HMCS Windsor returns to the water

Navy News / October 9, 2014

Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor was undocked yesterday evening from the Syncrolift at HMC Dockyard in Halifax, after a generator was successfully replaced, scheduled maintenance was performed and a major upgrade to the submarine’s main bow sonar system was installed.   

On March 31, 2014, HMCS Windsor underwent a docking period for maintenance and repairs at the Captain Bernard Leitch Johnson facility in HMC Dockyard in Halifax.

HMCS Windsor was docked to allow FMF Cape Scott to replace a defective generator discovered during sea trials. The diesel generators are part of the main submarine battery charging system.

The work period was also leveraged to accelerate the planned upgrade of the submarine’s sonar processors with state-of-the-art bow sonar system equipment that was previously planned to be installed later in 2016.

HMCS Windsor now begins required equipment tests and trials both in harbour and at sea, and rigorous work ups and crew training, as the submarine resumes its operational program in preparation for future exercises and operations.

Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, declared:

“This is an important day for HMCS Windsor and its crew as the submarine returns to the water and resumes sea trials. Maritime Forces Atlantic is proud of the dedicated men and women who strive to support our sailors and their operations. The professionalism and skill of our teams at Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott is demonstrated by their commitment and expertise in getting HMCS Windsor ready to carry on the important work Canadians have entrusted us with.”

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