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Canadian Coast Guard Accepts New Light-Lift Helicopter in Shearwater, Nova Scotia
Delivery of 15 new Bell 429 helicopters for Canadian Coast Guard is on budget and ahead of schedule with 12 already in service. In addition, seven new Bell 412 will be delivered starting in 2017
Canada Fisheries and Oceans, March 14, 2016 - DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA –The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and Jody Thomas, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, accepted today the last new light-lift helicopter into the Canadian Coast Guard fleet.
After being awarded a contract in May 2014, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd, based in Mirabel, Quebec, completed the delivery of fifteen light-lift helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard in less than two years. This impressive milestone was achieved ahead of schedule and on budget.
Twelve of the new helicopters are already in service across the country, including Shearwater, Nova Scotia, carrying out Canadian Coast Guard missions. A second machine will be delivered to Shearwater later this month. The remaining three aircraft are supporting pilot training but they too will be deployed to their operational bases shortly.
The new, state of the art helicopters are faster, can fly farther and carry greater payload than the aircraft they are replacing. In addition, they provide a range of safety enhancements over the existing aircraft.
The Canadian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet supports several programs that contribute to the safety, national security and sovereignty of Canada. Helicopter missions include everything from flying to remote sites in Canada to supporting construction and maintenance of CCG communication sites, oil pollution response, ice monitoring and support to DFO Science programs.
The Government of Canada has also awarded a contract to Bell Helicopter for seven medium‑lift helicopters, with delivery starting in 2017.
The overwhelming majority of flying hours logged by Coast Guard helicopters (65% of the total) is devoted to ensuring the safety of marine traffic, followed by icebreaking operations (15%) and its other responsibilities to other Coast Guard programs and other government departments (20%).
“These made-in-Canada light-lift helicopters are faster, safer, more reliable and more efficient than the models they are replacing. By renewing the fleet of helicopters, our Government is providing the women and men of the Coast Guard with the modern equipment they need to better serve Canadians.” said The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“This project is a good example of how Government procurement can move quickly to meet pressing needs. With more coastline than any country in the world, Canada requires a well-equipped Coast Guard and these helicopters will ensure that missions can be completed wherever and whenever demands arise. Investments like this also keep skilled Canadians employed and help communities prosper.” said The Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
“Helicopter support is a crucial component for delivering Canadian Coast Guard services and maintaining public safety. These helicopters, and the brave women and men who operate and maintain them, will further enhance the safe navigation of vessels and mariners in Canadian waters.” said Ms. Jody Thomas, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard
“These new helicopters are a sign to mariners of the strong commitment made by Canada in ensuring their safety.” said Darren Fisher, MP Dartmouth-Cole Harbour
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