The British Navy was a major influence in the development of Halifax from its founding and into the 20th century, including the creation of the Royal Canadian Navy (1910). HMC Dockyard was established as the Royal Naval Dockyard in 1759 during the Seven Years War. It served as the RN’s North American station until 1818 when it became the summer base for the squadron; it is one of the oldest military establishments in Canada and was designated a National Historic Site in 1923.
The Dockyard played a major role in supporting RCN and Allied ships during the First World War and the pivotal Battle of the Atlantic during the Second World War. Today, HMC Dockyard is home port for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Atlantic fleet and includes MARLANT and Joint Task Force Atlantic HQ, maintenance, training and supply facilities and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.