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City congratulates Navy on its Centennial

Mayor Gregor Robertson today extended congratulations to the Canadian Navy and the officers and crew of HMCS Vancouver as the vessel sailed into Coal Harbour to visit Vancouver and North Vancouver to celebrate the Navy’s 100th anniversary and Canada Day.

“We’re very pleased that HMCS Vancouver is back to where she was commissioned to celebrate this special occasion,” said Mayor Robertson. “We salute all of the ship’s officers and crew and congratulate them on a very proud 100 years of Canadian naval history.

On Canada Day, HMCS Vancouver will dock at Canada Place. The vessel will host a special swearing-in ceremony for new members of the Canadian Forces, and will be in the harbour during the evening’s fireworks.

Since 1928, there have been three vessels named HMCS Vancouver which have patrolled Canada’s west coast. The current HMCS Vancouver , a frigate, was commissioned in August 1993 in a ceremony at Canada Place.

Other events marking the Canadian Navy’s 100th anniversary include a performance by Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band on September 4 at the PNE.

“We are grateful for the tireless dedication and heroism of the members of the Canadian Navy and the Armed Forces,” said Mayor Robertson. “For a hundred years, they have kept our shores secure, come to our aid in times of distress, and represented our country with honour in peacekeeping efforts around the world. This year’s Centennial is a remarkable achievement for the Canadian Navy, and we know it will continue to serve with distinction in the future.”

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