Fifth Arctic and offshore patrol ship officially named in Halifax

The Royal Canadian Navy officially named its fifth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) the HMCS Frédérick Rolette during a ceremony at the Halifax Shipyard on Saturday.

In naval tradition, the ship’s sponsor and one of Rolette’s descendants, Hélène Châtillon, broke a bottle of Grand Pré Winery’s Nova Scotia Brut sparkling wine against the bow of the ship.

The six AOPS are named to honour prominent Canadian naval figures who served their country with the highest distinction, according to a release from Irving.

Lieutenant Frédérick Rolette was a Canadian-born officer who served in the Provincial Marine of Upper Canada who distinguished himself during the War of 1812.

“Naming AOPS 5 after him is a fitting tribute to his heroism and dedication,” Halifax MP Andy Fillmore said. “This ship is also a testament to the incredible work being done right here in Halifax.”

After the war, Rolette returned to a hero’s welcome in Québec City and was presented a fifty-guinea sword of honour in recognition of his service.

The Halifax Shipyard is set to deliver one AOPS per year to the Royal Canadian Navy ending with the sixth ship in 2025.

Two other AOPS variants are being built for the Canadian Coast Guard, with the first under construction at Halifax Shipyard and the second starting construction in July.

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