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Shipping cost cannot be calculated. Please enter a valid ZIP Code. Shipping to: Worldwide. Many soldiers who returned home physically unharmed suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a consequence of their experience at war. From early colonial times until the late 19th century, various local or provincial naval flotillas served on Canada's Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and on the Great Lakes.
After Confederation , Canada had no formal navy until after the turn of the 20th century, when a growing British-German high seas rivalry led to British requests for naval contributions from Canada and the British Empire's other dominions. This led to the decision to place Canada's small fleet of fisheries-protection vessels under a separate organization.
Two ageing British cruisers were purchased for training purposes, one for each coast. And a naval training college was established in Halifax. The navy and its financial costs were a major political issue, and it suffered severe setbacks under the Conservative regime of Prime Minister Robert Borden between and Divided between Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Esquimalt , British Columbia, the navy was directed from a distant headquarters in Ottawa , where naval staff sometimes failed to appreciate the fleet's needs and often could not explain them to government.
The navy did not play a significant role in the First World War. The two second-hand cruisers performed some patrol duties at sea along with dozens of smaller coastal vessels — manned by a total of more than 9, sailors — but none engaged the powerful German navy or its U-boats on the North Atlantic. After the war, Ottawa starved the navy of funding.
Commodore Walter Hose , director of the naval service from to and chief of the naval staff from to , had to resist efforts by the militia to subordinate and even disband the navy. With rising international tensions in the late s, Rear-Admiral Percy Nelles finally succeeded in waking up Ottawa to the need for an effective navy.
In the Second World War the navy was the first Canadian force into action — escorting merchant convoys across the Atlantic by and helping evacuate British soldiers from the European continent.
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In , the worsening U-boat threat and the need to defend home waters, provided the impetus for Canada to build a major oceanic fleet through a massive program of naval shipbuilding and recruiting. Additional commitments in the Pacific compounded the need in Canada acquired cruisers and modern Tribal-class destroyers, and built dozens of anti-submarine corvettes and other escorts. The RCN grew from 13 warships and about 3, sailors in , to warships and , personnel including 6, women in At first, rapid expansion diluted efficiency, hampering the navy's main function of convoy escort duties, but such growing pains would eventually be resolved.
Through the Battle of the Atlantic , Canada's navy provided skillful, shore-based control of shipping, radio-intercept and intelligence operations, and also provided half of all the naval escorts on the North Atlantic convoy routes. As a result, the Allies established a new theatre of operations called Canadian Northwest Atlantic. In May , Rear-Admiral Leonard Murray became the theatre's commander in chief — the only Canadian to command an entire theatre during the war.
In addition, Canadian warships escorted convoys on the Murmansk Run to Russia. They also participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy , and in other amphibious assaults on the Aleutian Islands , Sicily and Italy , and southern France. During the war the RCN sank more than 70 enemy ships and submarines, while losing 31 of its own ships and also the lives of 1, Canadian sailors.
By war's end, the RCN had become the fourth-largest navy in the world. Nevertheless, to preserve a continuing oceanic fleet, in his government approved a small permanent navy of two aircraft carriers, two cruisers and 12 destroyers. Tens of thousands of sailors departed the navy after their wartime service. Among the less than 6, who remained, relations between officers and men soured under the pressures of adjusting to peacetime and struggling with shrinking budgets.
After three protests by ships' crews in , Rear-Admiral E. Rollo Mainguy presided over a commission that urged the navy to modernize its customs as a way of improving relations between non-commissioned sailors and officers. After Korea, the growing tensions of the Cold War gave the navy renewed purpose, along with a rise in the defence budget. New ships such as the St. Laurent class anti-submarine destroyer escorts were introduced at this time.
By the naval fleet also included 22 Canadian-designed-and-built destroyers, 17 ocean escorts of Second World War vintage, 10 coastal mine sweepers and 21, personnel. Bonaventure would be scrapped in due to defence budget cuts. As the s arrived the navy continued its role in anti-submarine warfare, though it dwindled in size and was compromised by increasing maintenance and fuel costs for the aging fleet.
On its golden anniversary in , the RCN had boasted a fleet of some 50 warships crewed by 21, sailors. By the s, other than the aging St. Laurents, the navy had only one operational support ship and three Oberon-class training submarines acquired in the mids, plus the expectation of four new gas-turbine-powered, helicopter-carrying destroyers the Iroquois class and two more operational support ships the Protecteur class for fewer than 10, sailors.
