the Armada de Chile is sailing to the rescue:
Chilean Navy supply ship arrives to provide support to Royal Canadian Navy
A Chilean Navy supply ship arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia today as part of an agreement which will enhance interoperability with the Royal Canadian Navy as well as provide RCN sailors the opportunity to continue replenishment-at-sea training pending the arrival of Canada’s new Queenston-class supply ships, the RCN noted in a news release.
More details provided by the RCN:
Through a Mutual Logistic Support Arrangement (MLSA), the Armada de Chile (Chilean Navy [cool website here]) will operate its replenishment ship AO-52 Almirante Montt [website here, ex-US Navy] for 40 sea days in the Canadian Pacific region in support to RCN training requirements.
The training that will be conducted using the Chilean replenishment vessel, Almirante Montt, is vital to maintaining the individual skills and core seamanship abilities within the Canadian Fleet that are essential to deployed operations, as well as to retain the expertise necessary to operate the Queenston Class once they are delivered.
This is an initial, short-term initiative to address the RCN’s at-sea support services capability gap. In order to assist the RCN to complete their missions over the next several years, the Government of Canada has decided to enter into preliminary discussions with Chantier Davie Canada Inc. about pursuing an interim capability for a commercial ship to be refitted for military use [see quote at start of post].
Photo above: A Chilean Navy supply ship sails past Duntze Head when arriving at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt on July 3, 2015…