Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Corner Brook (SSK 878)


The former HMS Ursula was laid up by the Royal Navy in June 1994.  She was accepted by Canada and named Corner Brook on 21 February 2003, and sailed for Halifax on the 25th, arriving on 10 March 2003.  While conducting crew training, she made a port visit to her namesake city for commissioning on 29 June 2003.   Her Canadianization Work Period extended through 2004 and 2005, with Corner Brook returning to sea for trials on 24 October 2006.

In 2007, Corner Brook began a busy operational cycle, including participation in the NATO Exercise NOBLE WARRIOR, marking the first time in 15 years that a Canadian submarine had been present in European waters.  She deployed to the Arctic in support of Operation NANOOK in August 2007 and again in August 2009, where she conducted covert surveillance patrols in the vicinity of Baffin Island.  She also has twice deployed as part of Operation Caribbe, first in March 2008 and again in 2011, the latter time as part of her coastal transfer to Esquimalt, having departed Halifax on 30 January and arriving on 05 May 2011.  As the result of an underwater grounding on 04 June 2011, Corner Brook surfaced and returned to Esquimalt on her own power.  The damage repair and other upgrades will be included in her Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP) beginning in July 2014.

Builder:                      Cammell Laird, Birkenhead   

Laid Down:                 28/08/87         

Launched:                  22/02/91

Commissioned RN:        08/05/92

Paid Off RN:                16/06/94

Commissioned:            29/06/03

Commanding Officers

LCDR             D. Mulholland                           01/04/00-28/05/02

CDR              J.R.L. Pelletier                          28/05/02-30/04/04

LT(N)            C.A. Robinson                          30/04/04-21/01/05

LCDR             L. Cassivi                                21/01/05-19/08/05

LCDR             J.A. Clarke                              19/08/05-24/06/07

LCDR             C.A. Robinson                          24/06/07-09/07/09

LCDR             A.P.A. Kooiman                        09/07/09-19/05/11

LCDR             P.V. Sutherland                       19/05/11-14/12/11

LCDR             P.N. Collins (OIC)                     14/12/11-16/07/12

LCDR             M.J. Folmer (OIC)                     16/07/12-24/01/14

LCDR             M.J. Spearman                         24/01/14-


There have been no previous ships named Corner Brook in the RCN.

Battle Honours

The battle honours earned by HMS Ursula were not transferred from the Royal Navy.