Coast Guard ships head north for summer missions

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St. John’s-based Canadian Coast Guard Ship Terry Fox has left port for a summer of Arctic missions and icebreaking, and the CCGS Henry Larsen will leave June 27 to carry out icebreaking and vessel escort duties as well participating in a number of science missions.

The two ships will be joined by the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent which is scheduled to depart St. John’s on July 10.

The ships play an important role in patrolling the Arctic, and will be used to enforce Canada’s sovereignty said Keith Ashfield, federal minister of fisheries and oceans.

“Our government is committed to protecting sovereignty and sustaining Canada’s north.  The Coast Guard plays vital role in our Northern Strategy. Its fleet and skilled personnel are instrumental in our government’s successful arctic missions,” he said.

The three ships are also involved in aiding scientific research and study in the arctic.

The CCGS Terry Fox will resupply the Eureka Weather Station and the community of Kugaaruk, Nunavut, and conduct an environmental response exercise near Iqaluit using a single vessel side sweep system for oil spill response.

The CCGS Henry Larsen will be involved in a number of science missions, including in the Nares Strait where scientists are studying the flow of seawater across the Arctic.  The crew will also participate with the Canadian and United States navies in Operation Nanook, a search and rescue exercise in Igloolik

In July, the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent will transit to Resolute Bay and through the Northwest Passage to the community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut.  Science research will be conducted along the way, including the Canada Three Oceans Program that studies the interconnectedness of Canada’s three great oceans and the Joint Oceans Ice Study.

The Terry Fox and Henry Larsen will return to St. John’s in October, followed by the Louis St-Laurent in November.

The CCGS Des Groseilliers, CCGS Pierre Radisson and the CCGS Wilfrid Laurier will also carry out missions in the North this summer.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Eureka Weather Station, Radisson

Geographic location: Arctic, Canada, Nunavut Iqaluit United States Igloolik Resolute Bay Northwest Passage Kugluktuk

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