Excitement is building among Her Majesty’s Canadian Submarine (HMCS) Windsor’s crew as the submarine wraps up the last phase of its Transitional Docking Work Period (TDWP) and gets set to sail for the first time in two years.
“The closer we get, the more and more excited my crew and I are becoming,” said Lieutenant-Commander (LCdr) Drew Matheson, Windsor’s Commanding Officer.
Windsor entered the submarine shed in Halifax in October 2018, undergoing deep maintenance work along with modernization upgrades to set the Victoria-class submarine on its new operational cycle of nine years of operational availability followed by three years of maintenance.
The two-pronged approach involved work on key pieces of maintenance to fix up the wear and tear from a busy four year sailing period that ended in 2018. That period saw Windsor deployed to Europe multiple times, with participation in Exercise JOINT WARRIOR and TRIDENT JUNCTURE and more than three months operating in the Mediterranean.
On top of the maintenance and repairs, the boat also underwent capability upgrades, receiving the state-of-the-art Bow Sonar Suite Upgrade.
“This new state-of-the-art sonar system will radically improve our ability to detect, classify and track quiet warships and submarines. It is a game changer for the class,” said Capt(N) Ouellet.
Windsor also received an overhaul to its weapons systems and will now be armed with the Mark 48 MOD 7AT torpedo, an upgrade from the previous Mark 48 MOD…