On September 6, 2023, the second Replenishment at Sea (RAS) post was installed onto the future His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur. This installation represents the finished construction of all 123 structural blocks for the first of two Protecteur Class ships. Major structural blocks were manufactured by Ideal Welders in Richmond, British Columbia and installed at Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyard.
Production effort on HMCS Protecteur is now focused on outfitting piping, cabling, and internal systems. The RAS posts are a key structure used for the ship’s primary mission of resupply of fuel and stores at sea to Royal Canadian Navy and allied vessels.
Lessons learned from this first installation are being incorporated into the second JSS construction, which is well underway.