Keel laid for Canadian Navy’s first Joint Assist Ship

Artist’s rendition of JSS at sea. (Picture courtesy Authorities of Canada)

The keel for the primary Joint Assist Ship was laid Thursday at Seaspan’s north Vancouver shipyard.

The vessel, to be the longer term HMCS Protecteur, is scheduled for supply in 2023.

Seaspan says it is going to be the biggest naval ship by size ever inbuilt Canada.

The keel laying occasion is seen as a big milestone in a ship’s development. A newly minted coin is positioned close to the keel the place it’ll stay at some point of the ship’s life. The coin is alleged to deliver good luck for the builders and all those that sail within the vessel.

Building of the early blocks of the ship started in June 2018. Presently 16 blocks are full and one other 37 blocks are underneath development, in keeping with Seaspan. The primary “grand block” was assembled in November 2019. A “grand block” is fashioned when 4 massive ship blocks comprising greater than 160 tons of metal are joined collectively. Three “grand blocks” are at the moment assembled.

The long run HMCS Protecteur, would be the first of two joint help ships to be constructed by Seaspan as a part of the Nationwide Shipbuilding Technique.  The ships can have a size of 173.7 metres and a breath of 24 metres, in keeping with the corporate.