NAC News – Edition 351
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of April 3rd, 2020
Edition – 351
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- ★ (Editor – the Commander RCN has officially “deferred all official Battle of Atlantic ceremonies to a later date. Meanwhile, expect some guidance soon as to how we can all individually & safely salute our amazing predecessors – veterans of BOA as well as the other wars & ops conducted since in which the RCN has distinguished itself as a proven warfighting service – come first Sunday in May.”)
- Just for the Hull of It (Editor – precis of the words of the Chair of the CNMT “Thirty-six years ago, the Naval Association of Canada took the lead and the volunteer Canadian Naval Corvette Trust (later Canadian Naval Memorial Trust) was established to acquire and restore HMCS Sackville to her 1944 configuration…Mother nature has taken a toll on the hull of the ship…Funds raised during the campaign will be designated to the CNMT Preservation Fund for the critical and necessary work to safeguard the ship…with a goal of approximately 12 million dollars.)
- 2020 NAC BOA Gala, conference and AGM (Editor – Postponed until further notice out of concern for the health and welfare of those we seek to honour, our loyal NAC members far and wide, those who loyally serve in the RCN, and those who support the NAC (we have some very generous corporate sponsors for these events), we have decided to postpone these activities to a later date. We are working on a plan to host a replacement dinner and conference in October along with other RCN activities which may be scheduled at that time. The AGM will be held via electronic means sometime in June. Details to follow.)
- Vanguard Launches First-Ever Canadian Submarine Event (Editor – The next big RCN procurement challenge! The Deep Blue 2020 Forum, a one-day event, will take place on 29 October 2020, details to follow)
- Two new NIOBE papers (and all others to date) are on-line at this link. “Sustainable force development” by Ian Flight and “Broad Area Maritime Surveillance” by Matt Fraser.
- Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19
- Your Navy today – March Summary (some great stuff here!)
- Harjit Sajjan: 24,000 Troops Ready To Jump Into Action For COVID-19 Response
- HMC Ships Glace Bay and Shawinigan on Op PROJECTION West Africa
- Navy recalls ships, orders on- board physical distancing due to COVID-19
- HMCS Windsor medals presentation
- Seaway delaying full opening to April 1 because of high Great Lakes water levels
- ★ GeoSpectrum Launches Low Frequency Active VDS Deployable By USVs (Editor – Dartmouth NS company)
- Cadets SALTy sailing adventure
- HMCS Bowmanville painting launches from Durham College
- $4 million upgrade at Veterans Cemetery in Esquimalt nears completion
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 30, 2020
- ★ VCNO Burke’s Message to the Fleet
- Venezuelan Navy Patrol Ship Sinks After Collision With Cruise Ship (Editor – fiction writers couldn’t make this stuff up!)
- USNS Mercy Arrives in Los Angeles
- Dredgers Make Way for USNS Comfort in New York
- Exclusive: Captain of aircraft carrier with growing coronavirus outbreak pleads for help from Navy (Editor – hopefully common sense will prevail)
- US Sailors Pour Off Aircraft Carrier and Into Coronavirus Isolation on Guam
- (Editor – and it does!)
- Carrier Roosevelt CO Relieved Over ‘Extremely Poor Judgment’ in Creating ‘Firestorm’ Over COVID-19 Outbreak (Editor – and then sadly you pay the piper)
- RFA Argus Dispatched to Support Caribbean Region
- Naval News Monthly Recap – March 2020 (Editor – lots of diverse eye-candy in this 6:07 min video)
- BAE Systems Awarded $99 Million for MK 41 VLS Canister Production
- Navy Offering Delayed Retirements, Separations to Help Maintain Readiness During Pandemic
- Future USS Fort Lauderdale Launched at Ingalls
- 5 Reasons US Aircraft Carriers are Nearly Impossible to Sink (Editor – 10:05 min video)
- Nearly 4 years after commissioning, the US Navy is about to get a fully working stealth destroyer
- The U.S. Navy Eyes A Shock Trial-Free Future
- Fassmer wins contact for Ecuadorian Navy’s new multipurpose combat vessel
- South Korea will deliver two decommissioned Haeuri-Class patrol vessels to Ecuador’s coastguard
- Japanese Destroyer and Chinese Fishing Boat Collide
- Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Detachment Departs Vladivostok for Long-Distance Voyage
- As the Coronavirus Spreads, RIMPAC Planners Face Grim Facts
- Australian Wharfies Refuse to Unload Ship
- South Korea installs new submarine monitoring system at busy ports
- Boeing Receives P-8A Poseidon Contract For U.S. Navy, ROK Navy & RNZAF
- Lockdown brings construction of Indigenous Aircraft Carrier to a halt in Kochi
- The Indian Navy’s Potent Conventional Submarine Capability
- Indian MoD Shortlists Two Local Shipyards, Five Foreign OEMs for Project 75(I) AIP Attack Submarine Program
- World’s Largest Containership to Start Sailing at the End of April
- Japan’s Two Shipbuilding Giants to Form JV in October
- Images: World’s Longest Fish Farm Launched at Yantai Shipyard
