DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia - Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries
and Oceans and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Gateway, announced yesterday
the acceptance of the third of the Canadian Coast Guard's new Hero Class
vessels, the CCGS Corporal Teather C.V., built by Irving
Shipbuilding Inc., Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"Our Government is proud to name our ships built in
Canada after Canadian heroes," said Minister Ashfield, in a press release.
"Not only does their construction support job creation and local business,
once in action, the CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. will enhance maritime security
along the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway."
CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. was named after Corporal Robert
Gordon Teather, C.V., a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police diving team
in Surrey, British Columbia. Corporal Teather rescued two fishermen trapped in
the hull of their capsized boat. This heroic rescue occurred in the early
morning hours of September 26, 1981. Corporal Teather passed away November 14,
2004. For his actions Corporal Teather was awarded the Cross of Valour.
The Hero Class vessels, 47m in length with a displacement of
257 tonnes and a top speed of 25 knots, 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 after Canadian heroes the
Government of Canada hopes to encourage future generations to learn about
Canadian history, culture and geography, according to the release.
The CCGS Corporal Teather C.V. will be based in Central and
Arctic Region where it will enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes -
St. Lawrence Seaway system. A formal naming and dedication ceremony will follow
when the vessel makes its way to its home region.