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Navy's centenary: How important is a strong Canadian navy?

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HMCS Halifax, right, and HMCS Athabaskan head out of the harbour in Halifax on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. The warships are heading to earthquake-ravaged Haiti to assist in the relief operation and expect to arrive early next week. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

May 4 marks 100 years since royal assent was granted for the establishment of Canada's Department of Naval Service. Parades are planned in Halifax and Victoria.

In Halifax, about 1,000 sailors are expected to march from the naval dockyard to city hall. Rear Admiral Paul Maddison will later swear in 19 recruits aboard HMCS Toronto.

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The navy held ceremonies on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. On Monday, Canada Post unveiled two commemorative stamps celebrating the navy's centenary.

The Queen will be in Halifax in June as part of the continuing ceremonies.

Your Photos: Share your pictures of the Centennial celebrations.

How important do you think a strong navy is for Canada in today's world?

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