Missions and Capabilities of the Navy

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is versatile – and will become even more so when the ships included in the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) are complete. The fleet of submarines, frigates and coastal defence vessels can be adapted to various missions. The RCN trains for naval combat including high-intensity operations, but is also ready to undertake disaster assistance and peace operations, constabulary action, regulatory enforcement and surveillance.

What capabilities do the ships have to complete their missions? Naval Association of Canada Briefing Note #12 will tell you. See it at


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