The four – 2,400 ton diesel-electric Victoria-Class Submarines (VCS) were initially designed and constructed in the United Kingdom for the Royal Navy, and entered into service as the Upholder-class. Between 2000 - 2004 the submarines were transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as part of their mandate to provide combat capable, multipurpose naval forces to support national and international security and humanitarian operations.
To assist in maintaining the VCS as safe and capable underwater surveillance and strategic enforcement vessels in an efficient, cost effective manner, the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Government of Canada (GoC) recently announced the intention to extend the VCS past their original 25 year service life expectation to the mid-2030s.
Such an ambitious project requires a number of subject matter experts, and we are proud to continue as a key partner to Babcock Canada. For more than 12 years, Babcock Canada, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards (VSL), and BMT, have collaborated to maintain, refit, and upgrade Canada’s Victoria Class Submarines (VCS) and will be competing for the second phase of VCS sustainment as a cohesive group – called Team Victoria-Class.
The name Team Victoria-Class was selected to represent this alliance as it solidifies the long standing partnership of the three organizations, and enforces the teams' position as the Canadian industrial team with unparalleled Victoria-Class Submarine know-how and experience.
Team Victoria-Class has launched a marketing and awareness campaign being managed by Babcock with participation from both BMT and Seaspan. This campaign has included a combined superbooth at a digital conference in October, and will extend into the use of social media, timely video assets, and of course a compelling (Canadian!) - brand.
We are grateful for the many individuals that make up the team and look forward to delivering safe, reliable and highly capable submarines to the Royal Canadian Navy. We are really looking forward to continued collaboration in the years to come, building on our relationship with Babcock and Seaspan to deliver operationally optimized submarines to sea.