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Okanagan Military Museum

NAVY

 


During WWI Canadians served with the Royal Navy overseas with the newly formed Canadian navy established in 1910 contributing to the defence of the important ports on the east coast including the strategic harbour of Halifax.

It was during the Second World War that the Royal Canadian Navy came to the fore and played a critical role in the war at sea and the six year Battle of the Atlantic that was the key to allied victory. The Navy grew from a few destoyers and small minesweepers to a force of 100,000 with hundreds of warships from corvettes and destroyers to cruisers and carriers. By the war's end the Canadian Navy was the third largest in the world.

In the post-war era the navy fought with UN naval forces off Korea's coasts and contributed to NATO deterrence at sea. In the 1990s the navy participated in naval operations in the Arabian Gulf. The navy continues its tasks of securing Canada's coastlines and off shore interests and contributing to collective global maritime security.

The navy's success during the Battle of the Atlantic and in the naval support to D-Day came at a heavy cost in ships and men. The sea enclosed many of them but they eventually broke the back of the U-boat threat.

Passing? (1943) by Harold Beamont

Music

"NAVAL HYMN"
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Who's arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Christ, whose voice the waters heard,
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amid the storm didst sleep:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Holy Spirit, who didst brood
Upon the waters dark and rude,
And bid their angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace:
O hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea.
O Trinity of love and power,
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go:
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land to sea.


A major milestone in the Canadian Navy's history will take place with the celebration of the Navy's centennial in 2010. For more info click on banner below:

 

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