International Fleet Review in BC to Mark Canadian Naval Centennial
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During the first day of the official fleet review, Canadian Navy history was made as the executive curl was unveiled at the site of navy “Homecoming” statue in downtown Victoria. On the same day, a parade of nations proudly marched through the heart of downtown Victoria to the delight of record crowds who cheered on the men and women of the visiting navies. Later that evening a fire works display captivated and wowed both the military and civilians who had gathered in the Esquimalt harbour area.
With Her Excellency Michaelle Jean, the military’s commander in chief, as the reviewing Officer, and with Gen W. Natynczyk, the Chief of Defence Staff , and VAdm P.D. McFadden, the Chief of the Maritime staff, the International Fleet Review was conducted on a picture perfect day that brought out thousands of Victorians to the city’s waterfront. While the fleet was being reviewed the Skyhawks, Canadian Forces aircraft, and the Snowbirds provided an airshow for the enjoyment of the crowds at sea and ashore. The ”Navy Rocks” concert that evening provided the navy a chance to truly rock to the sounds of Matt Mays, 54-40, and Sam Roberts.
On the final official day of the fleet review, an international sports competition at CFB Esquimalt brought together sailors from all the ships to participate in such sports as rugby, cricket, and sand volleyball. While ship teams took part in the various sports, a cultural program was hosted by British Columbia’s Lt Governor Steven Point held at Government House.
For more information, please visit MARPAC’s website at: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/marpac/13/13-w_eng.asp?category=101