The Royal Canadian Fleet’s multi-purpose frigate (RCN) of the Halifax class, HMCS Toronto, is set to submit a major docking program (DWP) at Davie Shipbuilding.
The ship will enter Davy Lorne’s dry dock in a few weeks.
During the working period, HMCS Toronto will spend several months in the dry dock before re-entering the service.
The ship will receive major improvements and will undergo maintenance activities, along with a number of engineering changes.
Launched in July 1993, the HMCS Toronto (FFH 333) is RCN’s third Halifax class ship.
In 2015, HMCS Toronto received various improvements to the Frigate Equipment Life Extension Program (FELEX).
The DWP program comes under an initial $ 382 million (C $ 500 million) contract awarded to Davie Shipbuilding to maintain three Halifax-class frigates.
Prior to Toronto, RCN’s HMCS St John completed the DWP at Davie. The ship is expected to return to service with RCN this summer.
Canada is maintaining all 12 of its Halifax-class multi-role patrol frigates to extend the operational capabilities and service life of ships to at least 2040.
The modernization program includes the modernization of communication and missile systems, electronic warfare systems, combat management system (CMS) and the radar capability of frigates.
The 12 ships built in Canada can be deployed around the world, either alone or with NATO and Allies.
Once the upgrade is complete, the Halifax-class frigates will perform major naval missions and serve as a bridge to RCN’s future fleet.
HMCS Toronto arrives at Davie Shipbuilding for a major docking job. Credit: CNW Group / Davie Shipbuilding.