NAC News – Edition 306 HMCS Swansea
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 24, 2019
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- Go Fund Me for Mark Norman (Editor – read past updates of the plan for the fund from Lee Hammond, and a personal thankyou from Mark Norman. Note – for good reasons the fund raising continues. $441,460 of $500K raised by 3,536 people over 16 months – https://ca.gofundme.com/51lc5d4
- Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund- A fund for a memorial in honour of “Hammy” Gray to grace a newly designed entrance to the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, B.C. is underway. $25,000 is needed to make the plan a reality. NAC-VI has agreed to accept donations on behalf of the project. Should you wish to donate, a cheque made payable to NAC-VI, can be mailed to the: Naval Association of Canada – Vancouver Island, Box 5221, Victoria BC V8R 6N4. Please write Lt Gray Memorial on the memo line and include a return address as tax receipt and thank you letter will be forwarded. You can find more detail below in “Scuttlebutt”.
- CANSEC 2019 – Canada’s Premier Defence and Security Show – May 29-30 to be held at the EY Exhibition Centre (near Ottawa airport). https://www.defenceandsecurity.ca/events/details&evtID=343
- Navy Bike Ride 2019 – June 8, Ottawa/Gatineau – Check out this fun family event. http://navybikeride.ca
- 2019 Maritime Gala Ball – Saturday, June 15, 2019 Hilton Lac Leamy Gatineau QC – This event, supported by the Commander of the RCN and the Commissioner of the CCG, will celebrate the many successes of our Canadian Maritime community. Tickets on sale at https://www.navalassoc.ca/occasions/maritime-gala-ball-2019-15-june-2019/
- NOABC 100thAnniversary and 2019 NAC Conference–2 – 6 October in Vancouver. Details for travel arrangements and a broad programme overvieww can be found below. A detailed daily schedule is forthcoming. https://www.navalassoc.ca/occasions/noabc-100th-anniversary-and-nac-special-meeting-2-6-october-2019/
- Canada to spend $15.7B on new coast guard ships, Trudeau says
- Federal government to buy two more Arctic ships from Irving to prevent layoffs
- U.S. Clears Sale of 425 MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Conversion Kits to Canada
- Relief, some anxiety, as Vancouver shipbuilders react to $15.7B windfall
- Quebec’s Davie shipyard in line for contract to build 2 ferries
- RCN Not Our Only Fleet Crippled by Government
- Prince Rupert Port Confirms Container Terminal Expansion Plans
- Ottawa announces improvements to the graving dock
- An elevated first for HMCS Whitehorse
- How the Liberals spent the week blaming everyone else for the Mark Norman fiasco
- H6604 Jim Carruthers generous above & beyond; Legacy Dinner
- ★ New – Niobe Paper No. 3 – Transparency in Military Procurement: It Is Not
- Rocket Science! By RAdm (Ret’d) Ian Mack
- ★ Niobe Paper No. 1 An Array of Blunders: The Northern Watch Technology Demonstration Project (Editor – the first of the series!) https://www.navalassoc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Carruthers-Northern-Watch-1.pdf
- ★ Niobe Paper No. 2 The RCN in the Arctic: A Brief History https://www.navalassoc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Lajeunesse-NiobeNo2_Souleamend16May2019.pdf
- Updated – Naval Affairs Briefing Note No.4 – What does the RCN Do?
USA & AMERICAS
- Senate confirms Moran and Burke for Navy’s top posts
- Ten Reasons A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Is One Of The Safest Places To Be In A War
- The Arctic is America’s Next Maritime Frontier
- Bollinger Delivers 34th FRC to Coast Guard
- Navy Must Retain 80 Percent of First-Term Sailors Annually to Grow Fleet
- Navy Awards Sikorsky $1.13B for Next 12 CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helicopters
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 20, 2019
- Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Frigate FFG(X) Program
- Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles
- Electric Boat Receives Half-Billion-Dollar Award To Help Submarine Suppliers Expand
- Columbia Class Subs Take Shape in Virginia
- Shipbuilders Studying Adding More Punch to Littoral Combat Ships
- Boeing wins F-18 modernisation contract
- Navy Secretary Calls for Used-Ship Buy to Recapitalize Sealift Fleet
- Wreck of Last American Slave Ship Confirmed
- Amid Trade War, Busiest U.S. Port Readies for Robots
- TOTE Selected as Construction Manager for New Multi-Mission Training Ship
- ★ Chagos Islands dispute: UN backs end to UK control https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48371388
- Abe and Trump’s carrier visit both ironic and symbolic
- Perth prepares to host 2019 Indo-Pacific Defence Conference
- USN Ship sails in Disputed South China Sea
- A closer look at Navy’s new guided missile destroyers
- LHD success at RIMPAC highlights power of key platform: Navantia
- RNZN’s future hydrographic vessel delivered to New Zealand
- ★ Race Against WW II Shipwrecks Oil Spill(Editor – 3,700 World War II wrecks registered globally
- Heerema Unveils World’s Largest Offshore Crane Vessel
- DST supports Navy’s at sea replenishment
- Joint maritime exercise focuses on allied interoperability in the Indian Ocean
- Malaysia arrests 123 Vietnamese fishermen
ATLANTIC & EUROPE
- ★ Report advises Government to review if Type 26 order is sufficient
- Next batch of Type 26 Frigate propulsion motors ordered
- Russia Readies World’s Largest Monolithic Fiberglass Ship
- Lifelong protection against cavitation and corrosion damage
- Russia Dismantles One of its Nuclear Ice-Breaking Legends
- Russia, Netherlands Reach Settlement for Greenpeace Ship Seizure
- Dutch keep Walrus submarine race going for a bit longer
- Norway set to write off salvaged frigate
- Lifelong protection against cavitation and corrosion damage
- 12-meter Ship Aims to Be First to Cross Atlantic Without a Crew
- What is going on with Iran? (Editor – useful summary) https://youtu.be/MnnoIL9DUps
- U.S. Sends Three Warships Back Into Persian Gulf After Clearing Them Out Earlier This Month
- Lincoln Strike Group and Kearsarge ARG Exercise Together Outside Persian Gulf
- Two U.S. Warships Enter Persian Gulf Without Incident
- ★ London P&I clubs Widen Middle East Threat Zone
- Kiel Builds First New Corvette for Israel
- Persian Gulf Now Most Risky for Oil Tankers Since Last Iraq War
- U.S. Assessment: Iran’s Involvement in Fujairah Attack “Highly Likely”
- Israel agrees to discuss maritime border dispute, US tells Lebanon
- Editorial: Readying for the Maritime Attacks of the Future
- ★ Microchips, massive blow: Huawei’s vulnerability explained
- Why it is time for you to take another look at Satellite AIS Data
- Is English the True International Language of the Sea?
