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Month: September 2010


Naval Loonie Unveiled By Queen

One of the first duties the Queen had while visiting Halifax to celebrate the centennial of Canada’s navy was to unveil a new $1 circulating coin featuring the image of a Halifax-class frigate. The image of the new loonie was unveiled June 29 by the Queen and Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Wardroom at Canadian Forces Base Halifax at a luncheon for about 300 invited guests. Following the luncheon, the Queen, Prince Philip and Harper toured the International Fleet Review of 28 Canadian and allied warships stationed in the Bedford Basin as part of the celebrations. The Wardroom is in the Juno Tower which serves as a mess and accommodations for officers, chiefs and petty officers at the base. Revenue Minister Keith Ashfield acted as host, filling in for Defence Minister Peter MacKa...
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Assignment Arabian Sea: At Sea And The War On Terror – Part 3

Freddy And Her Fast Boat On Freddy’s starboard side: toes over edge of deck; eyes staring between feet at swirling water, 6 1⁄2 metres below; brain suddenly more cognizant of how the side of the massive grey warship—the freeboard—angles in and down, and how the 7 1⁄2 -metre-long rope ladder—called the “jumping ladder”—swings freely until its lower wooden rungs are held against side of moving ship by two crewmen who—at this moment—are balancing like surfers in the bottom of a small boat riding the swells to keep pace with the 134-metre-long frigate. Freddy is short for Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Fredericton, and long for the ship’s other popular name—Mom. We are moving at roughly five knots through the Gulf of Oman and the blue silvery water sliding by between boat and ship will soon...

New Branch Takes Root In Newfoundland

On Nov. 9, 2008, when Nathan Lehr attended the charter presentation for Newfoundland and Labrador Command’s newest branch, Pasadena No. 68, he was carrying on a family tradition. His father, also named Nathan Lehr, was a charter member of the province’s last new branch, Gambo No. 67, when it was established in 1976. Although 375 kilometres and a generation separate the two events, they are a testament to how memorial and commemoration serve as strong motivation for Legionnaires throughout the generations and across the land. In November 2007, after the dedication of Pasadena’s Peace Memorial, a few citizens with military experience began discussing founding a new branch in the town of about 3,500 in west Newfoundland. “I had been a 26-year member of the Legion some 20-odd years ago,”...

A Royal Review

Rear-Admiral Paul Maddison could not help noticing it as an echo from the darkest days of the Second World War. There, after all, was Halifax’s Bedford Basin, filled with warships ready for whatever task may fall to them. Behind him were 28 ships from Canada and its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, all lined up as if ready to go off to war. “Some of these allies were our bitterest enemies at a different time,” said Maddison, referring to the presence of two German navy ships, the FGS Karlsruhe and the FGS Spessart. The vessels had gathered for the June 29th International Fleet Review, the centrepiece of year-long Canadian navy centennial celebrations. Conducting the review during their summer visit to Canada would be Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness t...

Readers’ Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to our Readers’ Quiz in the November/December 2010 issue. The last aircraft carrier in the Royal Canadian Navy was Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Bonaventure, fondly known as the “Bonnie”. HMS Investigator set sail in 1850 to find missing Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. The St. Julien Memorial pays tribute to the Canadian who died in the first gas attacks in the First World War. Canadian soldiers were shot and buried in the garden of the Abbaye d’Ardenne shortly after D-Day. A meeting of elders in Afghanistan is called a Shura.

Toronto Designates Route Of Heroes

A ceremonial route honouring Canada’s fallen has been inaugurated in Toronto after a determined three-year campaign by The Royal Canadian Legion. Signs were unveiled on the city’s Bloor Street on June 7 by the mayor; Brigadier-General Jean Collin, commander of Land Force Central Area (the army in Ontario), and District D Chairman David Adamson on behalf of the city’s Legion branches. The province of Ontario gave the honorary dual name of Highway of Heroes to a 170-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 in 2007 (Journal, November/December 2007). The move was in response to the emotional turnout by civilians along the bridges when motorcades pass bearing the bodies of fallen soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario to the provincial coroner’s office in downtown Toronto....

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