- Coronavirus: Submarine captain’s advice on social isolation (Editor – 1:58 min video)
- EU launches Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo
- NATO Begins Focused Patrols in Eastern Mediterranean
- German Navy’s Berlin Replenishment Ship Heading To Aegean Sea
- ★ Russian Navy’s Slava-Class Cruiser To Get New Weapons
- Analysis: Russia completes first stage of submarine infrastructure upgrade
- Entire crew of nuclear submarine in coronavirus quarantine
- Manta – the Royal Navy gets its first extra-large autonomous submarine
- Coronavirus: Royal Navy Helicopters To Be Used As Air Ambulances
- Royal Navy’s Newest And Greenest Warship Arrives In Portsmouth For First Time
- Royal Navy Survey Ship HMS Scott Returns from Atlantic Deployment
- North Macedonia joins NATO as 30th Ally
- Gas turbines – a viable alternative to piston engines?
- U.S. Navy ESB & U.S. Army AH-64E Apache Conduct Integration Operations in Arabian Gulf
- Chinese PLA Navy’s 33rd Naval Escort Taskforce Returns from Gulf of Aden Mission
- Royal Australian Navy frigate interdicts 3 tons of narcotics
- While Oil Prices Plummets, Tanker Rates Fly High
- Security Guidance Updated for Gulf of Guinea
- Determining Value in Energy Storage (Editor – conclusion of the article, Battery Installations are complicated, but worth it.)
- Russian Navy vessels arrive in Cape Town amid COVID-19 lockdown
- France pulls vessel from West Coast maritime security mission due to coronavirus
- ‘Significant’ GPS Interference Incidents Reported
- Why didn’t the Bismarck shoot down any Swordfish? Editor – insightful 12:19 min video)
- Mercy and Comfort: A History of Hospital Ships (Editor – topical 15:25 min video)
- The Secret Lightning Bug War Over the Vietnam War (Editor – lineage of modern drones, a 11:10 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – APRIL
(If you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are also welcomed. 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 web site, and anywhere else I can find credible information)
- 1 April 1733 Canada’s First lighthouse lit for the first time, using coal from nearby Morien and Spanish River; the round 200 metre tower, made with cement from limestone burned in local kilns, is the first fireproof concrete structure in North America at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, and it is the only other on the entire eastern coast of North America is in Boston.
- 1 April 1873 Wreck of luxury liner SS Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool to New York; the ship was turning into Halifax Harbour to get coal, but struck a reef in the foggy night near Mars Rock, Meagher’s Island, near Terrance Bay – 546 people drown in heavy seas, while local fishermen manage to save 300. Prospect, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1941 RCN armed merchant cruiser Prince Henry intercepts two German ships off Peru; ships scuttled.
- 1 April 1959 New St. Lawrence Seaway opens for business; will be officially dedicated June 26 by the Queen and US President Dwight Eisenhower.
- 2 April 1887 US seizes Canadian sealing ships in North Pacific; other seizures on the 9,12, and 17th. Juneau, Alaska
- 3 April 3, 1935 Lt(N) J. P. Connolly appointed Commanding Officer, charged to raise a RCNVR unit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 3 April 1996 Members of the Canadian Forces ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry. Ottawa, Ontario
- 3 April 2007 Royal Assent given to the Veterans’ Bill of Rights; PM Harper says Ottawa will establish an ombudsman for veterans, so the government can respond quickly and fairly to any concerns of veterans. Ottawa, Ontario
- 4 April 1949 Canada signs the North Atlantic Treaty with Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.S.; becomes founding member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization; NATO members pledge to defend each other in event of Soviet attack. NATO is Canada’s first peacetime military alliance. Washington, DC
- 5 April 1958 Ripple Rock blown up with 1.2 tons of Nitramex, in world’s largest non-nuclear explosion to date; the reef was a shipping hazard just below the surface of Seymour Narrows near Campbell River that had sunk or damaged 119 vessels and caused the death of over 100 people. Captain George Vancouver called the narrows “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.” Campbell River, BC
- 6 April 1954 HMCS Magnificent, Canada’s second aircraft carrier, sails from Halifax on her last voyage; she will be replaced by HMCS Bonaventure. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1948 RCN’s aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent commissioned to replace HMCS Warrior. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1991 HMCS Athabaskan, Terra Nova and Protecteur arrive home from Gulf War; ships left in early August; Huron leaves for the Gulf to help enforce the embargo against Iraq. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1995 HMCS Nipigon supports Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard ships during a dispute with Spain over illegal overfishing of Greenland turbot on the Grand Banks.
