As a multi-purpose and combat-effective naval force that protects Canada and Canadians’ interests at home and abroad the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) conducts and participates in a variety of operations, both domestically and internationally.

The RCN’s unique capabilities allow it to:

  • conduct sovereignty patrols and search and rescue operations in Canadian waters;
  • provide peacekeeping support around the world;
  • assist Canadian provincial, territorial and federal authorities during emergencies;
  • provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief at home and abroad;
  • enhance diplomacy;
  • prevent illegal activities by hostile nations and organizations;
  • provide expertise and instruction to allied and partner nations’ forces;
  • and engage in combat operations.

Search and rescue

In Canada, search and rescue (SAR) is a shared responsibility. Many partners are involved due to the country’s immense size, range of terrain and weather, including the RCN.

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