New facilities announced for Canadian Coast Guard

one of 15 new Bell 429 Helicopters. Credit: Mike Reyno

The Canadian Coast Guard has announced a new integrated services centre and helicopter hangar at Saint John, New Brunswick.

The new facilities were announced by Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John-Rothesay, on behalf of Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and represent ‘a long-term commitment to the renewal of Canadian Coast Guard infrastructure and service delivery in the area’, according to the Coast Guard.

The new service centre has space for offices, special purpose workshop areas and exterior operations for storage and maintenance. It will be utilised for various tasks, including maintenance to various types of fixed and floating aids to navigation, emergency communications system, and navigational radars.

The new hanger space will be used to house one of 15 new Bell 429 helicopters that have been purchased as part of the wider renewal plan.

“The Canadian Coast Guard remains committed to serving New Brunswick through the renewal of infrastructure, which allows the Coast Guard to maintain a strong presence in this area,” said Wilkinson. “We know the Canadian Coast Guard plays an integral role in making Canada’s marine system one of the safest in the world by ensuring the safety of both mariners and our marine environment.”

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