DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/03/13 -- Editors' Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the acceptance of the fourth of the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero class vessels, the CCGS Constable Carriere.
"Named after a true Canadian hero, our Government is proud to accept this vessel into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet," said Minister Ashfield. "The sacrifice made by Constable J. L. Francois Carriere serves to remind us of the thousands of men and women who put themselves in harm's way every day in order to protect our great nation."
Constable J. L. Francois Carriere was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. On November 30, 1997, Constable Carriere died while conducting an underwater search of a vessel that was believed to be smuggling illegal drugs. For his heroic action, he is listed on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Roll of Honour.
The CCGS Constable Carriere is a Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel that will enhance maritime security in areas along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. It was built in Halifax, Nova Scotia, by Irving Shipyards Inc. for the joint Coast Guard-Royal Canadian Mounted Police marine enforcement team program in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence areas. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow when the vessel makes its way to its home region.
The Hero Class vessels are 43 metres in length with a displacement of 257 tonnes and a top speed of 25 knots.
The Hero class vessels are named for decorated soldiers, veterans and police officers as well as employees of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard. By naming these after Canadian heroes the Government of Canada hopes to encourage future generations to learn about Canadian history, culture and geography.
The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced that the Canadian Coast Guard has accepted the CCGS Constable Carriere, a Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel that will be used to enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence areas. The vessel is named after the late Constable J. L. Francois Carriere, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who died while conducting an underwater search of a vessel.
For more information about the Canadian Coast Guard, visit www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca.
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