Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Victoria (SSK 876)


The former HMS Unseen was laid up by the Royal Navy in June 1994.  She was accepted by Canada and named Victoria on 06 October 2000 at Barrow-in-Furness.  The submarine departed England 09 October and travelled to Halifax submerged for the most part, arriving on 23 October, and was commissioned on 02 December 2000.  Upon completion of a Canadianization Work Period refit, Victoria conducted a coastal transfer to Esquimalt, sailing from Halifax on 29 June 2003 and arriving in Esquimalt on 24 August.  She engaged in various trials and training exercises before entering an Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP) in the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton on 27 June 2005.  As the lead EDWP for the class, this process took longer than anticipated, and it was 05 December 2011 before Victoria proceeded to sea under her own power.

Victoria was declared fully operational following weapons certification in March 2012, and soon thereafter became the first RCN submarine to fire a warshot Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo, sinking the ex-USNS Concord on 17 July 2012 during a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise near Hawaii.  Victoria has since participated in various international exercises, which in 2013 included exercising with Special Forces and conducting the third Victoria-class submarine deployment as part of Operation Caribbe.

Builder:                       Cammell Laird, Birkenhead   

Laid Down:                  12/08/87

Launched:                   14/11/89         

Commissioned RN:       20/07/91

Paid off RN:                 06/04/94

Commissioned RCN:    02/12/00

Commanding Officers

CDR               W.A. Woodburn                     06/10/00-21/08/01

LCDR             S. McVicar                            21/08/01-16/07/04

LCDR             L. Cassivi                              16/07/04-13/01/05

LCDR             J.A. Clarke                            13/01/05-24/08/05

LCDR             T.A. Paterson                        24/08/05-14/08/06

LCDR             C.J. Ellis                               14/08/06-02/04/07

LCDR             R.G. Fortin (OIC)                    02/04/07-04/09/08

LCDR             P.V Sutherland (OIC)              04/09/08-30/06/09

CDR               C.J. Ellis                               30/06/09-05/07/13

CDR               A.P.A Kooiman                       05/07/13-


There have been no previous ships named Victoria in the RCN.

Battle Honours

The battle honours earned by HMS Unseen were not transferred from the Royal Navy.