HMCS Ojibwa (S72)

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3 Oberon Subs Halifax Harbour Dartmouth 2010 April 21.JPG
HMCS Ojibwa, HMCS Okanagan and ex-HMS Olympus docked in Halifax
Career (United Kingdom
Name: Onyx
Namesake: Ojibwa
Builder: Chatham Dockyard, Chatham
Laid down: 27 September 1962
Launched: 29 February 1964
Acquired: 1964
Commissioned: 23 September 1965
Decommissioned: May 1998
Status: As of November 2012 - now in Port Burwell, Ontario on permanent display and will become part of a new Museum of Naval History
Badge: Blazon Azure, an escallop shell erect argent irradiated by nine ears of wild rice or, all issuing from two barrulets wavy of the last, in base.
General characteristics
Class & type: modified Super Porpoise-class submarine
Displacement: Surfaced: 2,030 t (2,000 long tons)
Submerged: 2,410 t (2,370 long tons)
Length: 295.25 ft (89.99 m)
Beam: 26.5 ft (8.1 m)
Draught: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 diesel electric engines
Speed: Surfaced: 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Submerged: 17.5 kn (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph)
Range: 9,000 nautical miles (17,000 km; 10,000 mi)
Endurance: 56 days
Test depth: 120 metres (390 ft)-180 metres (590 ft)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 187 Active-Passive sonar
Type 2007 passive sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
MEL Manta UAL or UA4 radar warning
Armament: 8 × 21 in (530 mm) tubes (6 bow, 2 stern), 18 torpedoes

HMCS Ojibwa (S72) was an Oberon-class submarine that served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and later the Canadian Forces Maritime Command (MARCOM). Originally intended for service with the Royal Navy as HMS Onyx (S72), the submarine was transferred to Canadian ownership before completion, and entered RCN service in 1965. Ojibwa operated primarily with Maritime Forces Atlantic until her decommissioning in 1998. In 2010, Ojibwa was laid up at CFB Halifax awaiting disposal, with the Elgin Military Museum planning to preserve her as a museum vessel. On May 26, 2012, Ojibwa started her trip from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Hamilton, Ontario by way of the St. Lawrence Seaway. She stayed in Hamilton at Heddle Marine Dockyards being repainted and fitted with specialized transport cradles that would allow her to be moved across land. In November 2012, Ojibwa made the final leg of her journey by way of the Welland Canal and then Lake Erie from Hamilton to Port Burwell, Ontario, where she is now open for visitors. She is now the new focal point of a planned Museum of Naval History to be built alongside.


Ojibwa was laid down on 27 September 1962 at Chatham Dockyard, Chatham and launched on 29 February 1964. She was commissioned into the RCN on 23 September 1965 with pennant number 72. She was originally ordered for the Royal Navy as HMS Onyx (S72), but the hull was transferred to the RCN prior to completion.

Operational history[edit]

She served virtually her entire career with Maritime Forces Atlantic (MARLANT) in the North Atlantic, except for a short deployment to British Columbia with Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) in 1977 and 1997.

Decommissioning and fate[edit]

She was decommissioned from MARCOM in May 1998.

In May 2005, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald announced that MARCOM was looking to sell Ojibwa for scrap metal, along with three other Canadian Oberons. MARCOM stated that the submarines were not in suitable condition to be used as museum ships and predicted that each submarine would sell for between C$50,000 and C$60,000.[1] Ojibwa is now in Port Burwell, Ontario and is now open for tours. A Museum of Naval History will be constructed alongside and the OJIBWA is a key attraction.

On 11 June 2010, it was reported that the Ojibwa would be moved by BMT Fleet Technology Ltd to become part of the collection of the Elgin Military Museum at St. Thomas, Ontario.[2] If so, it will be the tenth boat from a class of 27 to be preserved as a museum ship.[citation needed]

On Dec 2,2011, it was announced that Department of National Defence had approved the transfer of Ojibwa to Elgin Military Museum Press Release Here subject to satisfaction of financial requirements

On May 26, 2012, Tugs FLORENCE M and LAC MANITOBA and tow HM-1 helped transfer HMCS OJIBWA (S 72) from Halifax, NS, Canada to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. On November 18, 2012, HMCS OJIBWA on the barge HM08 was towed from Hamilton thru the Welland Canal to Port Burwell by the tugs LAC MANITOBA and SEAHOUND.[3][4]

The sub arrived in Port Burwell on November 20 after a short journey and is now part of a new Museum of Naval History and open for visitors/tours.[5]


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