1. Introduction

1.1 Purpose

The purpose of this Order is to state the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) policy for the naming of CCG vessels and to provide general guidelines for the selection and approval of names.

This policy presents a consistent and logical approach to naming CCG vessels and classes of vessels. The objective is to select names that promote Canadian sovereignty, culture, geography and history. It is also intended to raise the profile of vessels and the work they do by honouring and celebrating people and places of regional and national significance.

1.2 Policy

It is the policy of the Canadian Coast Guard that vessels of the CCG Fleet shall be named according to the criteria listed in this Order (Annex A).

All named vessels shall be referred to as Canadian Coast Guard Ships (CCGS).

1.3 Application

This policy applies to all CCG Vessels and Air Cushioned Vehicles (ACV).

Where names of existing CCG Ships do not comply with this Order, non-complying names will not need to be changed.

Vessels under long-term charter to the CCG may be renamed in accordance with this Order where deemed appropriate and practicable.

1.4 Definition

Unless specifically defined, terms in this order have the same meaning as defined in the Fleet Safety Manual, Glossary - Definitions.