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Coast Guard Crew Honoured for Hurricane Relief Effort

Ottawa, 03 March 2006 / The crew of Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir William Alexander has been named as the recipient of the Navy League's Kinley Award for Maritime Affairs. The award was presented today at a special ceremony in Ottawa.

The Honourable John James Kinley Award is granted by The Navy League of Canada to members/employees of the Canadian Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans or the Canadian Forces who have made remarkable contributions in support of naval and maritime interests.

CCGS Sir William Alexander has been selected as the 2005 recipient, in recognition of the exceptional performance of her crew during Operation Unison, Canada's contribution to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The unique ability of the ship and her crew led to the Sir William Alexander's mission being extended to 46 days. In challenging operational conditions, Sir William Alexander delivered relief supplies and played a significant role in repairing the United States Aids to Navigation System. This included replacing several weather warning buoys that allowed for the early warning of other storms, such as Hurricanes Rita and Wilma.

Throughout Operation Unison, the crew of CCGS Sir William Alexander contributed greatly to our humanitarian efforts along the Gulf Coast. In doing so, they have brought international credit to our Coast Guard and our nation. The Navy League of Canada salutes CCGS Sir William Alexander and thanks each member of her crew for their exceptional service to their country.


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Jerrod Riley (p) 613-998-2952 or 1-800-375-NAVY
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The Navy League of Canada (e) jriley@navyleague.ca

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