- Bunker Fuel Mkt to Reach $273bln by 2025
- Rise in global sea levels could have ‘profound consequences’
- “Who’s Really in Charge of the Ship?”
- Fast Facts: What are High Seas Forecasts?
- Mercy Ships Marks 100,000 Surgical Procedures Onboard its Hospital Ships
- Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund – A place for Hammy Gray (Editor – details drawn from Starshell) A retired RCN sailor Joe Buczkowski felt strongly that we must erect a memorial to Hammy here in Victoria so that young Canadians in the future may know of Hammy Gray’s bravery and sacrifice. The memorial cairn will be black marble with etchings of Hammy and his Corsair aircraft. The memorial will be set in a landscaped area of quiet reflection at a newly designed entrance to the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, B.C. $25,000 is needed to make the plan a reality. The Naval Association of Canada (NAC) Endowment Fund has donated $2,500. NAC-VI has agreed to accept donations on behalf of the project, and the NAC-VI Treasurer (Diana Dewar) is holding the funds donated to the Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund. Should you wish to donate, a cheque should be mailed to the: Naval Association of Canada – Vancouver Island, Box 5221, Victoria BC V8R 6N4. The cheque should be made payable to the NAC-VI and write Lt Gray Memorial on the memo line. Please include a return address as tax receipt and thank you letter will be forwarded.
- Western Approaches – the bunker from which they won the war (Editor – Lengthy but interesting video) https://youtu.be/lVWw628Mkac
- How the Japanese Carriers were so effective (Editor – a quirky video but good points raised) https://youtu.be/a8U3rkTXAlM
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES May
(Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN/Maritime events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are welcomed. The list currently draws from LEGION magazine, the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, and the “Canada Channel”)
- 1 May 1961 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is reformed at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, flying Argus maritime patrol aircraft.
- 3 May 1937 A Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve half-company was authorized in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur at the time) and later developed into HMCS Griffon, the current local Naval Reserve unit.
- 4 May 1910 The Canadian Navy, later redesignated as the Royal Canadian Navy, is authorized after Royal assent is given to the Naval Service Act of Canada.
- 4 May 1911 Her Majesty’s Dockyard Esquimalt is transferred from British to Canadian authorities.
- 4 May 1945 The cruiser HMCS Uganda sails with an American task force to bombard Japanese airfields as part of the Okinawa campaign.
- 7 May 1944 HMCS Valleyfield, a frigate, is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-548 in the Atlantic Ocean with a loss of 125 sailors.
- 8 May 1942 U Boat 553 is the first enemy submarine to enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence to attack Canadian shipping.
- 8 May 1967 The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act is given Royal assent and begins the process of unification of the previously-separate Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force.
- 10 May1918 For his actions at Ostend, Belgium, Rowland Bourke of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve earns the Victoria Cross.
- 12 May 1942 The German submarine U-553 sinks the steamers Nicoya and Leto between Gaspe and Anticosti island.
- 12 May 1945 HMCS Victoriaville (frigate) escorts the surrendered U-Boat 190 into Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
- 13 May 1943 HMCS Drumheller, HMS Lagan and an aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 423 Squadron combine to sink the German submarine U-753 in the Atlantic Ocean.
- 13 May 1945 German submarine U-899 officially surrendered to the Royal Canadian Navy near Shelburne, N. S. becomes the only German sub to surrender in Canadian waters during Second World War.
- 14 May 1917 Lieutenant R. Leckie, Royal Naval Air Service, flying a Curtiss H-12 flying boat shoots down the German Zeppelin L.22 over England.
- 15 May 1941 Ten corvettes in UK shipyards are formally commissioned as RCN ships.
- 16 May 1945 HMCS MATANE is sent to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll.
- 17 May 1963 Approval is given for the Royal Canadian Navy to begin work on the first Canadian military hydrofoil, HMCS Bras D’Or.
- 18 May 1914 The Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) is authorized as part of the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 21 May 1917 The Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) is established by Royal Charter.
- 21 May 1939 King George VI unveils the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
- 22 May 1931 HMCS SAGUENAY is commissioned at Portsmouth-one of the first ships built for the RCN.
- 24 May 1941 HMS Hood is sunk by the Bismarck in the Denmark Straits: three Canadian midshipmen serving on the battle cruiser are killed.
- 30 May 1939 King George VI presented his Color to the RCN in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, B. C.