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Royal Canadian Navy (2024)


Current Active Inventory: 37 Fleet Units


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The Royal Canadian Navy places a heavy emphasis on its Offshore Patrol Vessel force with its muscle coming from the modestly-sized frigate and submarine forces. Over half of the surface force is made up of OPVs which are set to be further strengthened by the arrival of additional DeWolf boats. Like Australia, the RCN lacks a dedicated aircraft carrier fleet and further limitations are had by the lack of a helicopter/amphibious assault support force. The stable of attack submarines are ex-British Royal Navy boats with three of the four having reached - or soon to reach - the two decade mark in Canadian service. Overall fleet age is just over twenty years with a focus on fleet core surface combatants. The group of twelve-strong frigates are, themselves, reaching thirty years and requiring attention. These will be succeeded by the results of the Canadian Surface Combatant project seeking fifteen warships.

The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the Royal Canadian Navy (2024). The service currently counts 37 total units in its active naval inventory. This total includes frontline commissioned vessels but excludes smaller patrol vessels, auxiliary / survey ships, replenishment, and historical ceremonial types. The WDMMW review takes into account specific categories of warships covering attack, defense, and general support designs. Inventory numbers and related unit types are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "On Order" totals found at the bottom of this article are related to any future hulls currently under procurement/construction though said hulls may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons.

Updated: 9/16/2023 | © www.WDMMW.org




Total Hulls: 37

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TvR
43.7
TrueValue Rating takes incorporates strengths/weaknesses matched against the highest-rated service ( USN (323.9).
Global Rank
23 /39
Global Rank as compared to national powers of WDMMW. 39 total naval services from 39 nations are tracked. View Current Ranks.
Force Concentration

Carriers: 0 units
Submarines: 4 units
Fleet Core: 33 units
Amphib Asslt: 0 units
Force Balance

FAIR

Fleet focuses on a portion of basic requirements though generally lacking in key areas.

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Hull Prefix
"HMCS"
Established
1910
(114 yrs ago)
as the "Royal Canadian Navy"
Median Hull Age
17.6
Years
Hull Age Visualization

Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15yrs

16 to 25yrs

26 to 30yrs

>30yrs




Submarines (4)


Hulls developed for undersea/submersible operation; nuclear-powered or conventionally-powered.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
24yrs
Victoria
SSK-876
Victoria-class
21yrs
Windsor
SSK-877
Victoria-class
21yrs
Corner Brook
SSK-878
Victoria-class
9yrs
Chicoutimi
SSK-879
Victoria-class

Total Units: 4 (11%)


NOTES: Victoria-class boats are second-hand British Royal Navy boats belonging to the original Upholder-class; the submarine force will be refitted under the SELEX program to keep the boats viable into the early part of the 2030s.




Frigates (12)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than Destroyers, though larger than corvettes, having Blue Water capabilities.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
32yrs
Halifax
FFH-330
Halifax-class
31yrs
Vancouver
FFH-331
Halifax-class
30yrs
Ville de Quebec
FFH-332
Halifax-class
31yrs
Toronto
FFH-333
Halifax-class
31yrs
Regina
FFH-334
Halifax-class
29yrs
Calgary
FFH-335
Halifax-class
30yrs
Montreal
FFH-336
Halifax-class
30yrs
Fredericton
FFH-337
Halifax-class
29yrs
Winnipeg
FFH-338
Halifax-class
29yrs
Charlottetown
FFH-339
Halifax-class
28yrs
St Johns
FFH-340
Halifax-class
28yrs
Ottawa
FFH-341
Halifax-class

Total Units: 12 (32%)


NOTES: The Halifax-class will eventually be superseded by the results of the Canadian Surface Combatant project in which fifteen all-modern warships are being sought/planned for the RCN.




Offshore Patrol Vessels (21)


Hulls defined as OPVs and outfitted for the purpose of close-to-shore defense / deterrence.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
3yrs
Harry DeWolf
AOPV-430
Harry DeWolf-class
28yrs
Kingston
M-700
Kingston-class
28yrs
Glace Bay
M-701
Kingston-class
27yrs
Nanaimo
M-702
Kingston-class
27yrs
Edmonton
M-703
Kingston-class
27yrs
Shawinigan
M-704
Kingston-class
26yrs
Whitehorse
M-705
Kingston-class
26yrs
Yellowknife
M-706
Kingston-class
26yrs
Goose Bay
M-707
Kingston-class
26yrs
Moncton
M-708
Kingston-class
26yrs
Saskatoon
M-709
Kingston-class
25yrs
Brandon
M-710
Kingston-class
25yrs
Summerside
M-711
Kingston-class
18yrs
Orca
PCT-55
Orca-class
17yrs
Raven
PCT-56
Orca-class
17yrs
Caribou
PCT-57
Orca-class
17yrs
Renard
PCT-58
Orca-class
17yrs
Wolf
PCT-59
Orca-class
16yrs
Grizzly
PCT-60
Orca-class
16yrs
Cougar
PCT-61
Orca-class
16yrs
Moose
PCT-62
Orca-class

Total Units: 21 (57%)




On Order (21)


Hulls set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

Margaret Brooke
OPV
Max Bernays
OPV
William Hall
OPV
Frederick Rolette
OPV
Robert H Gray
OPV
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate
Type 26
Frigate

Total Units: 21


On Order Commitment: 21 Units


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