NAC News _ Edition 391
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of January 8th, 2021
Edition – 391 “The difficulties and dangers which lie in unpreparedness for war, given the type of world in which we have had to live, are apparent enough throughout [WW1]. It is not always recognized, however, that of all forms of defence, naval defence is the most difficult to improvise rapidly.” The Naval Service of Canada Its Official History Vol 1, Origins and Early Years, pg 254. Gilbert Norman Tucker, PH.D. Director of Naval History Section 1952
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- AMENDED – RCN Zoom presentation “Canadian Surface Combatants – the RIGHT ship for the RCN, the RIGHT ship for Canada” by Capt (RCN) Christopher Nucci, Director Naval Strategy. Tue 12 Jan 2021 @ 3:30 PM EST. Free event – registration is required – email LCdr Kray Robichaud Kray.Robichaud@forces.gc.ca and include your full name and professional details (i.e. position/title & organization)
- RUSI(NS) – Distinguished Speaker (Zoom event) 20 January 2021 – Against Daesh, and for the World Order”: An Update on Operation IMPACT in the COVID-19 Era. The speaker is MGen St-Louis recently served as Cdr JTF-IMPACT, the largest joint force deployed by Canada that provides the Kuwaiti National Command and Control Element to CAF capacity-building efforts in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. The General will provide us with an update on the region, the threat level, and the CAF contribution to the Global Coalition to weaken and defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Free event, but registration required – email RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sunday, 17 January. Use subject line: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 20 January 2021 Registration. Include your name and the organization you represent.
- HMCS Halifax sets sail on 6-month deployment on New Year’s Day
- ★ Navy gets new commander after admiral named defence chief
- 60 Seconds With Chief Petty Officer (1st Class) David Bliss (Editor – a great sailor, perfect for his position)
- ★ NAC Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note # 8 Naval Procurement (Editor – first-rate brief authored by Dave Perry) and a current article Procuring pistols and airplanes (by David Bercuson)
- CDAI – J. Berkshire Miller: Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy: towards a FOIP framework? (Editor – not a maritime article but with big implications [FOIP – Free and Open Indo-Pacific])
- Poor IT support hurting Canadian military operations, internal review finds
- From d’Iberville to Summerside: Meet Lt(N) William Belanger-Croteau
- Last Battle of the Atlantic Naval Officer has gallery at CFB Esquimalt named in his honour (Editor – I surmise the article means “last” locally)
- HMCS Donnacona members have memorable visit with veteran Wren
- Don Stewart Canadian Naval War Hero – (RCNVR – served in a DEMS ship)
- ★ Taxpayers to fund multibillion-dollar expansion of B.C. facility to repair cruise ships, ferries, some federal vessels (Editor – article lacks an understanding of the ownership, history, and importance of the graving dock. About the Esquimalt Graving Dock)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 4, 2021
- U.S. Navy Releases Arctic Strategy
- Report to Congress on Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter
- Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star reaches record-breaking winter Arctic latitude (Editor – at Alaska’s northern edge) USCGC Polar Star Visits Dutch Harbor for First Time Since 2013
- All 10 living former defense secretaries: Involving the military in election disputes would cross into dangerous territory (Editor – don’t see this very often)
- Congress Overrides Trump Defense Bill Veto
- New in 2021: Will 1st Fleet and Atlantic Fleet outlast the Trump administration?
- The U.S. Navy’s Loss of Command of the Seas to China and How to Regain It
- To Restore American Sea Power, Stop Counting Ships and Start Talking Strategy
- The U.S. Navy Wasted a Whole Decade Building Bad Ships
- Summary of Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead Debate
- Work continues on Chilean Type 23 frigate upgrade programme (Editor – note the Canadian content)
- Convoy escort: the Navy’s forgotten (purpose) mission (Editor – convoying is timeless)
- Why two towers on San Antonio Class Ships? (Editor – useful explanation in this 45 sec video)
- Venezuela crisis: Maduro loyalists take control of parliament and Venezuela’s Oil Exports Plunge to 1940’s Level Under Tighter U.S. Sanctions
- “Bomb Cyclone” Hits Aleutian Islands, Setting Record for N. Pacific
- NOAA Awards $180 Million Contract for Two New Research Ships
- USS Independence – Stealth Trimaran (Editor – 44 sec video)
- SUPSALV Demonstrates Two New Diving Technologies
- Photos: Float Out of First U.S. Built Great Lakes Bulker Since 1983
- Loss of the USS Thresher SSN-593 (Editor – compelling summary 10:05 min video)
- Facing COVID Surge, LA County Calls for Navy Hospital Ship to Return and Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Tied Up in Maintenance, Can’t Deploy for COVID Relief
- China says it’s ‘ready to respond to all threats’ after US sends 2 warships through Taiwan Strait
- A message from Beijing: beware Chinese anger (Editor – not a maritime article, but the implications of this ongoing attempt at bully has huge implications)
- Canada condemns arrest of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong (Editor – not a maritime article, but an ongoing dispute with broad implications)
- China warns UK against sending carrier to South China Sea
- Indian Navy to get second ballistic missile submarine
- Amid China conflict, US to supply own medium caliber guns for Indian Navy
- South China Sea: why did the PLA land its massive Y-20 warplane on Fiery Cross Reef?
