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Sigh. To think the then-Chretien govt.'s decision to push ahead with the purchase of the 4 ex-RN Upholders back in the 1990s for only $750 million for all 4 SSKs seemed like a good deal compared to the Trafalgar class SSNs (at $450 million each) and Rubis class SSNs (at $350 million each) being considered back then.

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Will the Liberals let the Victoria-class submarine fleet fade away?

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Published on: June 18, 2016 | Last Updated: June 18, 2016 9:00 PM EDT

As outlined in a recent Defence Watch post, the Liberal government’s defence review is expected to take a hard look at the Victoria-class submarine fleet.

The second-hand subs, purchased by the Chretien government on the advice of senior navy officers, has had more than its problems.

The Royal Canadian Navy wants to continue operating the submarines, as they see them as valuable assets for the country’s security.

The previous Conservative government felt the same way. It examined whether to continue with the sub fleet and determined it made sense to carry on with the Victoria-class fleet.

Navy commander Vice-Admiral Mark Norman says the boats have proven their worth in recent times and funding will be needed to modernize the subs to keep them operating into the 2030s. A decision is needed in the next year or two on whether to commit the funding to that, Norman told the Ottawa Citizen’s Lee Berthiaume.

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I read, somewhere, that they have to replace the screen doors with something a little more waterproof! :big_grin:


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Liberals to spend nearly $2.5B to keep used subs sailing past 2030

The move comes following calls from senior naval officers to save the controversial ships from the scrap heap


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June 16, 2017


OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is planning to spend billions more on the navy’s four wayward submarines to keep them operating into the 2030s.

The plan to extend the lives of the troubled vessels is included in the Liberals’ new defence policy and comes following calls from senior naval officers to save the controversial ships from the scrap heap.

The actual price of the plan was not revealed in the policy document, which was released to much fanfare last week, and National Defence refused to provide a price tag following multiple requests.

That is despite assertions from the Liberal government that the defence policy was fully costed and following promises of full transparency when it came to the overall plan.

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hopefully they will look for new subs during the next 10yrs plus so that the new subs are ready to be used as the current subs are retired. time will tell.


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Navy transferring main battery from HMCS Victoria to HMCS Chicoutimi
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: June 23, 2017 | Last Updated: June 23, 2017 6:21 PM EDT

The Royal Canadian Navy has confirmed an earlier Defence Watch article that the main battery is being removed from HMCS Victoria and transferred to HMCS Chicoutimi. Chicoutimi has been experiencing battery problems, which resulted in the sub having to return to port in mid-May.

“HMCS Chicoutimi is currently removing her main battery and replacing it with HMCS Victoria’s battery as a result of performance issues noted while operating off the coast,” LCdr John Nethercott stated in an email. “Submarine batteries are carefully maintained to ensure their optimal performance and the overall safety of the submarine. Issues detected during routine monitoring are dealt with quickly to return the submarine to service. This battery replacement is an example of that type of maintenance routine.”

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Navy commander defends spending billions to upgrade Canada's submarine fleet
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Published Friday, June 23, 2017 12:00PM EDT

OTTAWA -- The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy is defending the Trudeau government's plan to spend billions of dollars on upgrading Canada's submarine fleet.

Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd tells The Canadian Press that having a submarine is the best way to spot others that may be approaching or have even entered Canadian waters or those of NATO allies.

But Lloyd won't say whether Russia, China or any other country has been sniffing around Canadian waters, citing the need for secrecy.

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