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2 décembre 2015 3 02 /12 /décembre /2015 19:20
photo M. Deniel - Marine Nationale

photo M. Deniel - Marine Nationale

 

27.11.2015 source Marine Nationale


Son nom : le Windsor. Un NCSM pour « Navire canadien de Sa Majesté », de la classe Victoria (SSK 877). Ce sous-marin d’attaque conventionnel de la marine royale canadienne a accosté à la base navale de Brest le vendredi 27 novembre pour une escale de routine de 5 jours.
Le 11 novembre dernier, ce sous-marin avait quitté le port de Rota en Espagne. Ces quinze derniers jours, le Windsor a participé à des entrainements conjoints en lutte anti-sous-marine avec plusieurs moyens de la marine nationale (frégate ASM Jean de Vienne, avion Atlantique 2, hélicoptères Caïman et Lynx et SNA Saphir). A l’issue de son escale à Brest, le WINDSOR rejoindra le Canada et son port base d’Halifax.
 

Reportage photos M. Deniel - Marine Nationale

 

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8 octobre 2015 4 08 /10 /octobre /2015 07:20
Projet Resolve: «Astérix» le futur ravitailleur que doit fournir la Davie à la Marine est en route pour le Canada

Le projet Resolve de Chantier Davie prévoit une solution alternative pour palier le retard dans la livraison des navires ravitailleurs de la Marine royale canadienne: acheter un navire de type porte-conteneur qui, une fois démantelé, sera transformé en ravitailleur au chantier Davie, à Lévis, dans la circonscription du ministre canadien de la Sécurité publique, Steven Blaney. (Davieshipbuilding)

 

 

6 octobre 2015 par - 45eNord.ca

 

Astérix, le navire commercial acheté par le chantier maritime Davie de Lévis de la Rive-Sud de Québec dans le cadre du projet Resolve, est maintenant en route pour le Canada et les travail initial visant à en faire un navire de ravitaillement pour la Marine royale canadienne devrait commencer incessamment.

En juin dernier, devant le retard dans la livraison des ravitailleurs, le gouvernement canadien s’est entendu avec le chantier Davie sur le réaménagement d’un navire commercial à des fins militaires, d’ici à ce que les navires fabriqués par la Seaspan de Vancouver soient prêts, comme le lui avait proposé le chantier de Lévis quelques mois auparavant.

D’ici à ce que le chantier de Vancouver puisse livrer les ravitailleurs, en 2020 pour le premier et en 2021 pour le second, la marine royale canadienne pourra réaliser ses missions au courant des prochaines années grâce à ce ravitailleur « provisoire » que lui livrera la Davie.

D’ici là, des ententes ont été conclues avec l’Espagne et le Chili pour fournir aux membres de la MRC l’occasion de poursuivre leur instruction sur le ravitaillement en mer à bord de navires espagnols et chiliens en attendant l’arrivée des nouveaux navires de ravitaillement canadiens.

Chantier maritime Davis va maintenant rénover Astérix et le transformer en un véritable navire de ravitaillement pour ensuite le fournir à la Marine royale canadienne en vertu d’un contrat de location.

Les discussions sont toutefois toujours en cours sur les détails la proposition finale qui doit encore recevoir l’approbation du Conseil du Trésor, dans qu’on sache exactement quant les deux parties en arriveront à une entente finale. Le gouvernement canadien et la Davie devront, notamment, s’entendre sur la longueur ( 5 ou 7 ans) du bail de location du navire.

La Davie a cependant déjà reçu de l’argent du gouvernement canadien pour amorcer le projet.

Le navire arrivera incessamment au chantier Aecon de Pictou, en Nouvelle-Écosse, où les ingénieurs de projet Resolve, devraient commencer le travail initial. De là, le navire sera envoyé aux chantiers Davie avant l’hiver.

Le navire sera ensuite transféré plus tard sur la côte Ouest où seront installés les systèmes récupérés sur le NCSM Protecteur . Le système de ravitaillement en mer (RAS) n’avait en effet pas été endommagé par l’incendie de 2014 qui a mené au retrait au Protecteur.

Et, finalement,on passera aux essais en mer de l’Astérix qui se dérouleront eux aussi sur la côte Ouest.

En tout, l’ensemble du processus ne devrait prendre qu’environ 15 mois à compter de la date de signature du contrat, selon Chantier maritime Lévis.

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16 septembre 2015 3 16 /09 /septembre /2015 16:20
Royal Canadian Navy Introduces New Tactical Operator Position

 

15.09.2015 by Wes Kennedy - SOFREP

 

In recent years, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has been a little behind the times, but lately they have really been pushing to up their game. Since their recent discipline issues and ships malfunctioning at sea, the RCN has buckled down and begun upgrading their capabilities. Recent press releases have officially announced the awarding of contracts for upgrading the current RCN fleet, replacing the Sea King helicopters, acquiring amphibious assault vessels, and building the new joint-support ship. The RCN also announced in early 2014 the creation of the Maritime Tactical Operations Group (MTOG), which could bring about a huge increase in their boarding parties’ tactical capabilities.


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12 mars 2015 4 12 /03 /mars /2015 17:20
HMCS Victoria - Photo LS Zachariah Stopa, MARPAC Imaging Services

HMCS Victoria - Photo LS Zachariah Stopa, MARPAC Imaging Services

 

March 12, 2015: Strategy Page

 

For the first time ever all four of Canada’s Victoria class diesel-electric submarines are operational.  Thus seventeen years after purchasing four slightly-used British diesel-electric submarines Canada has finally got all of them in shape to go to war. That’s progress, especially when you consider that in early 2014 only one of the four Victoria class subs could go to sea and actually fire a torpedo. At that point it was hoped that by 2016 two more would be ready as well. That goal was achieved early but now one of the four subs is about to undergo two years of scheduled upgrades and maintenance. The Victoria class subs will have to be retired (because of old age) by the late 2020s. Canada is still searching for a practical way to replace the Victorias.

