Broken generator forces Canadian warship to abandon Arctic mission


The voyage would have been the second Arctic voyage for the ship, which was commissioned on June 26, 2021

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HALIFAX — A mechanical breakdown has forced one of Canada’s newest warships to abandon an Arctic mission.

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HMCS Harry DeWolf was en route to join Operation Nanook in the Far North when one of its four diesel generators failed on Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Navy confirmed Friday.

As a result, the ship was turned around and sent back to its homeport in Halifax for repairs, the Navy said in a statement on Twitter.

The Navy described the outage as an “isolated incident” that did not affect any crew members or other systems.

The voyage would have been the second Arctic voyage for the ship, the first Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessel built at the Halifax Shipyard as part of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy. The warship was delivered to the Navy on July 31, 2020 and commissioned on June 26, 2021.

In December 2021, the ship completed its first operational mission: a four-month deployment that included crossing the Northwest Passage, crossing the Arctic Circle and circumnavigating North America.

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Earlier this month, the ship departed Halifax to participate in Operation Nanook, an annual multinational mission to promote Arctic security. The two-month mission includes community relations, scientific trials and patrols along the Northwest Passage, with assistance from the US Coast Guard, Royal Danish Navy and French Navy.

The Canadian-led mission is expected to be complemented by crews aboard the Arctic patrol vessel HMCS Margaret Brooke and the Kingston-class coastal defense vessel HMCS Goose Bay.

The mission marks the first operational deployment of the 103-metre HMCS Margaret Brooke, which was delivered to the Navy in July 2021.

The annual Arctic operation, which began in 2007, includes up to four deployments throughout the year.


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