Halifax Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension project


Ever wondered what it takes to rebuild a warship? Find out with this Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) documentary on the Halifax Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension project. It reveals the scope and detail of this multi-billion dollar project.

In the documentary, RCN sailors explain why the frigates needed upgrading, the complexity of the task, and the meticulously planned and executed engineering challenges. An RCN commodore and three commanding officers walk through the process, from the fine details to the big picture.

Various specialists discuss some of the daunting details that must be completed correctly if the project is to succeed. In addition to fresh and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and cutting-edge, time-lapse sequences, the show harkens back through RCN film archives to show two of the ships being launched in the early 1990s, and one of the current commanding officers as a young lieutenant, interviewed on the bridge wing of HMCS Vancouver during its maiden re-positioning voyage from Halifax to Victoria more than two decades ago.

The 12 Canadian-built multi-role patrol frigates are considered the backbone of the RCN and can deploy anywhere in the world – with NATO or with individual allied nations.