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The Early Cold War
Naval Aviation

Between 1946 and 1970, Canada's navy operated three aircraft carriers to help fulfil its anti-submarine mission and to help protect ships against enemy aircraft. These carriers required specialized equipment, procedures, and training for their crews.

Life Raft and Emergency Supplies
Life Raft and Emergency Supplies

Wren Beryl Bateman poses with an inflatable life raft and safety equipment at HMCS Shearwater, near Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Flying operations over water required safety measures in case of crashes or forced landings. Aircraft carried inflatable life rafts and packs of emergency equipment for their crews. Rafts and equipment could also be dropped to people in the water as part of rescue efforts. Among the equipment is a pair of sectional paddles (centre right), packages holding food and water, and dye markers that coloured the ocean to help attract searchers' attention.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19820319-002

HMCS Warrior
HMCS Magnificent
HMCS Bonaventure
Fairey Firefly Aircraft and Plane Guard Destroyer, HMCS Warrior
Grumman Avenger aboard HMCS Magnificent
Grumman Tracker Launch, HMCS Bonaventure
Grumman Avenger Landing Aboard HMCS Warrior
Hawker Sea Fury Landing on HMCS Magnificent
Supermarine Seafire
Supermarine Seafire Crash, HMCS Warrior
Fairey Firefly Crash, HMCS Warrior
Landing on HMCS Bonaventure
McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
Flight Deck and Island, HMCS Bonaventure
McDonnell Banshee, HMCS Bonaventure
Grumman Tracker, HMCS Shearwater
Bell HTL-4 Helicopter
Personnel Delivery by Helicopter
Life Raft and Emergency Supplies
Petty Officer, HMCS Magnificent
Triangular Bandage
Canadian Sailors Board HMCS Bonaventure
From School to Sea!
Robert N. McKinley Medal Set, HMCS Bonaventure