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I am proud to present the Canadian Coast Guard Fleet's second Annual Report. This report will provide you with information about the Coast Guard Fleet, its people and its services, as well as a snapshot of our challenges and accomplishments during fiscal year 2007-08, with a goal to help explain how we serve Canada and Canadians.

It is the professionalism, excellence and dedication of our employees that allows the Fleet to deliver a full suite of essential services in some of the world's most difficult and remote environmental and operating conditions. CCG personnel understand, accept and respect the risks that are inherent to our business and do their utmost to ensure maritime safety, security and environmental protection for all Canadians.

By its very nature, the Fleet is a highly flexible organization, operating in a dynamic environment and serving a wide variety of clients. We adapt to the immediate - on-water and weather conditions that can change without warning - as well as to longer-term trends that fundamentally affect Canada's maritime needs and priorities. These include less predictable ice conditions and increased traffic in the Arctic due to climate change, enhanced security requirements along our borders, increased natural resources exploitation, and a more globalized economy that is increasing maritime traffic and competition for qualified seafarers.

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Gary B. Sidock
Director General, Fleet
Canadian Coast Guard

In 2007-08, the Coast Guard continued its concerted efforts to address management improvements and Fleet renewal.  Financial commitments in recent budgets have allowed us to begin the recapitalization of our fleet including approval to construct a Polar icebreaker, the first of a class and the first in our history.  Additionally, integrated business and human resources planning is helping us prepare for the high level of employee turnover we anticipate, and our efforts to create a truly national institution have improved service delivery and effectiveness in the face of an ageing fleet.

In 2007-2008, the CCG Fleet:
Provided 31,499 operational days or worked 86 years
Sailed 1,324,719 nautical miles or travelled 61 times around the Earth's circumference
Consumed 64,613,251 litres of ship fuel or fuelled 1,292,265 compact cars

This year's report features a special section on our Arctic operations. During 2007-2008, in addition to our regular service commitments, the Fleet supported seven on-water Arctic projects as part of the Government's participation in the International Polar Year - the largest-ever international program of scientific research focused on Arctic regions.  This included the deployment in the Arctic of the CCGS Amundsen for a continuous period of fifteen months to conduct the Circumpolar Flaw Lead Study and Inuit Health and ArcticNet studies. CCG also supported ongoing efforts to document Canada's submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf to extend Canada's sovereign rights, a fundamental element in re-affirming Canada's Arctic sovereignty. CCG also participated in Operation Nanook - a major Arctic exercise by the Canadian Forces in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and CCG, aimed at ensuring the protection of Canadian sovereignty.

Moving forward, we can expect demand for our services to grow and change, as we adapt to the needs of the people and Government of Canada. I would like to encourage our readers to visit the CCG website where you will find the latest CCG Business Plan and other information which outlines our priorities and commitments for the coming years: www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca .

I hope you will find this second Fleet Annual Report an informative summary of our activities of the past year.  Looking back, I am reminded of our committed and enthusiastic workforce, some of whom are featured in this Annual Report, and I am confident in our collective ability to meet the expectations of Canadians whom we serve with pride.

Safety First, Service Always,

Gary B. Sidock,
Director General, Fleet
Canadian Coast Guard

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CCGS Leonard J. Cowley, Offshore Patrol Vessel
Photo: NL Region