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HMCS Preserver (AOR 510)
HMCS Preserver (AOR 510)
HMCS Preserver during New York fleet week 2009
Career Naval Ensign of Canada.svg
Name: HMCS Preserver
Ordered: early 1960s
Builder: Saint John Shipbuilding
Laid down: 17 October 1967
Launched: 29 May 1969
Commissioned: 7 August 1970[1]
Motto: Le Coeur de la Flotte
("The Heart of the Fleet")
Status: in active service, as of 2020
General characteristics
Class & type: Protecteur-class auxiliary vessel
Displacement: 24,550 t (24,162 long tons) full load
Length: 172 m (564 ft 4 in)
Beam: 23 m (75 ft 6 in)
Draught: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 × Babcock and Wilcox boilers
1 × General Electric steam turbine engine
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 290 officers and crew (men and women) including air detachment when embarked
Armament: none[2]
Aircraft carried: 3 × CH-124 Sea King helicopters[3]

HMCS Preserver is a Canadian Protecteur-class auxiliary oiler replenishment of the Royal Canadian Navy commissioned in 1970.

Built by Saint John Shipbuilding in Saint John, New Brunswick, she underwent a major refit in 2005, after the ship was plagued by electrical problems. Badge Description - Azure a life preserver Argent cabled Or charged on the centre chief point with a maple leaf slipped Gules and within the ring a starburst also Argent

She is the second ship to bear the name Preserver. Commissioned 11 July 1942, the first HMCS Preserver served in World War II as a Fairmile motor launch base supply ship under the East Coast's 'Newfoundland Force'. She was paid off 6 November 1945.

Service historyEdit

The ship has served Canada's fleet in domestic and international exercises in the 1980s and 1990s. She was a vital part of operations during the first Gulf War and then again in 2001 for OPERATION APOLLO, Canada's initial response to the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

She is currently serving in the Royal Canadian Navy Atlantic Fleet out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Built by Saint John Shipbuilding in Saint John, New Brunswick, she underwent a major refit in 2005, after the ship was plagued by electrical problems. Electrical problems have yet to be resolved. In 2010 while refuelling she spilled several cubic meters of fuel in Halifax harbour.[citation needed] The cause was the failure of Irving ship building to complete the circuit of pipes required. The ship will continue to operate until the Joint Support Ship Project is eventually completed.

DepartmentsEdit

  • Air
  • Combat
  • Combat System Engineering
  • Deck
  • Dental
  • Executive
  • Cargo Management
  • Logistics
  • Marine System Engineering
  • Medical

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