Maritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy's West Coast Fleet in the Early Cold War by David ZimmermanMaritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy's West Coast Fleet in the Early Cold War by David Zimmerman

Maritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy's West Coast Fleet in the Early Cold War

byDavid Zimmerman

Paperback | July 1, 2016

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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 Maritime Command Pacific demonstrates, nothing could be further from the truth. The first comprehensive history of the Pacific fleet from 1945 to 1965, it begins by exploring how Maritime Command Pacific (MARCAP) weathered postwar downsizing only to face rapid expansion in the wake of the Korean War. As Cold War tensions mounted, defense planning evolved, leading to joint US-Canadian naval operations and the development of the ALCANUS accord to protect the west coast of Alaska, Canada, and United States. David Zimmerman animates the lives of the men who served during this twenty-year period, recounting how they contended with drifting Japanese mines, joint US-Canadian training exercises, and the threat of Soviet submarines – all while patrolling a rugged coastline known, in part, as the “Graveyard of the Pacific.” Along the way, he establishes that the Pacific fleet was definitely not a yacht club.

David Zimmerman is a professor of military history at the University of Victoria.David Zimmerman is a professor of military history at the University of Victoria. His books include The Great Naval Battle of Ottawa, Top Secret Exchange: The Tizard Mission and the Scientific War, and Britain’s Shield: Radar and the Defeat of the Luftwaff...
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Title:Maritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy's West Coast Fleet in the Early Cold WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.55 inPublished:July 1, 2016Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774830352

ISBN - 13:9780774830355

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The Legacy of War and Demobilization

2 From Peace to Cold War, 1945-50

3 Defending the West Coast in the Nuclear Age

Cold War Expansion

5 Reorganization of Pacific Command and West Coast Defence Planning, 1958-61

6 The Golden Age

7 The Cold War on the Pacific Coast, 1958-65

Conclusion; Notes on Sources; Notes; Index

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In Maritime Command Pacific, Zimmerman skilfully proves his main contention – that Canada’s West Coast fleet did not operate merely as an agreeable “yacht club” during the early years of the Cold War. In correcting this significant fallacy in the received history of the Royal Canadian Navy, he enhances our understanding of the RCN as a whole - Richard Gimblett, command historian, Royal Canadian Navy