Named after the twelfth Prime Minister of Canada the Louis S. St. Laurent was launched in December 1966 and commissioned in October 1969. The vessel is classed a "Heavy Arctic Icebreaker" and is the largest icebreaker and flagship of the Canadian Coast Guard. The Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreakers carry vital cargo to isolated Northern communities and transport scientists to remote locations for research. Every year icebreakers provide vital vessel traffic and communications services and maintain marine navigational aids. As part of the 5th Trans-Atlantic Seabed Mapping Survey the hydrographic team on board the the Louis S. St. Laurent will spend 11 days collecting multibeam data as the ship heads east and north, across the Atlantic Ocean, towards Tromsø.
Watch the #LouisSStLaurent leave Halifax for #CanArctic #GalwayStatement #CCGProud — Canadian Coast Guard (@CCG_GCC) July 23, 2016
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