HMCS Chicoutimi caught fire off the coast of Ireland and several crew members were treated for smoke inhalation.
A British plane is monitoring the submarine and rescue ships will reach it tomorrow. She can't move under its own power after leaving Scotland yesterday. The fire started in an electrical panel and the cause is unknown.
Canada took delivery of the vessel last weekend in Scotland. It was the last of four used diesel-electric submarines delivered by the U.K. under a 1998 agreement to bring them back in service after being laid up for four years. The submarine was sailing for Canada before being sent out on a training mission.
The crew members are going to have some discomfort until they are rescued tomorrow because their craft is being hit with 6 meter (20 foot) waves.
Serves Canada right for thinking they were getting away easy.
They could have put Canadians to work building their own, but no.
The Maritime provinces, where many Naval ships had been built in the past, need the work!
Even the current Prime Minister, who owns a large shipping company, had his ships built in China and they are mostly crewed by Chinese as well.
The Canadian Navy has taken delivery of the third Upholder-class submarine leased from the United Kingdom. The Cornerbrook--the third vessel of the Canadian Navy's Victoria class--will go through a maintenance period in Canada prior to her commissioning in late 2003. Originally scheduled to have already been delivered, units two (Windsor) and three (Cornerbrook) were delivered a year late, and unit four (Chicoutimi) also is scheduled to be delivered a year behind schedule in 2004.
The Canadian Navy, which decommissioned all three of its own Oberon-class submarines between 1998 and 2000, decided to lease the four Upholder-class submarines from the United Kingdom to regain its lost submarine capability. In 1998, the Canadian Navy signed an eight-year lease worth $525 million for four Upholder-class submarines, which are being reactivated by BAE Systems under a separate contract.