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.
- Protecteur was towed to Pearl Harbor by Fleet Ocean tug United States Navy Ship (USNS) Sioux with United States Ship (USS) Chosin in company.
- On February 27, Protecteur was sailing on a return trip to Canada, after completing two months of successful operations and training with the United States Navy, when the fire began.
- Senior leaders from the Royal Canadian Navy, including Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, met HMCS Protecteur on its arrival in Pearl Harbor.
- The crew of Protecteur will shift their focus to support the fire investigation and prepare the ship for its eventual return to Esquimalt.
- Medical and social services will continue to be provided to Protecteur's crew as well as their families in Canada. The families are receiving support and assistance from the Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt's Military Family Resource Centre.
- Throughout this incident, the United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard have provided outstanding support to the Royal Canadian Navy. This is a reflection of the strong relationship and high level of interoperability between our navies.
"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