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

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/19/14 -- Editor's Note - A photo is associated with this press release.

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, today announced the acceptance of the eighth of the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero Class vessels, the CCGS M. Charles M.B.

The CCGS M. Charles M.B. was named after Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B., of Bamfield, British Columbia, and Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band. Martin Charles, now deceased, devoted his life and career to saving lives. He earned the Medal of Bravery for his instrumental role in a search and rescue incident that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the crash of the helicopter assisting in the rescue efforts.

This Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel will be based on the West Coast 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 vessels after Canadian heroes, the Government of Canada hopes to encourage future generations to learn about Canadian history, culture and geography.

Quick Facts

--  The CCGS M. Charles M.B will be used primarily to support the Department
    of Fisheries and Oceans conservation and protection programs in the West
    Coast
--  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 other new
    Hero Class vessels to the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, including: CCGS
    Corporal Kaeble V.C., CCGS Corporal Teather C.V, CCGS Private Robertson
    V.C., CCGS Constable Carriere, CCGS G. Peddle S.C., CCGS Corporal
    McLaren M.M.V. and CCGS A. LeBlanc.
--  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.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to name our ships built in Canada after Canadian heroes such as Martin Charles," said Minister Shea. "The CCGS M. Charles M.B will help our dedicated Coast Guard and fishery officers to ensure all regulations and guidelines are respected by conducting surveillance of fisheries operations."

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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Contacts:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa Ontario
Frank Stanek
Media Relations
(613) 990-7537

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Sophie Doucet
Director of Communications, Office of the Minister
(613) 992-3474

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