Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

October 15, 2014 10:02 ET

Minister MacKay Announces the Acceptance of the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. to the Coast Guard Fleet

Final Hero-Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel Delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 15, 2014) -

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The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced the acceptance of Canadian Coast Guard vessel CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. into the Coast Guard fleet. CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. is the last of nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPVs) built and delivered by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to the Canadian Coast Guard.

The acceptance of the CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. marks the completion of a successful contract between the Canadian Coast Guard and Irving Shipbuilding to build each of its nine MSPVs.

As announced in September 2009, the MSPVs were built as a result of a $194 million contract in the context of the Canadian Coast Guard's long-term Fleet Renewal Program. These vessels will be used for safety patrol, maritime safety, and search and rescue.

In November 2010, the Government of Canada announced that the MSPVs would be named after heroic Canadians who put their duty ahead of their safety in service to our country.

Quick Facts

  • Of the nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels, four will become the primary platform for the joint Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Marine Security Enforcement Team in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the other five will take on a conservation and protection role in the Gulf of St Lawrence and on Canada's east and west coasts.
  • The 'Mid-Shore' designation means vessels can operate up to 120 nautical miles offshore. They have the capability to communicate securely with other Government of Canada vessels and national classified command and control networks.
  • Seven Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels are already in active service, deployed across Canada.

Quotes

"As Canadians, we must be ever proud, remember and commemorate the role our women and men in uniform play in making our country and the world a safer place. It is a great honour to accept this new mid-shore patrol vessel in remembrance of Captain Nichola Goddard, a valiant soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. The official coming into service of this ninth Hero class vessel also marks the completion of a successful contract between the Canadian Coast Guard and Irving Shipbuilding. Our Government is proud to foster our shipbuilding capacity, creating jobs and economic opportunities for Nova Scotia, with benefits for all Canadians."

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"Our Government is proud of its historic investments in the renewal of the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. That will ensure that our brave men and women in uniform have modern and efficient assets that will enable them to carry out their important duties and serve Canadians now and well into the future."

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Related Products

- In Focus: Hero Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels

- Backgrounder: Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels

- Status & Timeline: Hero Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels

Associated Link

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

For more information about the Canadian Coast Guard, visit www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    (613) 990-7537

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister
    (613) 992-3474

    Office of the Minister of Justice
    Clarissa Lamb
    Press Secretary
    613-992-7704