A new facility to accommodate the Canadian Forces base in St. John's officially opened Saturday afternoon.

Military personnel were on hand for an opening ceremony of the Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander W. Anthony Paddon Building on The Boulevard.

Paddon was a medical doctor who served as Lieutenant Governor for the province from 1981 to 1986.

He also served with the Royal Canadian Navy as a surgeon during the Second World War.

Some of Paddon's family were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, including grandson Harry Paddon.

Paddon said he was just three months old when his grandfather died, but he's proud of his family's heritage.

"[I feel] incredibly proud every time I hear anybody ever talk about him — I love knowing everything I can about him. It's just such an honour to hear about everything that he has ever done," said Paddon.

The state-of-the-art building cost the federal government more than $150-million.