Any old Iron? Canada wants to get rid of old Oberon Class Submarines.
The Canadian Navy has some very old Oberon Class Submarines, not much more than Old Iron, at this stage of their life, that they would like to dispose of. But you should give up any ideas of being Captain of your own O Class Boat standing watch on her conning tower at sea.
They appear to be beyond recovery to allow them to sail once more in the proud way they served in the Canadian Navy over 40 years ago. They are of little value than as scrap or " Old Iron."
The Australian Navy also ran this class of Submarine.
In the middle of the 850 kilometre Hume Highway that links the two largest Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne by road sits the country town of Holbrook, named after the WW 1 British Naval Officer and Captain of the submarine B-11, Lieutenant Norman Holbrook R N. he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exploits in the Dardanelles.
As you drive into this small town, you become aware of the large casing and fin of the Otway, cosily sitting in its concrete cocoon.
It will be swarming with young children, the girls just as intrigued as the boys, as they inspect every inch of this remnant of a once fine submarine that flew the Australian White Ensign over a long period of service in the Royal Australian Navy. It could not be much further from the sea unless one moves it to central Australia, an unlikely event.
There is another O Class boat HMAS Otama, initially launched in UK by Princess Anne, sitting off the small town of Hastings on Western Port in Victoria. It was supposed to have been acquired to turn into a Maritime tourist attraction at Hastings, but much discussion is taking place as to whom it will belong, who pays for what etc, in the meantime, the boat is slowly turning into what finally developed over in Canada, a pile of scap iron.
It is well time for some decisive action over Otama, before time runs out,and the proposed project is defeated, strangled by red tape, defeated by inaction.