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The Later Cold War
A Changing Fleet

Canada's navy changed and shrank in the latter part of the Cold War, but continued to face threats and meet alliance obligations. Despite the addition of some newer vessels, by the late 1970s it faced "rust-out" due to the gradual deterioration of ships and equipment.

Model, HMCS Nipigon
Model, HMCS Nipigon

HMCS Nipigon, built in the early 1960s, was rebuilt in the early 1980s and remained in service until the late 1990s.

Nipigon, which entered Canadian service in 1964, was modified during its construction to accommodate the helicopter facilities (centre and centre left) and variable depth sonar (far left) that was being retrofitted to other Canadian ships. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Nipigon was one of the Canadian ships selected for a destroyer life extension (DELEX) program that replaced electronics, machinery, and weapons, and upgraded and repaired the ships' hulls.

Model Ship, Annapolis Class Destroyer Escort
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HMCS Iroquois, Artist's Concept
HMCS Athabaskan
Model, HMCS Bras d'Or
HMCS Bras d'Or
HMCS Ojibwa
HMCS Ojibwa Model
Uniform, Lieutenant Commander Edward Ross Murray
Model, HMCS Assiniboine
HMCS Gatineau
HMCS Gatineau
Model, HMCS Nipigon
Naval Chaff Launcher
The Watch Below – Engine Room – HMCS Yukon
Hands to Supper – Galley and Steamline – HMCS Yukon
FN C1D Rifle
Diving Knife
Soviet Naval Aircraft
Soviet Aircraft Carrier and Bombers
HMCS Huron and HMCS Kootenay, 1990
Baltic Patrol