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Canadian Forces Naval Reserve

Canadian Forces Naval Reserve
Country Canada
BranchRoyal Canadian Navy
RoleNaval Reserve Components
Size5,100 Reserve Personnel
Garrison/HQQuebec City, Quebec
Commander Naval ReserveCommodore (Cmdre) Michael Hopper
Naval Reserve Chief Petty OfficerChief Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Giguere, MMM, CD

The Canadian Forces Naval Reserve or NAVRES is the Primary Reserve component of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), as part of the unified Canadian Forces. The headquarters of the Naval Reserve is in Quebec City and oversees the operation of 24 Naval Reserve Divisions (NRD) located across Canada.[1]


The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve dates back to the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (created 1914), and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (created in 1923). The Naval Reserve was formed in 1945 replacing the volunteer unit and was renamed with the current title in 1968 following the unification of the Canadian Forces.


The mission of the Naval Reserve is to generate trained individuals and teams for Canadian Forces operations, including domestic safety operations as well as security and defense missions, while at the same time supporting the Royal Canadian Navy's efforts in connecting with Canadians through the maintenance of a broad national presence.

Naval Security Team (NST)

The Naval Security Team (NST) is a modular, scalable, flexible, and deployable naval team of approximately 130 regular and reserve personnel tasked with providing enhanced force protection (FP) for the safety and security of deployed RCN ships and personnel at home or overseas.[2] Located at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt the NST reports directly to the Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific and deployed for the first time in 2017 providing force protection for HMCS Winnipeg during its port visit to Busan, South Korea.[3]


  1. Respond to domestic safety operations with trained sailors and small boat expertise.
  2. Provide specific unique skill sets for security missions for the Royal Canadian Navy.
  3. Augment the fleet on any platform or shore capacity for defence missions, both at home and abroad.
  4. Provide the linkage for the Royal Canadian Navy to local communities.

The Naval Reserve fills a number of roles within the Total Force Plan. In addition to augmenting the Regular Force, Naval Reservists form diving units, naval cooperation and guidance of shipping organizations, and public relations units such as the National Band of the Naval Reserve. Most particularly, the Naval Reserve is tasked with providing the crew members for the KINGSTON-Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels.[4]


Naval Reservists are individuals engaged in their civilian lives while pursuing a military career. They train and work for the Navy in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer period, in an occupation of their choice. They can be students, teachers, lawyers, delivery persons, secretaries, or other members of society. Most serve on a part-time basis, with no obligation to participate in any mission overseas. However, many full-time employment opportunities and deployments are available to those Reservists who volunteer for them.[5]

In an effort to streamline the recruiting processes for naval reservists, in February 2017 the Naval Reserve initiated the Expedited Reserve Enrolment to allow applicants who meet security, medical, and basic fitness standards to enroll in as few as 21 days or between two and three visits after initial contact with Naval Reserve Division (NRD) recruiters.[6]

Senior commanders

Commander Naval Reserve
Senior Naval Reserve Adviser (SNRA)
Commanding Officer Naval Division (COND/Regular Force Officers)
Chief Staff Officer Reserves (CSOR)
Commanding Officer Reserve/naval Divisions (CORD/COND)
  • Commodore, Second Class E.R. Brock (1942-1945)
Naval Reserve Chief Petty Officer / Formation Chief Naval Reserve


Naval Reserve Divisions (NRD)
Ship City Province
HMCS Brunswicker Saint John New Brunswick
HMCS Cabot St John's Newfoundland and Labrador
HMCS Carleton Ottawa Ontario
HMCS Cataraqui Kingston Ontario
HMCS Champlain Saguenay Quebec
HMCS Chippawa Winnipeg Manitoba
HMCS d'Iberville Rimouski Quebec
HMCS Discovery Vancouver British Columbia
HMCS Donnacona Montreal Quebec
HMCS Griffon Thunder Bay Ontario
HMCS Hunter Windsor Ontario
HMCS Jolliet Sept-Îles Quebec
HMCS Malahat Victoria British Columbia
HMCS Montcalm Quebec City Quebec
HMCS Nonsuch Edmonton Alberta
HMCS Prevost London Ontario
HMCS Queen Regina Saskatchewan
HMCS Queen Charlotte Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
HMCS Radisson Trois-Rivières Quebec
HMCS Scotian Halifax Nova Scotia
HMCS Star Hamilton Ontario
HMCS Tecumseh Calgary Alberta
HMCS Unicorn Saskatoon Saskatchewan
HMCS York Toronto Ontario

See also


  1. ^ "Canadian Navy: NAVRES – The Naval Reserve – Welcome aboard". Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-04-16.
  2. ^ Navy, Government of Canada, National Defence, Royal Canadian. "The Naval Reserve Link: View Article | LINK - April 2017 | What is the Naval Security Team (NST)?". Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ Leaf, The Maple. "Naval Security Team safeguards ships in foreign ports – The Maple Leaf". Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  4. ^ Navy, Government of Canada, National Defence, Royal Canadian. "NAVRES Headquarters & Schools | Naval Reserve | Royal Canadian Navy". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  5. ^ Navy, Government of Canada, National Defence, Royal Canadian. "Naval Reserve | Royal Canadian Navy". Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  6. ^ Defence, National. "Naval Reserve enrolls first candidate through Expedited Enrolment –". Retrieved 2017-03-29.

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