QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2012) -

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The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, is pleased to welcome back today the crew members of the CCGS Pierre Radisson, the first of the Canadian Coast Guard Ships to return from its missions in the Arctic in 2012.

"This is the CCGS Pierre Radisson's 33rd Northern mission and the third time the Canadian Coast Guard has participated in Operation Nanook, confirming our commitment to contributing to implementing the Government of Canada's Northern Strategy," said Minister Ashfield. "This summer, the CCGS Pierre Radisson continued its search and rescue, icebreaking, commercial shipping assistance, scientific research, and navigational aid and waterway maintenance missions in areas such as Frobisher Bay, Hudson Bay and Churchill."

Over the next few weeks, the CCG will do annual maintenance on the CCGS Pierre Radisson to prepare the ship for its next winter icebreaking season in the St. Lawrence River and Gulf. The ship had left the Canadian Coast Guard Base in Québec City on June 22, 2012.

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Nathalie Letendre
Senior Communications Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec (Quebec)