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February 10, 2011

OTTAWA – Today, the Harper Government announced that seven new Hero Class Canadian Coast Guard vessels will be named in honour of fallen Canadian heroes. The announcement was made by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, together with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.

"Our Government is proud to name these new Coast Guard vessels in honour of Canadian heroes who put their duty ahead of their own safety in service to our country," said Minister Shea. "As proud Canadians, we must always remember those who have paid the greatest price for our safety, security and freedom."

A total of nine new Hero Class mid-shore patrol vessels are being built by our government. In November 2010, our government announced that two of these new vessels would be named in honour of two fallen First World War soldiers, Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C., and Private James Peter Robertson, V.C.

The remaining seven Hero Class vessels will be named in honour of:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police members Corporal Gordon Robert Teather, C.V., and Constable J.L. François Carrière;
  • Canadian Coast Guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle, S.C., and Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B.;
  • Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service Fishery Officer Agapit LeBlanc; and
  • Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, M.M.V., and Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, M.S.M., Canadian Forces members who served in Afghanistan.

With the exceptions of Corporal Gordon Robert Teather and Seaman Martin Charles, all individuals died in the line of duty.

"Today we are unveiling the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero Class of vessels," said Minister MacKay. "Each of these vessels will feature a new, more efficient design, and are tributes to Canadians whose heroic efforts define bravery and sacrifice."

Coast Guard vessels are named to promote Canadian culture, geography, sovereignty and history. The Hero Class mid-shore patrol vessels can be named for decorated fallen soldiers, veterans, police officers, as well as employees of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard who have died in the course of duty.

"Our red and white Coast Guard vessels are iconic symbols of safety, security, and sacrifice," said Minister Blackburn. "This is a fitting tribute for Canadians who dedicated their lives to protecting others."

The new Hero Class vessels will help the Canadian Coast Guard support fisheries conservation and protection and, working with the RCMP, will enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence system.

"Today we honor brave Canadians who have sacrificed their own safety to protect the lives of others," said Minister Toews. "Our government will continue to provide those who protect our families with the tools they need to make the rest of us safe."

The new vessels are currently under construction in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and are expected to enter service by 2013.


For more information:

Backgrounder: New Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels Named in Honour of Canadian Heroes

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

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The Government of Canada has named seven new Coast Guard Hero Class mid-shore patrol vessels in honour of Canadian heroes. The Hero Class vessels are named in memory of two members of the Canadian Coast Guard; a fisheries officer; two RCMP officers; and two members of the Canadian Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan. These vessels are in addition to the two vessels named in remembrance of fallen First World War soldiers in November.

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Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
613-990-7537

Nancy Bishay
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
613-992-3474

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