This artist’s rendition shows an Arctic patrol ship now being built in the eastern port of Halifax.

This artist’s rendition shows an Arctic patrol ship now being built in the eastern port of Halifax.
Photo Credit: Royal Canadian Navy

Prime minister’s wife to sponsor Arctic patrol ship

Some traditions die hard in the Royal Canadian Navy and having famous women name and sponsor new ships is one of them. The navy has announced that the prime minister’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has agreed to sponsor the lead ship in a new class of Arctic and offshore patrol vessels.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is the latest wife of a prime minister to sponsor a Royal Canadian Navy vessel.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is the latest wife of a prime minister to sponsor a Royal Canadian Navy vessel. © Pierre Tison

The vessel is the HMCS Harry DeWolf, named after a Canadian naval hero of the Second World War. He took part in numerous duties involving the escort of convoys across the Atlantic, the rescue and evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France in 1940 and is said to have led in the sinking of many enemy ships.

The HMCS Harry DeWolf is being built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
The HMCS Harry DeWolf is being built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. © Royal Canadian Navy/handout

A champagne launch planned

The ship is currently being built by Irving Shipbuild8ing in Halifax and is expected to be launched in 2018. And yes, Trudeau will break a bottle of champagne across the ship’s blow at the official ceremony.

The navy acknowledged her many accomplishments in causes such as gender empowerment, mental health, self-esteem and equality issues related to women and children.

The 12 Arctic and offshore patrol vessels will be more than 100 metres long and will be ice-capable.

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