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Covered in anechoic tiles to reduce her detection by active SONAR, HMCS VICTORIA is 70.3 meters long, 7.6 meters across the beam and has a deep diving depth in excess of 200 meters.
The main hull is constructed of high tensile steel sections stiffened by circular internal frames. Equipment located outside the main hull is covered by the Casing, which also gives the crew a safe walkway when the submarine is surfaced.
The Fin, which helps support the masts, serves as a kind of keel and provides a raised conning position.
HMCS VICTORIA has six torpedo tubes and can carry up to eighteen Mark 48 Mod 4 heavyweight torpedoes for use against surface and sub-surface targets. She is also capable of carrying sub-harpoon missiles and laying mines.
HMCS VICTORIA’s SONAR sets allow her to locate and track ships and other submarines “passively”, that is without transmitting on active sonar and thus giving way her location.
HMCS VICTORIA is fitted with RADAR for general navigation, attack and search periscopes (incorporating video recording and thermal imaging), and an Electronic Support Measures suite.
HMCS VICTORIA has two diesel generators, each capable of producing up to 1,410 kilowatts, and one main motor. The generators are used to charge two main batteries, each consisting of 240 battery cells. These batteries are used to power the submarine, which can reach a submerged speed of up to 20 knots.
The HMCS Victoria is one of several Canadian navy vessels anchoring in Vancouver this weekend.
The long-range hunter-killer submarine will be docked at Canada Place until Sunday, along with the HMCS Algonquin, a destroyer.
While the Algonquin is open to the public, who can enter the ship and meet the crew, the Victoria is not. But you can take a tour in this video.
The Victoria, decommissioned in 1994, is 70.3 meters long, 7.6 meters across the beam, and has a deep diving depth in excess of 200 meters. It has a crew of 280. It also has six torpedo tubes and can carry up to eighteen heavyweight torpedoes for use against surface and sub-surface targets. The Victoria is also capable of laying mines. The submarine can reach a submerged speed of up to 20 knots.