May 04, 2010 10:14 ET

Canada Post Commemorates the Canadian Navy's 100th Anniversary

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) - To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy, Canada Post is issuing today a set of two stamps depicting the past and present of Canada's naval service. Canada's first naval warship, HMCS Niobe, features the picture of an unknown sailor taken around 1910. The second stamp focuses on present day navy with a picture of HMCS Halifax and of Cheryl Bush, Chief Petty Officer Second Class, currently employed with the Chief of the Maritime Staff in Ottawa. This newest offering follows naval-themed stamps issued in 1985 and 1998.

"The creation and launch of these stamps provide Canadians with a unique way to recognize our men and women in uniform," said the Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister and the Minister responsible for Canada Post. "During the centennial anniversary year, I encourage all Canadians to remember our fallen soldiers while celebrating the many successes of our Canadian Navy."

"Canadians have much to be proud of in recognizing 100 years of service from the Canadian Navy," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "The 1910 and 2010 photographs on the stamps remind us that although the times and technology have changed, the dedication of Canada's men and women in uniform remains a strong as ever."

"Our stamp program plays a key role in reminding all Canadians of the importance and value of their Canadian Forces. It's a responsibility we take quite seriously," says Moya Greene, President and CEO at Canada Post.

"These stamps will create a public awareness of the role that the Canadian Navy has played over the past 100 years," said Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Chief of the Maritime Staff. "The stamps are visible, practical reminders that the country is served, in both war and peace, by the men and women of the naval service who safeguard Canada and its values."

The Naval Service Act brought the Royal Canadian Navy into existence on May 4, 1910. HMCS Niobe, purchased from Great Britain, reached Halifax Harbour on October 21, 1910 – an arrival that signalled the Canadian Navy was a reality. When the First World War broke out, the RCN had less than 350 sailors and two warships. By the end of the Second World War, it had grown into one of the world's greatest naval forces, with roughly 100,000 men and women and a fleet of 365 warships.

HMCS Halifax is the first of the Canadian Patrol Frigates built by Saint John Shipbuilding Ltd. in Saint John, New Brunswick. Since entering service in 1994, HMCS Halifax has served in military operations around the world – most recently, a humanitarian mission to Haiti following an earthquake in that country.

About the Stamp

Each stamp measures 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal) and have simulated perforations. The stamps, printed by Lowe-Martin, are pressure sensitive and printed on Tullis Russell paper using lithography in seven colours. They are general tagged on four sides. The official first day cover will be cancelled in Ottawa, Ontario. The stamps are available in booklets of 10 stamps or as a souvenir sheet.

Additional information about Canadian stamps can be found in the news section of Canada Post's website, and photos of these new stamps are also available. Stamps and other products will be available at participating post offices, or can be ordered online by following the links at, or by mail order from the National Philatelic Centre. From Canada and the USA, call toll-free: 1-800 565-4362, and from other countries, call: 902-863-6550.

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