29 June 2010
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh on board HMCS St. John's to review the assembled fleet, which includes 18 foreign ships at anchor from Bedford Basin to the Halifax Harbour. Vessels “dressed overall” with flags and pennants flying and the ships’ company cheered the reviewing ship and salute the crew as it passed.
International Fleet Review (IFR) Week held in Halifax from June 28th to July 2nd to commemorate the Canadian Navy's 100th year of service.
The IFR brings more than 17 foreign warships and 5,000 visiting sailors together with Canada's Atlantic fleet in a major naval assembly doused in tradition. The last time Canada held International Fleet Reviews was in 1985 on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to highlight the 75th Anniversary of Canada's naval service.
The International Fleet Review is part of Canadian Naval Centennial celebrations organized to mark this significant moment in Canada’s naval history within the context of the centennial theme of, “Bring the Navy to Canadians.” Events are aimed at honouring the past, showcasing the current navy and reinforcing the requirement for the future navy.
Photo Jacek Szymanski DNPA