The final 15 meter section of the former Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) HMCS PRESERVER was broken up in December 2018, concluding an 18 month disposal of the ship. With nearly 1.4 million parts and 8,400 controlled goods certificates verified and catalogued, the storied life of PRESERVER came to an end with the issuance of her final Certificate of Demilitarization on 12 December 2018.
PRESERVER’s disposal is part of a larger disposal program managed by the Directorate of Maritime Equipment Program Management (Non-Combatants), Department of National Defence. In recent years, the disposal team has coordinated and witnessed the disposal of the former HMC Ships PROTECTEUR, ALGONQUIN, IROQUOIS, and Canadian Forces Auxiliary Vessel QUEST, and is currently managing disposal activities for the former HMCS ATHABASKAN and several auxiliary vessels including a fueling barge, a deperming barge, and the dive tender GRANBY. The disposal team also works closely with the DND Materiel Group’s Directorate of Supply Chain Operations to commemorate the service of former ships by establishing monuments such as the IROQUOIS bow that will soon be displayed at the Carling Campus, Ottawa, and the IROQUOIS screws that were donated to the town of Sorel, Quebec, where IROQUOIS was built.
Source: edited from Department of National Defence Material Group communication via RUSI Nova Scotia.