For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
HMCS CORNER BROOK SSK 878
Former HMS URSULA S42
The former HMS Ursula was laid up by the Royal Navy in Jun 1994. She was accepted by Canada and named Corner Brook on 21 Feb 2003, and sailed for Halifax on the 25 Feb 2003, arriving on 10 Mar 2003. While conducting crew training, she made a port visit to her namesake city for commissioning on 29 Jun 2003. Her conversion to Canadian standards extended through 2004 and 2005, with Corner Brook returning to sea for trials on 24 Oct 2006. In 2007, Corner Brook began a busy operational cycle, including participation in the NATO Exercise NOBLE WARRIOR, marking the first time in 15 years that a Canadian submarine had been present in European waters. She deployed to the Arctic in support of Operation NANOOK in Aug 2007 and again in Aug 2009, where she conducted covert surveillance patrols in the vicinity of Baffin Island. She also has twice deployed as part of OP CARIBBE, first in Mar 2008 and again in 2011, the latter time as part of her coastal transfer to Esquimalt, having departed Halifax on 30 Jan 2011 and arriving on 05 May 2011. As the result of an underwater grounding on 04 Jun 2011, Corner Brook surfaced and returned to Esquimalt on her own power. The damage repair and other upgrades will be included in her Extended Docking Work Period (EDWP) beginning in Jul 2014.