The Canadian Coast Guard expanded its fleet of Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (MSPVs) by accepting the delivery of CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M. on October 15.
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.
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.
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.
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