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"Bravo Zulu" / August 8, 2014

Each week we celebrate the exploits of the exceptional men and women of your Navy from coast to coast.

We mark these outstanding achievements using the traditional naval signal for a job well done...

…Bravo Zulu!

Bravo Zulu to the Royal Canadian Navy’s Submarine Force for 100 years of outstanding and distinguished service. The centennial of Canada’s “Silent Service” was marked with the rededication of the Submarine Memorial Cairn at CFB Esquimalt on August 7, 2014. 

RAdm Bill Truelove, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), presided over the ceremony and praised the continued excellence and dedication of Canadian submariners: “The unique nature of the ‘Silent Service’ has created an equally unique breed of sailor. The Royal Canadian Navy would be incomplete without submarines.”

Since Canada’s first two submarines, CC1 and CC2, were purchased on August 5, 1914 for $1.15 million by then British Columbia Premier Sir Richard McBride, the RCN has commissioned a total of 15 submarines. The current fleet of four Victoria­-class submarines continue to provide Canada with a highly effective intelligence-gathering and strategic deterrence platform.