Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba arrives at International Fleet Review

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba arrived in Halifax, NS on Friday, June 25, 2010 to participate in an International Fleet Review.

The Fleet Review commemorates the Royal Canadian Naval Centennial (1910-2010). The aim of the Canadian Naval Centennial is to build and strengthen an appreciation for the Canadian Navy and to promote the role of the navy within the Canadian Forces.

The theme is to “Bring the Navy to Canadians” and events will be focused to honor the past, to showcase the current navy and to reinforce the requirement for the future navy. The Fleet Review was traditionally a British practice in which the monarch reviewed the massed Royal Navy as the fleet mobilized for war.

The Fleet Review has become a large gathering of warships to celebrate an important event, such as this year’s Canadian Naval Centennial. More than 24 ships will be participating in the International Fleet Review from nine different countries.

All IFR vessels will be anchored together displaying full dress and illumination. Queen Elizabeth will be reviewing all IFR vessels while onboard a Canadian Naval Vessel, carrying out the Royal Naval Monarch tradition. The ESCANABA is the only U.S. Coast Guard Vessel in attendance and five U.S. Navy Vessels are in attendance.

The Escanaba is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston,

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