Battle of Atlantic 2009



    MONTREAL, May 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of HMCS Donnacona of Montreal
today paid their respects, along with thousands of Canadians, to those who
fought in their name during World War II's long Battle of the Atlantic.
    At the Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port, a parade of over 300 with
veterans, members of the Canadian Navy and Sea Cadets. "During the darkest
days of World War II, thousands of Canadians, men and women, members of the
Royal Canadian Navy, of the merchant navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force had
to face situations so perilous they are difficult for us to imagine. We are
proud to commemorate their courage," said Commodore Bennett, Commander of the
Naval Reserve, from Quebec City
    The Battle of the Atlantic was fought at sea from 1939 to 1945. The goal
was mastery of the North Atlantic. Allied naval and air forces were opposed to
the German submarines, whose main targets were the convoys of merchant ships
transporting the material and troops vital to safeguarding the freedom of the
peoples of North America and Europe.
    The weight of the Battle of the Atlantic fell in large part on the Royal
Canadian Navy. At the beginning of the War, our Navy had only six destroyers
and a few minor vessels. By War's end, she had become the third largest fleet
in the world.
    "The Battle of the Atlantic was a coming of age for Canada's Navy," notes
Commander Kim Kubeck, Commanding Officer of HMCS Donnacona. "Many of the
sailors were volunteers from small town Canada who joined the Navy at training
establishments like Donnacona. Their sacrifices kept the supply lines to
Britain and Europe open and made victory in Europe possible."

    The Canadian Navy, with 99 years of service to Canadians, and HMCS
Donnacona are today's proud representatives of a navy in the service of our
country and our heritage.




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For further information: Sub-Lieutenant Curtis Dollis, (514) 283-6517
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