Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 16, 2012 15:00 ET

Ontario Military Museum to Receive Decommissioned Oberon Submarine

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2012) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, has signed an agreement that will allow the Elgin Military Museum in St. Thomas, Ontario, to take possession of one of the Royal Canadian Navy's decommissioned submarines - the former HMCS Ojibwa - for permanent, public display.

HMCS Ojibwa is an Oberon-class submarine, commissioned in 1965 and removed from operational service in 1998. Ojibwa was one of three Oberon-class diesel-electric submarines acquired in the 1960s by the RCN; the others being Onandaga and Okanagan. A fourth Oberon-class submarine, Olympus, was acquired in 1989 to serve as a stationary training vessel in Halifax.

"For more than 30 years, the Ojibwa played a significant role in protecting Canada's sovereignty and security," said Minister MacKay. "The Oberon-class submarines were difficult to detect, even for navy ships with sophisticated anti-submarine detection equipment. I'm proud this piece of Canadian history will now be put on display in Port Burwell."

"I have always believed in this project and am excited to see it come to fruition," stated MP Joe Preston who has actively worked with Minister MacKay and the project's team. "It will be an excellent economic booster for the Municipality of Bayham and the surrounding region. It was a collaboration of many different individuals and groups including the museum, the Municipality and the federal government to get to this point."

The museum will fund the physical transfer of the 90-metre Ojibwa from Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia, to a site at Port Burwell, Ontario, and Ojibwa's establishment as a museum open to the public.

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