HMCS Chicoutimi

A naval ship on the water

HMCS Chicoutimi K156

There have been two vessels named Chicoutimi in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Chicoutimi (1st of the name) (K156)

Commissioned at Montréal, Québec, on 12 May 1941, the Flower Class corvette Chicoutimi arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 17 May. She carried out workups and then joined Sydney Force, escorting ocean convoys on the first leg of their eastward journey.

In September, she joined Newfoundland Command and left on 29 September to escort convoy SC.47 to Iceland. She was employed for the next five months as an ocean escort between St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Iceland, and later Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Reassigned to Western Local Escort Force, she left Londonderry on 27 February 1942 to meet convoy ON.71. She served with Western Local Escort Force until August 1944, when she was transferred to naval training establishment HMCS Cornwallis as a training ship. In April 1945, she went to Sydney Force and on 16 June was paid off at Sorel, Québec, for disposal. She was broken up at Hamilton, Ontario in 1946. A credit to her builders, Canadian Vickers, Chicoutimi required only three short refits during her active career, and she was one of the few corvettes to survive the war with a short forecastle.

A submarine surfaces the water close to the harbour.

HMCS Chicoutimi 879

HMCS Chicoutimi (2nd of the name) (879)

On 6 April 1998, the Canadian Government announced its decision to acquire four Upholder Class submarines from the United Kingdom, which had been placed in reserve by the Royal Navy. All boats were re-named and the class designator was changed from Upholder to Victoria. The submarines directly contribute to Canadian security and national defence through their ability to undertake lengthy patrols in Canadian maritime areas of responsibility and in more distant waters.

The former HMS Upholder submarine began its reactivation in 2002 and underwent extensive work, which lasted almost three years. On 2 October 2004, she was officially baptized HMCS Chicoutimi and sailed for Canada on 4 October. The 5 October 2004 marked the darkest hours in the history of Canadian submarine service when the boat suffered a major electrical fire on her way to Halifax. She was saved by the heroic efforts of the crew but the fire left the vessel without power or propulsion. Help was dispatched immediately but, unfortunately, one officer succumbed to his injuries. In all, nine crewmembers were injured. Chicoutimi was repatriated to Halifax in 2005 where she remained until move to Victoria, British Columbia in 2009 for repairs combine with her mid-life refit set to begin in 2010.

Badge of HMCS Chicoutimi.

Badge of HMCS Chicoutimi.

Motto:Maître du Domaine” (Master of the Domain)

Battle honours

  • Atlantic 1941-1944
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