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Submarines Family Network

When you join a Family Network, you’ll receive important email updates on a deployment, information on social activities and get the opportunity to connect with others going through the same experience.

Family Network Representative: Jeni and Kiaya
Email:Family Network Rep
Facebook Group:Email your Rep to be added
Family Information Form:EnglishFrench (PDF)
Deployment Support Book:EnglishFrench (PDF)
Website:Royal Canadian Navy

Family Grams

Family Grams provides a way for Submariners and their families to keep in touch while the submarine is at sea. Note that there are limitations and strict requirements for a Family Gram.  Please view the Family Gram Booklet provided to the MFRC by the Canadian Submarine Force.

English   French

Mail Dates

Dates for items to be at Signal Hill MFRC (1505 Esquimalt Road) or the MFRC at the Colwood Pacific Activity Centre (2610 Rosebank Road):

  • Tuesday October 10, 2017
  • Thursday November 9, 2017
  • Thursday November 23, 2017
  • Wednesday December 13, 2017

Children’s crafts, clothing, printed photos and cards / letters can be sent. Below are all of the restrictions.

Import Restrictions

  • agricultural products
  • arms and ammunition, handguns, firearms, their parts and accessories including ammunition
  • animal products
  • beverages, spirits
  • foodstuffs, health foods
  • marine products
  • medical supplies (including chinese medications)
  • narcotics
  • perfume
  • pharmaceutical products
  • plants and plant products
  • resins
  • rice and straw goods
  • tobacco, tobacco products and tobacco substitutes
  • vegetables
  • wood and articles of wood
  • chemical substances
  • food
  • goods that may interface with the Japan’s public infrastructure (roads, radio frequencies, telephone or power lines, etc.) can clear customs without special documents or prior approval but the end-user or reseller must obtain approval from the responsible government agency before the goods can be used in Japan. Examples of these goods include motor vehicles, electric & telecommunication equipment, radios, telephones, and modems
  • medicine

Prohibited Items
In addition to items considered non-mailable matter by the Canada Post Corporation Act & Regulations (refer to the Canada Postal Guide under “Non-mailable Matter“), the following are prohibited:

  • animal quarantine (bone, guts, horns, bodily fluids, antibody, serum, feathers, raw wool, raw leather, bacteria, coliforn bacilllus)
  • articles which infringe upon rights in patents (utility-models, designs, trademarks, copyright, neighboring rights, or layout-design of integrated circuits)
  • books, drawings, carvings, and any other article which injures public security or morals (i.e. immoral materials)
  • botulinum Toxin A (over 500 units per vial) and Toxin B (over 10000 units per vial)
  • coffee, tea, mate and spices
  • cereals
  • copyright violations
  • counterfeit, defaced or imitation stamps
  • dairy and birds eggs
  • documents or goods from or made in North Korea
  • fertilizers
  • fish
  • live animals and animal products
  • lottery material
  • meat and meat products
  • oil seeds, grains and fruits
  • publications, including video tapes, prejudicial to public order or morality
  • narcotics, unless an official permit has been issued by the competent authority.
  • organic chemicals
  • pharmaceutical products (excluding those designated by an ordinance of the Ministry of Health and Welfare)
  • patent violations
  • publications of books, newspapers and products of the printing industry
  • products of the milling industry
  • publications, including videotapes, prejudicial to public order or morality
  • trademark violations
  • vegetable products
  • weapons/firearms of any kind or parts and accessories thereof including ammunition, toys or imitations

Submarine Community Connections

Monthly meetup for members of the west coast submarine community.

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