For the first time in over half a century, a Canadian naval ship has crossed the Northwest Passage.

The HMCS Harry DeWolf—the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) newest Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS)—will pass by Ogden Point at approximately 4 p.m. today, Sunday, October 3rd.

Local are encouraged to stop by view the first vessel of its class as it remains berthed alongside Ogden Point overnight.

HMCS Harry DeWolf is nearly halfway through its maiden operational deployment already demonstrating its versatility by successfully crossing the fabled Northwest Passage while exercising the defence of Canada in northern regions.

In October it will participate in drug interdiction operations before transiting the Panama Canal.

Harry DeWolf will move to CFB Esquimalt on Monday, October 4th so the ship and crew can undertake a rest and maintenance period. When HMCS Harry DeWolf returns to its home port of Halifax, Nova Scotia it will be the first Canadian Warship since HMCS Labrador in 1954 to complete the circumnavigation of North America.

HMCS Harry DeWolf is the first of six arctic offshore patrol vessels built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

There are about 87 sailors aboard HMCS Harry DeWolf, which is the size of a Canadian football field and 19 metres wide.

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