Royal Canadian Navy

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is Canada’s naval force consisting of approximately 12,570 Regular Force and 4,111 Reserve sailors, supported by around 3,800 civilian employees. The mission of the Royal Canadian Navy is to generate combat-capable, multipurpose maritime forces that support Canada’s efforts to participate in security operations anywhere in the world, as part of an integrated Canadian Armed Forces.

Services and information

News and operations

Get the latest news from the RCN, find media resources and discover our base newspapers and other publications.

Fleets and units

Learn about the future fleet, current fleet and specialized units that make up the RCN.


Learn about the RCN’s Digital Navy Group and Innovation program.


Learn about careers in the RCN, our sailors, what life is like at sea, and various youth initiatives.


Learn about RCN leadership, command structures, honorary captains and more.

History and heritage

Learn about Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Haida, the RCN’s flagship; Canadian naval heroes; the Battle of the Atlantic; ships’ histories and more.

Special Features


Maritime Forces Atlantic

Learn about Maritime Forces Atlantic’s command team, units, Joint Task Force Atlantic, the Maritime Component Command and more.

Maritime Forces Pacific

Learn about Maritime Forces Pacific’s command team, units and Joint Task Force Pacific and information about Esquimalt and Nanoose harbours.

The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve

Learn about the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve’s command team, divisions, vision and mission and more.

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