A. F. Theriault & Son Ltd. to celebrate production of 250thHammerhead

Published on January 22, 2014
The stern of a Hammerhead, a drone that can zip along as fast as 40 kilometers per hour to simulate a fast inshore attack craft. Carla Allen photo

Meteghan River, N.S. - A.F. Theriault & Son and Meggitt Training Systems Canada will celebrate the production of the 250th Hammerhead Unmanned Surface Vehicle - Target (USV-T) at a ceremony at the Theriault’s boatyard in Meteghan River on Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

Since the terrorist attack on the USS COLE (a US Navy AEGIS destroyer) by an explosive laden small boat in 2000, Western Navies have focused on countering this asymmetric threat.  Today, Western Navies routinely train their crews in self-defence against these types of attack, and more often than not, they are employing the Canadian developed and produced Hammerhead USV-T.  Over a dozen Western Navies have employed the Hammerhead USV-T.


The Hammerhead USV-T is a state-of-the-art unmanned vehicle system that features a number of world leading technologies.  It is the only training system that permits the simultaneous control of 16 or more vehicles to replicate a “swarm” threat, and its unique hull form permits it to be operated in extreme seas. 


The Hammerhead USV-T is powered by a 3.0L inboard gas engine, which delivers 135 HP and enables the target drone to reach speeds of up to 35 knots in Sea State 3 and 25 knots in Sea State 5.  With over 24 hours endurance, the Hammerhead USV-T system offers realistic and cost effective crew self-defence training.  


A.F. Theriault & Son builds the hulls in Nova Scotia and an overall total of over 100 Canadian sub-contractors partake in the production of the product.


A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd. is one of the largest, privately owned boatyards in Canada's Atlantic region. This family-owned and operated business was founded in 1938 by Augustin Theriault in an era when wooden boats still ruled the seas.

Today, the yard is a very different place, building state-of-the-art workboats, pilot boats, patrol vessels, yachts, fireboats and passenger ferries.  They are very innovative in combining old techniques with the latest materials and technologies to build boats of the highest quality from steel, aluminum, fiberglass and advanced composites.

The indoor production facilities for vessels up to 150 feet in length demonstrate, through outstanding quality, performance and reliability, a personal dedication to clients and pride in workmanship. The production staff includes over 150 highly trained professional boat builders, including professional engineers, tradespersons, project administrators as well as support staff, all of which contribute to the continued success and growth of A. F. Theriault & Son Ltd.  


A.F. Theriault places a strong emphasis on construction quality, safety and stability of all boats and builds and repairs in accordance with Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS), US Coast Guard and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) as well as to class requirements such as Lloyd's Register, Det Norske Veritas and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).