List 2017/12 - Royal Canadian Navy Releases Regular and Reserve fonds

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Royal Canadian Navy Releases Regular and Reserve fonds

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CA ON00093 2017/12

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  • 1940-1978 (Creation)
    Canada. Royal Canadian Navy

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30 cm of textual records

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The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was born on 4 May 1910 with the passage of the Naval Service Act. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the total strength of the RCN was fewer than 3500 personnel. The declaration of war saw a rapid expansion program as the RCN acquired destroyers, minesweepers, frigates, cruisers, and other vessels. The mainstay of the RCN during the war was the corvette. By the end of the war more than 106,000 men and women served in the RCN. Of is some 900 ships, 375 were combatant vessels and most had been built in Canada. The RCN shrank rapidly after the war and at one time had fewer than 15 ships in commission, but it began to rebuild after the outbreak of the Korean War. At the post-war peak in the early 1960s, the RCN possessed some 45 principal warships and was staffed by some 20,00 officers and ratings. The RCN disappeared as a separate service with the unification in the late 1960s.

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Fonds consists of release records for Regular and Reserve members of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1944-1978. The reports contain an alphabetical listing of all RCN personnel, regular and reserve, along with their number, rank and reason for release.

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Fonds received 1 August 2017. The immediate source of acquisition is unknown.


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  • English

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Copies of the finding aid are located in the Reading Room of the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH). Electronic copies are also available.

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Related Records can be found in the DHH Library under the title “Canadian Navy List”. The reference number is V 11 C3 A4.

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