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October 15, 2010 12:27 ET

Media Advisory: HMCS Carleton Celebrates Naval Centennial with Freedom of the City

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) - Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Carleton will be exercising her Freedom of the City on October 16, 2010 as part of the Canadian Navy Centennial celebrations. Commander M.A. (Mike) Hopper, Commanding Officer of HMCS Carleton, Ottawa's Naval Reserve Division will lead over 100 sailors to City Hall where His Worship Larry O'Brien, Mayor of the City of Ottawa will inspect the sailors as well as addressing the parade and guests.

Granting of the Freedom of the City to military units is a long standing tradition in which a municipality can recognize a military unit and allow them to march through the city with "drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed." This is a most prized honour, for it recognizes over time, the honourable record of the military unit, and demonstrates the respect and admiration the community has for them. HMCS Carleton was granted the Freedom of the City in 1980 and the last time it exercised the Freedom of the City was on the 70th anniversary of the Naval Reserve in 1993.

After the ceremony, HMCS Carleton will march through the city, and pay honours at the National War Memorial before returning to City Hall.

Who: His Worship Larry O'Brien and the Ships Company of HMCS Carleton led by her Commanding Officer, Commander M.A. Hopper.
When: 10:30 Saturday, October 16, 2010
Where: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

Note to the Editor/News Director: Individual interviews will be made available upon request. You can also visit the Navy Centennial website at:

Contact Information

  • Lieutenant (N) C.D. (Chris) Walkinshaw
    HMCS Carleton's Public Affairs Officer
    613-277-4990 (mobile)