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Maritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy's West Coast Fleet in the Early Cold War (Studies in Canadian Military History)

ISBN: 9780774830348
Publisher: UBC Press
Publication Date: 2015-11-05
Number of pages: 192
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The Royal Canadian Navy crews that sailed the Atlantic during the early Cold War held a contemptuous view of their West Coast brethren, likening the Pacific fleet to a "yacht club" where sailors enjoyed a life of leisurely service on a tranquil sea. As David Zimmerman reveals, nothing could be further from the truth. From the fleet's postwar downsizing, through to its rapid expansion in the wake of the Korean War as Cold War fears gripped the nation, Maritime Command Pacific fought to hold steady amid drifting Japanese mines, Soviet submarines, and joint US-Canadian training exercises.

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