Canada's Submarine Fleet Spent 'ZERO DAYS' At Sea Last Year - Is DND Just A Joke?
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January 12, 2020 - by Murray Brewster for cbc.ca
All 4 of Canada's second-hand subs were tied up last year for maintenance and repair
All four of Canada's submarines were tied up last year for repairs and maintenance — news that has the opposition Conservatives questioning whether the Liberal government can keep the second-hand fleet afloat for another two decades.
In response to a written question before Parliament, the Department of National Defence (DND) said the boats "spent zero days at sea" in 2019, but three of the four would return to service at some point this year.
Over the year, HMCS Victoria, HMCS Windsor, HMCS Chicoutimi and HMCS Corner Brook were in various stages of repair and maintenance.
"You have to ask yourself the questions. Do they have a plan to replace the submarines? And do they even care that we have submarines?"
The Chrétien government bought the submarines second-hand from Britain in 1998 at a cost of $750 million. Since then, National Defence has pumped billions into repairing and converting them for Canadian use.
The program suffered a major setback in 2004 when HMCS Chicoutimi caught fire on its maiden voyage, killing one sailor.
They also went into drydock for long-term upgrades meant to ensure the submarines remain operational until the end of the next decade...
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