June 13, 2023 – Victoria, BC – Seaspan Victoria Shipyards (Seaspan) officially delivered HMCS Regina back to the Royal Canadian Navy on May 19, 2023, marking the first full Docking Work Period to be completed under the shipyard’s Halifax-Class Work Period (HCWP) contract to maintain and modernize Canada’s West Coast-based Halifax-class frigates.
The vessel arrived at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in the fall of 2021. Over the course of the last 19 months, more than 500 trades personnel and salaried staff from Victoria Shipyards worked diligently to complete this project on time and on budget.
HMCS Regina received a wide range of engineering upgrades, equipment installations, preventative and corrective maintenance, and critical dry-docking activities, all in support of the Royal Canadian Navy’s goal of ensuring the frigates remain operationally available and relevant through to the end of their service life.
HMCS Regina has now been transferred to the Navy’s Fleet Maintenance Facility in Victoria, BC, where their staff will continue to reactivate the vessel’s systems and prepare it for future deployment.
Today’s milestone builds on Seaspan Victoria Shipyards’ exemplary record as a partner to the Royal Canadian Navy on past Halifax-class modernization efforts. The second West Coast Halifax-Class frigate to undergo a Docking Work Period is HMCS Calgary, which arrived at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in early 2023.
Work done at Seaspan Victoria Shipyards is conducted out of the federally-owned Esquimalt Graving Dock.
Although HMCS Regina was the first full Docking Work Period to be completed under the Halifax- Class Work Period, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards has a long history of providing quality in-service support for the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet of frigates, submarines and Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels. As this latest milestone shows, our team here is second-to-none, and we are proud of the continued partnership that we have with the Government of Canada to provide them with the quality work they need so that the Royal Canadian Navy can continue to protect Canada’s coastline. Long-term work contracts like the HCWP allow Seaspan to provide long- term, stable jobs for those in Victoria, and enable us to continue advancing as the leading ship repair and modernization facility on Canada’s West Coast.”
– Tony Winter, Vice President & General Manager, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards
ABOUT SEASPAN VICTORIA SHIPYARDS
With a well-earned reputation for on-time, high-quality delivery of large repair, modernization, and conversion projects, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards is a trusted partner to the Government of Canada and a range of commercial customers. In addition to modernizing the Navy’s fleet of Halifax-Class frigates, the shipyard provides ongoing in-service support for Canada’s fleet of Victoria-class submarines, as a subcontractor to Babcock Canada. The company also continues to make its mark in the commercial sector as one of the few North American shipyards executing work on international cruise vessels as well as performing the first major vessel LNG duel-fuel conversions.
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