Two MCDVs Taken Out of Ser­vice

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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.­tos/

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