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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 Advertisement
Royal Canadian Navy Recruiting Advertisement

This 1956 recruiting advertisement for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) uses an image of the recently commissioned destroyer HMCS St. Laurent.

The advertisement promotes the RCN as a modern, "forward-looking" organization, pointing to the sleek lines and modern technology of the St. Laurent. The first major warships to be designed and built in Canada, the St. Laurent and the six other ships in its class were the product of decisions in the late 1940s to design and build modern, high-speed, anti-submarine vessels.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19760601-003

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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