Joint Support Ships

The Mission

The Joint Support Ships currently being constructed for the Royal Canadian Navy will be purpose-built, multi-role vessels that will provide an important auxiliary function to the Royal Canadian Navy. One of the most important aspects of these vessels is their ability to replenish naval task groups with marine fuel and other provisions while at sea. This allows the Royal Canadian Navy to operate away from port for longer periods of time. In addition to replenishment at sea, the vessels will support training and naval manoeuvres and humanitarian operations, ensuring Canada’s continued safety and security at home and abroad.




Length Overall 173.7m
Cruising Speed 15 knots
Light Ship Weight (EOSL) 10895 t
Breadth (Moulded) 24 m
Top Speed 20 knots
Classification Society DNVGL (GL Rules 2012)
Design Waterline 7.4 m
Range 10800 NM
Design Displacement 19648 t
Complement 239 Persons

Joint Support Ships facilitate collaboration with allied navies by enabling the Royal Canadian Navy to operate away from port for longer periods of time.

Seaspan Shipyards has worked with the Royal Canadian Navy to ensure these ships fully meet Canada’s needs and contain modern systems and equipment.

Canada’s auxiliary ships are being built based on a successful design that was used to construct Germany’s replenishment vessels.

Progress Gallery

This gallery showcases archived photos of the first Joint Support Ship being constructed. The images are in order from the most recent updates through to the start of construction. For the most up-to-date images and videos of the Joint Support Ship’s progress, please head to our Photo Gallery page.