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Royal Canadian Navy
Marine royale canadienne
RCN Emblem.svg
Badge of the Royal Canadian Navy
Founded 4 May 1910; 110 years ago (1910-05-04)
Country Canada
Type Navy
Role Naval warfare, power projection, nuclear deterrence, and sealift
Size 13,600 personnel, 30 ships
Part of Canadian Armed Forces
Headquarters National Defence Headquarters
Motto(s) Latin: Parati vero parati (Ready aye ready)
March "Heart of Oak"
Mascot(s) SONAR (Newfoundland dog)
Engagements
Commanders
Commander-in-chief Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, represented by Governor General, Julie Payette
Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice-Admiral Art McDonald CMM MSM CD
Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Steeves
Insignia
Naval ensign Naval Ensign of Canada.svg
Naval jack Flag of Canada.svg
Auxilary jack Naval Auxiliary Jack of Canada.svg

The Royal Canadian Navy is the naval force of Canada. The RCN is one of three environmental commands within the unified Canadian Armed Forces. As of 2017, The Royal Canadian Navy operates 12 frigates, 4 patrol submarines, 12 coastal defence vessels and 8 unarmed patrol/training vessels, as well as several auxiliary vessels. The Royal Canadian Navy consists of 8,500 Regular Force and 5,100 Primary Reserve sailors, supported by 5,300 civilians. Vice-Admiral Art McDonald is the current Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy and Chief of the Naval Staff.

Founded in 1910 as the Naval Service of Canada and given royal sanction on 29 August 1911, the Royal Canadian Navy was amalgamated with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army to form the unified Canadian Armed Forces in 1968, after which it was known as Maritime Command until 2011.

In 2011, its historical title of "Royal Canadian Navy" was restored. Over the course of its history, the RCN has served in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, the Persian Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan and numerous United Nations peacekeeping missions and NATO operations.

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