Canada marks navy's centennial

08:09, May 06, 2010      

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday that the government designated May 4, 2010 as Canadian Navy Centennial Day to mark the Royal Canadian Navy's 100th anniversary of service.

The announcement was made during a ceremony in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill during which a ship's bell was presented to the people of Canada by the navy to show their continued commitment to serve.

May 4, 1910 is the date that Royal Assent was given to the Naval Service Act, which authorized the creation of a navy for Canada.

"The founding of Canada's navy represents a proud milestone in our history," said Harper, noting that over the past 100 years Canadian sailors have developed a reputation for bravery, skill and professionalism from combat in both world wars to current actions such as delivering aid to Haiti and combating piracy and terrorism in the Arabian Sea.

Harper promised that the government will continue with its efforts to re-equip the navy, providing them with the new ships and upgrades needed to get the job done.

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