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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 Provider
Model, HMCS Provider

This model depicts HMCS Provider, a ship specifically designed to refuel and resupply other Canadian naval vessels at sea.

Provider carried the necessary fuel, supplies, and equipment for other ships, and was equipped to make transfers in mid-ocean. Heavy transfer rigs (left and centre) and other equipment helped with the handling of refuelling hoses and the movement of supplies, while a Sea King helicopter on a landing pad (right) facilitated the transfer of equipment and personnel. Built at Davie Shipbuilding in Lauzon, Quebec, Provider entered Canadian naval service in 1963.

Model Ship, Fleet Replenishment Vessel
CWM 20080056-001

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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
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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