Coast guard struggling to help with rescues, Arctic resupply due to old fleet
Reduced search-and-rescue coverage, ferry-service disruptions, cancelled resupply runs to Arctic and coastal communities and nearly $2 million in lost navigational buoys.
Those are among the real safety, social and commercial impacts that communities across the country are starting to feel as the Canadian Coast Guard’s fleet gets older, according to new documents obtained by The Canadian Press.
And the problems are expected to get worse: the documents warn that more than a third of the coast guard’s 26 large vessels have exceeded their expected lifespans, and many won’t survive until replacements arrive.
“Vessels are at increasing risk of unrecoverable failure,” reads one PowerPoint presentation prepared by coast guard officials last summer and marked “secret.” “Many ships will not remain operational until their replacements arrive.”
Obtained through the access-to-information law, the documents underline the stakes facing the federal government and various communities if Canada does not have a capable coast guard fleet.
They come amid questions about how and when the government will replace the coast guard’s existing vessels. Only five new coast guard ships are currently included in the government’s multibillion-dollar national shipbuilding plan. – CBC News
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Don’t worry, we can just get the US Coast Guard to do all of that stuff. They seem to have ships available. We had one breaking the ice in our harbour just last week.
Canada might as well just give up having a navy, army air force or coast guard. Its obvious that we cannot afford the equipment necessary to the job properly.
Lets just get out of NATO and concentrate on our own land air and sea?