Navy leadership celebrates Chinese New Year

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Navy News / February 20, 2017

Accompanied by the sound of drums, firecrackers and bright flashes of colour, Rear-Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, along with Commodore Jeffery Zwick, Cmdre Marta Mulkins and Honorary Captain (Navy) Tung Chan, took part in the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver on January 29, 2017.

The senior Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) leaders joined Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan and thousands of spectators as they watched the traditional dragon dance. While the parade wove its way through Chinatown, the rainy day went largely unnoticed as the bright colours of the celebration lit up the streets ushering in the Year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year is an important date on the RCN calendar as it is an annual reminder of the importance of its relationship with the Chinese community. Chinese-Canadians have served with the Canadian Armed Forces as far back as the First World War. Many continue to serve today as committed and valued members of the military community – as cadets, reservists and Regular Force members in all ranks and trades – in operations across the globe, on the ground, in the air and at sea.

Canada and the RCN continue to build and strengthen relationships with China. HMCS Regina conducted a port visit to Shanghai in August 2014 and just this past December, the navy had the honour of hosting the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) Ships Yancheng, Daqing and Taihu in Victoria for a three-day goodwill visit.

Article courtesy of Lookout Newspaper