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Archived – Government of Canada Commemorates Canadian War Heroes Through Naming of Two New Coast Guard Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels

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November 2010

The Government of Canada has announced names for two of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels. The new vessels, currently under construction in Halifax, Nova Scotia, are expected to enter service in the spring of 2012. They will be named:

  • CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C., after the late Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C., born in St. Moise, Quebec. He joined the Royal 22nd Regiment in 1916. He died near Arras on June 9, 1918, while he single-handedly repelled a strong German attack with his Lewis gun.
  • CCGS Private Robertson V.C., after the late Private James Peter Robertson, V.C., born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. He joined the 27th Battalion in 1915. He died in battle on November 6, 1917, while rescuing two badly wounded fellow soldiers under severe fire. 

CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. and CCGS Private Robertson V.C. will be used in a joint Canadian Coast Guard/Royal Canadian Mounted Police program to enhance maritime security along the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence system. These vessels are the first of nine new mid-shore patrol vessels, that the Government of Canada intends to name after heroic Canadians who put their duty ahead of their safety in service to our country.

Each vessel will be approximately 43 metres in length, have a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 2000 nautical miles, and be able to stay at sea for two weeks without reprovisioning. With greater speed and range, and the ability to better operate in difficult environmental conditions, these new vessels will enable the Canadian Coast Guard to perform duties more efficiently.        

Naming Canadian Coast Guard vessels

Canadian Coast Guard ships’ are named to promote Canadian sovereignty, culture, geography and history.

Biographical information 

For more information about Corporal Joseph Kaeble, V.C. and Private James Peter Robertson, V.C. and their service in the First World War, visit the Canadian Virtual War Memorial at:

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