Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 03, 2009 13:10 ET

Government Announces Reacquisition of Land at Shearwater

SHEARWATER, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 3, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today announced the reacquisition of approximately 235 hectares of land located adjacent to Shearwater.

"Shearwater has played a critical role in Canadian Forces operations for decades and will continue to be a cornerstone of maritime and air operations for decades to come," said Minister MacKay. "The reacquisition of this land will allow the flexibility necessary to accommodate future requirements - in terms of personnel, equipment and facilities - in the Halifax region".

"Shearwater provides a major economic benefit for the province of Nova Scotia, and shows the Government of Canada's commitment to maintaining a vital military presence in the region," added Minister MacKay.

"This land acquisition will ensure that 12 Wing can fulfil its mission to safeguard the sovereignty of coastal waters and Canadian interests around the world," said the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk.

In March 2002, as part of their infrastructure reduction program, the Government of Canada sold 373.12 hectares of surplus land at Shearwater to Canada Lands Company CLC Limited.

This reacquisition will ensure that surrounding developments are not adversely affected by military operations.

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