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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.

Naval Reserve Recruiting Poster
Naval Reserve Recruiting Poster

This undated recruiting poster for Canada's naval reserve was probably produced soon after the Second World War.

The poster features a sailor with a cap tally marked "HMCS", for "His Majesty's Canadian Ship", with a backdrop of a ship's guns (left) and a destroyer on the horizon (centre right). Following the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), which had supplied most of the navy's wartime personnel, and the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve were merged to form the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve).

Recruiting Poster
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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