Canada seeks contractors to dismantle HMCS Iroquois destroyer

The Canadian government has issued a call for bids to dispose of the Royal Canadian Navy Iroquois-class destroyer, HMCS Iroquois, one of only two remaining ships in the class.

The ship was decommissioned along with HMCS Algonquin last May leaving only HMCS Athabaskan in active service.

Algonquin has already been sold for scrap while HMCS Huron, another ship in the class, was sunk in a live fire exercise in 2007.

The class of four helicopter-carrying, guided missile destroyers entered service with the Royal Canadian Navy in the 1970s. Only Iroquois was built by the former Marine Industries Limited while the other three ships were built by Davie shipbuilding.

The government is now looking for a contractor to prepare the ship for transfer, demilitarize controlled goods, return museum material and subsequently dismantle the ship.

It was also noted that work must be completed within 18 months of the contract being awarded.