Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian Navy

Canadian Navy

May 04, 2007 09:10 ET

DND: Battle of the Atlantic Parade and Ceremony

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 4, 2007) - Several guests will be on hand to commemorate World War II's Battle of the Atlantic at the National War Memorial on Sunday, May 6 at 11 am. Those in attendance will include The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, Vice-Admiral Drew Robertson, Chief of the Maritime Staff, veterans, serving members of the Canadian Forces, and cadets, among other guests.

Sunday's events will commence with a parade starting at 10:10 a.m., marching from the Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street, to the War Memorial. This will be followed by a short remembrance service. On completion of the ceremony there will be a reception for parade participants at the Government Conference Centre.

World War II's Battle of the Atlantic, the fight for supremacy of the North Atlantic, was waged from 1939 until 1945. The battle pitted Allied naval and air forces against German U-boats, whose primary targets were the convoys of merchant ships carrying vital life-sustaining cargo from North America to Europe.

Much of the burden of fighting the Battle of the Atlantic fell to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). At the outbreak of war, the RCN was comprised of only six destroyers and a handful of smaller vessels. By the end of the war the RCN was the third largest navy in the world.

The Battle of the Atlantic ended with V-E Day on May 8, 1945.

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For more information on the Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony, please contact the Navy Public Affairs Office in Ottawa at (613) 945-1287.

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