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The Early Cold War
Rebuilding and Transformation

The Canadian navy's main Cold War mission was anti-submarine warfare, as it had been in the two world wars. It sought to build a force of ships, personnel, and facilities to fulfill this mission, as well as to pursue other national objectives like sovereignty protection.

Uniform, Rear Admiral Sturton Mathwin Davis
Uniform, Rear Admiral Sturton Mathwin Davis

This uniform belonged to Sturton Mathwin Davis, who served in the Canadian navy from 1950 to 1974.

Trained as a naval architect - an engineer specializing in the design, construction, and repair of vessels - Davis served with Britain's Royal Navy from 1940 to 1946. After moving to Canada to work as a naval architect, Davis joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve in 1950. He headed the 1958-1959 Nuclear Submarine Survey Team that examined the feasibility of Canada building its own nuclear-powered submarines. Subsequently appointed Director General of Ships, Davis was directly involved with shaping the Canadian fleet and the ships built for it.

Work Dress Uniform, Rear Admiral Sturton Mathwin Davis
Blouse, CWM 19990050-019
Trousers, CWM 19990050-020

Graveyard, Sorel, P.Q.
HMCS Micmac
HMCS Sussexvale
Twin 40mm Bofors Gun
HMCS Magnificent and Destroyer
Royal Canadian Navy Recruiting Advertisement
Canadian Ships in Halifax Harbour
Model, HMCS Mackenzie
Desktop Radar Model
Model, HMCS Provider
HMCS Assiniboine and Sea King Helicopter
Twin 3-Inch Naval Gun and Mount
Uniform, Rear Admiral Sturton Mathwin Davis
HMCS Porte St. Louis and HMCS Porte St. Jean
Ship's Crest, HMCS Porte de la Reine
HMCS Ontario in the Panama Canal
Life Ring, HMCS Quebec
Royal Canadian Navy Recruiting Poster
Master-at-Arms Ron Crawford, HMCS Cornwallis, 1953
Wrens Recruiting Advertisement
Naval Reserve Recruiting Poster
HMCS Malahat Crew, 1957
Naval Fire Fighting Training
Cadets in Summer Training