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Inauguration of the hovercraft
ACV Mamilossa
Inauguration of the hovercraft ACV Mamilossa

The ACV Mamilossa was inaugurated in the presence of René Grenier, CCG Deputy Commissioner, Marc Demonceaux, CCG Assistant Commissioner, Quebec Region, Luc Lavoie, Commander, Trois-Rivières Hovercraft Base, George Da Pont, CCG Commissioner, Claudette Petitpas, ACV Mamilossa godmother, and Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

DFO P. Dionne

The new Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) air cushion vehicle, the ACV Mamilossa, was inaugurated by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, last July 30 in Trois-Rivières. The ceremony included a blessing and purification following the Abenaki tradition.

Each air cushion vehicle (ACV) in the Canadian Coast Guard fleet bears an Amerindian name that reflects the Native culture present in the area surrounding its home port; in the Abenaki language, Mamilossa, means "it walks from the shore onto the water".

The godmother of the ACV Mamilossa, Claudette Petitpas, also participated in the ceremony by breaking a bottle of champagne on the hovercraft’s hull. For over 30 years, Claudette Petitpas has served as a volunteer with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA), Quebec Region, and has contributed her time to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons.

The Mamilossa is a heavy, powerful amphibious hovercraft that is used to clear ice jams from rivers and areas that are hard to reach with conventional icebreakers. In addition to the essential role it plays in preventing floods, it is used as a buoytender and will be assigned to search and rescue operations, and environmental interventions.

The Mamilossa is based in Trois-Rivières and can be deployed rapidly to any area in Québec served by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Hovercraft’s technical specifications

Stéphanie Lapointe