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Friday, April 22, 2016

Royal Canadian Navy looking at extending life of Kingston-class Vessels

By: David Pugliese, The Ottawa Citizen
With added commentary by: Daniel Maillet, CAF Dispatch Author 

The Royal Canadian Navy is now conducting a feasibility study about extending the life of the Kingston-class ships.

The vessels have a design life of 25 years making the “end” of life of the ships between 2020 to 2023, Royal Canadian Navy officers recently told industry representatives.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) BRANDON (pictured), and HMCS WHITEHORSE make a quick port visit in San Diego, California, United States of America, before heading out to the Eastern Pacific Coast to start Operation CARIBBE on October 23, 2015.

Photo: OP Caribbe, DND
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Le Navire canadien de Sa Majesté (NCSM) BRANDON (sur la photo) et le NCSM WHITEHORSE font une courte escale à San Diego, en Californie (États Unis) avant de se diriger vers la Côte est du Pacifique afin de lancer l’opération CARIBBE, le 23 octobre 2015.

Photo : Op Caribbe, MDN
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Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) BRANDON makes a quick port visit in San Diego, California, United States of America, before heading out to the Eastern Pacific Coast to start Operation CARIBBE on October 23, 2015. Photo: OP Caribbe, DND ET2015-6005-01
The ships were delivered starting in the mid-1990s. The RCN has operated ships beyond their life expectancy by doing various upgrades.

The RCN is now studying the potential for five, 10 and 15-year life extensions on the Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels, industry reps were told. It hopes to complete its study by August.

This life-extension is most-likely needed as the new Canadian Surface Combatant Fleet and Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships that are to replace the Kingston-Class and Halifax-Class vessels will not be ready until the late 2020s at the earliest.

The data below about the Kingston-class is provided by the RCN:

The Kingston-class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDVs) are multi-role minor war vessels with a primary mission of coastal surveillance and patrol including general naval operations and exercises, search and rescue, law enforcement, resource protection and fisheries patrols.

Launched between 1995 and 1998, these ships are very flexible. Several types of mission specific payloads can be added to allow for rapid role change from one mission type to another such as a mechanical minesweeping system, a route survey system, and a bottom object inspection vehicle.

The 12 Kingston-class MCDVs are crewed primarily by Naval Reservists and are divided equally between both coasts.

Specifications:

Displacement: 970 tonnes (full load)

Length: 55.3 metres

Beam: 11.3 metres

Draught: 3.4 metres

Engine: Diesel-electric: Two Jeumont DC electric motors each drive a Lips azimuthing thruster with a five bladed propeller, powered by four 600V AC alternators driven by Wartsila SCAM V12 Diesels.

The Kingston-class ship’s homeports are Esquimalt, British Columbia, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The current Kingston-class ships are:
HMCS Kingston (700)
HMCS Glace Bay (701)
HMCS Nanaimo (702)
HMCS Edmonton (703)
HMCS Shawinigan (704)
HMCS Whitehorse (705)
HMCS Yellowknife (706)
HMCS Goose Bay (707)
HMCS Moncton (708)
HMCS Saskatoon (709)
HMCS Brandon (710)
HMCS Summerside (711)