Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kingston off for refit + addendum

HMCS Kingston left Halifax at noon time for refit. The lead vessel in the Kingston class of Maritime Coastal Defense Vessels left as a dead ship, in tow of CFAV Glenbrook. CFAV Merrickville assisted and took off the deck crew once the unwieldy tow was under way into a stiff breeze.

Laid down at Halifax Shipyard December 12, 1994, it was launched August 12, 1995. After a significant trials period, in which inherent stability* issues were addressed, the ship was commissioned September 21, 1996.
A mid-life extension refit program for these ships was cancelled last year. The ships were to have been refitted to last until 2040 -2045, but due to their under-performance** it was decided instead to replace them in 2020.


* this term has been disputed by a well informed source. All issues were resolved during inclining tests and before delivery with a minor ballast adjustment to compensate for assymetrical equipment layout.

** this term has also been disputed. The ships met specification completely and even met projected end of life requirments.

Since these ships are crewed entirely by reservists, and see only limited year round duty, it is more likely that the ships were considered to be "under-utilized" by the bean counters. This may be the reason for their projected short lifetime.

They have made transatlantic trips, and are without doubt well built.

1 comment:

  1. The ships AREN'T well built, one had her back broken being caught on two waves at the same time. They were built to civilian shipbuilding standards with military damage control. This was a cost savings method which didn't do any favours to the ships or those who sailed in them.

    Given the cost to man the Kingston class vs a Halifax class, you would see these ships steaming 275 - 300 days every year. The MCDV's are over used platforms who need serious maintenance.