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6. Transfer to Canada of United States Loran Stations in Newfoundland and Labrador
Defence Liaison (1) Division: In a recent Exchange of Notes Canadian and the United States Governments agreed to the conditions for transferring to the Canadian Government three Loran stations at Port-aux-Basques, Battle Harbour and Bonavista in Newfoundland which are at present operated by the United States Coast Guard. These stations were constructed in 1942 by agreement between the Newfoundland and United States Governments as a radio aid to air and sea navigation in the Northern Atlantic. When the need for continued operation of these stations was established following the war, the United States Government agreed to operate the stations until such time as the Canadian authorities were able to accept full responsibility for them. In June, 1952, the Canadian Government agreed in principle to the transfer of the stations. Since then, officials of the two Governments have been working out the final agreement for completing the transfer. With the recent Exchange of Notes, the Canadian Government has agreed to assume responsibility for the three stations on September 1 of this year; the Department of Transport will operate the stations.
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