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Operations Order 103.00 - Vessel Naming Policy
3. Guidelines

3.1 Suitability

The suitability of a particular choice of name has 3 dimensions, namely:

  1. promoting Canadian culture, history, geography and sovereignty by honouring people and places of importance to Canadians
  2. relevance and acceptability of the name to clients, stakeholders and the general public
  3. the extent to which the name promotes a positive image of the Department of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

3.2 Brevity and Clarity

Proposed vessel names should be brief and easily understood via radiotelephone and other means of communication, therefore:

  1. complicated or confusing spelling and pronunciation should be avoided
  2. names that sound like existing vessel names, places, call signs, directions or emergency signals must be avoided
  3. professional titles (such as Doctor), honorifics (such as Right Honourable), familial abbreviations (such as Jr., III), and incomplete names should generally be avoided; however, they may be used in cases where they would complement name recognition for the subject

3.3 Commemoration

In keeping with commonly accepted commemorative naming guidelines, proposed names of individuals will only be used posthumously, and must only be considered for inclusion in a pool when the person has been deceased for at least 3 years.

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