Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1950–1989, Submarines

Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) 1950–1989,


Data currrent to 30 June 2019.

Balao-class submarine

(USN Photo)

HMCS Grilse (SS 71) (II), 26 Sep 1969.

After its service in the United States Navy as USS Burfish, HMCS Grilse was in service on Canada's West Coast from 1961 to 1968.  It was the first submarine to be commissioned into full service since HMCS CH-14 and CH-15 were commissioned in 1921.

 (DND Photo)

HMCS Grilse (SS 71) (II). 

Tench-class submarine

(DND Photo)

HMCS Rainbow (SS 75) (II).

(USN Photo)

HMCS Rainbow (SS 75) (II).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4462625)

HMCS Rainbow (SS 75) (II), 22 Dec 1968.

  (USN Photo)

HMCS Rainbow (SS 75) (II).

Oberon-class submarines

HMCS Ojibwa (S72); HMCS Onondaga (S73); HMCS Okanagan (S74); HMS Olympus – training ship; HMS Osiris – spare parts.

(DND Photo)

HMCS Ojibwa (S72), conducting submerged submarine rescue vehicle trials at the Royal Navy submarine base in Faslane, Scotland on 1 Sep 1975.

 (Peter Giesbrecht Photo)

Originally intended for service with the Royal Navy as HMS Onyx, the submarine was transferred to Canadian ownership before completion, and entered RCN service in 1965.  Ojibwa operated primarily with Maritime Forces Atlantic until her decommissioning in 1998.  In 2010, Ojibwa was laid up at CFB Halifax awaiting disposal.   The submarine was towed to Port Burwell, Ontario, in 2012, for display with the Elgin Military Museum, and was opened to the public in 2013.  She is now the new focal point of the Elgin Military Museum, Naval Museum of History, 3 Pitt Street, Port Burwell, Ontario.

  (Letarteen Photo)

 (Dennis Jarvis Photos)

HMCS Onondaga (S73).  (Letarteen Photo)

Built in the mid-1960s, Onondaga operated primarily with the Maritime Forces Atlantic until her decommissioning in 2000 as the last Canadian Oberon.  Several plans for the disposal of the submarine were made and cancelled before the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski purchased it for preservation.  The submarine was moved into location during 2008, and is open to the public.

(DND Photo)

HMCS Okanagan (S74) off the coast of Toronto, Nov 1990.

HMCS Okanagan has been scrapped.

 (Author Photo)

Oberon class submarine alongside, CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia.  HMCS Onondaga has moved to the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père in Rimouski, Quebec.