- 8 April 1945 cruiser HMCS Uganda joins British Pacific Fleet. Hong Kong, China
- 9 April 1929 – Canadian Ambassador Vincent Massey protests against sinking of Canadian schooner I’m Alone; crew released; case of rum-runner to go to arbitration. Washington, DC
- 10 April 1836 Hudson’s Bay Company steamship Beaver arrives at Fort Vancouver and has her boilers and paddles connected; left London August 29, 1835 under the command of Captain David Home under sail alone; rounded Cape Horn and called at Juan Fernandez and Honolulu en route; SS Beaver will be used to service trading posts between the Columbia River and Russian America (Alaska); 1862 chartered by the Royal Navy to survey and chart the coast of the Colony of British Columbia. Portland, Oregon
- 11 April 1940 Burrard shipyards begin building corvettes and minesweepers for action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Vancouver, BC
- 11 April 1962 The Government of Canada announces plans to build eight frigates and buy three submarines.
- 14 April 1828 The 18-gun sloop Acorn sinks off Halifax with the loss of 115 men.
- 14 April 1944 HMCS Swansea and HMS Pelican combine to sink the German submarine U-448 in the North Atlantic. Swansea’s second kill in less than six weeks.
- 15 April 1814 Kingston Navy Dockyard launches two warships, the Prince Regent and the Princess Charlotte; under Commodore Sir James Yeo, they will blockade the American fleet in Sackett’s Harbour and capture Oswego, restoring Canadian control of Lake Ontario in the War of 1812 and ending the threat of US invasion. Kingston, Ontario
- 16 April 1945 German U-Boat U-190 torpedoes and sinks RVN Bangor Class minesweeper HMCS Esquimalt 5 miles off Chebucto Head near the Halifax lightship; forty-four of her ship’s company are lost in the last major naval loss of the War; U-190 will surrender May 11; will be sunk ceremonially on October 21, 1947 where she had destroyed the Esquimalt.
- 22 April 1944 HMCS Swansea and Matane using depth charges sink U311 south of Iceland.
- 23 April 1947 HMCS Malahat re-commissioned as Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division; originally commissioned as naval recruiting centre January 15, 1944. Victoria, BC
- 25 April 1945 Canada one of 50 nations attending founding United Nations Conference on International Organization, opening in San Francisco; will approve United Nations Charter on June 26. San Francisco, California.
- 25 April 1967 Commons passes Bill C-243, “The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act,” unifying the RCN, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into one service, the Canadian Armed Forces, with common uniform and rank designations; act comes into effect February 1, 1968.
- 26 April 1778 Captain James Cook sails from Nootka Sound, tracing the coast of British Columbia.
- 26 April 1945 HMCS Ontario, a cruiser, is commissioned.
- 26 April 1944 HMCS Athabaskan and Haida fight two German destroyers off Ile de Bas, France, and drives a flaming German warship aground.
- 28 April 1818 U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Convention, signed April 28 and 29, 1817, making it a lawful treaty of the United States; limits naval forces on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Washington, DC
- 29 April 1944 German torpedo boat T-24 sinks HMCS Athabaskan; 128 lose their lives and 86 are captured.
- 30 April 1884 Victoria coal baron Robert Dunsmuir starts building the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, later known as the Vancouver Island Railway, to support the coal and lumber industry, and the Royal Navy Base at Esquimalt Harbour; on August 13, 1886 John A. Macdonald will drive home the last railway spike at Cliffside near Shawnigan Lake.
- 30 April 30, 1941 German U-boat torpedoes Canadian passenger ship Nerissa off Ireland; 73 Canadian Army personnel lost. Atlantic Ocean
- 30 April 1943 The Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, RCN, takes over control of all shipping movements in the western North Atlantic under the title of Commander-in-Chief Canadian North West Atlantic.