NAVAL CENTENNIAL MESSAGE


 

This is the message sent by NDHQ to commemorate the Canadian naval centennial which occurred on May 4, 2010..

FROM: NDHQ CMS OTTAWA//CMS// DTG: R 291320Z APR 10 SUBJ: NAVY CENTENNIAL
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RAAUZYUW RCCLHAV6023 1191821-UUUU--RCWEWLA RCWMBNS RCWMCTS RCWMFYS RCWMHBS RCWMHVS RCWMKES RCWMMFS RCWMMGA RCWMNHS RCWMNMS RCWMPCA RCWMPJA RCWMRGS RCWMSKS RCWMTRS RCWMWGS RCWMWIS RCWMWVA RCWMYKS. ZNR UUUUU ZOC R 291320Z APR 10 FM NDHQ CMS OTTAWA//CMS// TO MARGEN BT UNCLAS MARGEN 020-10 CMS 029-10 SIC ZAA SECTION 1 OF 2 SUBJ: NAVY CENTENNIAL BILINGUAL MESSAGE/MESSAGE BILINGUE

1.  ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY, 4 MAY 1910, THE NAVAL SERVICE ACT RECEIVED ROYAL ASSENT, MARKING THE BIRTH OF CANADA S NAVY.  THAT SOVEREIGN DECISION WAS A DEFINING MOMENT FOR THE STILL YOUNG DOMINION OF CANADA, HOWEVER MODEST THAT NAVY WAS INITIALLY WITH THE ARRIVAL IN CANADA OF THE FORMER BRITISH CRUISERS NIOBE AND RAINBOW.  THESE TWO SHIPS WOULD BE THE FIRST IN A DISTINGUISHED LINE OF WARSHIPS AND SUBMARINES TO BE COMMISSIONED HER MAJESTY CANADIAN SHIPS (HMCS)

2.  TODAY THAT NAVY IS NOT THE LARGEST IN OUR HISTORY BUT IS A POTENT COMBAT FORCE AND AS A RESULT OF THE WORK IT DOES, IT IS CERTAINLY REGARDED TON-FOR-TON, SAILOR-FOR-SAILOR, AND MARITIME AVIATOR-FOR-AVIATOR, AS AMONG THE FINEST OF MARITIME FORCES IN THE PAGE 2 RCCLHAV6023 UNCLAS MARGEN 020-10 WORLD

3.  AS I LOOK BACK AT OUR JUST COMPLETED FIRST CENTURY OF NAVAL SERVICE TO CANADA, WHAT TRULY STANDS OUT FOR ME IS HOW CLOSELY OUR STORY PARALLELS THE STORY OF CANADA ITSELF

4.  EACH CAME FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS BUT ASPIRING TO CONTRIBUTE WELL BEYOND OUR SHORES. EACH CAME OF AGE IN THE CRUCIBLE OF WAR.  IT IS SAID THAT THE YOUNG NATION FIRST GAINED A TRUE SENSE OF ITS OWN CAPACITY, CHARACTER AND IDENTITY AS A RESULT OF ITS NATIONAL SACRIFICE AND VICTORY ACHIEVED AT VIMY RIDGE DURING THE GREAT WAR.  OUR NAVY CERTAINLY ACQUIRED THAT SENSE OF CAPACITY, ESSENTIAL PURPOSE AND IDENTITY IN THE LONG STRUGGLE OF THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC, AT THE MOMENT OF THE NATION S DEEPEST PERIL AND MOST URGENT NEED

5.  OF COURSE, THE NAVY WAS STANDING WATCH FOR CANADA LONG BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD WAR, AND IT HAS CONTINUED TO STAND THE WATCH EVER SINCE, READY, AYE READY: A. PATROLLING THE COASTS OF KOREA DURING THE FIRST CONFLICT FOUGHT UNDER THE BANNER OF THE UNITED NATIONS B. MAINTAINING A CEASELESS VIGIL AT SEA THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF A LONG COLD WAR C. TO THE PRESENT DAY, WHERE THE NAVY MAINTAINS AN INCREASED VIGILANCE OFF OUR OWN COASTS AND STANDS READY TO RESPOND TO AGGRESSION IN ALL ITS FORMS, FROM PIRACY TO TERRORISM, WHILE ALSO ACTING AS A FORCE FOR GOOD AROUND THE WORLD, AS WAS SO RECENTLY THE CASE IN HAITI

6.  IT IS A HISTORY IN WHICH WE CAN ALL TAKE GREAT PRIDE, BECAUSE AS MUCH AS CANADA ENJOYS AN HONOURED PLACE TODAY AMONG THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD, IT IS IN OUR KNOWLEDGE THAT SUCCESSIVE GENERATIONS OF SAILORS AND MARITIME AVIATORS HELPED TO SECURE THAT PLACE THROUGH THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND SACRIFICES IN BOTH PEACE AND WAR

7.  THE STORY OF OUR SECOND CENTURY AS A NAVY HAS BEGUN. I CANNOT PRETEND TO FORESEE MANY OF THE CHALLENGES THAT AWAIT US IN THE DECADES AHEAD.  BUT THEN NEITHER COULD SIR WILFRID LAURIER LOOKING FORWARD FROM 1910, WHEN HE GUIDED THE NAVAL SERVICE ACT TOWARDS ROYAL ASSENT AND THE SOVEREIGN DECISION THAT CANADA WOULD CREATE A NATIONAL NAVY RATHER THAN PAY FOR CRUISERS FOR GREAT BRITAIN.  HE HELD AN ABIDING FAITH IN WHAT CANADA STOOD FOR, EVEN THEN, AND A VISION OF THE COUNTRY AS A LEADING MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS, A VISION THAT OUR MARITIME FORCES CONTINUE TO SUSTAIN TODAY SO EXCEEDINGLY WELL

8.  THAT ALONE GIVES ME GREAT CONFIDENCE FOR OUR SECOND CENTURY, PAGE 4 RCCLHAV6023 UNCLAS MARGEN 020-10 BECAUSE LAURIER S VISION REMAINS UNDIMINISHED: THAT CANADIANS WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, KNOWING THAT THE WORLD WILL NOT BE AS WE WISH BUT RATHER AS WE ARE PREPARED TO HELP MAKE IT

9.  COMMENSURATE WITH THE SINGULAR AND EXCEPTIONAL IMPORTANCE OF THIS OCCASION, I HEREBY AUTHORIZE COMMANDERS AND COMMANDING OFFICERS THROUGHOUT MARITIME COMMAND TO UP SPIRITS.  FURTHER, THE COMMANDER AIR COMMAND HAS SIMILARLY AUTHORIZED COMMANDERS AND COMMANDING OFFICERS OF THE MARITIME AIR COMMUNITY TO UP SPIRITS, IN RECOGNITION OF THE EQUALLY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF MARITIME AVIATION TO OUR GREAT HISTORY END OF ENGLISH TEXT/

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The Royal Canadian Mint struck this dollar coin to commemorate the centennial of the Canadian Navy. (Images by Jerry Proc)

 
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Other coins minted for the Naval Centennial. (Image courtesy Royal Canadian Mint)

 

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