Two MCDVs Taken Out of Service
Two military coastal defence ships have quietly been taken out of service in an effort to cut costs. The Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels were docked as a cost-saving measure, according to the Department of National Defence. In total, five navy ships are no longer patrolling Canada's coasts. The DND said the vessels' activities have been reduced for the short-term, "resulting in cost-savings related to operational maintenance and in-service support related expenditures."
In 2010, the head of Canada's navy ordered half of the country's MCDVs to be docked indefinitely, but the decision was reversed following intense political pressure.
The navy operates 12 Kingston-class vessels, but only seven are currently operational. These ships are responsible for patrolling Canada's coasts, enforcing fisheries laws and participating in search-and-rescue operations.
The latest cuts mean that one less ship will be patrolling each coast.