ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 3, 2014) - Department of National Defence / Royal Canadian Navy
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur remains under tow and is now approximately 220 nautical miles (407 kilometres) North East of Pearl Harbor.
Despite weather challenges these past two days, crews continue to work diligently during this towing operation. Weather conditions have improved over the past 24 hours and the vessels are currently moving at approximately 5 knots (9 kilometres per hour).
It is anticipated that USS Michael Murphy, which has been providing assistance to Protecteur up this point, is expected to detach from the scene and proceed back Pearl Harbor with family members and civilian contractors.
- A team of military personnel left CFB Esquimalt on March 2 and are on their way to Pearl Harbor. This team will provide the necessary support to the family members returning to Pearl Harbor. They will also provide support to HMCS Protecteur crew members and the ship itself once Protecteur arrives in Pearl Harbor.
- Once in Hawaii, efforts will commence to prepare HMCS Protecteur for her return to Esquimalt.
- We remain in close contact with HMCS Protecteur and continue to provide the required support to the crew onboard as well as the family members.
- HMCS Protecteur has limited electrical power and onboard systems continue to be reactivated in a controlled manner. The ships company is well and focused on recovery operations and rest. Ongoing medical and support services are being provided as required to everyone onboard.
- Protecteur's crew continues to seek out solutions. Family members in Canada continue to receive daily briefings by senior staff through the Military Family Resource Centre.
- An extensive and detailed damage assessment will start once the ship arrives in Hawaii. An investigation into the cause of the fire is being initiated.
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