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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.

Twin 40mm Bofors Gun
Twin 40mm Bofors Gun

The Royal Canadian Navy used 40 mm Bofors guns like this Canadian-manufactured example on a number of post-war ships.

Made and installed in a variety of models and mountings, the 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun was widely used during and after the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Navy used this type of gun and mounting on a variety of ships, including the wartime frigates rebuilt as Prestonian class ocean escorts in the 1950s. These particular guns and their mounting were manufactured in 1945.

Naval Gun, Twin 40mm Bofors Mk XI
CWM 19680076-001

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