Ordinary seaman Hiebert

Royal Canadian Navy celebrates submarine centenary in Esquimalt

Navy unveils the rededication of the submarine memorial cairn at Dockyard

Members and veterans of the navy unveiled the rededication of the submarine memorial cairn at Dockyard yesterday in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of submarine service in Canada.

The cairn was first installed in 1984.

On Aug. 5, 1914, the B.C. government purchased two submarines from a Seattle shipyard, the CC 1 and CC 2, to counter the threat of a squadron of German navy warships reported on the coast.

Since the First World War, the navy has commissioned 15 submarines, with the First Canadian Submarine Squadron formed in 1965 to track Soviet submarines and collect intelligence during the Cold War.

Recently, Canadian submariners have provided support in counter-terrorism operations as well as in RCMP anti-narcotic operations in the Caribbean.

Donald Brown, who earned the rank of chief petty officer, second class before retiring, was chosen to place a new time capsule in the cairn. Brown said that as he placed the time capsule, his mind travelled to the crew he served with on HMCS Rainbow.

“Every submariners was working harder than anybody on the surface,” Brown said. “There was no limit to what you could do down there, and you knew that your work would be appreciated.”

The submarine centenary was also marked by the opening of a new submarine exhibit at CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum today.

Just Posted

U.S. college bribery scandal shines light on serious problem in Canada

Looking at the bigger picture of marginalization in universities

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

Teri Mooring will take over as president this summer

Three cougar sightings in three days

Saanich Police warn the public to be vigilant

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious: police

Ben Tyner was reported missing when his riderless horse was discovered on a logging road

Distillers hope federal budget scraps alcohol escalator tax

Tax hike set for April 1, marking third automatic increase in three years time

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

‘The whole city has changed:’ B.C. woman in New Zealand reacts to mosque attacks

An expatriate and Muslim students at UBC Okanagan deeply affected by white supremacist shooting

Trudeau condemns hateful, ‘toxic segments’ of society after New Zealand shooting

Prime Minister expressed sorrow at the many attacks in recent years

Air Canada grounds its Boeing Max 8s until at least July 1 to provide certainty

Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week

Budget to tout Liberal economic record, provide distraction from SNC furor

This is the Liberal government’s fourth and final budget before the election

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

Most Read