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Old 09-08-2017, 22:06
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Another video on the project - centered on the public unveiling of the ship on July 20th. A lot of speeches/interviews, but interesting nonetheless:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHva7cQg3Qo

It won't be long before we see her at sea running trials - can't wait!
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Old 10-08-2017, 01:50
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Tim: One hopes that Asterix meets Canadian expectations. If she works as anticipated and if the crewing/ownership arrangement works, there is an exciting opportunity for future naval support ships.
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Old 10-08-2017, 22:48
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Tim: One hopes that Asterix meets Canadian expectations. If she works as anticipated and if the crewing/ownership arrangement works, there is an exciting opportunity for future naval support ships.
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Time will tell. If all goes well, she will accompany the two west coast frigates on their lengthy Pacific deployment next year. By the time they get back to Esquimalt, we should have a pretty good readout as to whether she and her concept of operations are successful.
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Old 11-09-2017, 22:06
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Some operational information. This concept of ops certainly makes sense to me. She must be employed where the operational need is greatest. Hopefully some meaningful employment can be worked into the lengthy (7600 nm) transits between coasts (ops with the USN, Mexican, South American navies perhaps):

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

RCN’s new supply ship will alternate between east and west coasts

"There was a report out of Halifax last week claiming that the new Resolve-class supply ship, being leased to the Royal Canadian Navy would be based out of that city for the next decade.

Not so, says the RCN.

The headquarters for the civilian crew will be in Halifax, the RCN says.

But the ship itself will alternate between the east and west coasts.
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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...nd-west-coasts
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Old 15-09-2017, 00:19
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Tim: I think the first major deployment will see Asterix supporting the planned 2018 deployment of two frigates in the Pacific Ocean area.
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Old 16-10-2017, 21:35
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Looking great!

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

New Royal Canadian Navy support ship now in the water, sea trials planned

"Davie Shipbuilding announced on Monday that Asterix, the new supply ship being leased to the Royal Canadian Navy, has now been launched.

Commissioning of all onboard systems on the Resolve-class naval support ship began in early September and on Nov. 16, the ship will perform its sea-trials prior to achieving full operational capability, the firm noted.

During the sea-trials – overseen by Lloyd’s Register – the ship’s safety, quality, systems and functionality will be tested against the military standards and specifications which it has been built to, Davie added.
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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...trials-planned
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Old 16-10-2017, 22:50
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Looking great!

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

New Royal Canadian Navy support ship now in the water, sea trials planned

"Davie Shipbuilding announced on Monday that Asterix, the new supply ship being leased to the Royal Canadian Navy, has now been launched.

Commissioning of all onboard systems on the Resolve-class naval support ship began in early September and on Nov. 16, the ship will perform its sea-trials prior to achieving full operational capability, the firm noted.

During the sea-trials – overseen by Lloyd’s Register – the ship’s safety, quality, systems and functionality will be tested against the military standards and specifications which it has been built to, Davie added.
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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...trials-planned
She looks the goods!
The one bright star in the Canadian procurement programme and they suspend its main advocate, Chief of Navy.
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Old 16-10-2017, 23:05
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She looks the goods!

The one bright star in the Canadian procurement programme and they suspend its main advocate, Chief of Navy.
She certainly does look good - hopefully her trials will go smoothly and she will be ready to deploy to the west coast in time for the planned Westpac deployment next year.

On a minor editorial point ... we don't have a "Chief of Navy" - the official title of the head of our navy is Commander, Royal Canadian Navy.
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Old 17-10-2017, 21:05
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Tim: The M/V Asterix does look good. There is a lot of interest in this ship on the east coast. Hopefully, she will meet and exceed expectations.
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Old 17-10-2017, 22:13
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More:

(From navaltoday.com)

Canadian Resolve-class oiler ‘Asterix’ hits the water

"Canadian shipbuilder Davie Shipbuilding launched the Royal Canadian Navy’s Project Resolve auxiliary oiler replenishment ship ‘Asterix’ this weekend at its shipyard in Quebec.

The naval support ship started life as containership MV Asterix and was converted into the naval support ship after arriving in Lévis in October 2015.

