Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Asterix back

The Navy's rented supply ship Asterix arrived back in port today. It sailed April 30 for Norfolk, VA, only one day after the RCN helicopter crash in Europe that claimed six lives. All Cyclone helicopters in the RCN were removed from operation as a result of the crash. That may have reduced the ability of Asterix to participate some operations.

Civilian tugs Atlantic Willow and Atlantic Oak met Asterix in the lower harbour to turn the ship and assist it back to its berth. 

At the ceremonial keel laying for the future HMCS Protecteur in North Vancouver on January 16, delivery date for the first of the navy's new supply ships was given as 2023. Asterix is expected to be in service at least until the second ship is delivered to ensure that there is one support ship on each coast.


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