As part of this investment for the RCN, a contract valued at
Multi-role boats are small, fast, and maneuverable vessels used by RCN ships to conduct a wide range of tasks at sea, including, search and rescue, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and marine interdiction operations in which
"Ensuring our sailors are well equipped to carry out their work is critical for maintaining the success of
- The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
"The National Shipbuilding Strategy is creating good jobs and supporting small- and medium-sized businesses, such as
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation Science and Industry
"The multi-role boat enhances the capabilities of our sailors and strengthens the RCN. From boarding parties involved in maritime interdiction operations, to search and rescue, and humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions, these new boats will increase our capacity to carry out a range of critical naval tasks. I am very excited for this addition to the fleet, which will ensure our
The new multi-role boats will be approximately nine metres in length with shock-mounted seating for 12 people, increased speed, dual engine configuration, and electronic suite upgrades to its communications, navigation, and sensors.
Each Halifax-class frigate will be equipped with two multi-role boats to provide crews with increased operational flexibility while deployed. Out of the remaining six, four boats will be used for training, and two boats will be used as spares.
This contract was awarded through an open, fair, and transparent competitive process.
The Halifax-class frigates will also be equipped with new cranes to ensure they can effectively launch and recover the multi-role boats. A separate contract for the cranes was awarded on