Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

July 09, 2015 09:30 ET

The Canadian Coast Guard Welcomes the Arrival of the CCGS A. LeBlanc, a New Patrol Vessel

GASPÉ, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - July 9, 2015) -

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Today the Canadian Coast Guard inaugurated its newest Hero-class mid-shore patrol vessel, CCGS A. LeBlanc into the fleet. This vessel will be used mainly to enforce fisheries regulations in the St. Lawrence River and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The vessel was named in honour of fishery officer Agapit LeBlanc, from Bouctouche, New Brunswick, who joined the Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service in 1920 and was killed on October 20, 1926, while investigating illegal fishing activity.

Since 2009, the Government of Canada has delivered many new vessels to the Canadian Coast Guard, including: nine mid-shore patrol vessels, two hovercrafts, five search and rescue lifeboats, three specialty vessels, three near-shore fisheries research vessels, as well as numerous barges and small craft.

Quick Facts

  • 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 vessels after Canadian heroes, the Government of Canada hopes to encourage further generations to learn about Canadian history, culture and geography.
  • The CCGS A. LeBlanc was built in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
  • The 2012 Economic Action Plan provided $5.2 billion to renew the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet. This builds on $1.6 billion in fleet renewal investments committed over the previous seven years.

Quote

"Our Government has made historic investments to renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and this is with great pride that I welcome the arrival of the CCGS A. LeBlanc to our fleet. This new patrol vessel is part of the Hero Class Vessels and is named in honour of a fishery officer killed in the line of duty. The CCGS A. LeBlanc improves the Department's capacity for an effective monitoring of fishing activities on the St. Lawrence."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Related Products

  • Technical Sheet of the CCGS A. LeBlanc

Associated Links

Canadian Coast Guard

Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels

National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

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Contact Information

  • Regional Communications Branch
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Quebec Region
    media.qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
    418-648-5474

    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Minister's Office
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474