Capt. Nichola Goddard

Capt. Nichola Goddard, of the 1st Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based in Shiloh, Man., was killed in action in May 2006 in Afghanistan. She was the first Canadian female soldier to die while serving in a combat role. (Canadian Armed Forces/Canadian Press)

A new Canadian Coast Guard vessel named after Capt. Nichola Goddard enters the water for the first time Saturday at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax.

Saturday marks the eighth anniversary of Goddard’s death. The Canadian soldier was killed during a firefight in Afghanistan, making her the first Canadian female soldier to die while in a combat role.

Goddard’s parents, Tim and Sally Goddard, are from Prince Edward Island and were scheduled to be on hand as the Hero class vessel went in the water.

"I'm sure it is going to be very emotional," Tim Goddard said. "We are just so honoured and delighted that Nichola is being remembered in this way. It is quite amazing that her name is going to live on in this field."

The vessel will undergo sea trials in the next few months.