Questionable “Game Changing” Mast Installation Underway for Submarines

January 14, 2019 – HMCS Corner Brook will become the first of the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) four elderly Victoria-class submarines to be equipped with a new modern mast system. The submarine is currently stationed in the purpose-built repair facility dock at Victoria Shipyards as workers from Babcock Canada install the L3 Calzoni Universal Modular Mast (UMM). The system, similar to the one fitted in the United States Navy Virginia-class submarines, was acquired under the United States Foreign Military Sales program. Masts are vital to the functioning of any submarine.…

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Maple Leaf Navy Statement on Unarmed Submarines

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…

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Unarmed Canadian Submarines Complete Simultaneous Deployments

October 12, 2018 – The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) Submarine Force has had a momentous year, marked by two highly successful simultaneous out-of-area deployments. The lengthy deployments of HMCS Chicoutimi and Windsor – for 197 and 133 days respectively – highlight the RCN’s ability to concurrently deploy its submarines and provide invaluable support to Canada’s allies. They also underpin the wide-reaching capability of Canada’s submarine fleet, and the professionalism and dedication of Canadian sailors. It must be remembered, however, that neither is considered armed as neither has fired a torpedo…

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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…

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Windsor Sails for Exercise Dynamic Manta in Mediterranean

The Royal Canadian Navy announced February 24th that submarine HMCS Windsor has sailed for the Mediterranean to take part in NATO Exercise Dynamic Manta-L 18. NATO describes it: “To exercise submarine warfare and ASW (antisubmarine warfare) warfighting capabilities for submarines, ASW surface units and maritime aircraft in order to conduct sea control and sea denial related naval tasks in preparation for future collective defense and crisis response operations.” 20 years after acquisition, it is good to see two Canadian submarines deployed in ASW target duties, with HMCS Chicoutimi currently on…

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HMCS Chicoutimi Provides ASW Training for JMSDF

HMCS Chicoutimi (SSK 879) spent December 19th conducting ASW training for JS Hamakaze (DDG 171), JS Ikazuchi (DD 107), JS Marusame (DD 102) & JS Izumo (DDH 183) and P-1 maritime patrol aircraft. Unknown if Chicoutimi has any weapons onboard as two thirds of capabilities removed from time as HMS Upholder. Of the four Victoria Class submarines, only HMCS Victoria has fired a torpedo. [smartslider3 slider=18] All photos official JMSDF.

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What an Honor – HMCS Chicoutimi first non-US/Japanese participant in Annual Readiness activities

The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has operated with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) throughout 2017 in support of Canada’s new Defence Policy, Strong Secure, Engaged. Earlier in the year, the frigates HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Winnipeg deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region ‎to further advance interoperability with the JMSDF and other regional defence partners. The highlight of these activities was the inaugural bi-lateral initiative KAEDEX, which included events at sea and ashore. KAEDEX is an appropriate title as it translates to maple, a meaningful tree in both of our…

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