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September 24, 2010 12:35 ET

Media Advisory: City of Guelph, Ontario Recognized by Canadian Navy Centennial

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2010) - A representative of the Canadian Navy will be in Guelph to present a framed pictorial history of the city's namesake warship, HMCS Guelph, to mark the Centennial of the Canadian Navy. Lieutenant(Navy) Paul LaHay, Director Maritime Ship Support, will present the display to the City of Guelph. Lt(N) LaHay was born in the City of Guelph and graduated from John F. Ross High School in 1993. His mother still resides in the area and his great-grandfather was one of the founding members of the Guelph Fire Department.

Since the Canadian Navy was established in 1910, over 300 Canadian Navy ships have been named for communities from coast to coast to coast. HMCS Guelph was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy on 9 May 1944. This Flower Class corvette worked as an escort between Halifax and several U.S. ports, before conducting escort duties between St. John's, Newfoundland and Belfast, Northern Ireland. HMCS Guelph was awarded battle honours for Atlantic 1944 - 45. At the end of the war, she was paid off in June 1945 and sold in October 1945 to a private firm. She was last noted in Lloyd's Register for 1964-1965 as Burfin, a name she had borne since 1956.

Who: Her Worship Karen Farbridge, Mayor
When: 7 p.m., Monday September 27th, 2010
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall (1 Carden Street, Guelph)

Similar presentations are being made across Canada, to commemorate the Centennial of the Canadian Navy and highlight the connection the Navy has with communities, large and small in every corner of our country.

Note to the Editor: For more information on the Navy Centennial, please visit the Navy Centennial website at:

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