Exactly 100 years ago, on May 4, 1910, royal assent was granted for the establishment of Canada's Department of Naval Service. I would like to dedicate this blog article to those men and women who have risked their lives on the high seas.
攝影圖片 Photo #1, 2 and 3: Department of National Defence (DND) posters to commemorate the Canadian Naval Centennial May 4, 1910-2010.
According to the Canadian Constitution, the Governor General shall act in the Queen's name as Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces
攝影圖片 Photo #4: Here in this photo, our current Governor General of Canada, the Honourable Michaëlle Jean, wears the naval variation of the post's uniform while presenting the newly consecrated Queen's Colour to the Canadian Forces Maritime Command.
攝影圖片 Photo #5: Canadian destroyer HMCS Algonquin
攝影圖片 Photo #6: Ice sculpture of a battle ship
Prime Minister's Statement:
At a ceremony in Ottawa to commemorate the Canadian Navy's 100 years anniversary, Prime Minister Harper offered: "... Over the past 100 years of navy service, more than 600 warships have left our ports with the proud prefix HMCS designating Canadian ships ... These ships served during two world wars, during the Korean War, during many peacekeeping missions particularly in the Persian Gulf during the Afghan mission, in the Arctic and the Caribbean, and in a nutshell, every time it has been called upon to meet a need. ... Between 1939 and 1945, the navy lost more than 2,000 men and 24 ships in the fight for freedom, emerging from the Second World War with the third-largest global fleet ..."
Additional info on the Canadian Navy:
" .... Canadian Forces Maritime Command (MARCOM), also known as the Canadian Navy, is the maritime force of the Canadian Forces. While equal in rank and position, The Chief of the Maritime Staff takes precedence over the Chiefs of the Land and Air Staffs following the tradition of the Royal Navy.
MARCOM is the descendant of the Canadian Naval Service created by the Canadian Naval Service Act May 4,1910 and later on Aug. 29, 1911 designated by royal authority as the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) which was Canada's navy until 1 February 1968. Prior to 1910, the Royal Navy provided the maritime defence of Canada.
In 1968, the RCN was merged with the army and air force to form the Canadian Armed Forces. MARCOM's ships are commissioned as Her Majesty's Canadian ships, and the initialism HMCS designates them as the ships of Her Majesty's Canadian Armed Forces. ...."
#1, 2, 3, 6: I took these photos on February 11 at the Confederation Park during the 2010 Winterlude / Ottawa Winter Festival
#4: CBC The National News June 27, 2009
#5: Wikipedia "Canadian Navy" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Navy