$11.8M for HMCS Chicoutimi Submarine Phase II Repairs
An April 6/05 DID article noted that Canada’s second-hand purchase of 1980s-era Victoria Class submarines from Britain has encountered a number of issues and delays. At present, the Canadian Navy is concentrating almost all of its efforts on getting the subs back to sea after a fatal October 2004 fire on HMCS Chicoutimi sent them to their home ports as a safety precaution…
The Canadian navy is now spending $11.8 million to come up with detailed plans to repair the submarine, and a Phase II contract was awarded to Irving Shipbuilding Incorporated of Saint John, NB at its Halifax Shipyard facility.
The repair of HMCS Chicoutimi is being conducted in three phases. For the recently completed Phase I, the planning phase, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. was contracted to prepare and dock the submarine, and to develop a plan for Phase II, the survey and assessment phase.
Canada’s Department of National Defence then worked closely with the contractor to develop well-defined plans for Phase II of the repair process. These plans, which include quality management, material control, survey and assessment, and engineering processes, will assist in defining the scope of work required for Phase III and ensure the most efficient execution of the repair work. During Phase II, the contractor will remove damaged equipment and equipment being replaced under Canadianization and other Engineering Changes. Phase II will also include some of the repair work that has already been defined, as well as maintenance and preservation of the submarine and its systems.
Actual repair work will not begin until this phase finishes, which is expected to be at the end of 2005.
Phase III, in which the repairs will actually be performed, involves the repair work, implementation of Canadianization and other Engineering Changes and testing and trials. It will begin in 2006. The completion date for this phase is dependent on the results of the survey and assessment phase, but is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2007. See official Canadian Forces release.