[New Page] The Royal Canadian Navy in WW2

The RCAN, or Royal Canadian Navy, was born in 1909 mainly for fishery protection and coastal water patrols. The first institutionalized naval force was the Naval Service of Canada (1910). It evolved into the Royal Canadian Navy on 30 January 1911, under Rear-Admiral Charles Kingsmill. Soon after, a naval college was established in the dockyard at Halifax, which became (and remain) the first major RCN base.
In WW1, the RCN grew to a sizeable naval force in order to take charge of its duty in the Atlantic with a variety of patrol ships and minesweepers while in 1918 was created the Royal Canadian Naval Air Service.
However the interwar saw this fleet reduced to a very small force with very few ships and personal, notably under the McKenzie administration. However in the 1930s, the picture changed again, and the fleet was rebuilt around four modern destroyers built in UK. In 1939, this force was still limited, but it grew to an enormous scale, in particular between 1943 and 1945. But was overburdened in the years 1941-43, with raw, untrained crews thrown into the worst weather and oceanic conditions. But they eventually broke the U-Boats and helped winning the Battle of the Atlantic.
At that stage, the Navy boasted a fleet of nearly 400 ships (as seen in the poster below) and a personal of nearly 200,000, including 96,000 sailors. The RCN was back then, the world’s third Navy.

Poster RCAN

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