Canadian Navy

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Department of National Defence

November 26, 2010 15:10 ET

The Canadian Navy Welcomes New Mascot

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - The Canadian navy is proud to introduce SONAR, the new naval mascot. SONAR, who is based on a Newfoundland dog, was "recruited" into the navy in 2010 as part of the Canadian navy's centennial celebrations.

The name SONAR was chosen from a cross-Canada contest which encouraged youth to submit potential names. From the hundreds of names received, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Chief of the Maritime Staff, chose the name SONAR. "Naming our mascot SONAR captures the proud history of the Canadian navy and its role in anti-submarine warfare," said VAdm McFadden, "and it being a Newfoundland dog, it denotes the characteristics we hold important; being ever vigilant, watchful, protective and loyal."

Ship's mascots, especially dogs, have been part of navies since the first ships sailed from their home ports. Used for many purposes, including security and companionship for crews, mascots are important members of any navy. SONAR will be used to help foster relationships with people across the country, acting as a proud ambassador for the Canadian navy.

Note to the editor: For photos and stories about Sonar, please visit our website: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/navres/11/11-n_eng.asp.

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