Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 08, 2011 15:40 ET

Minister of National Defence Congratulates the Men and Women of the CF for Their Support to the Royal Tour

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, congratulates the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who have so professionally supported the highly successful tour of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

"The outstanding support of our service personnel who represent all branches of the Canadian Forces, has been exemplary from the planning stages and throughout the Royal Tour," said Minister MacKay. "Their excellence has been broadcast daily in the media across Canada and around the world. I extend my heartiest congratulations to them all."

Operations planners at Canada Command Headquarters in Ottawa and at the Regional Joint Task Forces in Toronto, Halifax, Yellowknife and Edmonton have worked in close cooperation with colleagues from Canadian Heritage to ensure that the logistics, transportation and ceremonial aspects of the tour have been carried out in every detail.

"Since the Royal Couple arrived in Ottawa on 30 June aboard the 437 Transport Squadron Airbus, Canadians have watched and admired our Regular and Reserve Force soldiers on parade, HMCS Montreal's company guiding the Duke and Duchess down the St Lawrence, air crews in Waterbird, Search and Rescue and fly past operations, and our famed Snowbird air demonstration team," added Minister MacKay.

Thousands of citizens in communities from Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Charlottetown, Summerside, Yellowknife, Slave Lake and finally in Calgary for the Stampede and farewell ceremonies, have shared the excitement with cheers and great enthusiasm.

"The CF is ready at all times to provide its unique capabilities in the service of our fellow Canadians, and during very special events such as this Royal Tour," said Lieutenant-General Walter Semianiw, Commander of Canada Command. "I want to add my sincere appreciation and congratulate all the women and men of the Canadian Forces who have contributed so much to making the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge such a resounding success."

Notes to editor / news director: Imagery of the Royal Tour, can be found at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca and http://royaltour.gc.ca/photo-07052011-eng.cfm

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