World Navies Today: Canada

Revised 26 October 2001
Version 2.20
Compiled and Maintained by: Andrew Toppan
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This list includes all surface combatants, submarines, mine warfare vessels and patrol craft over 100 tons displacement, and all amphibious ships and auxiliaries over 500 tons displacement. Non-self-propelled craft and non-seagoing vessels are not included.

Ships not yet commissioned, or in long-term overhaul/conversion, are listed in [brackets]. Navigation and surface-search radars are not listed. All classifications are purely unofficial and are based on an attempt to use standard classifications throughout all navies; they may or may not correspond to "official" designations.

Ships carry prefix "HMCS" before their names.

Surface Combatants
Patrol/Mine Countermeasures/Training Ships

Surface Combatants

Iroquois class destroyers

Displacement: 4,960 tons full load
Dimensions: 128.92 x 15.24 x 4.42 meters (423 x 50 x 14.5 feet)
Propulsion: 2 shafts, 2 570 KF cruise gas turbines, 12,788 shp; 2 FT4A boost gas turbines, 51,000 shp, 29 knots
Crew: 285
Radar: DA-08 air/surface search, LW-08 air search
Sonar: SQS-510 hull/VDS suite
Fire Control: 2 STIR
EW: SLQ-501 intercept, SLQ-503 jammer, 2 decoy, SLQ-25 Nixie
Aviation: midships helicopter deck with Beartrap and dual hangars; 2 CH-124 helicopters
Armament:1 29 cell VLS (Standard SM-2MR), 1 76 mm OTO DP, 1 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, 2 triple 12.75 inch torpedo tubes

Concept/Program: Built as antisubmarine destroyers with only self-defense AAW capabilities, they have recently been rebuilt with area AAW capabilities under the TRUMP program. Serve as force flagships. 4th ship of class, Huron, is in reserve.

Builders: Marine Industries Ltd, Sorel; Davie SB, Lauzon.

Number	Name			Year	FLT	Homeport	Notes
DDH 280 Iroquois                1972    ATL     Halifax
DDH 282 Athabaskan              1972    ATL     Halifax
DDH 283 Algonquin               1973    PAC     Esquimalt
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Halifax class frigates

Displacement: 4,761 tons full load
Dimensions: 135.5 x 16.40 x 6.15 meters (444.5 x 54 x 20 feet)
Propulsion: 1 11,780 bhp diesel, 2 LM2500 gas turbines, 47,494 shp, 2 shafts, 27 knots
Crew: 215
Radar: SPS-49 2-D air search
Sonar: SQS-510 hull, SQR-19(V) CANTASS towed array
Fire Control: 2 STIR
EW: SLQ-501 intercept, SLQ-503 jammer, 4 decoy, SLQ-25 Nixie
Aviation: aft helicopter deck with Beartrap and hangar; 1 CH-124 helicopter
Armament:8 Harpoon, 16 VL Sea Sparrow, 1 57 mm Bofors DP, 1 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, 4 12.75 inch torpedo tubes, 6 12.7 mm MG

Concept/Program: These are general-purpose frigates designed to Canadian requirements. Capable of maintaining high speed in heavy weather.

Builders: Saint John SB Ltd; Marine Industries Ltd, Sorel.

Number	Name			Year	FLT	Homeport	Notes
FFH 330 Halifax                 1992    ATL     Halifax
FFH 331 Vancouver               1993    PAC     Esquimalt
FFH 332 Ville de Quebec         1994    ATL     Halifax
FFH 333 Toronto                 1993    ATL     Halifax
FFH 334 Regina                  1994    PAC     Esquimalt
FFH 335 Calgary                 1995    PAC     Esquimalt
FFH 336 Montreal                1994    ATL     Halifax
FFH 337 Fredericton             1994    ATL     Halifax
FFH 338 Winnipeg                1995    PAC     Esquimalt
FFH 339 Charlottetown           1995    ATL     Halifax
FFH 340 St. John's              1996    ATL     Halifax
FFH 341 Ottawa                  1996    PAC     Esquimalt
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Victoria (HMS Upholder) class submarines

Displacement: 2,400 tons submerged
Dimensions: 70.26 x 7.6 x 5.5 meters/230.5 x 25 x 18 feet
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, 2 diesles, 1 shaft, 20 knots
Crew: approx. 44
Sonar: Type 2040 bow, Type 2041 flank, unknown towed array
Fire Control: unknown
EW: Decca Porpoise intercept
Armament: 6 21 inch torpedo tubes (18 Mk48 torpedoes)

Concept/Program: For ex-RN diesel-electric submarines acquired 1998 on 8 year leases with option to purchase. Gradually entering service following refits to modify the boats to Canadian standards. These vessels were decommissioned from the RN after only brief service. Victoria will be based at Esquimalt, the others at Halifax. All Oberon class boats have now been discarded.