These reduced forces constituted the fleet for the last two decades of the Cold War. As both Soviet and American incursions into Arctic waters provoked concern about Canadian sovereignty, the navy proposed to create a nuclear powered submarine fleet to enhance its ability to assert power in the North. Public outcry dashed these plans in the s. The end of the Cold War in coincided with a fleet renewal that included 12 Canadian-made, Halifax-class frigates in various stages of building, a mid-life upgrade for the four Iroquois-class destroyers, and 12 new maritime coastal-defence vessels planned to revive a mine-clearing capability for the naval reserve.
The end of Cold War tensions shifted the navy's focus from antisubmarine operations to other domestic and international tasks. In August , Iraq invaded Kuwait.
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The ships and their crew of 1, were hurriedly prepared for the first serious naval engagement since During this period the navy also embarked on two domestic enforcement missions. From to it conducted enforcement patrols against Spanish ships accused of over-fishing in the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. When the Katie sailed off its agreed course, the navy conducted Operation Megaphone, a boarding mission to secure Canadian interests. The navy also took part in humanitarian relief efforts in East Timor, in escort missions for aid deliveries to Somalia, in peace enforcement operations in Haiti, and in UN sanction-enforcement missions against Iraq and Serbia.
The terrorist attacks on the US on 11 September triggered new missions for the navy on the world stage. From October to December , nearly 4, sailors on various warships served in the Arabian Gulf region and elsewhere as part of Operation Apollo — boarding and inspecting vessels and providing logistics, support and reconnaissance for the unfolding war in Afghanistan. By the end of the operation, 18 of Canada's 20 ships had been deployed, and Canadian naval boarding party personnel had conducted more than boardings — nearly 60 per cent of the entire coalition fleet's boardings.
The navy also continued to help in relief efforts — to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in , and to post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti in Before , military aviation in Canada did not exist. Military and naval aviation underwent extraordinary development after the First World War began, but the reluctance of the Canadian government to develop a distinct air force persisted until late in the war. The publicity given to Canadian participation in the air war — especially to the exploits of such outstanding fighter pilots as William "Billy" Bishop , William "Billy" Barker , Raymond Collishaw and Donald MacLaren , helped build pressure for the establishment of a distinctly Canadian service.
So did the fact that German long-range submarines were a threat to shipping on Canada's East Coast. Before the fledgling CAF was dissolved, steps had already been taken to create a national aviation policy. An Air Board was appointed in June and given the task of advising government on future aviation policy. This board laid the foundation for the development and regulation of civil aviation and, on the assumption that military aviation strength really depended upon a strong commercial sector, envisaged the formation of only a small, temporary air force.
The new Canadian Air Force was thus established in April , but it was soon clear that something more permanent was required. Under the National Defence Act of the Air Board was absorbed by the new Department of National Defence , and its civil and military air arms were united under the director of the CAF, who reported to the chief of the general staff. The CAF was now a permanent force. Until the early s about half the RCAF's manpower performed civil air operations. The bulk of its duties included forest spraying and fire patrol, fisheries and customs surveillance on both coasts, air ambulance flights and aerial photography which contributed greatly to the mapping and geological survey of remote areas.
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Aircraft such as the Canadian Vickers Vedette flying boat, were designed for such missions. Only in did the force purchase a few Siskin fighters and Atlas army co-operation aircraft from Britain to replace its long-retired military aircraft. No further important purchases were made during the Great Depression. For the first half of the interwar period, therefore, Canada had a military flying service in name only, although connections with the RAF through exchanges, a liaison staff and the posting of Canadian officers to British staff schools, ensured a degree of professionalism and some acquaintance with air doctrine.
Eight permanent active air force squadrons and 12 auxiliary active air force squadrons had been organized. The program graduated , aircrew in Canada, of whom almost 73, were Canadian. Despite the Canadian government's commitment to training Commonwealth aircrew, the program did not accord the RCAF an independent status equal to that of the Canadian Army during the war.
As a result, Canadian pilots, navigators, air gunners and other aircrew found themselves dispersed throughout the RAF, rather than being concentrated in RCAF groupings. Of the , men and women in the wartime RCAF, 94, served overseas. Most of these airmen flew with the RAF, but 48 separate Canadian squadrons also took part in operations around the globe, from No. Canadian squadrons played a part in all RAF operational home commands. The RCAF was deeply involved in the Battle of the Atlantic , with squadrons from East Coast bases carrying out convoy duties and antisubmarine patrols.
RCAF squadrons also participated with American forces in the defence of Alaska against Japanese incursions, and flew on antisubmarine duties in the Far East. Bomber Command was the largest RAF operational command. Wing Commander J. Fauquier was the leading Canadian bomber pilot.
