Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Century of Navy Honour and Tradition

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From its modest beginnings in 1910 and eventual development into the third largest navy in the world at the end of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy has evolved into a modern and highly respected instrument of maritime peace on the three oceans which border Canada.

The men and women of the Canadian Navy have proudly served this nation in peacetime and conflict; diligently guarding North Atlantic convoys that were the principal lifeline to Allied troops in war torn Europe, engaging in grueling anti submarine patrols that preserved Cold War global stability, securing shipping lanes in the pirate ridden Arab Gulf and rebuilding shattered homes and lives in places like
New Orleans and Haiti, as they diligently reinforce Canada’s sovereignty over the Arctic.

Throughout the hundred years of its history, the Navy League of Canada has been there to actively support our Navy. Founded in 1895 as a society with the primary aim of ensuring secure ocean trade and an adequate naval defense of Canada, the League helped formulate naval policy and the establishment of the Canadian Naval Service, the forerunner of the Canadian Navy.

Following the First World War, the Navy League supported the Merchant Marine and maintained shore hostel facilities to benefit seafaring personnel. During the Second World War, the Navy League operated 24 hostels in seaport areas with provision of quarters, amenities and special clothing supplies for visiting seamen from all Allied nations.

At war’s end, the Navy League returned to its primary goals; support for youth training through the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet program and promotion of a knowledge of Maritime Affairs and in 1948, the Navy League established The Navy League Cadet Corps.

Today, the Navy League of Canada has a presence in more than 260 Canadian communities. Their youth programs benefit 15,000 young Canadians every year. As we celebrate the centennial of the Canadian Navy, it is only fitting that the Navy League shows its pride in a distinctive yet timely way. The Navy League of Canada, Ontario Division has commissioned one of Canada’s leading watch designers Time is Ticking Inc., to issue a truly remarkable limited edition commemorative timepiece which will reflect the great heritage of Canada’s naval service.

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The Petition moves along...

May 1: Laurie Hawn, M.P. agrees to support petition
April 30: Sent draft petition to The Dominion Institute to seek their sponsorship
April 28: Sent draft petition to Captain(N) Pickingford, Project Manager, Canadian Navy Centennial Project
April 27: Sent petition to Blaine Barker of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and Bob Nixon of the Naval Officer's Association of Canada and Peter Dawe, Executive Director of the RMC Club
April 26: The Monarchist League of Canada members are supportive
April 25: Interesting - even heated - debate over at the Navy, Army, Air Force Forum, where the "Yeas" have it by a two-thirds majority.