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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 Assiniboine
Model, HMCS Assiniboine

This model of HMCS Assiniboine shows some of the substantial changes made to many Canadian warships in the 1960s.

Assiniboine, extensively rebuilt in the early 1960s, was one of seven St. Laurent class destroyer escorts delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy in the 1950s. Substantial changes to the after part of the ship (left) included a helicopter landing pad and hangar (centre left and centre), and a rebuilt stern to handle the Canadian-designed variable depth sonar and its handling equipment (far left).

Model Ship, St. Laurent Class Destroyer Escort
CWM 20080056-003

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