QUEBEC, Oct. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - HMCS Donnacona, jewel of the Canadian Navy
in Montreal, will make history on Saturday, October 13, when she leaves
Drummond St., her residence since 1943, to take possession of her new facility
at 740 Bel-Air St. The day will start at 9:00 a.m., at 2055 Drummond St.,
where the colours will be stricken for the last time, marking her permanent
departure. A parade through the streets of Montreal will follow, taking the
150-strong ship's company to its new home on Bel-Air St.
At 11 a.m., Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson, Chief of the Maritime Staff by
will preside over as guest of honour for the official opening ceremony of the
new home of HMCS Donnacona. Other very important persons will attend this
prestigious event, including senior naval personnel and former Commanding
officers of the division. A reception will follow, and guests will have the
opportunity to tour the new facility, from where Donnacona will be better able
to fulfill her mission.
In addition to HMCS Donnacona, a detachment of the RCMP and the Canada
Border Services Agency are also lodged in the Normand Maurice Building, where
they moved in June, 2006. Management of this multi-department facility is the
task of Public Works and Government Services Canada, and includes an
innovative cost- and use-sharing agreement, as well as a top of the line
environmental design that must be seen to be believed.
Note to editors: A final practice for the ceremony will be held on
Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m., in the new facility. The media are invited
to attend and it will also be possible to tour the facility at that time. At
the dedication ceremony, the Commanding Officer of the unit,
Lieutenant-Commander Sandra Dethier, and Vice-Admiral Robertson will both be
available for interviews. Please confirm your presence with Captain Jocelyn
Laroche, at 418-575-0567.
For further information:
For further information: Captain Jocelyn Laroche, (418) 575-0567.