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HMCS Corner Brook

Since 2008, Babcock Canada has been providing In-Service Support to the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet of Victoria-Class submarines. This critical work includes the provision of platform design, integration, configuration, project management services, and maintenance and waterfront support, ensuring complete lifecycle engineering support.

Babcock Canada is currently undertaking the deep maintenance work period for HMCS CORNER BROOK. Through an integrated approach, Babcock is bringing together key stakeholders to provide In-Service Support to four Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Submarines, including deep maintenance, short work periods and interim docking periods.

The Submarine life cycle includes an “operational period”, where it is available to the fleet for operations and undergoes short work periods and interim dockings to complete 1st and 2nd line ongoing maintenance. Deep 3rd line maintenance or Extended Docking Work Periods (EDWPs) are when the boat undergoes extensive surveys, repairs and major capability upgrades.

In December 2014, Babcock Canada returned HMCS CHICOUTIMI back to the RCN after successfully completing the submarine’s EDWP. This milestone marked the first of the Victoria-Class submarines to undergo a deep maintenance period managed by Babcock Canada through the Victoria In-Service Support Contract (VISSC), and the first Canadian naval vessel to have an EDWP conducted by the RCN’s industry partners.

HMCS CORNER BROOK is currently at the Esquimalt Graving Dock in a Purpose Built Repair Facility undergoing its scheduled deep maintenance with Babcock Canada.

Babcock Canada is also engaged in a Short Work Period with HMCS CHICOUTIMI and is supporting planning for HMCS VICTORIA’s short work period located at the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton.

Since taking on the task of providing in-service support to the RCN, Babcock has created a highly skilled workforce to carry out significant through-life maintenance activities, developing uniquely Canadian expertise and contributing significantly to Canada’s economic development. Through the VISSC program Babcock is helping create a Canadian centre of excellence for servicing and maintaining submarines.

The Victoria In-Service Support Contract (VISSC), awarded in 2008, is in excess of $1.5B and is intended to run for a period of 15 years.

Client: Royal Canadian Navy

Customer: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Contract: Victoria In-Service Support

Value: $1.5 Billion

Length: 15 years

Project Employees:

  • 200+
  • Complex Project Management
  • Engineering
  • Commissioning

Key Stakeholders:

  • Victoria Shipyards
  • DND
  • PSPC


  • 15–18 Co-op students hired annually
  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Business

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Joanna Davies

Business Development Director, Marine

As a Director of Business Development, Joanna is responsible for marine sector business development in Canada. Before joining Babcock, Joanna spent 30 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Naval Warfare Officer, serving on both coasts in numerous ships as well as in many non-operational roles.