Halifax, NS, May 20, 2014: The ninth and final Canadian Coast Guard Hero-Class Patrol Vessel, also known as a Mid-shore Patrol Vessel, was launched the morning of Saturday, May 17th from Halifax Shipyard in honour of Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard (May 2, 1980 - May 17, 2006). Each of the nine vessels in the program was named after fallen personnel from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Forces who performed heroic acts during their service.

There to witness the launch of CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M was Tim and Sally Goddard, Nichola’s parents, as well as their daughters Kate and Victoria, and Nichola’s great-aunt, Anne West. “To have a ship named after one of your daughters is such an incredible honour,” said Tim Goddard, “and it is a fitting legacy for Nichola that her name will continue to be part of the protection of our country.”

Captain Goddard was killed on May 17th, 2006 in Afghanistan during a firefight in the Panjwai District while serving with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as a forward observation officer. Her parent unit was the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. Goddard was the first female soldier to be killed in combat and the 16th soldier Canada lost in Afghanistan.

Internationally acclaimed rock band, The Trews, wrote the hit “Highway of Heroes” in memory of Captain Goddard. The band is from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where Goddard went to high school. She has also been honoured with a Calgary school built and named in her memory, and her legacy lives on through the work of the Nichola Goddard Foundation.

The $194 million contract for the nine Canadian Coast Guard Mid-shore Patrol Vessels was awarded to Irving Shipbuilding on September 2, 2009. CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M will now undergo further construction and finish work while alongside in preparation for her sea trials in late summer. The final vessel is expected to be delivered to Canadian Coast Guard early this fall.

“Great care and attention has gone into each of these vessels. We are honoured to have had the opportunity to construct such an important set of ships for Canada – especially as they so aptly honour those Canadians who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” said Kevin McCoy, President, Irving Shipbuilding, as he presented the Goddard’s with a commemorative ship’s bell on behalf of the men and women of Irving Shipbuilding. The bell is an exact replica of the one installed on CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M.  


Sally, Kate, Tim and Victoria Goddard in front of CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M during her launch May 17, 2014 at Halifax Shipyard. The Honourable Peter MacKay and Irving Shipbuilding President Kevin McCoy present the family with a commemorative ship’s bell, on behalf of the men and women of Irving Shipbuilding. 



Sally, Kate, Tim and Victoria Goddard, and Great-Aunt Anne West, in front of CCGS Captain Goddard M.S.M during her launch May 17, 2014 at Halifax Shipyard.  The ninth Hero-class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel is named for their daughter Captain Nichola Goddard, Canada’s 1st female soldier to die in combat in Afghanistan.   







Tim Goddard, father of Captain Nichola Goddard, looks on as Hero-Class Ship #9 is launched on Saturday, May 17th by Irving Shipbuilding.  The vessel is named in honour of his daughter, Canada’s first female soldier to die in combat in Afghanistan.




Job creation and economic growth continues with National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

February, 6, 2014  Halifax, Nova Scotia -- The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, along with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, today announced that two new tasks with a potential value of $53.5 million have been authorized for the construction of the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). These two tasks are part of the definition contract awarded to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in March 2013.

The two tasks authorized are the Engineering Design Phase 2 and the Project Implementation Proposal Development. The Engineering Design Phase 2 task is the second of three design tasks in the definition contract that will mature the AOPS design. Irving, working closely with Canada, will further mature the AOPS design so that it meets all the contract design specification requirements. During this task, Irving will continue to work on 3 D modeling, which will ultimately be a key component of the design package from which the ships will be built.  During the Project Implementation Proposal Development task, the shipyard will prepare a fully developed build plan, which will include all activities related to material procurement and construction.

The Government of Canada is following through on its commitment to build ships in Canada. According to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries, the NSPS will mean 15,000 long-term jobs and $2 billion annually in economic growth over 30 years. 

Quick Facts
•             The definition contract is a task-based contract divided into seven work packages (or tasks) that will enable Irving Shipbuilding Inc. to have full designs and requirements established for the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships before building. Plans remain on track to cut steel and begin construction in 2015.  
•             Authorization of these work packages follows the initial two tasks announced on March 7, 2013. The total potential value of the definition contract, including all seven potential tasks, is estimated at $288 million.


“Through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, the Harper Government is moving forward with our commitment to build ships in Canada in a timely and efficient manner and deliver the equipment that our men and women in uniform need to patrol our coasts and protect our sovereignty. By proceeding with these next two tasks under the definition contract, we will continue to refine and complete the ships’ design and production details before cutting steel, and in turn reducing risk and respecting taxpayers’ money.” The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada

“These two work packages represent another step further in the Government of Canada's commitment to deliver this key fleet to Canada’s Navy. This will allow us to continue strengthening Canada’s multi-role, combat-capable defence force, while maximizing job creation, supporting Canadian technological innovation, and bolstering economic growth across the country.” The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence

“The economic growth and success of our region goes hand in hand with the development of the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships. Our Government’s shipbuilding strategy could result in the creation of 11,500 jobs right here at home, in Atlantic Canada.  As Minister responsible for Nova Scotia, I am proud of the role our province can play in re-equipping our brave men and women in uniform with the tools they need, and look forward to seeing the many positive economic impacts of this project in our communities.”  The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia

“The next two tasks under the AOPS Definition Contract build on the first two tasks – taking us deeper into progressively more detail, and ultimately bringing more clarity and further reducing risk for Canada in the building of these vessels.  The significant investment we’re making in the modernization of Halifax Shipyard is driving much of the early economic impacts of NSPS.  To date, we’ve committed approximately $190 million of our total $300 million planned investment, which is generating more than 1,700 full-time jobs and $104 million in employment income, $36 million local, provincial and federal taxes paid, and $78 million in consumer spending across Canada.” Kevin McCoy, President, Irving Shipbuilding