Crew members man the control room aboard HMCS Windsor. The former U.K. Royal Navy sub is being refitted with
Canadian equipment, including weapons and fire-control and communications systems.
try, said Rear Adm. Tyrone Pile, commander of
Canada’s Pacific fleet.
“It’s a big step,” he said. “The capacities of those
particular boats are going to be something new on the
Pile said he has been keeping his U.S. Navy counter-
parts advised of the progress on Victoria.
“We’re making sure they are aware of our schedule
and that, when we do become operational with the
boat, we would obviously like to work with them,” he
said. “We would like to gain benefit from them as they
would like to gain from us.”
Part of the value of the Canadian boats for the U.S.
Navy is that they will provide a unique opportunity for
American maritime forces to conduct training with
“The extent of the global submarine threat has
increased dramatically due to the proliferation of
advanced diesel-electric submarines,” said Donnelly.
“Today, 40 nations operate a total of more than 400
submarines, many of which are the modern diesel
boats that are exceptionally quiet.
“The value of having Canada’s highly competent
diesel submarine force as a training and operational part-
ner cannot be underestimated,” he added. “The advan-
tage of jointly beneficial ASW training for our navies as
a result of our close geographical proximity is clear.”
The United States has long had an interest in
Canada’s acquisition of the submarines. Members of
the Clinton administration, including then-Defense
Secretary William Cohen, strongly supported Canada
purchasing the boats. At one point, the United States
suggested it would help finance the purchase, but that
offer was not followed through on.