HMCS Chicoutimi has returned to CFB Esquimalt, B.C. after a 197-day deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, marking a historic milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) submarine fleet after a nearly 50-year absence from the region. The deployment included numerous opportunities for HMCS Chicoutimi to operate with regional partner navies such as the United States Navy, the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, The Royal Australian Navy and the French Navy. As part of her deployment, HMCS Chicoutimi visited Yokosuka, Japan, further strengthening the relationship between our two countries.
“HMCS Chicoutimi’s successful six-month deployment to the Asia-Pacific region is an historic 50-year milestone for the Royal Canadian Navy and our Victoria-Class submarine. It is a clear demonstration of Canada’s commitment to establishing and enhancing meaningful strategic engagement with key regional allies and powers, in line with Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.”
Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister
“I am incredibly proud of the work done by the submariners on board HMCS Chicoutimi. Their consistent dedication and professionalism is an inspiration. The advantage that submarines can bring to a battle space cannot be underestimated. They are stealthy, lethal, and persistent. They are an important strategic asset that the Canadian Armed Forces brings to the table when working with our partners and allies around the world.”
Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd, Commander Royal Canadian Navy
“HMCS Chicoutimi conducted a well-executed patrol to the Asia-Pacific region to operate with our partners, and allies – a clear signal of the strategic importance of the region to Canada, that reinforces Canada’s commitment to the maintenance of regional peace, and security.”
Captain (N) Chris Robinson, Commander Canadian Submarine Force