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HMCS Victoria

HMCS Victoria

The submarine was laid down as HMS Unseen at Cammell Laird’s Birkenhead yard on 12 August 1987. She was launched on 14 November 1989, and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 20 July 1991.

Unseen was decommissioned on 6 April 1994, and placed in reserve.

Looking to discontinue the operation of diesel-electric boats, the British government offered to sell Unseen and her sister submarines to Canada in 1993

HMS Unseen was the first to be reactivated, and was due to enter service in May 2000. However, problems were discovered with the piping welds on all four submarines, which delayed the reactivation. Unseen was handed over to the Canadian Navy on 6 October 2000, and was commissioned as HMCS Victoria on 2 December 2000.

On arrival in Halifax, Victoria was placed into dockyard hands for refitting. This was originally scheduled to take six months, but was not completed until 2003. Victoria was then transferred to Esquimalt, British Columbia, becoming the first Canadian submarine stationed in the Pacific since the 1974 decommissioning of HMCS Rainbow. The submarine was in and out of dock during 2004 and 2005, cumulating in a planned two-year repair program in late 2005.



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