Submariners Assocation of Canada East

HMCS Grilse

History of HMCS Grilse

HMCS Grilse was Canada’s first submarine after World War Two. The Grilse was built in 1943 as a Balao Class boat for the US Navy and was originally called the USS Burrfish. She was converted in 1950 to a radar picket sub used for anti submarine training. The Grilse was commissioned in 1961 into the R.C.N. and was based out of Esquimalt until 1969, when she was paid off and returned to the US Navy and sunk by a torpedo during training exercise.


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