September 25, 2004
Canada's new submarine fleet is belatedly coming into service (via Rantburg). I saw all four of these former Upholder-class submarines when they were still on the market and, despite their difficulties, am delighted they were purchased by Canada.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 25, 2004 09:05 AM
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It would have been nice if they hadn't bothered to change the subs names, though...
Posted by: Paul Jané at September 29, 2004 05:56 PM
I would have been happier with nucs. Diesel-electric is so Kriegsmarine 1914.
Best bang for our buck probably would have been to buy a bunch of the early Los Angeles-class boats the U.S. has retired. At least they have reinforced sails and have long-duration under-ice capability.
Posted by: Chris Taylor at September 29, 2004 09:21 PM
Chris, I'd agree that nuc's would best fit our needs with a huge coastline mostly covered with ice for much of the year. Problem is, we don't have the expertise to run nuc's, and we don't have the time or the money to get up to speed on such a fundamentally different boat.
So diesel-electric it is. At least they're quiet. And if we end up buying the rebreathers, we should be able to do some under-ice work.
Posted by: Damian at September 30, 2004 12:39 AM