Monday, June 28, 2010

Canadians Celebrate Canada Day With Members Of Their Forces

Canadian Navy graphic

Monday, June 28, 2010 - On Canada Day, members of the Navy, Army and Air Force will be at Canada Place, Vancouver to connect with Canadians by answering questions about the work and mission of the Canadian Forces (CF). This year’s Canada Day is doubly significant as 2010 is the centennial year for both the Canadian Navy and Vancouver’s Seaforth Highlanders of Canada infantry regiment.
The Canadian Forces Zone will occupy the Canada Place ballrooms. The display includes a 105mm Howitzer, a G-Wagon Light Utility Vehicle as well as an Army ambulance and small arms display. Visitors can sit in a replica cockpit of a CF-18 fighter jet. A demonstration by a naval boarding party and the Fleet Diving Unit, which features the explosives disposal robot, reflects what your navy does at sea and in Afghanistan. People can fire replica weapons used by the CF in a realistic and safe Small Arms Simulator.
The Naden Band of Maritime Forces Pacific will play “O Canada” and Rear-Admiral Tyrone Pile, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, will be in attendance when new Canadians are sworn-in at a citizenship ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Mountain View Stage. At 11 a.m., the 15th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery will fire the traditional Canada Day 21-gun salute at Hallelujah Point in Stanley Park.
Alongside Canada Place, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Vancouver will be “dressed overall” from sunrise to sunset with signal flags from bow to stern with the national flag at the masthead. The ship will not be open for public tours. Nineteen new members of the CF will be sworn-in on board Vancouver at 1 p.m. with music from the Naden Band. A CH-124 Sea King helicopter will fly past at 1:30 p.m. followed by a Search and Rescue demonstration in Vancouver Harbour by personnel from 442 Squadron flying a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter. At 7 p.m., the Naden Band will lead other contingents from the CF in the Canada Day Parade along Georgia St.
In Victoria, HMCS Nanaimo will be at Ship Point located in the Inner Harbour, it will be open for public tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The 5th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery will fire its Salute at Fort Rodd Hill at noon.
In Hawaii, HMC Ships Algonquin and Calgary will be celebrating Canada Day in Pearl Harbour while they take part in Exercise RIMPAC 2010. The ships’ company will host the other participating nations at a Canada Day reception.

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