Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay officially welcomed the new Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. into service at a ceremony in Halifax, Nova Scotia today.
CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. is the sixth of nine Hero Class vessels to join the Coast Guard fleet. It will be used to support the Department of Fisheries and Oceans conservation and protection programs.
The vessel is named after Corporal Mark Robert McLaren, from Peterborough, Ontario, who served on two missions to Afghanistan. On December 5, 2008, the vehicle in which he was travelling was hit by a roadside bomb, and at the age of 23, Corporal Mark Robert McLaren was killed. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Military Valour.
She was launched back in September. File Photo.