Casualties were heavy; of the more than 16, fatalities suffered by the RCAF during the war, nearly 10, were sustained in Bomber Command. At the end of the war the RCAF was the fourth-largest Allied air force, with more than , personnel in uniform. By late , numbers had dwindled to 13, The permanent force resumed such duties as transport, search and rescue, and survey patrols.
Jet flight did not enter the service until , when some British Vampire aircraft were purchased. In the Canadian government committed an air division of 12 front-line fighter squadrons to Europe as part of its NATO involvement. The nuclear capability was controversial, and the weapons were retired from the air force in The s were also the beginning of several decades of financial restraint for the air force.
Canadian aircraft programs such as the Avro Arrow were cancelled, and for the next several decades numerous Canadian air bases at home and in Europe were closed. In the s, the end of the Cold War and the perceived "peace dividend" reduced budgets further. Over the course of that decade the number of regular air force personnel shrank from more than 20, to fewer than 14, Despite the reductions, the air force faced new demands overseas throughout the s.
Canadian fighter crews were in combat for the first time since the Korean War, as part of the Allied coalition fighting the Persian Gulf War of —91, and later, in support of NATO operations over Kosovo in The air force also continued to assist with transport missions for the UN in Africa and Asia, and with domestic relief work during floods and storms, and with ongoing search-and-rescue duties across Canada.
By the air force's Maritime patrol and transport aircraft were supporting counter-terrorism operations in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, and from to the RCAF was operating helicopters and fixed-wing transports out of Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of the international military mission there. In , the RCAF which regained its "Royal" designation that year, after losing it in supported NATO operations in Libya, and in began flying combat missions alongside the international coalition fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq.
It continued to conduct offshore fisheries and security patrols in Canada, as well as provide search-and-rescue services throughout the country, including the far North. The experiment of unification was unique to Canada and was not imitated by other countries. Under Brooke Claxton , Minister of National Defence from to , Canada's military colleges and systems of military law had been unified, as had other aspects of military administration.
During Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's Conservative government from to , medical, legal and chaplains' services were also integrated. The Armed Forces expected major changes when the Liberals returned to power in The Glassco Royal Commission earlier that year had been highly critical of inefficiency and triplication of military administration.
Toronto businessman Paul Hellyer had been defence critic in Opposition, and as the new Liberal minister of defence he undertook a promised policy review. Unification had not been Hellyer's policy initially, but the idea grew on him as he tried to deal with three service chiefs, each struggling for his own service. On 7 June , the navy, army and air force commands were replaced by six functional commands, most of them with regional responsibilities. Communications Command was added later. Canada's ground and air forces in Europe reported directly to Ottawa.
On 1 May all military camps, stations and the navy's land-based "ships" became 39 Canadian Forces Bases. When senior officers protested, Hellyer regarded their opposition as verging on a challenge to civil supremacy over the military. Politicians, editors and cartoonists often ridiculed the officers' objections. The public was reminded that several who resigned in protest enjoyed generous pensions. By appointing General Jean-Victor Allard as chief of defence staff, Hellyer secured an enthusiast for unification and for eliminating many British features of the forces, including ranks and uniform insignia.
Within a year, members of the Canadian Forces began to appear in new green uniforms modelled on those of the US Air Force, with rank badges recognizable to American as well as Canadian personnel. Unification was never popular with most military members themselves, however. In , the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney revived three separate service uniforms army, navy and air force — although with common badges and rank insignia. And starting in , the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper restored the "Royal" designations to the navy and air force, and returned traditional, British-style ranks and insignia to the navy and army.
By , many of the changes carried out under unification had been undone. All include regular troops as well as regionally based reserve units. The army's main fighting forces are grouped among the three divisions in Edmonton, Petawawa and Valcartier, each one containing a mechanized light armoured carriers brigade group made up of infantry, artillery and various support battalions. As of the army had 22, career soldiers in uniform. The naval fleet consists of one destroyer, 12 frigates, 12 coastal patrol vessels and four diesel submarines — each in various states of age and capability — based principally in two naval bases on the Pacific Esquimalt , British Columbia and Atlantic Halifax coasts.
In , the Canadian government launched a long-term, multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding program to re-equip and modernize the naval fleet. The air force fixed-wing fleet includes a wide range of transport aircraft, from Airbus airliners to Boeing Globemaster and Lockheed Hercules cargo aircraft. It also includes Lockheed Aurora maritime patrol aircraft, and approximately 75 CF Hornet fighters. The helicopter fleet includes Griffon and Chinook transports, Cormorant search-and-rescue aircraft, as well as ship-based Sea King helicopters being phased out by Sikorsky Cyclone replacements.
These aircraft are located at air bases scattered across the country.