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HMCS Ojibwa

The History of the OJIBWA


HMCS Ojibwa (S72) was an Oberon-class submarine that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces.

Ojibwa was laid down on 27 September 1962 at Chatham Dockyard, Chatham and launched on 29 February 1964. She was commissioned into the RCN on 23 September 1965 with pennant number 72. She was originally ordered for the Royal Navy as HMS Onyx (S72) but the hull was transferred to the RCN prior to completion.

She was decommissioned from Maritime Command (MARCOM) in May 1998. She had served virtually her entire career with Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) in the North Atlantic, except for a short deployment to British Columbia with Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) at the end of her career in 1997.

In May 2005 the Halifax Chronicle-Herald announced that MARCOM was looking to sell Ojibwa for scrap metal, along with three other Canadian Oberons. Ojibwa remained laid up at CFB Halifax awaiting disposal.

On the 11th June 2010 it was reported that the Ojibwa would be moved by BMT Fleet Technology Ltd to become part of the collection of the Elgin Military Museum of St. Thomas, Ontario. If so, it will be the tenth boat from a class of 27 to be preserved as a museum ship.

Daniel McNeil has taken a lot of time to put together a historical view of this Boat. Please click on the link below:



To visit the Project you will find it at this link

Date: Wed,05 June 2013 16:28:22 -0400
Subject: Official Opening Ceremony for HMCS Ojibwa Musuem of Naval History

The long awaited official opening for HMCS Ojibwa for tours has now been scheduled for Saturday, July 6 in Port Burwell, Ontario.  On behalf of the Museum Board of Directors and staff, we would like to extend an invitation to all submariners to attend and be our honoured guests at the ceremony.

This email represents an informal invitation that we hope you can distribute to your membership to give them as much notice as possible.  We will shortly be issuing formal invitations with more detailed information.  Please ask your members to extend this invitation to any other submariners they know.  Early RSVP’s can be sent to Pam at

We are mindful of your meeting and BBQ  at Ojibwa in August and that many of your members plan to visit us at that time.  However, we do hope that many will be able to honour us at our opening ceremonies as well.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.


Melissa Raven
Director of Communications
Project Ojibwa
Work: 1-519-633-7641    Cell: 1-226-378-2933

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