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Royal Canadian Navy's OPV HMCS Max Bernays starts sea trials.

| 2022

According to a tweet published by the Canadian MoD on July 25, 2022, the future Offshore Patrol Vessel HMCS Max Bernays departed Halifax for their sea trials.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Future HMCS Harry DeWolf class Offshore Patrol Vessel Max Bernays (Picture source: Royal Canadian Navy)

Max Bernays (AOPV 432) will be the third Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessel for the Royal Canadian Navy. The class was derived from the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship project as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and is primarily designed for the patrol and support of Canada's Arctic regions.

The Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessels are designed for use in the Arctic regions of Canada for patrol and support within Canada's exclusive economic zone.

The vessel is 103.6 m (339 ft 11 in) long overall with a beam of 19.0 m (62 ft 4 in). The ship will have a displacement of 6,615 metric tons (6,511 long tons). The ship has an enclosed foredeck that protects machinery and work spaces from Arctic climates.

The vessel will be powered by a diesel-electric system composed of four 3.6-megawatt (4,800 hp) generators and two diesel engines rated at 4.5 megawatts (6,000 hp) driving two shafts.

Max Bernays will be capable of 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph) in open water and 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) while icebreaking in new year ice of 1-metre (3 ft 3 in) thickness.

The ship will have a range of 6,800 nautical miles (12,600 km; 7,800 mi) and an endurance of 85. Max Bernays will be equipped with fin stabilizers to decrease roll in open water but can be retracted during icebreaking.

The ship will be armed with one BAE Mk 38 25 mm (0.98 in) gun and two M2 Browning machine guns. The patrol ship has an onboard hangar and flight deck for helicopters up to the size of a Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone.

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