and for now no crew changes planned.
  20. Stoker

    Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship AOPS

    The earliest presentation I saw for the ship is one dated 2011. It said: "AOPS is a naval ship but is not considered a combatant. The AOPS has a small caliber gun for sovereignty enforcement, two machine guns, and weapons lockers." So Canada decided on what gun it was to be armed with over a...
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