‘Not a Canadian Submarine’ Surfaces off Coast of Victoria
A military submarine was spotted on Tuesday going over the Canadian waters in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, just off the Race Rocks Ecological Reserve, Victoria, capital of British Columbia. The submarine isn’t one of ours, said a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Navy’s Maritime Forces Pacific, leaving only one culprit. However, as per the submarine mission protocol, the Americans are not saying much. Talking to CTV News, U.S. Navy Lieut. Mack Jamieson said, “Due to our operational security we are not making comment on any of that.” “That’s the standard policy now with our current national security strategy and the Return to Great Power Competition. We’re being very selective with any kind of operational information we put out,” added Jamieson. Mack Jamieson is the spokesperson for the US Navy Submarine Group 9, which is based out of Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington. Being the third-largest base in the United States, it is a home to a number of Seawolf-class fast-attack nuclear submarines and Ohio-class ballistic missile. A video was captured of the vessel by tour boat operator Paul Pudwell with Sooke Coastal Explorations as the vessel cruised through the strait. Canadian Navy Lieut. Tony Wright said, “It’s not unheard of for American warships, submarines and coast guard vessels to pass through the Canadian side of the strait, granted they check in with authorities and are monitored until they reach open water.” “I can confirm that this is not a Canadian submarine,” Wright said.