RCMP vessel Nadon

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Name: RCMP Nadon
Namesake: Maurice Nadon
Builder: Robert Allan Ltd., Vancouver
Commissioned: 1991
Status: in active service, as of 2012
General characteristics
Class & type: Commissioner-class patrol vessel
Length: 17.7 m (58 ft 1 in)[1]
Propulsion: 2 × 820 hp (611 kW) MAN D2840 LE401 V10 diesel engines[1]
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)[1]
Crew: 4

RCMP Nadon is a Commissioner-class high-speed patrol vessel operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Marine Division. The vessel, designed and built by Robert Allan Ltd., is an aluminium-hulled 17.7-metre (58 ft) planing catamaran, capable of speeds of up to 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph).

Nadon, named after Maurice Nadon, the RCMP Commissioner between 1974-1977, is stationed at Nanaimo, British Columbia, and is responsible for patrolling the 300 nautical miles (560 km; 350 mi) of coastline between the United States border and the Mid Coast, north of Vancouver Island.[2]

In 2000 Nadon was temporarily renamed St. Roch II in order to recreate the 1950 voyage of the RCMP schooner St. Roch around the North American continent. The voyage began at Vancouver on 1 July 2000, and involved navigating the Northwest Passage around the northern coast of Canada as far as Halifax. She was accompanied by the Coast Guard ship Simon Fraser, as a support vessel.[3]

St. Roch II also carried out a search for a reported wreck from Sir John Franklin's expedition of 1845. Using a Kongsberg/Simrad SM2000 forward-looking sonar she completed a survey west of Grant Point on the Adelaide Peninsula. An area of 16 square nautical miles (55 km2; 21 sq mi) of previously uncharted sea floor was searched, but found nothing, and a survey by shore parties of the unnamed island southwest of Grant Point, and the northwestern point of Grant Point itself found nothing definitive.[4]

The St. Roch II then continued down the eastern seaboard of the U.S., across the Caribbean to transit the Panama Canal before returning to Vancouver in December. The voyage was a joint project of the RCMP and the Vancouver Marine Museum to raise funds to help maintain and preserve the original St. Roch.[3]

Having reverted to her original name Nadon continued in service with the RCMP until its recent decommissioning.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Marine Services - Royal Canadian Mounted Police". rcmp-grc.gc.ca. 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. "RCMP British Columbia - West Coast Marine Service". members.shaw.ca. 2007. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Connell, Valerie G. (September 15, 2000). "St. Roch II drops anchor at Iqaluit". Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  4. Woodman, David C. (2000). "Utjulik 2000 Expedition Report". ric.edu. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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