Builders, architects, sailors and dignitaries joined by Canadian Minister Poilievre and Rear-Admiral Lloyd, on Friday gathered at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Carleton to lay the ceremonial keel of the new building for the Naval Reserve Division in Ottawa.
During the ceremony, a cylinder was placed in the “quarter deck” of the stone frigate. A commemorative coin and a piece of lumber from the original building were placed in the cylinder and sealed with glass for viewing.
The new building, designed by GRC Architects, will replace the existing facilities that were built during the Second World War. When completed, HMCS Carleton will provide a modern training facility with classrooms, offices, a gymnasium, a drill hall, a galley, and boat houses.
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre said:
This new state-of-the-art facility will provide naval reservists with an outstanding site to train and operate. The Government of Canada will continue to ensure that military members have the training facilities and equipment they need and deserve.
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