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Canada’s highest ranking admiral pleased with Victory celebration

By Bill Samuel

June and Collin Macaulay, Picton meet with Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden. Bill Samuel photo

The Victory continued celebrating 100 years of the Royal Canadian Navy Saturday, July 3rd with a visit from Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, CMM, CD, Canada’s highest ranking admiral.
Vice-Admiral McFadden spoke to a receptive group of approximately 80 people about the navy’s past and its future. He emphasized the importance of Canada’s need to be a leader in maritime security both in Canadian waters and around the world. He also spoke of the need for the navy to protect the maritime environment and continue to be a proud ambassador for Canada.
“The Americans, the British and the Dutch all understand the prosperity of our nation is fundamentally based on a regulated ocean commerce,” he said. “We are seeing more of that environment coming under threat from lawlessness by piracy at sea, with potentially profound effects.
“Canadians are connected to every corner of the earth and it is in our best interest to co-operate with other navys around the world to protect the oceans not just from a security standpoint but an environmental one as well.”
Last summer and this summer Vice-Admiral McFadden has arranged for a frigate to travel the Great Lakes to meet Canadians. He said it is a good opportunity for Canadians to see the navy’s technology, but more importantly to meet the great people that they serve. He said he is sure that by meeting members of the navy, Canadians will be impressed with the naval force.
“The vast majority of Canadians live a long ways from the coasts, or so they think,” said Vice-Admiral McFadden. “In reality the Great Lakes is a coast in the middle of a continent.”
The Archives and Collections Society continues its exhibition ‘100 Years of Our Navy, A Celebration’ to August 8. Artwork by members of the Canadian Society of Marine Artists and other artists, which portrays the vastness of our navy’s history will be on display.
“I am so impressed by this exhibition,” said Vice-Admiral McFadden. “This is all an initiative by private individuals and this society. This is not funded by the navy. They understand the need for the connection to our maritime history and the hard choices we as a people have made and will continue to make in the future.”
The Victory houses more than a quarter of a million pieces of maritime and nautical artifacts including paintings, journals, charts and ship plans. It is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of maritime history and promoting research and conservation.
From July 16-23, large 10 ft long models of HMC Ships Ville de Quebec 332, Cornerbrook 878 and Kingston 700 from the Department of Defence will be on display at The Victory on a stopover between Halifax and Vancouver.
On July 17th, (1-3 p.m.) Dr. Richard Gimblett, command historian of the Canadian Navy and former president of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, will be on the premises to sign his book, The Naval Service of Canada, 1910-2010: The Centennial Story.

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