Statement from Irving Shipbuilding about AOPS progress

On September 7, Irving Shipbuilding President Kevin McCoy spoke to DEFSEC Atlantic attendees and Halifax media on the progress of building Canada’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and economic benefits of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.

An article by the Canadian Press stated that there are “significant challenges” associated with the building of AOPS. This suggestion is false.

Kevin McCoy’s exact quote, which was in regards to the challenges related to building the most modern shipbuilding facility in North America, is as follows:

“Starting a shipyard from scratch, every machine, all new software, new training, over 700 new procedures, establishing a supply chain in Canada for shipbuilding—all of that is a significant challenge. But we are very proud of the hurdles the team has overcome.”

Construction on the first AOPS vessel, HMCS Harry DeWolf, is well underway with 50 of the ship’s 64 components complete or under construction. On August 25, Irving Shipbuilding was pleased to cut steel on the second AOPS, the future HMCS Margaret Brooke. HMCS Harry DeWolf is scheduled to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in 2018.

Irving Shipbuilding has committed over $1.1 billion in spending to over 200 companies across Canada, including over $480 million right here in Nova Scotia. We are proud of the work our shipbuilders are doing to construct Canada’s future naval fleet.

For updates on our progress and Canada-wide impact visit


Sean Lewis,

Director, Communications

Irving Shipbuilding

Phone: 902-484-4595