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April 29, 2010 10:20 ET

Canadian Navy Centennial Highlighted by HMCS Stormont

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - A representative of the Canadian Navy will present a framed pictorial history of a Cornwall area namesake warship to the city of Cornwall on Monday May 3rd, 2010. Lieutenant (Navy) Mark Willis, Project Director with the Directorate of Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defence Development, will make the presentation to mark the Canadian Naval Centennial at 6:00 p.m. at the Cornwall Armoury, located at 505 Fourth Street East in Cornwall, Ontario.

Commemorating HMCS Stormont, the presentation will include a framed picture of the ship that includes the ships' badge and a historical write-up.

The Namesake presentation will take place during the 57th annual ceremonial review of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Stormont. The review marks the end of the training year for the cadets and also serves to showcase what the cadets have learned through the training year. A small reception in the officer's mess at the Armoury will take place after the review.

Alternatively named for Cornwall, Ontario because there was already a ship in the Commonwealth navy bearing that name, the River Class frigate, HMCS Stormont, was commissioned at Montreal, Quebec on 27 November 1943. She was assigned to convoy escort operations during the Battle of the Atlantic and was present on D-Day. 

HMCS Stormont received battle honours for Arctic 1944, Normandy 1944, English Channel 1944 and Atlantic 1944-1945. She was converted to a luxury yacht from 1952-1954 at Kiel by Aristotle Onassis, who renamed her for his daughter, Christina. In 1978, she was turned over to the Greek Navy, and sold commercially in 1994.

Similar presentations are being made across Canada, to bring attention to the Canadian Naval Centennial and highlight the connection the Navy has with communities large and small in every corner of the country. Since 1910 Canada has put over 850 warships to sea under the naval ensign. Over 300 ships have been named for communities from coast to coast to coast.

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