Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian Navy

Canadian Navy

January 13, 2011 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Naval Reserve Change of Command Ceremony

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 13, 2011) - The Canadian Naval Reserve Headquarters invites the media to a change of command ceremony on January 15th, 2011 at the Pointe-à-Carcy Naval Complex in Québec City.

The outgoing commander, Commodore Jennifer J. Bennett, first female officer to command a Navy Formation, will hand over command of Canada's Naval Reserve to the incoming commander, Commodore David Craig.

WHEN: Saturday, January 15th at 10 a.m. (media are asked to be in place by 9:50 a.m.)

WHERE: Pointe-à-Carcy (PAC) Naval Complex, 170 rue Dalhousie, Québec City.

Commander Maritime Command, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, will preside over the ceremony and participants will include a 30-man honour guard as well as members of the Naval Reserve. The ceremony will provide a great opportunity to observe formal naval tradition associated with the transfer of command authority.

Created in 1923, the Naval Reserve has become a major component of the Canadian Navy. It has a strength of 4000 Reservists who serve as partners with the Regular Force to safeguard Canada's maritime security. The Naval Reserve trains civilians in the basic requirements needed to work as sailors on the high seas. Coastal operations, naval cooperation and guidance for shipping, and mine countermeasures are three fields in which Naval Reservists specialize.

Note to the editor: Members of the media are invited to attend the ceremony.

Contact Information

  • Naval Reserve Headquarters
    Lieutenant (Navy) Kevin Jutras
    Public Affairs Officer
    418-694-5560 ext. 5670
    Kevin.Jutras@forces.gc.ca