Canadian Coast Guard helicopter to remain in Saint John, N.B.

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A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter will remain in Saint John, New Brunswick, it was announced on Aug. 8.

Greg Thompson, Minister for Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, made the announcement on behalf of the Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

Following a decision in 2000 to divest the CCG base in Saint John, a decision was taken to centralize helicopter operations within the Maritimes region. Due to the passage of time, a commitment was made in 2007 to review whether or not this decision should still be implemented, and an operational needs review was initiated.

A total of four locations were considered, but based on the review, it was determined that the helicopter will remain in Saint John.

CCG employees have been notified of the decision to keep the aircraft in Saint John. “Helicopters are an important component of the services provided by the Canadian Coast Guard,” said Thompson. “The decision to keep this helicopter in Saint John shows our government is committed to all maritime environment stakeholders in southwest New Brunswick.”

Future accommodation for all CCG operations, including the helicopter, will be sought in accordance with prescribed Treasury Board real property policy.

The CCG maintains six helicopters in the Maritimes Region. One MBB-105 is based at Charlottetown, P.E.I., one Bell 206L at Saint John, N.B. and three MBB-105's and one Bell 212 (nine months of the year) in Shearwater, N.S.

CCG helicopters provide services to Fisheries and Ocean Canada and other government departments. These aircraft provide support to marine navigation aids including transporting maintenance staff and lightkeepers to remote locations and, in some cases, to conduct aerial surveillance of a marine pollution incident. Ice reconnaissance is conducted in the winter months as well as support to the icebreaking fleet including deployment to the Canadian Arctic.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Veterans Affairs, Treasury Board Canadian Arctic

Geographic location: Saint John, New Brunswick Southwest, Maritimes Region Charlottetown Shearwater

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