Canadian Coast Guard Renews Its Helicopter Fleet
Over the next few years, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) will be receiving seven new medium-lift helicopters, one of which will be delivered to Québec in the fall of 2016.
The CCG is quite often required to conduct essential, critical and risky marine operations in isolated or remote areas. Services provided by helicopters include:
- reconnaissance and analysis of ice conditions to support icebreakers during icebreaking activities;
- maritime security and search and rescue;
- pollution observation in the event of oil spills from vessels;
- maintenance and construction of aids to navigation and telecommunication equipment for monitoring maritime traffic;
- transport of personnel and goods between vessels and coasts during environmental disasters or emergencies;
- support for Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientific activities; and
- support for activities related to the enforcement of the Fisheries Act.
The contract for the seven helicopters was awarded to Bell Helicopter in Mirabel. Their acquisition, valued at 156 million dollars, falls under the CCG Fleet Renewal Plan, which provides for the replacement of a large number of the organization's vessels and helicopters within the next 30 years.
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