With the recent delivery of the first Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) – HMCS Harry DeWolf – under the National Shipbuilding Strategy by Irving Shipbuilding Inc., Thales, the prime contractor for the In-Service Support for the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships and the Joint Support Ships (AJISS) contract, congratulated Irving Shipbuilding, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Department of National Defence on the successful delivery. 

Through the AJISS contract, which was awarded to Thales in 2017, the company will provide support for up to 35 years, and will generate economic benefits of more than $250 million in research & development in Canada; leveraging both industry and academia to spark innovation and skills development in areas such as predictive maintenance, life-cycle management, and logistics support analysis.

As the In-Service Support (ISS) provider for the AOPS and JSS, Thales is building on years of extensive planning to continue its work under the AJISS contract onboard the first vessel to ensure mission readiness now and throughout the fleets’ operational lifetimes. The company will also be harnessing the full suite of its digital technologies to deliver innovative marine In-Service Support capabilities to the RCN over the life of the contract. 

“Thales’ readiness to support the Royal Canadian Navy’s new fleet of Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships draws upon our decades of In-Service Support experience around the world and our unparalleled expertise in project management, systems engineering, and integrated logistics,” said Mark Halinaty, President and CEO, Thales Canada. “We’re proud to be creating jobs, supporting Canada’s marine sector supply chain, and generating substantive economic benefits to communities across Canada.”

Thales has provided ISS to navies around the world, including Singapore, New Zealand, USA, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga.