Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 09, 2012 09:00 ET

Minister Peter MacKay Announces the Return of The North Shore Regiment

BATHURST, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - June 9, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced today that the name of 2nd Battalion, The Royal New Brunswick Regiment (North Shore), an Army Reserve unit assigned to 37 Canadian Brigade Group, will revert to it's historical designation, the North Shore Regiment.

"Knowing the historic name of this regiment was never far from the hearts of those in the regiment and the local communities, I am pleased to announce the re-designation of the The North Shore Regiment," said Minister MacKay. "The regiment and the people of Northeastern New Brunswick have never accepted the unit's name change, and today we are righting a historic wrong. I am proud to honour the brave men and women who have served in this regiment over the years by reconnecting them with their history."

From its birth as the 73rd Northumberland (New Brunswick) Battalion of Infantry in 1870, many in Northeastern New Brunswick have served with this illustrious unit. The unit fought in South Africa, the First World War and the Second World War, and won a total of 54 battle honours. In 1956, the North Shore Regiment was designated as 2nd Battalion, The Royal New Brunswick Regiment (North Shore).

"The veterans and serving members of the North Shore Regiment are grateful to the federal government for restoring the name of The North Shore Regiment. The name will be carried with honour and pride in perpetuity," said Colonel Jake Bell, Commander of 37 Canadian Brigade Group. "The Regimental association would like to thank the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff for their support. As well, the Regiment acknowledges the excellent support received from Minister Ashfield, Premier Alward, and MLA Brian MacDonald. The efforts of the New Brunswick municipalities and friends and families of the North Shore Regiment are acknowledged with heartfelt gratitude."

The North Shore Regiment offers exciting employment opportunities, with competitive benefits, for citizens from the community who wish to serve their country.

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For more information on The North Shore Regiment: http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/37CBG_HQ/units-unites/2rnbr-eng.asp

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