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An Honoured Past, a Committed Future
CCGS d'Iberville

The CCGS d'Iberville during icebreaking operations at the Quebec bridge, late 70s.

C. Grenier

Over the years, the Canadian Coast Guard has certainly caught the wave of change. Its motto Safety First, Service Always is directly tied to the passionate people who built the organization 50 years ago and who passed the torch to those who maintain it today. Here are a few highlights of the CCG's history.

The radio operations era came to an end in the 60s with the arrival of VHF, marking the beginning of a new chapter: electronic navigation. One of the first marine traffic regulation systems ever established was implemented in the St. Lawrence waterway in 1967. Today, the INNAV marine navigation information system is used across the country.

The 80s brought the consolidation of the Canadian Coast Guard's navigation services and was a major period of technological change and innovation. Steamers like the CCGS D'Iberville, for example, were replaced by vessels with electric diesel engines like the CCGS Des Groseilliers.

Buoys were lit with incandescent gas bulbs in the early 2000s, but are now equipped with light emitting diodes (LED), yet another sign of evolution. This change ensures increased reliability and therefore contributes to safer navigation.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Canadian Coast Guard will be at the Port of Québec from June 7 to 10, 2012, for the Rendez-vous naval, a tourist event highlighting the region's marine and naval history. Come meet our crew members who will be happy to give you a tour of their ship!

For more information on the Canadian Coast Guard's 50th anniversary, check out the CCG's national website!

Logo of the 50th CCG's anniversary

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