March 06, 2014 14:46 ET
ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 6, 2014) - Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur arrived in Pearl Harbor today. HMCS Protecteur will remain in Hawaii for an undetermined period of time while an initial damage assessment is conducted. An investigation has also been initiated following significant damage sustained during a fire in its engine room on February 27.
"The incredible courage of the crew of HMCS Protecteur and the resiliency of their families during this tumultuous time is truly inspiring. The RCN is appreciative of the tremendous support that has been provided by the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard and all those involved in helping get HMCS Protecteur and her crew safely back to Pearl Harbor."
Rear Admiral Bill Truelove, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, Royal Canadian Navy
"I am thoroughly impressed by the professionalism and resilience of the entire team onboard Protecteur. With the ship now alongside, the focus shifts to providing Protecteur and its crew the support they need. We will continue to assist their family members back in Canada. I am deeply appreciative of the efforts of all involved."
Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, Royal Canadian Navy
"I could not be more proud of the courage, determination and perseverance of my ship's company. It has been a very demanding period for all on board HMCS Protecteur and the crew has responded to the many complex challenges with the utmost professionalism and ingenuity. We are also thankful for the tremendous support of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, our friends and colleagues in the RCN, and of course our loved ones back home with whom we are looking forward to reuniting."
Commander Julian Elbourne, Commanding Officer HMCS Protecteur
Maritime Forces Pacific Public Affairs250-363-5789Marpac@shaw.caAfter Hours: 250-363-2694
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