word is HMCS preserver will be paid off before the end of the year. She is currently being used as an alongside refueling depot, and thus retains her commission.
her twin,HMCS Protector recently arrived in Mersey NS to be scrapped. Algonquin also departed Esquimalt yesterday to be scrapped along side.
Hi Peter – you’re correct that expectation is for HMCS PRESERVER to pay off soon, though as of 10 May 2016 the thinking amongst naval staff is that the date will be well into 2017. PROTECTEUR is no longer HMCS – that prefix is lost when a ship is paid off. See http://rusi.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Paying_Off_HMC_Ships.pdf and http://rusi.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Warship_Orthography.pdf. Yours aye, Colin