The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is Canada’s naval force consisting of approximately 8,300 Regular Force and 3,600 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.

Special Features

Services and information

The Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest battle of the Second World War and was fought at sea from 1939 to 1945

HMCS Haida

Flagship of the RCN – “Canada’s most fightingest ship”

Warships of the RCN

Frigates, submarines, maritime coastal defence vessels and the upcoming new Arctic and offshore patrol ships

History & Heritage

RCN history, museums and historic sites, historic battles and leadership

Life in the RCN

Life at sea, sailors’ stories, challenges and adventure

Youth Section

Paper ship models, Sea Cadets, the Naval Mascot, RAVEN Indigenous Initiative


The RCN in the Atlantic Region

Maritime Forces Atlantic - Halifax, N.S.: history, responsibilities, command team, units

The RCN in the Pacific Region

Maritime Forces Pacific - Esquimalt, B.C.: history, responsibilities, command team, units

The Naval Reserve of the RCN

The Naval Reserve: history, responsibilities, command team, divisions, news

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