HMCS Chicoutimi Returns to Esquimalt

HMCS Chicoutimi has returned to HMC Dockyard in Esquimalt March 21st after a 197-day deployment (down from originally announced 10 months) in the Asia-Pacific region, marking an historic milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy submarine fleet after a nearly 50-year absence from the region. The former HMS Upholder was escorted into port by HMCS Regina and tug Glendale, the latter forced into service due to the lack of a submarine support vessel.

The deployment included numerous opportunities for HMCS Chicoutimi to operate with regional partner navies such as the United States Navy, the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, The Royal Australian Navy and the French Navy. As part of her deployment, HMCS Chicoutimi visited Yokosuka, Guam and Pearl Harbor, further strengthening the relationship between our two countries.

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