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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

Hero-Class Vessel CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M.
Hero-Class Vessel CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M.

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – 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, (yesterday)  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

“The acceptance of this last Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel, CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M., marks the conclusion of a successful procurement process. This Government remains committed to ensuring the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to protect the security and interests of Canadians while generating high-value employment opportunities and economic growth for Canada.” – The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services

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