Queen Elizabeth reviews international fleet to mark Canadian Navy centennial

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Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, reviewed on Tuesday a fleet of Canadian and foreign warships in the highlight of the centennial celebrations of the founding of the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS St. John's carried the dignitaries past the 28 Canadian and foreign warships at anchor in Bedford Basin and Halifax Harbor.

"Today we honor the hundreds of thousands of Canadian men and women who have served and currently serve Canada in the Canadian Navy," Harper said in a statement.

"It is fitting that Her Majesty was able to attend and review a large contingent of her fleet in the Navy's Centennial year."

The event concluded with gun salutes, a flypast of maritime aircraft and a demonstration by the Canadian Forces' aerobatic team, the Snowbirds.

The International Fleet Review is a rare opportunity for the public to witness Canadian and foreign navy ships gathered together.

Ships and navy personnel from several nations, including Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and the United States, sailed to Halifax to participate in the review.

Queen Elizabeth, 84, and Prince Philip, 89, arrived in Halifax on Monday afternoon, the first stop on her 22nd tour of Canada.

The royals will leave for Ottawa on Wednesday to join the celebration of Canada Day on July 1.

They will also visit Winnipeg, Waterloo and Toronto during their nine-day tour.

Source: Xinhua


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