Command, Control and Communications are the three words which best describe the basic functions of the bridge. Every activity aboard the ship came under the "command" of the bridge. Command was exercised by the Captain, either personally or through the Officer of the Watch. This is the color scheme of the bridge during the Korean war era.  (Photo by Jerry Proc)
In the 1960s, the RCN started painting open bridges in this light fern green colour since this shade is very easy on the eyes. When HAIDA completed her 2002-3 refit, the paint scheme reverted to that in the above photo. In this photo, the binnacle has been removed for maintenance. (Photo by Jerry Proc)
HAIDA has an open bridge. When Tribals were designed in the late 1930's, all target sightings were visual in nature so it was imperative that all eyes had an unobstructed, 360 degree view of the horizon. In post war designs, as more and more electronics made its way to the bridge, it became a necessity to cover the bridge simply to protect the equipment. The additional climate comfort realized by the crew was simply a consequence of protecting the equipment. One can only imagine what is must have been like to stand watch on HAIDA's bridge during inclement weather conditions in the North Atlantic or on  the Murmansk run through the Arctic Ocean.
This was the scene on HAIDA's bridge as depicted in this photo taken in the late 1940's. (HMCS HAIDA Archives photo)

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