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It's actually about a third again further to Nanisivik from Esquimalt than it is from Halifax. That detour around Alaska adds quite a bit of distance.Just looking at a map and getting reaquainted with the North. It would seem to me, and I'm certainly not an expert, that it looks about the same distance from Esquimalt to Nanisivik as it does from Halifax to there. So, if I understand what you're saying Colin, a CCG ship leaves BC, refuels in Dutch Harbor (I'm guessing) then patrols it's Western Arctic area of interest. I'm just wondering, if the AOPS were all based from Halifax, if it wouldn't be much the same to have 3 leave Halifax, head up to Nanisivik, top off and have one continue on through to the western Arctic, have one stay centralized and one trend eastwards? As someone who is more familiar with the area and operation of vessels therein, I'm interested to hear your thoughts.
AOPS are Artic AND Offshore Patrol Vessels. The Arctic isn't their only job. As such the West Coast still needs them to do the Patrol part of their job.