You sunk my battleship! Canadian forces use live torpedo for first time

Submarine HMCS Victoria continues its field readiness exercises

HMCS Victoria sent a U.S. navy ship to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday with a precisely aimed war shot.

It was the first time in history that Canadian Forces fired a live torpedo in a training exercise. Victoria successfully fired an MK48 Heavyweight Torpedo on USNS Concord, which had been decommissioned for the purpose.

“It’s a unique opportunity that we have through RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise) to actually do live fire, with a target made ready for such an event,” said Capt. (Navy) Luc Cassivi, Chief of Operations for Maritime Forces Pacific and Director Canadian Submarine Force.

While the sailors train for months using “torpedoes” decked out with technical equipment, there’s nothing like using real ammunition to know you’re doing it right, he said.

“(This) gives us full validation that everything is working accurately – that it does what’s expected at the moment.”

Roughly 1,400 Canadian sailors, soldiers, and airmen and airwomen are participating in RIMPAC 2012, with combined and joint exercises taking place near the Hawaiian Islands until Aug. 3.

RIMPAC offers senior members of the Canadian Forces the opportunity to assume positions of leadership, enhancing Canada’s ability to work with other nations of the Asia-Pacific region.

“RIMPAC provides the Royal Canadian Navy with ample opportunities to enhance our war-fighting skills and increase our interoperability with our coalition partners,” said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy. “Each nation benefits from the collective diversity of military training and experience of the other participants while completing their own training objectives and increasing their own level of proficiency.”

Firing the torpedo was a milestone for the crew, Cassivi said. “It’s an event in which a lot of local people can be proud. Contractors, technical teams who looked after the Victoria’s refit; everyone who supported the sea trials and (training) in Nanoose.”

The Concord was a Mars-class combat stores ship commissioned in 1968, decommissioned and transferred to Military Sealift Command in 1992 and deactivated in 2009. It was environmentally certified before the Canadian Forces spent the day firing on it from both sea and air. The torpedo firing was the “culminating event of the day,” Cassivi said.

editor@oakbaynews.com

Just Posted

Sidney bank robbery suspect also sought in connect to Abbotsford robbery

Lucas Daryl Bradwell, 28, is known to frequent the Lower Mainland but is believed to be on Vancouver Island

More ideas come forward for Victoria’s Centennial Square

Ideas from over 1,400 residents are being presented to council

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Greater Victoria group helps low-income, at-risk seniors stay safe

Victoria chapter of 100+ Women Who Care donate $30,300 to Eldercare Foundation

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

U.S. tug firm to be sentenced for 2016 spill in B.C. First Nation’s territory

The Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016

Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings into Canada

Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada

Wolves not gnawing into Island’s prey population

Forestry practices, not predation, blamed for reduced numbers in prey animals

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

Most Read