Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 2017–Present Day, Naval Replenishment Unit (Resolve Class), MV Asterix
RCN 2017–Present Day, Naval Replenishment Unit (Resolve Class), MV Asterix
Naval Replenishment Unit (Resolve Class), MV Asterix
MV Asterix (formerly MS Asterix, MS Amorito, MS Neermoor and MS Cynthia) is a commercial container ship, purchased by Federal Fleet Services as part of Project Resolve, that was converted into a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). It is intended to act as an interim replacement between the out of service Protecteur-class replenishment oiler and the future Protecteur-class auxiliary vessel. Originally launched in Germany in 2010 as Cynthia, the ship was converted and delivered to the RCN in December 2017. Leased from Federal Fleet Services by the RCN, the Asterix is manned with a merchant navy crew, complemented by RCN personnel. It is planned that MV Asterix will be in Canadian service well into the 2020s.
Working with the Canadian led Combined Task Force 150, HMCS Regina and NRU Asterix are operating alongside a Lockheed CP-140M Aurora from 19 Wing Comox on Op Artemis, the CAF contribution to counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea.
(Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jimmie Crockett, USN Photo)
MV Asterix departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018.
(Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez, USN Photo)
MV Asterix replenishes the Chilean Navy frigate Almirante Lynch (FF-07) and Indian Navy frigate INS Sahyadri (F49) off Hawaii on 28 July 2018.