Haze Gray Photo Feature
The Nanoose Bay Test Range
Canada's Underwater Test Facility
Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges (CFMETR) Nanoose,
British Columbia, is Canada's primary underwater test and trials
facility. The Nanoose Bay test ranges conduct a variety of testing,
including torpedo and sonobuoy tests, ship and submarine acoustic trials,
and sonar testing. The range supports both operational readiness
testing/training and research and development testing. The range
conducts only non-destructive testing, with dummy warheads, and all
torpedoes are retrieved for later reuse. While the range primarily
serves the Canadian Navy, various foreign navies also use the facilities,
especially the US Navy.
During October 2000, Roy McBride was given the rare opportunity to
photograph not only the Nanoose Bay facilities, but also the submarine
HMAS Collins, which was undergoing trials on the range. This Photo
Feature presents the photos of the Nanoose Bay facilities; there is also a
separate Photo Feature showing photos Aboard HMAS
We wish to extend a special "Thank You" to CFMETR Nanoose for
making this feature possible.
Welcome to Nanoose Bay, and one of the torpedoes on display at the range.
An overhead view of the CFMETR Nanoose buildings and piers.
A CH-124 Sea King helicopter flying over the Nanoose Bay facilities.
A view over the Nanoose Bay piers at sunset.
CFAV Sikanni, one of two test range support vessels based at
These vessels are used to deploy and recover range instrumentation, and
to provide general test support services.
CFAV Stikine, the second test range support vessel at Nanoose.
A close-up of Stikine's bridge.
View along Stikine's superstructure, looking forward.
Stikine's aft deck, showing recovery equipment and the small
utility boat carried aboard.
The crane, winches, and small boat aboard Stikine.
A US Navy torpedo trials ship, Discovery Bay (YTT 11) moored at
Nanoose Bay. USN YTTs are routinely deployed to Nanoose. They are
operated by the Naval Undersea Warfare Center at Keyport, WA.
A second view of Discovery Bay at Nanoose.
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