Canada’s new naval Arctic patrol ship circumnavigated North America on its first voyage

The HMCS Harry DeWolf — the first of a new class of Arctic patrol ship — visited Greenland and Alaska, and sailed through the Northwest Passage

The Royal Canadian Navy’s offshore patrol vessel HMCS Harry DeWolf returned to its home port of Halifax on Dec. 16 after completing a circumnavigation of North America, including through the Northwest Passage. (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Armed Forces/Facebook)

By Arctic Today

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic and offshore patrol vessel HMCS Harry DeWolf returned to its home port of Halifax on Thursday, after circumnavigating the North American continent on its first voyage.

The ship is the first of a series of such vessels designed to operated in the icy waters of the Arctic as well as in other environments. It was delivered to the Canadian Navy last year, and commissioned this summer.

It sailed through the Northwest passage becoming the first Canadian Navy ship to do so since 1954, according to Canadian Naval Review.

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The Harry DeWolf visited Iqaluit in August, where it was present for joint U.S.-Canada coast guard exercises, and also visited Nuuk, Greenland, before sailing through the Northwest Passage and stopping in Unalaska, Alaska.

The Seattle-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, also transited the Northwest Passage this summer — though in the opposite direction — completing its own circumnavigation of North America.

This article was originally published by Arctic Today and is republished with permission.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Need To Do Better on

    The fact that a Canadian Naval ship hadn’t passed through the Northwest Passage in 67 years is embarrassing.

    • Posted by Anthony JM on

      We will have a greater presence after the two Arctic Class Polar 10 icebreakers have been built ,one will be stationed in the East coast ,the other will be in the West Coast ,able to do patrols surveys and navigation support – year round.

    • Posted by Anthony JM on

      We will have a greater presence after the two Arctic Class Polar 10 icebreakers have been built ,one will be stationed in the East coast
      ,the other will be in the West Coast ,able to do patrols surveys and navigation support – year round. Now we need more air support arctic airbases to support long range intercept and patrol jet aircraft year round .

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