HMCS Victoria

An overhead view of a submarine on the water.

HMCS Victoria 876.

There has been only one vessel named Victoria in the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Victoria (876) / Victoria-class submarine

The former HMS Unseen was laid up by the Royal Navy in June 1994. She was accepted by Canada and named Victoria on 6 October 2000 at Barrow-in-Furness. The submarine departed England 09 October and travelled to Halifax submerged for the most part, arriving on 23 October, and was commissioned on 2 December 2000. Upon completion of a Canadianization Work Period refit, Victoria conducted a coastal transfer to Esquimalt, sailing from Halifax on 29 June 2003 and arriving in Esquimalt on 24 August. She engaged in various trials and training exercises before entering an Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP) in the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton on 27 June 2005. As the lead EDWP for the class, this process took longer than anticipated, and it was 5 December 2011 before Victoria proceeded to sea under her own power.

Victoria was declared fully operational following weapons certification in March 2012, and soon thereafter became the first RCN submarine to fire a warshot Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo, sinking the ex-USNS Concord on 17 July 2012 during a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise near Hawaii. Victoria has since participated in various international exercises, which in 2013 included exercising with Special Forces and conducting the third Victoria-class submarine deployment as part of Operation CARRIBE.

Badge of HMCS Victoria.

Badge of HMCS Victoria.

  • Builder: Cammell Laird, Birkenhead
  • Laid down: 12 August 1987
  • Launched: 14 November 1989
  • Commissioned RN: 20 July 1991
  • Paid off RN: 6 April 1994
  • Commissioned RCN: 2 December 2000
  • Displacement: 2255.6 tonnes (surface) / 2514.7 tonnes (submerged)
  • Dimensions: 70.3 m x 7.6 m x 5.4 m
  • Speed: 12 knots (surface) / 20 knot (submerged)
  • Crew: 49
  • Armament: six 533-mm torpedo tubes

Motto: “Expect No Warning”

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