Canadian Navy to name new Arctic offshore patrol ship as Margaret Brooke

19 April 2015 (Last Updated April 19th, 2015 18:30)

The Royal Canadian Navy has announced that it will name one of its new DeWolf-class arctic / offshore patrol ship (AOPS) after Second World War naval hero Margaret Brooke.

The Royal Canadian Navy has announced that it will name one of its new DeWolf-class arctic / offshore patrol ship (AOPS) after Second World War naval hero Margaret Brooke.

Lieutenant commander Brooke, who served as a Royal Canadian Navy nursing sister, was awarded for gallantry during the Second World War. She was also named a military division member of the Order of the British Empire.

On 14 October 1942, Brooke attempted to save the life of her colleague, nursing sister sub-lieutenant Agnes Wilkie's, after a German U-69 submarine torpedoed and sunk their SS Caribou ferry in the Cabot Strait off Newfoundland.

However, despite the heroic effort, her Wilkie could not be saved.

Canadian National Defence Minister Jason Kenney said: "Arctic / Offshore Patrol Ships are being named after Canadian naval heroes who displayed outstanding leadership and heroism while serving in the navy during wartime.

"Her courage and self-sacrifice have inspired, and will continue to inspire, generations of Canadian naval personnel for years to come."

"It is, in fact, a privilege for our country that Margaret Brooke will lend her name to one of our naval ships, as her courage and self-sacrifice have inspired, and will continue to inspire, generations of Canadian naval personnel for years to come."

In January, the Canadian Government awarded a $2.3bn DeWolf-class arctic offshore patrol ships (AOPS) construction contract to Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding.

The agreement, which is for six vessels, marks the start of the construction phase of the national shipbuilding procurement strategy (NSPS).

Designed to play a critical role in protecting Canada's offshore sovereignty in the Atlantic, Pacific and the Arctic, the new DeWolf-class AOPS will be equipped with advanced sensors and will operate and support the new Cyclone naval helicopters.

The vessels will be capable of operating in ice up to 1m thick and sustain operations for up to four months.

The lead ship will be named HMCS Harry DeWolf while the names of four more AOPS will be announced in the near future.