Maple Leaf Navy Statement on Unarmed Submarines

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171018-N-XN177-140 YOKOSUKA, Japan (Oct. 18, 2017) The Valiant-class yard tugboat Seminole (YT 805) assists the Royal Canadian Victoria-class long-range hunter-killer submarine HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK 879) as the submarine arrives at Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka for a port visit. FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains and operates base facilities and services in support of the U.S. 7th Fleet's forward-deployed naval forces, 71 tenant commands and 24,000 military and civilian personnel. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Burghart/Released)

October 30, 2018 – Imagine, if you will, being in a life-threatening situation and having to phone the police for assistance. The police arrive and say, “yes, we are carrying guns, but unable to shoot them because never have had the opportunity.”

The recent deployments of HMCS Windsor and Chicoutimi are considered unarmed in our opinion as neither submarine has been certified to fire a torpedo. HMCS Victoria is the only current Canadian submarine to have fired a torpedo.

In addition, it must be remembered that Canada removed the two other weapon capabilities these submarines were built with, minelaying and firing of Harpoon missiles.

A submarine, if they did indeed carry a torpedo, something we are unable to ascertain with the world-renowned dreadful service of RCN public affairs offices, could only consider them as cargo.