- South Korean Navy took delivery of ROKS Gyeongnam FFG-819 Daegu-class guided missile frigate
- Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard to relocate to Changxing Island near Shanghai
- South Korea Officially Starts LPX-II Aircraft Carrier Program
- Australia approves sustainment funding for the fleet of MQ-4C Triton naval unmanned aircraft
- PLA Navy develops new submarine escape immersion equipment
- Indonesian fisher finds drone submarine on possible covert mission
- GRSE delivers eighth landing craft utility ship to Indian Navy
- KSOE Secures Order for Six 15,000 TEU Box Ships
- Indian Navy delivers 15 tonnes of aid to Cambodia for flood relief
- UK’s Carrier Strike Group Reaches Initial Operating Capability
- SPEAR3 Mini-Cruise Missiles to Provide ASUW Capability to British F-35B
- First newly-built Tu-160M to make maiden flight in 4th quarter of 2021 (Editor – the “Blackjack” revival continues)
- Type 45 Destroyer – A ship that can light up a city (Editor – 59 sec video)
- Tankers set course for thick ice as part of experiment on Northern Sea Route
- Four Royal Navy warships leave Portsmouth in Brexit show of force to French fisherman (Editor – useful map included)
- Russian scientists hope to identify wreckage of legendary Arctic icebreaker in 2021
- Ukraine Ordered A First Batch Of Neptune Anti-Ship Missile Systems
- The Royal Navy looking for heavy lift drone
- Fire-stricken Containership Under Tow to Spain
- Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment, seizes tanker and South Korea to send delegation after Iran seizes tanker then Iran Denies Seizing Korean Ship and Holding Crew Hostage
- Spate of Attacks on Ships In Middle East Points to Iran-Backed Group
- The European Mission is now operational in the Persian Gulf
- Pentagon: Carrier USS Nimitz Will Stay in Middle East After Threats from Iran
- Oil Tops $50 for First Time Since February
- Mystery Warship Seen In Iran May Be a Completely New Type
- Iraq Defuses Mine Attached to Oil Tanker
- Qatar crisis: Gulf states vow ‘solidarity’ as Saudis end embargo
- Suez Canal Maintained Volumes in 2020 and Extends Incentives for 2021
- Russia’s Floating Workshop for Ship Maintenance Arrives In Syria’s Tartus
- Op-Ed: The Pacific Ocean’s Ecology is Under Threat
- Europe Extends Operation Atalanta for another Two Years
- Typhoon SSBN Sub Brief (Editor – amazing 48:11 min video)
- ★ The Man Who Planned D-Day (Editor – fascinating career!)
- The Battle of Wake Island 1941 (Editor – 12:19 min video)
- When the USS Kitty Hawk collided with a Soviet submarine. (Editor – 14:03 min video)
- Finding the Cure for Scurvy
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – JANUARY
(If you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and more modern significant dates are also welcome. The list draws primarily from the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, the now defunct “Canada Channel”, “Legion Magazine”, Roger Litwiller’s excellent website, the encyclopedic guidance of NAC member and author Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information.)
- 1 January 1923 The National Defence Act, which was passed in June 1922, takes effect, creating the Department of National Defence.
- 1 January 1907 – Military – British Admiralty provisionally hands over the Halifax Dockyard to Canadian authorities.
- 1 January 1946 The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve together become the RCN (Reserve). From this date officers of the Regular Force and Reserve wore the same sleeve lace.
- 4 January 1943 HMCS Prince Henry is re-commissioned as Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
- 4 January 1945 German U-boats torpedo steamship “Polarland” near Halifax; Canadian merchant ship “Nipiwan Park” also sunk by submarine attack.
- 4 January 1781 Royal Navy press gang seizes Lunenburg farmers in Halifax and puts them on a British Man-of-War, in spite of a jury finding that the impressment is illegal.
- 8 January 1944 HMCS Camrose commanded by A/LCDR L. Raymond Pavillard, RCNR, and HMS Bayntun sank the German submarine U-757 in the North Atlantic.
- 9 January 1945 HMCS Ehkoli, a former RCN patrol boat, is re-commissioned in the RCN as a survey vessel.
- 11 January 1957 HMCS Magnificent arrives in Port Said with the main body of the Canadian contribution in troops and materiel to the United Nations Emergency Force controlling the Israeli-Egyptian border.
- 13 January 1943 RCN corvette HMCS Ville de Québec commanded by LCdr A.R.E. Coleman, RCNR sank the German submarine U-224 off Italy.
- 14 January 1952 HMCS Uganda is renamed Quebec.
- 17 January 1957 HMCS Bonaventure is commissioned at Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the first aircraft carrier to be owned outright by Canada and incorporates several post-war technical developments: an angled deck, mirror landing aid, and steam catapult.
- 19 January 1911 The Royal Naval College of Canada opens in Halifax.
- 19 January 1943 HMCS Port Arthur commanded by Lt Edward T. Simmons, RCNVR sank the Italian Submarine Tritone in the Mediterranean Sea.
- 22 January 1942 The Canadian Naval Board is established.
- 24 January 1932 HMC Ships Skeena and Vancouver land armed parties at Acajutla, El Salvador, to protect British subjects threatened in a revolution.
- 24 January 1946 HMCS Warrior, the RCN’s first aircraft carrier, is commissioned and Nos.803, 825, 826 and 883 Squadrons (already manned by Canadians) are transferred from the Royal Navy.
- 26 January 1955 Cabinet approves the entry of members of the Womens’ Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as members of the RCN Regular Force.
- 29 January 1914 First public parade of RNCVR in Victoria. With ex-RN instructors.
- 30 January 1991 At the Battle of Babiyan a CF-18 Hornet attacks and causes irreparable damage to an Iraqi warship. It was the only CF-18 credited with an official victory during the Gulf War.
- 31 January 1923 The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve are established.