Based at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in North Saanich on Vancouver Island, the Hero Class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel CCGS M. Charles M.B. was delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard in June 2014. Along with her sister vessel CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M she arrived at her new base of operations in February 2015 after sailing for 39 days, covering a distance of just over 7,000 nautical miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia via the Panama Canal.
These vessels are designed to conduct Maritime Security missions on the Great Lake and St. Lawrence Seaway in addition to the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. Under the "Mid-Shore" designation, they are approved to operate up to 120 nautical miles offshore.
Built by Irving Shipbuilding Inc, Halifax NS
Parent Design Damen Stan Patrol 4207
Displacement 257 MT
Power 4,992 kW with 2 x controllable pitch propellers
Speed: Maximum 25 knots, cruising 14 knots
Range 2,000 nautical miles
Crew up to 14
Design and construction cost for nine vessels $198 million
With their steel hulls and aluminium superstructure, the fleet of nine Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels are deployed in support of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Compliance and Enforcement programs with responsibility to:
- Conduct surveillance of fisheries operations to ensure all regulations and guidelines are being respected
- Seize, recover, store and transport illegal fishing gear
- Monitor and patrol the oceans (coastlines and international boundaries) and provide a Canadian presence
- Discourage smuggling and fish poaching
The nine sister vessels built under the program are named as follows:
- CCGS Private Robertson V.C., after the late Private James Peter Robertson, V.C. (DND)
- CCGS Corporal Kaeble V.C., after the late Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C. (DND)
- CCGS Corporal Teather C.V., after Corporal Gordon Robert Teather, C.V (RCMP)
- CCGS Constable Carrière, after Constable J.L. François Carrière (RCMP)
- CCGS G. Peddle S.C., after Canadian Coast Guard Chief Officer Gregory Paul Peddle, S.C (CCG)
- CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V., after Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, M.M.V. (DND)
- CCGS A. LeBlanc, after Fishery Officer Agapit LeBlanc (DFO)
- CCGS M. Charles M.B., after Seaman Martin Charles, S.C., M.B. (CCG)
- CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M., after Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, M.S.M. (DND)
Of the two west coast positioned vessels, Seaman Martin Charles was a Hereditary Chief of the Nitinat Band in Bamfield BC. He earned the Medal of Bravery for his role in 1976 in a search and rescue incident that began with a sunken fishing vessel and ended with the loss of a helicopter assisting in rescue efforts. Captain Goddard M.S.M. is named for Captain Nichola Goddard who was awarded the Meritous Service Medal for her service in Afghanistan from January 2006, until her death in combat in May 2006.
Ship of the Week contributed by Captain Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.