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NAC News – Edition 292

NAC News – Edition 292

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of February 15, 2019

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  • ★   GoFundMe for Admiral Norman’s Legal Defence – After 12 months2,041 people have contributed $276,516 towards the $500,000 goal  (Editor – abridged new comment from Lee Hammond “Over the past few months Vice-Admiral Norman has been engaged in an intensive and demanding legal battle as he tries to access government documents that he and his lawyers argue are essential to his defence.  Beyond just the toll this must be taking on him and his family, this process has been very expensive and the funds we have raised to date have already been exhausted.     In recognition of the mounting financial challenges of funding his defence, I have decided to raise our goal to $500,000. Let’s all try and find at least one new supporter so we can double our ranks – and hopefully the funds over the next couple of months!”
  • ShipTech Forum 2019  Shaw Centre, Ottawa, ON 5 March 2019
  • CADSI Sponsored NAVY Outlook – 2 Apr 2019 at the Shaw Centre Ottawa
  • MARITECH Full Speed Ahead: Firing on all cylinders (Call for papers opportunity) Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa ON April 23-25 2019
  • 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.  This event will commemorate the past, celebrate the present, and confirm their commitment to the future.  Tickets will be on sale early March 2019 so mark your calendars.
  • NOABC 100th Anniversary Celebration 2-6 Oct 2019 Vancouver BC  Conference Venue: BCIT Marine Campus – 265 West Esplanade, North Vancouver.  UNTD Dinner in the planning stage.  Conference Hotel: The Pinnacle Hotel, North Vancouver –  a block booking with room rates ranging from $170 to $190 per night.  Details to be confirmed and posted to the NOABC web page shortly. This will also be a NAC Special Meeting event









(Trial portion of NAC News.  Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and more modern significant dates are welcomed.  The list draws from LEGION magazine, and the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”)


  • 1 February 1911  The first recruiting posters for the RCN are issued to post offices throughout Canada.
  • 1 February 1968  The personnel and organization of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force were unified into a single organization, the Canadian Forces.
  • 5 February 1944  HMS Puncher, an aircraft carrier, is commissioned into the Royal Navy at Vancouver with a Canadian crew, but a British air complement.
  • 6 February 1943  HMCS Louisbourg is torpedoed and sunk by enemy aircraft in an attack on a convoy in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 8 February 1943  HMCS Regina sinks the Italian submarine Avorio in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 11 February 1942  HMCS Spikenard is torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic.
  • 14 February 1945  Five Motor Torpedo Boats of the Canadian 29th Flotilla burn in Ostende harbour.
  • 15 February 1965  The Maple Leaf becomes Canada’s official flag.
  • 16 February 1945  HMCS Saint John sinks the German submarine U-309 off the northeast coast of Scotland near Moray Firth.
  • 18 February 1944  Sixteen Canadian minesweepers, in four divisions of four ships, begin to leave St. John’s for British waters to take part in the invasion of Normandy.
  • 19 February 1944  Motor Torpedo boats of the 29th and 65th (Canadian) Flotillas begin to be commissioned (continues until 31 March).
  • 22 February 1943  HMCS Weyburn strikes a mine and sinks off Tangier.
  • 22 February 1945  HMCS Trentonian is torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine in the English Channel.
  • 24 February 1944  HMCS Waskesiu sinks the German submarine U-257 in the North Atlantic.
  • 27 February 1930  HMCS Thiepval is lost in Barkley Sound, British Columbia.
  • 28 February 1946  HMCS Cornwallis is paid off (taken out of service) and new recruit training begins to be conducted at local naval depots.
  • 28 February 1991 Operation Desert Storm, the combat phase of the Persian Gulf War ends.