NAC News – Edition 296
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of March 15, 2019
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- GoFundMe for Admiral Norman’s Legal Defence – After 13 months 2,574 people have contributed $333,315 towards the $500,000 goal https://ca.gofundme.com/51lc5d4 (Editor – Mark Norman one of only three people DND refused to give help with legal bills in past two years https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/mark-norman-one-of-only-three-people-dnd-refused-to-give-help-with-legal-bills-in-past-two-years?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551614581)
- CADSI Navy Outlook 2019– at the Shaw Convention Centre – Ottawa Tuesday 2 April 2019.
- 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 sales open 23 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.
- NAC Naval Affairs – Check out our recommended naval affairs “Foundation Reading List”:
- Naval Affairs Briefing Notes – briefing notes #10 RCN Assets and Platforms, #11 Asterix, and #12 RCN Capabilities have been added to the Briefing Notes webpage:
- Your Navy Today – February 2019
- The Case for Canadian Naval Ballistic Missile Defence
- Destroyer USS Zumwalt Headed to Canada as Part of First ‘Operational Underway’
- The Zumwalt: America’s most advanced naval destroyer (Editor – Great pictures as she arrives in Victoria)
- ★ Interview with Cdr Corey L.E. Gleason, Commanding Officer of the future HMCS Harry DeWolf
- Canada needs a public inquiry into its treatment of veterans
- On Target: the Vice-Admiral Mark Norman saga continues unabated
- Norman case could hurt Liberals with swing voters, a ‘second proof point’ after SNC-Lavalin scandal that Liberals politically interfere to help the powerful, says pollster
- B.C. Ferries Going on Building Spree
- Navy spy Jeffrey Delisle granted full parole: federal board
- Members of Canadian military banned from associating with outlaw bikers
- Coin Commemorates Explorer John Cabot’s Famous Ship
USA & AMERICAS
- ★ U.S. Increases Dominance of Global Arms Trade
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 11, 2019
- LPD Flight II Amphib Delayed in Favor of 3rd Attack Sub in FY 2020
- White House’s Navy Priorities Outlined in Budget Summary
- Navy Budgeting $1.3B for First FFG(X) Hull; 9 Planned Over the Next Five Years
- Official cites China as US carrier exits early
- Marines Sundown Last EA-6B Prowler Squadron
- Breaking the mold: How to build a 355-ship navy today, Pt. 2
- United States’ Only Heavy Icebreaker Returns Home from Casualty-Ridden Antarctic Deployment
- NAVY: New Class of Ship Named Navajo
- GE Turbines Power Two U.S. Navy LCS
- Forty-Six Fishermen Rescued from Ice Floe
- Veterans Hope Study Reveals What Blast Injuries Do To ‘Your Brain, Your Body, And Everything Else’
- Trade War Cuts U.S. LNG Exports to China
- Cocaine Worth $77 Million Found in Shipping Container Arriving at Port of New York/New Jersey
- Phillystran Wins US Navy Ropes Contract
- Japan to build new ships to guard disputed islands
- ★ Andrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson discuss China’s maritime gray zone operations
- China Could Outrun the U.S. Next Year. Or Never
- China’s Secret Weapon to Control Its Near Seas: Enter the Maritime Militia
- Panel: China Leading the World in Hypersonic Weapon Development
- China’s R&D investment up 11.6% in 2018
- Run Silent, Run Stealth: Is This the Best (Non-Nuclear) Submarine on Planet Earth?
- Chinese navy’s crash announcement shows initiative and candor
- Thales provides upgraded sonar for Australia’s Collins-class submarine
- Russian Pacific Fleet received battalion set of Bastion missile system
- India-Pakistan: Pakistan maintains naval presence in the Arabian Sea
- Korean shipbuilding merger hits headwinds
- Wreckage Of World War II-Era Carrier USS Wasp Discovered
- RAN Submarine transition plan takes shape
- Sinking billions on an outdated weapon(Editor – an interesting read) (Opinion piece on the new RAN submarine plan)
- Over 80 Injured as High-Speed Hydrofoil Ferry Hits Whale in Japan
ATLANTIC & EUROPE
- NATO members increase defense spending for fourth year in row following Trump pressure
- Defence Expenditure of NATO Countries (2011-2018)
- Russia’s Northern Fleet to Get New Submarines
- Russia extends lifetime of nuclear icebreakers to meet rising demand
- Crews Complete Salvage of Norwegian Frigate KNM Helge Ingstad
- Northern Fleet carries out more than 30 long voyages in 2018
- Burning ConRo Grande America Sinks in Bay of Biscay
- Royal Navy in heroic eight hour rescue of crew trapped in an inferno on stormy sea
- HMS Medway handed over as HMS Forth readies for sea
- Watch: Spectrum of the Seas Propeller Installation(editor – two videos)
- Russian Share of European Gas Growing
- MSC Zoe Aftermath: Millions of Plastic Granules Washed Up on Beaches
- Fire-Stricken Grande America Sinks off France
- Maritime Security is at the heart of what we do
- Israel’s Tiny Navy Can Take on Anyone(Thanks to Nuclear Weapons)
- HMAS Ballarat seizes more narcotics in Middle East
- Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Italy’s Leonardo team up for naval collaboration
- Iran’s Oil Tanker Fleet Being Squeezed as Sanctions Bite
- Nigeria ordered 2 Damen 3307 patrol vessels
- Pirates Kidnap Five Seafarers from OSV off Nigeria
- World-first Approval for VIKING LifeCraft Survival Craft
- Expedition Ship Boom Continues
- Calcium battery may end reliance on lithium
- Electronic Warfare – The Unseen Battlefield https://youtu.be/fBLHZwEXKeA
- How Battleship Guns Work: “16 Inch Gun & Turret” 1955 US Navy Training Film MN-9321c; Iowa Class BBS https://youtu.be/YvDyice4u-U
- Ice Station Kurt – The Secret German Mission to Canada (editor – you can’t make up stories like this) https://youtu.be/_ATziIQTXCs
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – March
(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.
- 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.