The History of the OJIBWA

HMCS Ojibwa (S72) was an Oberon-class submarine that served in the Royal Canadian Navy and later the Canadian Forces.

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.

She was decommissioned from Maritime Command (MARCOM) in May 1998. She had 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) at the end of her career in 1997.

In May 2005 the Halifax Chronicle-Herald announced that MARCOM was looking to sell Ojibwa for scrap metal, along with three other Canadian Oberons. Ojibwa remained laid up at CFB Halifax awaiting disposal.

On the 11th 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 of St. Thomas, Ontario. If so, it will be the tenth boat from a class of 27 to be preserved as a museum ship.

OJIBWA Statistical Data

  • Pendant: 72
  • Type: Submarine
  • Class: Oberon
  • Displacement: 1,610/2,410 tonnes
  • Length: 295.25 ft
  • Width: 26.5 ft
  • Draught: 18 ft
  • Speed: 17 Submerged/12 Surfaced kts
  • Compliment: 6 Officers and 62 Crew
  • Arms: 8 - 21" TT Mk 46 Torpedoes
  • Builder: H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, UK
  • Keel Laid: 27-Sep-62
  • Date Launched: 29-Feb-64
  • Date Commissioned: 23-Sep-65
  • Paid off: May-98


Built in the UK on order by the RCN.

Keywords: HMCS OJIBWA, Royal Canadian Navy Ship, Submarine, Oberon Class