HMCS Windsor arrives home after five-month Euro-Atlantic deployment

Navy News / June 7, 2018

Return marks end of 133-day patrol

HMCS Windsor has returned to Halifax, N.S. after a 5-month deployment in the Euro-Atlantic region. This deployment included the first operations conducted the Mediterranean by a Victoria-class submarine, marking an historic milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy submarine fleet. The deployment also allowed for numerous opportunities for HMCS Windsor to operate with NATO allied navies, and to provide security and strategic deterrence in the Mediterranean.

Quotes

“Following in the wake of the return of HMCS Chicoutimi, the return of HMCS Windsor is a time to celebrate the Royal Canadian Navy’s ability to simultaneously deploy our submarines, and provide invaluable support to NATO efforts, and our international partner Navies. These back-to-back deployments underpin the wide reaching capability of our submarine fleet, and the professionalism and dedication of our Canadian sailors. In keeping with Strong, Secure, and Engaged, the success of our submarines will continually be improved upon through our commitment to the Victoria-class modernization project.”

Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“Our Victoria-class submarines have once again proven their value as an instrument of power projection on the international stage. Windsor’s deployment is a demonstration to our allies and adversaries, that Canada is a credible, reliable and effective player in the under-sea domain.”

Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

“HMCS Windsor conducted a well-executed patrol to the Euro-Atlantic region to operate with our NATO friends – a clear signal of the importance of the trans-Atlantic link that reinforces Canada’s commitment to the maintenance of international peace, and security.”

Captain(N) Chris Robinson, Commander Canadian Submarine Force

Quick Facts

HMCS Windsor is one of four Victoria-class submarines in the Royal Canadian Navy. HMCS Windsor is stationed at CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia, while HMCS Chicoutimi along with HMCS Victoria and HMCS Corner Brook are based out of CFB Esquimalt.

HMCS Windsor deployed on patrol in the Euro-Atlantic region as part of a strategic engagement mission, for 133 days. Prior to this, the longest HMCS Windsor deployment was a 101-day North Atlantic patrol in 2015.

HMCS Windsor’s deployment was a routine RCN deployment to help to signal the strategic importance of the Euro-Atlantic region to Canada while reinforcing Canada’s commitment to the maintenance of regional peace and security, as outlined in Canada’s Defence Policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged

From March 5 to 16, 2018, the submarine participated in NATO Maritime Command’s Exercise Dynamic Manta 2018 which aimed to improve how participants work together and honed their skills in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

HMCS Windsor supported NATO Operation Sea Guardian from April 26 to May 15, 2018. This operation served to build a comprehensive picture of daily activities along the shipping routes in the international waters of the Mediterranean. Operation Sea Guardian aims to maintain a secure and safe maritime environment. It also supports three core NATO tasks: collective defence, crisis management, and cooperative security.

Throughout the deployment, HMCS Windsor was supported by deployed maintenance teams from the RCN Fleet Maintenance Facility based in Halifax.

Victoria-class submarines are extremely versatile, allowing them to operate in any weather condition for periods of up to 45 days, and perform in a variety of roles to fulfill Canada’s requirements for a balanced, multi-purpose and combat-effective naval fleet.