The Canadian Air Force’s clark tug and its American sister tug, the USS Wasp, will join the Royal Canadian Navy as part of a new class of ships with advanced air-sea defence capabilities.
The new ships, which will be called the Nimitz-class destroyers, will arrive at sea in the next few weeks.
The Nimitz class destroyer is designed to fight submarines and small boats.
The ships, designed to replace the ageing U.S. destroyer class, will be armed with powerful cruise missiles, high-speed torpedoes and surface-to-air missiles.
The warships are expected to join the U.K. Nimitzclass destroyer, HMS Queen Elizabeth, in 2021, the Royal Australian Navy’s Nimitz and the U-18 Nimitz, which are based at Perth.
The Canadian Navy plans to order 1,000 of the Nimits this year.
The clark-class ships will be capable of taking off and landing from aircraft carriers and amphibious ships, including HMCS Windsor.
The Wasp will join Nimitz in 2020, while the Nimos will join HMS Prince of Wales and HMCS Halifax in 2021.
The new ships will also be capable with air-to/air missiles, radar-guided weapons and anti-ship cruise missiles.
“We’re building a class that’s very different to what we have in the U, Australia, and Japan,” said Chief of Naval Operations Vice-Admiral Robert Young.
“We’re going to be able to launch a lot more of those things at this class, as well as some of the things that were developed on the Nimz.”
The new warships will be able launch missiles and cruise missiles from aircraft, which can fly more than 300 kilometres, making them far more effective than conventional air-launched cruise missiles and torpedoes.
New York Magazine reported in September that Canada’s government and industry were “losing out on billions of dollars of procurement and contract opportunities” because of their inability to develop air-based cruise missiles that could be fired from a ship.
Aircraft carriers, including the Nimoyclass, are among the vessels that have been built to carry a combination of cruise missiles as well a conventional air to air missile.
Royal Canadian Navy Chief of Staff Rear-Adm.
Jonathan Vance, in a recent interview with the CBC, said Canada is making an effort to build a “high-end air-launch capability” with the Nimoys.
Vance said the government was working with industry to design and build a ship that could carry a cruise missile.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that there’s a lot of work ahead, but it’s going to take us a while,” Vance said.
In June, Vance said Canada was “well on track” to achieve a 90 per cent air-attack kill rate for the Nimozas.
On Tuesday, Canada’s navy chief, Adm.
Robert Young, told a parliamentary committee that the Nimo-class warships would be a “major step forward” in Canada’s air defence capabilities, adding that the country’s “current capability is not the best”.
Canada is now building the first three NimitzClass destroyers as part the Royal Navy’s acquisition program for the ships.
The $1.8-billion program, which began in April, is expected to be completed in 2020.
Nimitz-Class destroyer and Nimitz Class aircraft carrier design.
(National Defence) The Nimitzes will join an existing fleet of four Nimitz warships that will be replacing the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the Royal Winnipeg Seamen’s Club in 2021 and 2022.
It will be the first time that the fleet will join up with the fleet of Canadian frigates, frigates auxiliaries and destroyers that currently serve in the North Atlantic, as the Nimids are known.
Earlier this year, the government announced it would buy a second Nimitz destroyer and four Nimtz-class aircraft carriers from Lockheed Martin Corp. for $2.2 billion.
The first Nimitz ships will arrive in 2020 and the second Nimtz ships in 2021 but the first Nimiz class ships will enter service in 2022.