The shipbuilder said commissioning of all onboard systems began in early September and the ship is expected to start its sea trials on November 16, 2017, prior to achieving full operational capability.
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Old 19-10-2017, 15:48
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Tim: There is some positive excitement on the East Coast in anticipation of the arrival of MV Asterix in Halifax. It will be interesting to see how acceptance trials go.

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Old 19-10-2017, 19:06
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On a completely unimportant note, I wish we could rename this ship. Surely we can do better than naming our only AOR after either:

i. a typographical symbol, or

ii. a mythical Gaul from 50 BC.

Personally I like the name "Resolve."
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Old 20-10-2017, 01:25
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On a completely unimportant note, I wish we could rename this ship. Surely we can do better than naming our only AOR after either:

i. a typographical symbol, or

ii. a mythical Gaul from 50 BC.

Personally I like the name "Resolve."
Unfortunately she's not owned by the RCN so they don't get a vote.
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Old 20-10-2017, 18:49
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Unfortunately she's not owned by the RCN so they don't get a vote.
I realize that the navy doesn't own her (sadly) - just voicing a personal opinion.
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Old 24-10-2017, 17:51
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Some information on her crewing:

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

Here are the details on how Asterix will be crewed by the Royal Canadian Navy

"Defence Watch was told that the Royal Canadian Navy was originally looking at having two crews, one on each coast, for MV Asterix. That is now off the table. Here is the latest from the RCN on how Asterix will be crewed:

MV Asterix will sail with a combined crew of civilian and military personnel, featuring 36 civilian personnel and up to 114 military personnel.

The embarked basic military specialist crew consists of 67 personnel which will provide sustained underway replenishment, aviation, medical and dental services support for CAF requirements at home and abroad. The military crew design is fully scalable and flexible to enable task-tailored capabilities in order to conduct assigned missions and tasks up to the maximum allocated military berthing."


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http://ottawacitizen.com/news/nation...will-be-crewed
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Old 27-10-2017, 00:31
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Tim: The thinking on the crewing and deployment of MV Asterix is maturing. I am sure experience will lead to some changes. It is an exciting time for the RCN.
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Old 27-10-2017, 01:09
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Tim: The thinking on the crewing and deployment of MV Asterix is maturing. I am sure experience will lead to some changes. It is an exciting time for the RCN.
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Not to disparage the arrival of Asterix in any way, but it's rather sad that the only thing the Canadian navy has to be excited about is the arrival of a converted merchant ship as an interim AOR.

Now if I were an Australian, I would certainly be very excited about the development of my navy!
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Old 27-10-2017, 01:38
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Tim: And as we spend considerable time down under where our daughter lives, I am excited by the RAN and ADF in general!
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Old 20-11-2017, 22:01
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Some excellent closeup shots of Asterix, taken by a naval blogger:

http://www.rogerlitwiller.com/2017/1...s-interim-aor/
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Old 22-11-2017, 02:16
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Couldn't help but notice that both anchor openings have a welded box covering them. Curious why this is done?
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Not sure if the opening is covered by the flag and the welded boxes act as a buffer for the anchor and cable.

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Not sure if the opening is covered by the flag and the welded boxes act as a buffer for the anchor and cable.

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The photo, top left, in the link in post #110 confirms that.

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Old 22-11-2017, 18:13
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The photo, top left, in the link in post #110 confirms that.

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Well spotted Sir!
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Agreed, well spotted. Makes sense now that I have a good look at it. The "box" is actually the buffer/bumper for the anchor to protect the hull upon weighing anchor.
Speaking of anchors, was I the only Ordinary Seaman tasked with the search for the "anchor pocket door" keys with my first posting to a ship? I'm still impressed with the absolute straight face replies I received.
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In the aviation/avionics field, we sent newbies for:
100' of flight line
a gallon of prop wash
ID-ten-t forms (ID10T)
a wire stretcher
a can of relative bearing grease
a box of fallopian tubes*

and so on.



* A friend got sent for this - he went to medical and asked for some used surgical tubing, cut it into 25 8" lengths, went to shipping and got a box of the right size and put the tubes inside, and had them print up a label for it - NSN** and all. He said the look on their faces when he handed it to his PO was priceless.

** National Stock Number - the number the government supply office issues for a specific item.
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