Canadian Coast Guard celebrates 60th anniversary with open house in Victoria and start of west coast operations for CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell

VICTORIABC , June 11, 2022 /CNW/ – For 60 years, the Canadian Coast Guard has helped mariners in need, responded to environmental threats on the water, and maintained vital shipping corridors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Today, Mario PelletierCommissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, officially inaugurated “Coast Guard Day” as part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s 60th anniversary celebrations in Victoriaand announced the start of West Coast operations for the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

Coast Guard Day is an open house that provides the community with Greater Victoria with an overview of the many roles and services the Canadian Coast Guard performs in the maritime community and an opportunity to learn about the wide range of exciting careers available.

The Open House also provides the public with the opportunity to tour the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell as the ship begins operations on the west coast of British Columbia. Hailing from the east coast, the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell is a 67.68m High endurance all-weather patrol vessel capable of carrying cargo, handling buoys and slinging a helicopter longline from the after deck. After arriving on the west coast, the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell suffered a $17.3M refit under the repair, refit and maintenance pillar of the National Shipbuilding Strategy as an important component of the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Management Plan.

Ensure that the Canadian Coast Guard has the necessary equipment to protect from British Columbia waters and all who travel on those waters is a key priority for the Government of Canada. CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell support Canadian Coast Guard programs, including lighthouse resupply, aids to navigation, search and rescue, fisheries enforcement, and other Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard requirements Canadian.


“I wish everyone who attends the Canadian Coast Guard’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Open House and marks the start of service for the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell in Victoria a good day! As part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the Government of Canada ensures that the Canadian Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to protect our coasts. Equipped and supported by the many skilled members of the Canadian Coast Guard, the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell will provide many years of service in British Columbia.”

The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome everyone to Coast Guard Day in Victoria. This day is one more occasion to celebrate in a year full of celebrations marking 60 years of service to Canadians by the Canadian Coast Guard. I invite members of the public to join us, take a tour of the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfelland learn more about the incredible work our employees do every day.”

Mario PelletierCommissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

Fast facts

  • This year’s inaugural Coast Guard Day welcomes members of the community to visit the Coast Guard Base at Victoria of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. see demonstrations, visit the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfelland talk to staff about the wide variety of careers the Canadian Coast Guard offers, including marine communications and traffic services, engineering, carpentry, marine spill response, technology, lighthouse monitoring, search and rescue, response planning and, of course, navigation on our boats!

  • In 2022, the Canadian Coast Guard celebrates its 60th anniversary. Our theme for this anniversary is “Celebrate the past. Sail into the future”. Throughout 2022, we look back on all of our accomplishments over the past 60 years and focus on our future as a progressive and innovative organization.

  • This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the operation of inshore rescue boat stations in British Columbia. Since 1972, the Inshore Rescue Boat program has provided search and rescue coverage to important parts of the coast, while training the next generation of leaders.

  • 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Rescue Specialist program, which has raised the standard of care the Canadian Coast Guard is able to provide mariners in distress. Canadian Coast Guard Rescue Specialists are trained to a level similar to that of Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) with additional auxiliaries designed to respond to maritime and coastal incidents to which we regularly respond. There are over 100 rescue specialists on board Canadian Coast Guard vessels and lifeboats in the Western Region.

  • CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell is based at Victoria, British Columbiaserving the Western Region of the Canadian Coast Guard.

  • CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell was built in 1985 by Marystown Shipyard in Newfoundland. Originally built as an offshore support vessel, she was converted to a search and rescue vessel by the Canadian Coast Guard and entered service in December 1987.

  • After joining the Western Region fleet, the CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell underwent ship life extension work as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy. Work has been undertaken by Allied Shipbuilders in North Vancouver and included painting the hull and deck, updating the equipment and navigation networks, installing a new cargo bay and hatch, replacing the propulsion thrusters, modifying the ballast and the installation of new machinery.

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