Builders: Cammel Laird, Birkenhead, UK, except SS 879 by VSEL, Barrow-in-Furness, UK.

Number	Name			Year	FLT	Homeport	Notes
SS 876	Victoria		1991/00 ATL	Halifax		Ex-Unseen
SS 877	Windsor			1993/02	ATL	Halifax		Ex-Unicorn
[SS 878	Corner Brook		1998/02	pending transfer	Ex-Ursula]
[SS 879	Chicoutimi		1990/02	pending transfer	Ex-Upholder]
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Patrol/Mine Countermeasures/Training Vessels

Kingston class coastal patrol & utility vessels

Displacement: 960 tons
Dimensions: 55.31 x 11.30 x 3.4 meters (181.5 x 37 x 11 feet)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, 4 diesels, 2 Z drives, 15 knots
Crew: 31-36
Sonar: sidescan
Armament: 1 40 mm, 2 12.7 mm MG

Concept/Program: Combined patrol/mine countermeasures/reserve training ships, replacing several old classes of patrol vessels. Only a few mine countermeasures modules are available for these ships; their armament is insufficient for anything beyond coast guard duties. Also are to be tasked with salvage/diving support.

Builders: Halifax SY.

Number	Name			Year FLT Homeport    Group	Notes
MM 700  Kingston                1996    ATL     Halifax
MM 701  Glace Bay               1996    ATL     Halifax
MM 702  Nanaimo                 1997    PAC     Esquimalt
MM 703  Edmonton                1997    PAC     Esquimalt
MM 704  Shawinigan              1997    ATL     Halifax
MM 705  Whitehorse              1997    PAC     Esquimalt
MM 706  Yellowknife             1998    PAC     Esquimalt
MM 707  Goose Bay               1998    ATL     Halifax
MM 708  Moncton                 1998    ATL     Halifax
MM 709  Saskatoon               1998    PAC     Esquimalt
MM 710  Brandon                 1998    PAC     Esquimalt
MM 711 	Summerside              1999    ATL     Halifax
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New AOR Project multi-product replenishment ships

Displacement: 26,600 tons full load
Dimensions: 195 x 28 x 8.5 meters (639.8 x 91.9 x 27.9 feet)
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 1 shaft, 20 knots
Crew: 111 + 60 transient
Cargo: 6,500 tons fuel, 535 tons aviation fuel, 300 tons ammunition, 200 TEU containers, 2,500 square meters vehicle space
Aviation: 2 Sea King
Armament: 2 Phalanx CIWS

Concept/Program: Conceptual design for new AORs to replace the existing ships, for construction 2005-2015. Four ships would be constructed.

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Protecteur class multi-product replenishment ships

Displacement: 24,700 tons full load
Dimensions: 172.0 x 23.16 x 9.15 meters (564 x 76 x 30 feet)
Propulsion: 2 boilers, steam turbines, 1 shaft, 21,000 shp, 21 knots
Crew: 227 (+57 transients)
Cargo: 18,000 tons fuel, 400 tons munitions, provisions, spares
Aviation: aft helicopter deck with hangar; 3 CH-124 helicopters
Armament: 2 20 mm Phalanx CIWS, 6 12.7 mm MG

Concept/Program: Multirole replenishment ships, improved version of previous class.

Builders: St. John DD.

Number	Name			Year	FLT	Homeport	Notes
AOR 509 Protecteur              1969    PAC     Esquimalt
AOR 510 Preserver               1969    ATL     Halifax         
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Quest research ship

Displacement: 2,130 tons full load
Dimensions: 253 x 42 x 15 feet
Propulsion: Diesel electric, 2 shafts, 2,960 shp, 15 knots
Crew: 55

Concept/Program: General-purpose research ship employed mostly in acoustic and sonar trials work.

Builders: Burrard, Vancouver.

Number	Name			Year	FLT	Homeport	Notes
AGOR 172  Quest                 1969    ATL     Halifax
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Note: Replenishment oiler Provider, trials support ship Riverton, research ship Endeavour, salvage/rescue ship Cormorant, minesweeper support ships Anticosti and Moresby, and tugs Saint Anthony and Saint Charles have been discarded.

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