Discussion in 'Canada' started by NATO AIR, Oct 5, 2004.
I hope they'll be okay..
this is a complete and utter shock to me. I'd have never thought that Canada had a sub fleet. :scratch:
Canada bought some used ones from Britain in 1998. Apparently they aren't in the greatest shape, and have been very costly to repair and maintain - the Chicoutimi being one of them (they did have a small fleet before these though).
I hope everything works out ok. Poor guys, not a good place to be trapped.
Why does Canada need submarines?
To go underwater for sustained periods of time...
Gee Marbles, maybe has it something to do with sharing the responsibility of home land security (both ours and US).
This was the Chicoutimi's first time out since it was purchased for the Canadian Military....not bad eh?
I appreciate that Canada is trying, but if they want to play with subs they need to step up to the plate and buy one from us.
I really don't know why Canada is fooling around with diesel subs; nuke boats are the only way to go. Eventually the diesel boats have to resurface to recharge the batteries and therefore are vulnerable because you can't always choose when you absolutely have to resurface. Bad news when there's Destroyers waiting for you to bob up topside.
I hope everything works out for those Sailors.
Sux that their one of their two subs is in distress.. .
On a serious note, I do hope they get the sailors out okay..
The sub in distress is one of four boats leased from the British. These subs were built in the 1990s and the deal cost Canada about $800 million. http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2004/10/05/657129-cp.html Due to their smaller size compared to nuke boats, diesel-electric subs are thought to be superior for coastal waters. Nighttrain mentioned, "if they want to play with subs they need to step up to the plate and buy one from us." For the money spent on these four diesel-electric subs, the Canadians would have been hard pressed to purchase the conning tower of a single new nuke boat from America. New Virginia class nuclear attack submarines cost more than $2.7 billion per boat. The US Navy plans to acquire 30 Virginia class subs for an estimated $83.2 billion (approximately ten times the total annual Canadian military budget).
They are old and out of date. I think our money may have been better spent, thats all. Training, technology, etc...
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