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The Later Cold War
A Changing Fleet

Canada's navy changed and shrank in the latter part of the Cold War, but continued to face threats and meet alliance obligations. Despite the addition of some newer vessels, by the late 1970s it faced "rust-out" due to the gradual deterioration of ships and equipment.

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FN C1D Rifle
FN C1D Rifle

Canada's navy obtained a special version of the standard FN (Fabrique Nationale) service rifle for use by boarding parties performing searches.

Following the Canadian military's adoption of the Belgian designed FN C1 rifle in the 1950s, the navy identified a requirement for a service rifle capable of fully automatic fire. The FN C2 light machine-gun was deemed too cumbersome for use on a naval vessel so the standard C1 rifle, which was already in service with the navy, was modified to allow it to fire in a fully automatic mode. This modification was adopted for naval service as the C1D.

Rifle, FN C1D Carbine
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HMCS Iroquois, Artist's Concept
HMCS Athabaskan
Model, HMCS Bras d'Or
HMCS Bras d'Or
HMCS Ojibwa
HMCS Ojibwa Model
Uniform, Lieutenant Commander Edward Ross Murray
Model, HMCS Assiniboine
HMCS Gatineau
HMCS Gatineau
Model, HMCS Nipigon
Naval Chaff Launcher
The Watch Below - Engine Room - HMCS Yukon
Hands to Supper - Galley and Steamline - HMCS Yukon
FN C1D Rifle
Diving Knife
Soviet Naval Aircraft
Soviet Aircraft Carrier and Bombers
Baltic Patrol
    Date created: October 29, 2010