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NAC News – Edition 294

NAC News – Edition 294

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of March 1, 2019

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  • ★   GoFundMe for Admiral Norman’s Legal Defence – After 13 months2,317 people have contributed $306,320 towards the $500,000 goal  (Editor – abridged 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: The Future of Shipbuilding   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.








★   UNTiDy TALES – 2013 70th Anniversary Edition available as a Free digital download.  Author Bob Williamson has graciously offered to put the .pdf version of this iconic 424p book into the public domain.  It is available from the UNTDA Website but can be viewed/downloaded directly from the link below:

  • It was first issued in 1993 as a 133p book titled “Spindrift” and was expanded and re-issued a number of times, and ultimately renamed, culminating in the current 2013 Edition.  One of Bob’s motivations for doing this is to stimulate the submission of more stories.  The original book was largely oriented to the 8,000 member pre-Unification UNTD Program, which ended 50 years ago.  The premise is that within the post-Unification cadre; ROUTP, NROC, UNTDv2, RESO etc, that have been training NavRes Officer Cadets for the last 50 years, that there would or should be a wealth of similar humorous, instructive and inspiring stories.  If sufficient new stories result, the UNTDA will look to issue another Free updated Edition.


(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, the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, and the “Canada Channel”)


  • 1 March 1928  HMC Ships Champlain and Vancouver are commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy, replacing HMC Ships Patriot and Patrician.
  • 3 March 1921  HMC Submarines CH-14 and CH-15 are commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy.
  • 4 March 1943  HMC Ships Shediac and St. Croix sink the German submarineU-87 in the North Atlantic.
  • 6 March 1944  HMC Ships St. Catharines, Chilliwack, Gatineau, Fennel, and Chaudiere assist Royal Naval warships in the sinking of the German submarine U-744 in the North Atlantic.
  • 7 March 1945  HMC Ships La Hulloise, Strathadam, and Thetford Mines sink the German submarine U-1302 in St. George’s Channel.
  • 9 March 1945  HMCS Uganda arrives in Sydney, Australia, to join the British Pacific Fleet.
  • 10 March 1944  HMC Ships St. Laurent, Owen Sound and Swansea assist Royal Navy warships sink the German submarine U-845 in the North Atlantic.
  • 17 March1945  HMCS Guysborough is torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat off Ushant.
  • 20 March 1943 – UK destroyer commissioned into RCN as HMCS Griffin; 3 weeks later, renamed HMCS Ottawa; second of name.
  • 20 March 1945  HMCS New Glasgow sinks the German submarine U-1003 off Lough Foyle, Northern Ireland.
  • 21 March 1945  HMCS New Glasgow (frigate) rammed and fatally damages U-Boat 1003 off Lough Foyle.
  • 24 March 1941  The Rush-Bagot Agreement of 1817, which restricted the number of naval vessels allowed on the Great Lakes, is modified to allow both American and Canadian naval vessels to operate on the Great Lakes in greater numbers.
  • 26 March 1941  RCN armed yacht HMCS Otter destroyed by an accidental explosion and fire, off Halifax; two Officers and 17 men are lost.
  • 29 March 1945  HMCS TEME (frigate) is torpedoed by U Boat 246 in the English Channel off Falmouth and declared a total loss.
  • 31 March 1945  HMCS Conestoga, the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service training establishment, is paid off.
  • 31 March 1991  The Gulf War between Iraq and the United Nations coalition ends.