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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.

HMCS Bras d'Or
HMCS Bras d'Or

The Canadian-designed and -built hydrofoil HMCS Bras d'Or could operate at high speed, running on its partially submerged foils.

At higher speeds, the foils projecting below the ship lifted the Bras d'Or clear of the surface, greatly reducing the drag caused by moving the ship's hull through the water. At such times, the front foil steered the ship, while a gas turbine engine (centre) provided power for the propellers mounted in the rear foil that drove the ship through the water at speeds of up to 60 knots (110 kilometres per hour).

Naval Museum of Alberta

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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