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Canadian Submarines

Did you know that Canada got its first submarines more than 100 years ago, during the First World War – and the first submarines were purchased by the province of British Columbia, not the federal government! The submarine arm of the Royal Canadian Navy has never been big, but it’s an important part of the navy. The current submarine fleet consists of four Victoria-class diesel-electric attack submarines, split between the East and West Coasts. They had an extremely busy schedule in 2018 and deployed abroad as far as Japan, in partnership with Canadian allies. They were less active in 2019 mainly because they had to undergo routine maintenance after their busy year.

If you want to know more about the history, capabilities and missions of Canada’s submarines, read the Briefing Note produced by the Naval Association of Canada at


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