 

What Canada has learned from all this is that submarines are expensive boats to build and maintain, even if they are secondhand. Some of the Victoria delays were because of accidents. Thus in 2014, ten years after a fire at sea, the HMCS Chicoutimi began returning to service, sort of. Chicoutimi could only make shallow dives initially and tests were required to make sure the new torpedo handling equipment was working properly. The repairs for the 2004 fire cost $125 million and the fire occurred a month after Chicoutimi entered Canadian service. But now Chicoutimi is really, really ready for service.

 

The Victoria Saga all began in the 1990s, when Canada wanted to replace its 1960s era diesel-electric subs. This did not seem possible, because the cost of new boats would have been about half a billion dollars each which was more than Canada could afford. Britain, however, had four slightly used Upholder class diesel-electric subs that it was willing to part with for $210 million each. That was nearly half what it cost Britain to build these boats in the late 1980s. The Upholders entered British service between 1990 and 1993 and were mothballed shortly thereafter when it decided to go with an all-nuclear submarine fleet.

 

So the deal was made in 1998, with delivery of the Upholders to begin in 2000. Canada decommissioned its older Oberons in 2000, then discovered that the British Upholders needed more work (fixing flaws, installing Canadian equipment) than anticipated before they could enter service as the Victoria class. It wasn't until 2004 that the subs were ready and that year Chicoutimi was damaged by fire while at sea. Chicoutimi was supposed to be back in service by 2006 but the repair job was more extensive than first realized and there were other problems found as the repairs proceeded. Thus the initial $20 million repair job just got more and more expensive.

 

By 2004 the Upholders were transformed into the Victoria class and were much more modern and capable than the older Oberons. The Victorias are 2,160 tons (displacement on the surface) boats with a crew of 46 and six torpedo tubes (and 18 Mk 48 torpedoes.) The electronics on the Victorias are state of the art and a primary reason for buying these boats in the first place. The subs are used to patrol Canada's extensive coastline. The passive sonars on these subs make it possible to detect surface ships over a great distance. But not having any subs on active duty, ready for combat, for most of the decade after the Chicoutimi became a major issue in Canada.

 

The problem is that the subs were bought without a thorough enough examination. It was later found that most major systems had problems and defects that had to be fixed (at considerable time and expense). Thus these boats have spent most of their time, for decade, undergoing repairs or upgrades. The final fix was be to get the torpedo tubes working, something that was only completed in the last two years. In any event, a Canadian sub has never fired a torpedo in combat, mainly because the Canadian Navy did not get subs until the 1960s. Lots of Canadian surface ships have fired torpedoes in combat, but the last time that happened was in 1945.

 

Canada has the longest coastline (202,080 kilometers) in the world, more than three times longer than that of the nation (Indonesia) with the next longest (57,716 kilometers) coastline. Worse, most of the Canadian coastline is in arctic or subarctic waters. So far the Victorias have performed well in all parts of this long coastline, but there are only four of them.

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4 février 2015 3 04 /02 /février /2015 06:20
HMCS Chicoutimi (Archives / photo MDN)

HMCS Chicoutimi (Archives / photo MDN)

 

OTTAWA, Jan. 30, 2015 /CNW

 

Babcock Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the delivery of HMCS CHICOUTIMI back to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) on December 3rd, 2014, after the successful completion of the submarine's Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP).

 

This milestone marks the first of the Victoria-Class submarines to undergo a deep maintenance period managed by Babcock Canada through the Victoria In-Service Support Contract (VISSC), and the first Canadian naval vessel to have an EDWP conducted by the RCN's industry partners. Originally awarded in 2008, VISSC is in excess of $1.5B and is intended to run for a period of 15 years.

 

Babcock  is currently conducting an Extended Limited Maintenance Period (ELMP) on HMCS CORNER BROOK and is slated to begin the submarine's deep maintenance period later this year

 

Mark Dixon, President of Babcock Canada commented: "We are delighted to have delivered HMCS CHICOUTIMI back to the Royal Canadian Navy following her EDWP. This is a significant achievement for Babcock and a testament to the strong partnership and trust we have built with the RCN. We are very proud to be a trusted In-Service Support provider to the RCN and look forward to supporting the needs of the Navy well into the future."

 

Malcolm Barker, VP and General Manager of Victoria Shipyards Ltd. added:

 

"We are extremely proud to have been part of the submarine team led by Babcock Canada. The integrated EDWP team (Babcock Canada, DND, PWGSC and Victoria Shipyards Ltd.) worked tirelessly to deliver HMCS Chicoutimi back to the fleet fully functional.

 

Babcock Canada Inc.

Babcock Canada Inc. is a Canadian ISO 9001 registered company employing over 260 personnel at 4 locations: Halifax, Ottawa, Lévis, and Victoria. We specialize in helping our Clients to efficiently and effectively maintain their in-service assets. Our core competencies include:  Program and Project Management, Material and Supply Chain Management, Systems Integration, Engineering and Design Services, Configuration Management and Asset Management, Records Support, 2nd and 3rd Line Maintenance, Information & Knowledge Management, Dockside Maintenance Support, Training and Simulation, Integrated Safety Management and In-Service Support.

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