HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announces the acceptance of the seventh of the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS A. LeBlanc.
The CCGS A. LeBlanc was named after fisheries officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche, New Brunswick, who joined the Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service in 1920. He was killed on October 20, 1926 while investigating illegal fishing vessels.
This Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will be based in the Central and Arctic Region and was constructed in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow when the vessel arrives in its home region.
The Hero Class vessels are named for decorated soldiers, veterans and police officers as well as employees of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. By naming these after Canadian heroes, the Government of Canada hopes to encourage future generations to learn about Canadian history, culture and geography.
- The new CCGS A. LeBlanc will be used primarily to support the joint Coast Guard-RCMP marine security enforcement team on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway system.
- The Hero Class vessels are 43 metres in length with a displacement of 257 tonnes and a top speed of 25 knots.
- Since November 2012, the Government of Canada has accepted six other new Hero Class vessels to the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, including: CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C.,
CCGS Corporal Teather C.V, CCGS Private Robertson V.C., CCGS Constable Carrière, CCGS G. Peddle S.C. and CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V.
- Upon completion and successful trials, vessels are accepted from the contractor and become the property of the Canadian Coast Guard. Following a crew familiarization and training period, vessels are transited to their home port where they are officially accepted into the fleet and enter into service.
"Our Government is proud of its historic investments to renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. I am pleased to welcome this new Hero Class vessel to our fleet. Not only does their construction support job creation and local business, but once in action, the CCGS A. LeBlanc will enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway."
Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Hero Class vessel fleet
For more information about the Canadian Coast Guard, visit www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca.
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