Naval maintenance

Maintenance of Naval Capabilities

Unlike some states that operate in temperate climates all the time, Canadian naval ships and submarines are subject to extremes of temperature, from cold Arctic weather to the heat of the Caribbean. These temperature extremes cause wear on equipment, but so does salt water/air even while a ship is sitting at the dock. In order to serve the government’s purposes – for example, to cross an ocean to participate in counter-piracy operations or UN sanctions enforcement, or to fight a war – naval ships/boats need to be maintained, whether preventive or corrective. As well, since Canada keeps its ships in operation longer than some other states, the older the ships get the more maintenance they need.

What’s involved in maintaining a warship? When does it get done? Who does it? If you want to know, take a look at the Naval Association of Canada Briefing Note at


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