What Are the Branches of the Canadian Armed Forces?


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The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force are the branches of the Canadian Armed Forces. They serve in air, land and sea.

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The three branches of the Canadian Armed Forces defend the country’s values and interests. The Royal Canadian Navy is responsible for protecting the country’s offshore natural resources. It exercises sovereignty over Canadian waters. It is also in charge of safeguarding Canada’s maritime approaches.

The Canadian Army provides combat-ready forces and land surveillance. It also helps civil authorities when needed to maintain public safety and supports international operations. In addition, it assists with natural disasters such as forest fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and floods.

The Royal Canadian Air Force defends the country's airspace. It conducts maritime and northern patrols. It also supports search and rescue missions.

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