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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

November 10, 2010 11:17 ET

Government of Canada Dedicates New Coast Guard Vessels in Remembrance of War Heroes

BRANTFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that two new Canadian Coast Guard vessels will be named in remembrance of fallen First World War soldiers Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C., and Private James Peter Robertson, V.C.

"Our Government is proud to dedicate these new Coast Guard vessels in remembrance of two valiant soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country," said Minister MacKay. "With this tribute, we are helping to keep alive the memory of these brave Canadians and their comrades for years to come."

These vessels are the first of nine new mid-shore patrol vessels, which the Government of Canada intends to name after heroic Canadians who put their duty ahead of their safety in service to our country.

Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C., was born in St. Moise, Quebec. He joined the Royal 22nd Regiment in 1916. He died near Arras on June 9, 1918, while he single-handedly repelled a strong German attack with his Lewis gun. Private James Peter Robertson, V.C., was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He joined the 27th  Battalion in 1915. He died in battle on November 6, 1917, while rescuing two badly wounded fellow soldiers under severe fire. Both soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery and outstanding devotion to duty.

"Canadian Coast Guard vessels are symbols of safety, security, and sacrifice," said Minister Shea. "The names of these vessels remind Canadians of the ultimate sacrifice made by these Canadians for our freedom."

The Coast Guard vessels named in honour of Corporal Kaeble, V.C., and Private Robertson, V.C., are mid-shore patrol vessels, and will be used in a joint program with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway system.

CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. and CCGS Private Robertson V.C. are currently under construction in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The vessels are expected to enter service in the spring of 2012.

Backgrounder

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA COMMEMORATES CANADIAN WAR HEROES THROUGH NAMING OF TWO NEW COAST GUARD MID-SHORE PATROL VESSELS

The Government of Canada has announced names for two of the Canadian Coast Guard's new Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels. The new vessels, currently under construction in Halifax, Nova Scotia, are expected to enter service in the spring of 2012. They will be named:

  • CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C., after the late Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C., born in St. Moise, Quebec. He joined the Royal 22nd Regiment in 1916. He died near Arras on June 9, 1918, while he single-handedly repelled a strong German attack with his Lewis gun.
  • CCGS Private Robertson V.C., after the late Private James Peter Robertson, V.C., born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He joined the 27th Battalion in 1915. He died in battle on November 6, 1917, while rescuing two badly wounded fellow soldiers under severe fire. 

CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. and CCGS Private Robertson V.C. will be used in a joint Canadian Coast Guard/Royal Canadian Mounted Police program to enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence system. These vessels are the first of nine new mid-shore patrol vessels, that the Government of Canada intends to name after heroic Canadians who put their duty ahead of their safety in service to our country.

Each vessel will be approximately 43 metres in length, have a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 2000 nautical miles, and be able to stay at sea for two weeks without reprovisioning. With greater speed and range, and the ability to better operate in difficult environmental conditions, these new vessels will enable the Canadian Coast Guard to perform duties more efficiently. 

Naming Canadian Coast Guard vessels

Canadian Coast Guard ships' are named to promote Canadian sovereignty, culture, geography and history.

Biographical information

For more information about Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C. and Private James Peter Robertson, V.C. and their service in the First World War, visit the Canadian Virtual War Memorial at: www.virtualmemorial.gc.ca

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
    Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    613-990-7537
    or
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Office of the Minister
    Nancy Bishay - Director of Communications
    613-992-3474
    Nancy.Bishay@dfo-mpo.gc.ca