Ministers Welcome New Addition to Canadian Coast Guard Fleet
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, yesterday officially welcomed a new addition to the Canadian Coast Guard fleet at the naming and dedication ceremony for CCGS S. Dudka in Alberton, Prince Edward Island.
“I am proud to be part of a government that has invested more in the Canadian Coast Guard than any government in Canadian history,” said Minister Gail Shea. “We are making strategic investments in the Coast Guard to help them do their job. Here on the Island and all across Canada, their role is crucial as they are protecting those who make a living on the sea and our fisheries and oceans.”
“It is a privilege to name this vessel after a Canadian hero such as Stanley Dudka. I had the great honour to know Mr. Dudka, a man committed to his country, his community and his family,” said Minister MacKay. “This new vessel is a fitting tribute to a Nova Scotian who proudly represented his country.”
The Dudka is a 14-metre vessel which will be primarily used for fisheries enforcement duties in the waters around Prince Edward Island. The CCGS S. Dudka is the fourth jet boat delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard in support of the Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Conservation and Protection Program.
The vessel was built by ABCO Industries Limited in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia at a cost of $2.9 million.
Since 2009, over 100 new vessels have been built for the Coast Guard, including: four Hero-class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels (CCGS Private Robertson V.C., CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C., CCGS Corporal Teather C.V, and the CCGS Constable Carrière); the hovercraft CCGS Mamilossa; five Search and Rescue Lifeboats; two Specialty Vessels; three Near-Shore Fishery Research Vessels; and, numerous environmental barges and small craft.
Canadian Coast Guard, July 12, 2013