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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.

Model, HMCS Mackenzie
Model, HMCS Mackenzie

HMCS Mackenzie was the first ship of a group of four destroyers built for the Royal Canadian Navy in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Delivered in the early 1960s, the Mackenzie class destroyers were visually similar to earlier vessels. Two mountings (left and centre right) held guns to engage aircraft or surface targets. Much of the after deck (right) was taken up with retractable covers for the ship's Limbo anti-submarine mortars. A variety of radars (top centre) could detect aircraft and surface ships, while domes (lower left) held sonar equipment for detecting submarines.

Model Ship, Mackenzie Class Destroyer
CWM 19660074-017

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