29 June 2010
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today joined Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and other dignitaries at the International Fleet Review, the highlight of the centennial celebrations of the founding of the Royal Canadian Navy.
"Today we honour the hundreds of thousands of Canadian men and women who have served and currently serve Canada in the Canadian Navy. We are honoured that so many nations are here marking this special anniversary with us," said Prime Minister Harper. "It is fitting that Her Majesty was able to attend and review a large contingent of her fleet in the Navy’s Centennial year."
HMCS St. John's carried Her Majesty, His Royal Highness and Prime Minister Harper past the 28 Canadian and foreign warships at anchor in Bedford Basin and Halifax Harbour.
The event concluded with gun salutes, a flypast of maritime aircraft and a demonstration by the Canadian Forces’ aerobatic team, the Snowbirds.
The International Fleet Review is a rare opportunity for the public to witness Canadian and foreign navy ships gathered together. Ships and navy personnel from several nations, including Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and the United States, sailed to Halifax to participate in the Review.