Highlights / RCN

International, Politics

Canada History: May 4, 1910: Canada gets a navy

Long before Canada became a country, many major sea battles had been fought in Canadian waters.  First between British and French forces, and during the war of 1812 between British and Americans.  In 1867 Canada became a federated country, although »

Canadian navy is involved in an exercise to destroy old shipping mines in the Baltic still left from the two world wars

Environment & Animal Life, International

Deadly legacy of war

Baltic Sea: clearing old ordnance The Second World War may be generations and many decades past, the First World War, now a century in the past, but a deadly legacy remains. During both wars, various combattants set thousands of naval »


Canada’s navy ship that is not allowed to go to war

(public comments open on all stories-scroll to very bottom of page) Any bluewater navy needs resupply ships to keep its fighting vessels going.  Canada had three at one point, then two, and then as they were retired, by 2014 there »


Canada gets a naval replenishment vessel of its own

(public commenting open at bottom of page) Canadian Navy gets a supply ship Some might say it was a bit embarrassing for Canada, a maritime nation with three huge coasts. For the past three years the Royal Canadian Navy, has »

International, Society

Battle of the Atlantic Sunday

This Sunday, members of the Royal Canadian Navy, and descendants of former Navy sailors and of former merchant mariners, will pause to remember. Royal Canadian Navy Command staff speak with veterans shortly before the Battle of the Atlantic ceremony on »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Coming up, a new, slightly fresher version of Canada’s national anthem.

Sometimes entitled O! Canada, O Canada!, or just O Canada, this country’s national anthem has had a bit a winding path. To start with, unlike most countries anthems, it comes in two languages. Indeed there is currently a bit of »

Health, International, Society

History: March 30, 1972; the last tot of rum for the Navy (RCN)

Since it’s earliest days, the Royal Navy supplied alcohol to its sailors. Originally it was a gallon of beer per day, beer preserving better than plain water on voyages. However, this took up a lot of room on board. As »


Artefact of the HMCS Niobe unveiled

In a symbolic coincidence of events, October 21 is an important date for Canada’s Navy. It’s the date of commissioning of Canada’s first official warship, and the date an artefact related to the ship was unveiled. The first modern warship »