Slight Problem with New Submarine - It Leaks OTTAWA (LifeLine News) - Canada's decision to buy four cut-price submarines from Britain looked a little soggy after one of the vessels sprang two leaks on its very first training exercise. Commander Bill Woodburn, in charge of Canada's submarines, insisted on Thursday that HMCS Windsor had been in no danger during Monday's exercise. But the problem was a further embarrassment for a purchase that is becoming a public relations nightmare. The Windsor is one of four mothballed diesel-powered submarines that Canada bought from Britain in 1998 for C$750 million ($475 million) and then started to refit. Shortly after the Windsor's exercise began, water leaked into a hydraulic system used to operate a snorkel mast that lets fresh air into the boat. The commander decided to return to port to fix the problem. "The submarine was not in any danger," Woodburn told a news conference in the eastern port of Halifax. To round off a bad day, someone then flipped the wrong switch and let 530 gallons of seawater into a sealed battery compartment. Media reports said sailors had to use yogurt containers and sleeping bags to clear up the mess. Defense Minister Art Eggleton -- under fire for not securing more money for the cash-strapped armed forces -- last month called the submarines a bargain, even though the first craft to arrive has been in dry dock for the past 18 months. When the Windsor made its way to Canada last year, the defense ministry allowed a team from public broadcaster CBC television along for what turned out to be an eventful ride. For a start, the submarine leaked hydraulic fluid throughout the journey. The radar mast leaked and had to be fixed with masking tape and a garbage bag, the sonar broke and another faulty piece of equipment had to be unjammed with a hockey stick.