Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) largest and most capable icebreaker, CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent, is scheduled for decommissioning in 2017. Consequently, Budget 2008 provided funds for the acquisition of a new Canadian-built multi-purpose Polar Icebreaker. The only other heavy icebreaker, CCGS Terry Fox, is scheduled for decommissioning in 2020.
The Polar Icebreaker will be named after former Prime Minister John George Diefenbaker (CCGS John G. Diefenbaker), one of Canadian history’s great champions of developing and protecting Canada’s North. CCGS John G. Diefenbaker will be one of the centerpieces of the Government of Canada’s high profile Northern Strategy, which focuses on strengthening Canada’s Arctic sovereignty, economic and social development, governance, and environmental protection.
The Polar Icebreaker will be capable of operating in Canada’s Arctic farther north and for a longer period of time each year. It will provide the CCG with increased coverage in the Canadian Arctic and adjacent waters and will be able to operate for three seasons in the Arctic, over a larger area and in more difficult ice conditions.
The Polar Icebreaker will serve as the new flagship of the Coast Guard fleet and is currently scheduled to be delivered following the decommissioning of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.
If you have any questions, or you need more information, contact the Polar Icebreaker Project Team.
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