|HMCS Protecteur (AOR 509)|
|Ordered:||16 December 1966|
|Builder:||Saint John Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||17 October 1967|
|Launched:||18 July 1968|
|Commissioned:||30 August 1969|
|Homeport:||Esquimalt, British Columbia|
Soutien avec Courage|
"Support with Courage"
|Gulf and Kuwait|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2022[update]|
|Class & type:||Protecteur-class auxiliary vessel|
8,380 t (8,248 long tons) standard|
24,700 t (24,310 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)|
2 × Babcock and Wilcox boilers|
1 × General Electric steam turbine engine
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
• 4,100 nmi (7,600 km; 4,700 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
• 7,500 nmi (13,900 km; 8,600 mi) at 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
|Complement:||365 officers and crew (men and women) including 45 in air detachment|
• 2 × 20 mm Close-in weapon system (CIWS)|
• 6 × .50 calibre machine guns
|Aircraft carried:||3 × CH-124 Sea King helicopters|
HMCS Protecteur is a Canadian Protecteur-class auxiliary oiler replenishment ship. Built by Saint John Shipbuilding and Dry Docks in Saint John, New Brunswick, she was commissioned in 1969, the first ship of her class. She is the first Canadian naval unit to carry the name Protecteur; however, there have been several units, including a base, named HMCS Protector. The ship is assigned to the Royal Canadian Navy's Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) in Esquimalt, British Columbia.
In 1991, HMCS Protecteur was part of the Canadian contingent sent to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Shield and later Operation Friction (the Canadian name for its operations during the Persian Gulf War). The ship, part of a three-vessel force (the other two being the destroyers Athabaskan and Terra Nova), saw extensive service in the Central Gulf.
On 19 September 2011, Protecteur departed from CFB Esquimalt for a two-month deployment off southern California as part of the U.S. Navy's Carrier Strike Group Nine. Protecteur joined the destroyer Algonquin and the frigate Ottawa in Fleet Week activities in San Diego, California, between 26 and 30 September 2011.
On August 30, 2013, the ship was involved in a collision with the Iroquois-class destroyer HMCS Algonquin during towing exercises. There were no injuries to personnel, although the ship sustained damage to her bow.
The ship will continue to operate until the Joint Support Ship Project has been completed.
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- "HMCS Protecteur to leave Esquimalt Harbour Monday for exercise off southern California". Life. Times Colonist. September 18, 2011. http://www.timescolonist.com/life/HMCS+Protecteur+leave+Esquimalt+Harbour+Monday+exercise+southern/5421692/story.html. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- "2 Canadian warships collide en route to Hawaii". August 31, 2013. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/08/31/canada-warship-collision-hmcs-algonquin.html. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
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