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Acceptance of the CCGS A. LeBlanc: A New Hero Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/20/14 -- Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea announces the acceptance of the seventh of the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS A. LeBlanc.

The CCGS A. LeBlanc was named after fisheries officer Agapit LeBlanc, of Bouctouche, New Brunswick, who joined the Canadian Fisheries and Marine Service in 1920. He was killed on October 20, 1926 while investigating illegal fishing vessels.

This Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will be based in the Central and Arctic Region and was constructed in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow when the vessel arrives in its home region.

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.

Quick Facts

--  The new CCGS A. LeBlanc will be used primarily to support the joint
    Coast Guard-RCMP marine security enforcement team on the Great Lakes and
    the St. Lawrence Seaway system. 
--  The Hero Class vessels are 43 metres in length with a displacement of
    257 tonnes and a top speed of 25 knots. 
--  Since November 2012, the Government of Canada has accepted six other new
    Hero Class vessels to the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, including: CCGS
    Caporal Kaeble V.C., 
    CCGS Corporal Teather C.V, CCGS Private Robertson V.C., CCGS Constable
    Carriere, CCGS G. Peddle S.C. and CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. 
--  Upon completion and successful trials, vessels are accepted from the
    contractor and become the property of the Canadian Coast Guard.
    Following a crew familiarization and training period, vessels are
    transited to their home port where they are officially accepted into the
    fleet and enter into service.


"Our Government is proud of its historic investments to renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. I am pleased to welcome this new Hero Class vessel to our fleet. Not only does their construction support job creation and local business, but once in action, the CCGS A. LeBlanc will enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway."

Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

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Hero Class vessel fleet

Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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

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Frank Stanek
Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Sophie Doucet
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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