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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.

Royal Canadian Navy Recruiting Poster
Royal Canadian Navy Recruiting Poster

This recruiting poster uses images of naval power and tropical climates to entice Canadians to join the navy.

A lieutenant (left) examines a tropical town (right) with binoculars while sailors (bottom) line the side of the ship. The turret (lower right) has three guns, projecting an impression of naval power. Artist Irwin Crosthwait, who designed this poster, spent time in the cruiser HMCS Ontario in 1945, and the ship's triple gun turrets may have inspired his illustration.

Peacetime Recruiting Poster
CWM 19750317-046

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