Saturday, October 8, 2011

Private Robertson VC, First Hero rolls out at Halifax Shipyard

Update and Correction: The Mininster of Defense, Peter MacKay MP from Pictou County participated in a naming ceremony at Halifax Shipyard on November 10, in which the first ship of the Hero series was named CCGS Pvt. Robertson, VC after a war hero from Pictou County. The first ship, was to have been named Cpl. Kaeble, VC according to earlier government press releases, but things can change!

The first of the new Hero class mid-shore patrol boats was rolled out at Halifax Shipyard today. The 43m vessel, to be named CCGS Caporal Kaeble VC [see above] will be in service early next year. Built to a modified Damen design, it is the first of nine such vessels to be assigned to the Coast Guard and RCMP.

All the boats in the series will be named for Canadians who have died in service to their country. This one for a World War I hero who died near Arras in 1918, and received a posthumous Victoria Cross, the highest military honour.

More on Cpl. Kaeble can be found here: or in various government publications:

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