COTA Aviation (COTA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract following a competitive tender to design and deliver new modern galley facilities for Canada’s four Victoria-Class Submarines (VCS).

The “Improved Galley for Victoria-Class Submarines” contract involves the design, manufacturing, delivery, and installation of improved galleys for HMCS Windsor at CFB Halifax and HMCS Victoria, HMCS Corner Brook, and HMCS Chicoutimi located at CFB Esquimalt. 

To win the Request For Proposal (RFP) COTA assembled a Pan Canadian team of industry leaders in engineering, manufacturing, installation, galley design, and Victoria-Class Submarine Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO). This powerful collaboration ensures that the enhanced galleys will meet and exceed technical and functional requirements while adhering to all regulations and industry best practices.

“We are thrilled and honored to have been selected for the Galley Improvement Project,” said Dorian Cota, President of COTA. “This project aligns perfectly with our commitment to delivering sustainable and efficient solutions in the aerospace and defence sector. Our team, which includes Smart Galley Designs, Dawich Technical Solutions, and Babcock Canada, is prepared to provide enhanced capabilities, with a focus on crew health, comfort, and safety while improving efficiency and productivity for Canadian Victoria-Class Submarines. We believe this is the first time an indigenous company has been the prime contractor on a modernization project for a Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) warship, let alone a submarine”

COTA will replace and modernize outdated galley components, counters, storage units, refrigerators, juice dispensers, and cooking equipment. Notably, this modernization will be conducted within the existing galley footprint, minimizing the need for significant modifications to the submarine’s structure. All parts will be built modular for passage through each submarine’s restricted access and installation routesand reassembled onboard.

The Galley Improvement Project’s primary objective is to enhance crew comfort, safety, and efficiency through the delivery of modern functional galleys, equipped with state-of-the-art designs such as ergonomic and height-adjustable work surfaces and the latest Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) equipment.

“COTA’s commitment to responsible business practices and promoting diversity further reinforces its ideal position to contribute to Canada’s defence capabilities. As an indigenous-owned and operated business, COTA is dedicated to supporting and uplifting local communities. The contract marks a significant milestone for COTA solidifying its position as a trusted provider of naval solutions for Canada and enhancing its reputation in aerospace and defence”

– Kyle Kusznieryk – CEO COTA Aviation