SARNIA, Ont.—The first of nine new patrol vessels has entered the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet of ships.
Built at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Private Robertson V.C. was welcomed at a ceremony in Sarnia, Ont., on the southern shore of Lake Huron, one of the bodies of water the vessel will patrol as part of Canada’ maritime security mandate.
The ship was named for Victoria Cross recipient Private James Peter Robertson, who was killed in action during World War I while rescuing two of his wounded compatriots, will patrol the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway.
It will be used in the joint Marine Security Enforcement Teams program, a partnership between the coast guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
“This new Coast Guard vessel will further enhance the law enforcement partnership between the RCMP and the Canadian Coast Guard—a partnership that is vital to Canada’s marine and maritime security,” Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in a statement.
The CCGS Private Robertson V.C. is 43 metres in length, has a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 2,000 nautical miles, and will be able to stay at sea for up to two weeks without re-provisioning.