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Credit: Cpl Peter Reed
Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter MacKay is greeted by the piping party aboard HMCS St. John’s during the frigate’s historic visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The significance of the visit was marked by a gathering on the ship’s flight deck, hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom James R. Wright, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter MacKay, and the Commander of Joint Task Force Atlantic Rear Admiral Dean McFadden. Many Northern Ireland government officals also attended, including the Speaker of the Senate.
“The visit to Belfast was about strengthening ties and renewing the seafaring bond between Canada and Northern Ireland, both of which were soundly achieved,” said Commander Brian Santarpia, Commanding Officer of HMCS St. John’s.