The RCN is directed through Naval Staff Headquarters in Ottawa by the Commander of the RCN.
Additionally, the RCN is divided into three formations – Maritime Forces Pacific, Maritime Forces Atlantic, and the Naval Reserve – which are directly responsible to the Commander of the RCN.
Learn about the leadership of Naval Staff Headquarters, Maritime Forces Pacific, Maritime Forces Atlantic, and the Naval Reserve.
Maritime Forces Atlantic
Maritime Forces Atlantic, home to the 18 ships and submarines of the Canadian Atlantic Fleet, is headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia and employs more than 5,000 military and 2,000 civilian personnel.
Maritime Forces Pacific
Maritime Forces Pacific, is home to the 15 ships and submarines of the Canadian Pacific Fleet, is headquartered in Esquimalt, British Columbia on Vancouver Island and employs roughly 4,000 military and 2,000 civilian personnel.
The Naval Reserve, HQ in Québec City, is made up of 24 Naval Reserve Divisions (of up to 150-200 personnel each) located across Canada. Its goal is also to help generate trained individuals and teams for Canadian Armed Forces operations including domestic safety operations as well as security and defence missions, while at the same time supporting the Navy's efforts in connecting with Canadians through the maintenance of a broad national presence.
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