All Hail Victoria

HMCS Victoria becomes first Canadian submarine of its class to fire the Mk 48 heavyweight torpedoes

 

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The HMCS Victoria became the first Canadian submarine of its class to fire the Mk 48 when it successfully test-fired the  heavyweight torpedoes over the at the Nanoose Bay testing range off the coast of Vancouver Island.


It’s full speed ahead for the Royal Canadian Navy’s submarine HMCS Victoria now that it has successfully tested its Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo capability.

The Victoria became the first Canadian submarine of its class to fire the Mk 48 when it successfully test-fired the  heavyweight torpedoes over the past several months at the Nanoose Bay testing range off the coast of Vancouver Island with the help of Lockheed Martin’s command and control system.

"Actually, it's the first time a Canadian submarine has fired an exercise torpedo in over 10 years," said Victoria Cmdr. Christopher Ellis in a March 16 article in The Province. “(The tests are) a very visible indication that we're just around the corner of being a fully weaponized, operational submarine."

The tests involved multiple firings of a modified Mk 48 in which the active warhead was replaced with electronics that collected data during the trials. The Victoria class submarine’s main armament, the Mk 48 is designed for use against both surface ships and submarines. The Victoria’s technical testing is continuing, with certification expected later this year.

Lockheed Martin developed and maintains the Victoria-class command and control CCS 876 system, which is installed on the Victoria-class submarines and is a critical component of the weapon firing system.

Canada's four Victoria-class submarines have been updated since they were purchased from the United Kingdom in 1998 to replace the Navy’s three Oberon class subs. The HMCS Windsor and HMCS Chicoutimi will complete their scheduled repairs this year and return to operational service in 2013. The fourth submarine, HMCS Corner Brook, is scheduled to begin planned maintenance later this year.

The stealthy Victoria class submarines provide the Canadian Navy with excellent defensive and offensive capabilities. They incorporate numerous technological improvements, such as updated fire-control and torpedo-launching systems.

Posted June 8, 2012