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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.

Soviet Aircraft Carrier and Bombers
Soviet Aircraft Carrier and Bombers

This official Soviet photograph shows the aircraft carrier Minsk and three Tupolev Tu-16 bombers (top).

Both formed part of Soviet naval forces that posed an increasing threat to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in the latter part of the Cold War. Entering service in the late 1970s, the Minsk was a combination of a cruiser, with a heavy missile armament, and an aircraft carrier, with a flight deck partially visible on the right. The Tu-16 bomber saw extensive service with Soviet forces, including the navy, and could carry long-range, high-speed anti-ship missiles.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19820577-001_1

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