Underwater Warfare Suite Upgrade protects sailors from quieter submarines and torpedoes

June 10, 2019 – The naval operational environment is constantly in flux, and small advantages can be the strategic difference during an engagement. In recent years almost all nations in possession of submarines have put forth significant resources to make submarines and torpedoes operate more quietly. To address these evolving threats, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is taking steps to improve the detection abilities of its Halifax-class frigates. “A lot of the resources that were put forward at the end of the Cold War were for passive sonars,” said Lieutenant-Commander…

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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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