On pa­trol

Coast Guard, RCMP team up to scour Char­lot­te­town wa­ters

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY JIM DAY

A Coast Guard boat used for drug en­force­ment and se­cu­rity re­cently pa­trolled the wa­ters in Char­lot­te­town.

The CCGS Ca­po­ral Kae­ble V.C. is a 43-me­tre long boat used by the RCMP to con­duct Mar­itime se­cu­rity.

The boat had a crew of nine Coast Guard mem­bers and three RCMP of­fi­cers when it came to Char­lot­te­town.

The boat con­tains two RCMP Zo­diac rigid hull in­flat­able boats used for pa­trolling the wa­ters.

The CCGS Ca­po­ral Kae­ble V.C. hon­ours the mem­ory of Joseph-Thomas Kae­ble, a cor­po­ral who died in com­bat in 1918.

He was posthu­mously awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross (V.C.), the most pres­ti­gious award for mil­i­tary val­our a Cana­dian can re­ceive.

Mainly used as part of a joint pro­gram with the RCMP, the pa­trol ves­sel en­hances se­cu­rity and safety along the St. Lawrence River, as well as in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the St. Lawrence Se­away and the Great Lakes.

With a ca­pac­ity for a crew of up to 14, in­clud­ing five RCMP of­fi­cers, her en­durance at sea is 14 days on a course of 2,000 nau­ti­cal miles.

While on mis­sions, the Coast Guard is re­spon­si­ble for ves­sel op­er­a­tions and the RCMP is re­spon­si­ble for all en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Based in Que­bec, the ves­sel is equipped with two rigid hull in­flat­able boats for marine se­cu­rity re­sponse, as well as a Zo­diac, which will be used for search and res­cue op­er­a­tions.

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

Coast Guard Capt. Yves Ger­vais is at the helm of CCGS Ca­po­ral Kae­ble V.C., a 43-me­tre long boat that re­cently pa­trolled the wa­ters in Char­lot­te­town. The boat is used by the RCMP to con­duct Mar­itime se­cu­rity.

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