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Monday, February 22, 2016

HMCS Protecteur Leaving CFB Esquimalt Wednesday to be Dismantled

It is almost the end of the line for HMCS Protecteur. The Royal Canadian Navy's AOR that has was in service between August of 1969 to May of 2015 is getting ready for its final voyage.

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David Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen reported this morning that HMCS Protecteur is on its way to be dismantled. 

Here is the rest of his article:

Crews worked over the weekend at CFB Esquimalt to ensure HMCS Protecteur is ready to be towed to the east coast where it will be dismantled.

HMCS Protecteur is now expected to be towed starting Wednesday after a few delays meant that the ship could not leave on its originally planned date of Monday, February 22, 2016, Royal Canadian Navy officials toldDefence Watch.

In January Defence Watch reported that R.J. MacIsaac Construction of Antigonish, NS. had won a $39 million contract to dispose of HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur. Both ships are now paid off/decommissioned and at CFB Esquimalt, BC.

The plan is to tow the vessels to the east coast where they will be dismantled. The operation will involve towing the ships through the Panama Canal, according to officials. No details were available on the cost to tow the ships from the west coast to the east coast.

Christopher Clarke, mayor of Queens Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia where much of the work is expected to be done, had earlier told Halifax’s Chronicle Herald that HMCS Protecteur would arrive on the east coast around April 1. HMCS Algonquin will arrive in early July to be dismantled, according to government officials.