High ranking naval personnel proceed to official opening of HMCS DONNACONA



    MONTREAL, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - HMCS DONNACONA ship's company paraded
through the streets of Montreal today, a symbolic gesture to illustrate the
official cross-town move of Canada's oldest naval reserve unit to their new
building in St-Henri.
    Present in the Montreal community since 1923, HMCS DONNACONA is the
longest standing unit in the Naval Reserve. Originally located on Drummond
Street, DONNACONA is leaving the downtown area to establish itself in its new,
state of the art, energy efficient, facilities on Bel-Air St. Her ships
company is comprised of approximately 200 men and women who are dedicated to
serving Canada's navy.
    HMCS DONNACONA's commanding officer for the past three years,
Lieutenant-commander Sandra Dethier, proudly lead her ship's company, marching
the 3 km distance to the new facilities. During her speech,
Lieutenant-commander Dethier declared:

    
        "I envy the sailors who are starting their naval careers today. Their
        experiences will be varied and they will fully enjoy all this new
        building has to offer".
    

    Upon the arrival of the sailors at the new location, a formal ceremony
was held with special guests Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson, Chief of the
Maritime Staff and Commodore Robert Blakely, Commander of the Naval Reserve.
Civilian guests, former military personnel from the White Ensign Club, the
Royal Canadian Legion and over 40 cadets from the local cadet corps RCSCC
Victory also attended and participated in the ceremony.

    Note to editors: For more information about recruiting, the Naval Reserve
or HMCS DONNACONA visit www.navres.forces.gc.ca or call 514-283-6517-214




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