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RCN NR12.004 — March 16, 2012
OTTAWA — Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Victoria conducted a series of successful weapon system trials, including multiple firings of the exercise version of the MK48 Heavyweight Torpedo at Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges in Nanoose Bay, B.C. this week.
“As the submarine fleet achieves steady-state it will be ready to act decisively at sea in defence of Canada, when and where needed,” said Captain (Navy) Luc Cassivi, Director Canadian Submarine Force. "These trials represent a major milestone for the Victoria-class submarine program as Victoria is the first submarine in the fleet to fire a MK48 Heavyweight exercise Torpedo."
These torpedo firings are part of the technical and operational tests of Victoria’s weapons systems and additional weapons system trials are scheduled for the spring of 2012. In the exercise version of the torpedo, the warhead module is replaced with electronics for gathering test data.
Victoria also participated in training with a naval task group while off the west coast of Vancouver Island, focussing on coordinated anti-submarine warfare tactics. Equipment and crew trials will continue throughout March as part of Victoria's program to being declared fully operational later this summer.
The submarine fleet will achieve steady state in 2013; at which point Canada will have three of four submarines continuously available for operations. As part of the ongoing submarine operational cycle, the fourth submarine will be with industry, undergoing necessary deep maintenance. Submarines are an essential component of a modern, first-class Navy with a balanced set of capabilities that can act in defence of Canada and Canadian interests above and below the sea.
NOTE TO EDITORS / NEWS DIRECTORS:
High-resolution still and video imagery of HMCS Victoria conducting torpedo trials are available for download on the Canadian Forces Combat Camera (CFCC) website at: http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/site/01/victoria/index-eng.asp
For current information about the Victoria-class Submarine Fleet Status, please refer to the following Fact Sheet on the Canadian Forces / Department of National Defence Website at: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=3979