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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.

Desktop Radar Model
Desktop Radar Model

This is a motorized desktop model of the AN/SPS-12 naval radar fitted to Canadian destroyers built in the 1950s and 1960s.

Post-war naval vessels often carried several different types of radar for specific functions. The AN/SPS-12 was designed to detect aircraft, while other radars were intended to detect ships or to aim guns and other weapons. The RCA Victor Company in Montreal, Quebec, manufactured the full-size equipment and also made this model, with an antenna that rotates when the switch on the base is turned on.

Model Antenna, Naval AN/SPS 12 Radar
CWM 19800840-001

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