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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

February 10, 2011 12:01 ET

Harper Government Names New Coast Guard Vessels in Honour of Canadian Heroes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2011) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release is available via Marketwire's website.

Today, the Harper Government announced that seven new Hero Class Canadian Coast Guard vessels will be named in honour of fallen Canadian heroes. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, together with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.

"Our Government is proud to name these new Coast Guard vessels in honour of Canadian heroes who put their duty ahead of their own safety in service to our country," said Minister Shea. "As proud Canadians, we must always remember those who have paid the greatest price for our safety, security and freedom."

A total of nine new Hero Class mid-shore patrol vessels are being built by our government. In November 2010, our government announced that two of these new vessels would be named in honour of two fallen First World War soldiers, Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C., and Private James Peter Robertson, V.C.

The remaining seven Hero Class vessels will be named in honour of:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police members Corporal Gordon Robert Teather, C.V., and Constable J.L. François Carrière;

  • Canadian Coast Guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle, S.C., and Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B.;

  • Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service Fishery Officer Agapit LeBlanc; and

  • Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, M.M.V., and Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, M.S.M., Canadian Forces members who served in Afghanistan.

With the exceptions of Corporal Gordon Robert Teather and Seaman Martin Charles, all individuals died in the line of duty.

"Today we are unveiling the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero Class of vessels," said Minister MacKay. "Each of these vessels will feature a new, more efficient design, and are tributes to Canadians whose heroic efforts define bravery and sacrifice."

Coast Guard vessels are named to promote Canadian culture, geography, sovereignty and history. The Hero Class mid-shore patrol vessels can be named for decorated fallen soldiers, veterans, police officers, as well as employees of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard who have died in the course of duty.

"Our red and white Coast Guard vessels are iconic symbols of safety, security, and sacrifice," said Minister Blackburn. "This is a fitting tribute for Canadians who dedicated their lives to protecting others."

The new Hero Class vessels will help the Canadian Coast Guard support fisheries conservation and protection and, working with the RCMP, will enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence system.

"Today we honor brave Canadians who have sacrificed their own safety to protect the lives of others," said Minister Toews. "Our government will continue to provide those who protect our families with the tools they need to make the rest of us safe."

The new vessels are currently under construction in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and are expected to enter service by 2013.

For more information:

Backgrounder: New Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels named in honour of Canadian heroes

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

For broadcast:

The Government of Canada has named seven new Coast Guard Hero Class mid-shore patrol vessels in honour of Canadian heroes. The Hero Class vessels are named in memory of two members of the Canadian Coast Guard; a fisheries officer; two RCMP officers; and two members of the Canadian Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan. These vessels are in addition to the two vessels named in remembrance of fallen First World War soldiers in November. 

BACKGROUNDER

NEW MID-SHORE PATROL VESSELS NAMED IN HONOUR OF CANADIAN HEROES

The Government of Canada has announced that the Canadian Coast Guard's nine new Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels will be named after heroic Canadians who put their duty ahead of their safety in service to our country.

The vessels are currently under construction in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and are expected to enter service by 2013. They will be named:

- CCGS Corporal Teather C.V., after Corporal Gordon Robert Teather, C.V., a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police diving team in Surrey, British Columbia. Corporal Teather rescued two fishers trapped in the hull of their capsized boat. This heroic rescue occurred in the early morning hours of September 26, 1981. Corporal Teather passed away November 14, 2004. For his actions Corporal Teather was awarded the Cross of Valour.

- CCGS Constable Carrière, after Constable J.L. François Carrière, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Underwater Recovery Team in Nova Scotia. Constable Carrière died on November 30, 1997, while conducting an underwater search of a vessel believed to be smuggling illegal drugs. Constable Carrière is listed on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Roll of Honour.

- CCGS G. Peddle, after Canadian Coast Guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle, S.C., of Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Chief Officer Peddle and his colleagues, Senior Engineer Pierre Gallien and Leading Seaman Raymond C. Welcher, lost their lives on October, 15, 1989, when their fast rescue craft overturned in an attempt to rescue a diver off Middle Cove, Newfoundland. Chief Officer Peddle was awarded the Star of Courage.

- CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V., after Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, M.M.V., of Peterborough, Ontario. Corporal McLaren was killed on December 5, 2008, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when his Canadian-Afghan patrol was ambushed. During the attack, Corporal McLaren crawled through enemy fire to aid his team's seriously injured interpreter. He was awarded the Medal of Military Valour.

- CCGS A. LeBlanc, after Fishery Officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche, New Brunswick. Mr. Leblanc joined the Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service in 1920. He was killed on October 20, 1926, while investigating illegal fishing vessels. His murder remains unsolved.

- CCGS M. Charles, after Canadian Coast Guard Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B., of Bamfield, British Columbia, and Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band. Martin Charles, now deceased, devoted his life and career to saving lives. He earned the Star of Courage and Medal of Bravery for his instrumental role in a search and rescue incident in 1976 that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the crash of the helicopter assisting in the rescue efforts.

- CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M., after Canadian Armed Forces Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, M.S.M., who was born to Canadian and British parents in Papua New Guinea, and lived in various locations, including Black Lake and Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan; Edmonton, Alberta; and Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Captain Goddard was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her exemplary service in Afghanistan from January 2006, until her death in combat on May 17, 2006.

In November 2010, the Government of Canada announced that two of the nine new vessels will be named in honour of First World War heroes and recipients of the Victoria Cross:

- 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 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. 

For photos and more information about these nine heroic Canadians, please visit the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Web site at: www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Naming Canadian Coast Guard vessels

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Naming Policy outlines the process for naming vessels and classes of vessels, and provides general guidelines for the selection and approval of those names. Canadian Coast Guard ships are named to promote Canadian culture, geography, sovereignty and history.

According to this policy, Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels can be named for former recipients of the Victoria Cross, Star of Military Valour, Medal of Military Valour, Meritorious Service Medal, Cross of Valour, Star of Courage, Medal of Bravery, Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and RCMP Role of Honour; or for Department of Fisheries and Oceans or Canadian Coast Guard members who died in the line of duty.

About the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels

CCGS G. Peddle, CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V., CCGS A. LeBlanc, CCGS M. Charles and CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. will be used primarily to support Department of Fisheries and Oceans conservation and protection programs in the Maritimes, Quebec and Pacific Regions.

CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C., CCGS Private Robertson V.C., CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. and CCGS Constable Carrière 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.

Each vessel will be approximately 43 metres in length, with 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 operate efficiently in difficult environmental conditions, these new vessels will enable the Canadian Coast Guard to continue to perform duties to the high standards expected by Canadians. 

To view the photo associated with this press release, please click the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20110210-poc_b.jpg

Contact Information

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