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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 Iroquois, Artist's Concept
HMCS Iroquois, Artist's Concept

This artist's concept for HMCS Iroquois shows a number of the ship's distinctive features, including its large helicopter hangar and twin funnels (centre).

The illustration shows some of the ship's anti-submarine weapons and sensors, including the helicopter landing deck and hangars (centre right), the Limbo anti-submarine mortar in its well (right), and the variable depth sonar equipment (far right). The first of four such anti-submarine destroyers to enter service in the early 1970s, Iroquois gave its name to the entire class (group) of ships.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 19920085-1014

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