NAC News – Edition 322 HMCS Lauzon (K371 WW2 River Class, then Prestonian) K322 HMCS Outremont (WW2 River, then Prestonian)
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of September 13th , 2019
Edition – 322 HMCS Lauzon (K371 WW2 River Class, then Prestonian Class)
K322 HMCS Outremont (WW2 River Class, then Prestonian Class)
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- NOABC 100th Anniversary and 2019 NAC Conference – 2-6 October in Vancouver. The programme is at the NOABC website. ★ (Editor – Time-sensitive UNTD dinner details) UNTDA National Event – October 2, 2019
- NATO ships leave Halifax early because of Hurricane Dorian
- NATO navies arrive in Halifax for Cutlass Fury, largest such naval exercise in decades
- Largest warship ever built for Royal Navy visits Halifax (Editor – great video included)
- Canada sends more military support to Bahamas in wake of Hurricane Dorian
- Providing the Royal Canadian Navy with greater flexibility for ashore operations (Editor – wouldn’t our Protecteur Class (JSS) capability be handy in the Bahamas right now! This is the Canadian company that will build them Navamar Inc. Here is the Protecteur Class project page.)
- MARITECH facilitates discussion on attracting and retaining young professionals
- Island Voices: No time to waste building Canada’s new icebreakers
- UPDATE – Davie to become Canada’s National Icebreaker Builder – Taking Canada to the Top (Editor – another piece of the puzzle…maybe)
- Tribunal looking into Heddle shipbuilding contract concerns
- OSI Embarks on Development Program to Achieve NATO STANAG Edition 3
- Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off B.C. coast similar to ‘the Blob’
- Cruise ship undergoes massive refit in North Vancouver
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 9, 2019
- The State of LCS: Navy Moving to Add Firepower, Capability to Both Classes
- US Navy’s ship-killer missile bound for China
- Esper: U.S. Navy’s Top Priority is Competition from Russia and China
- Report to Congress on Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons
- Northrop Grumman to manufacture new all-electronic bomb fuze
- Navy EOD Exercising In Alaska to Test Unmanned Systems in Frigid Temps
- Royal Navy Brings Disaster Relief Assistance to Bahamas
- USS Bataan, 26 MEU Join Coast Guard for Aid Mission in the Bahamas a Week After Dorian
- Royal Navy Deploys More Medical Personnel to Bahamas
- Royal Navy Hands Off Bahamas Relief Mission to Dutch Forces
- Navy Wants to Make Surface Fleet Training Harder with More Live, Virtual Opposing Forces and Ranges
- Video: RoRo Vessel Overturns Off US East Coast (Editor – 2 short videos included)
- Coast Guard Rescues Four Mariners From Capsized Cargo Vessel
- NTSB Releases Preliminary Report into Conception Boat Fire
- Intrusion of Canadian warship raises China’s ire (Editor – this international strait at its narrowest is 81 miles, the English Channel is 20.7 miles, and Hormuz is 39 miles)
- Navy: USS Montgomery Showcasing LCS Abilities During WESTPAC Deployment
- Why China is picking a fight with Vietnam
- Report on China Naval Modernization and Implications for the U.S. Navy
- Expanding the Royal Navy’s presence in the Indo-Pacific
- Taiwan Wants Updated Submarine Force
- Russia offers to build six submarines under inter-government agreement with India
- Thai navy inks deal for LPD warship from China
- Philippines naval capability will be boost with the arrival of three frigates next year
- U.S., Allied Forces Complete EOD Exercise HYDRACRAB 2019
- China’s First Nuclear Submarines Were Underwater ‘Train-wrecks’
- PH now on China’s side in seeking revision of UNCLOS – Locsin
- ★ Chinese influence pervades Australian politics (Editor – Canada faces many of the same type of issues. Here is a supporting article Taiwan’s top diplomat warns Canada of Beijing’s efforts to further interests abroad Jonathan Manthorpe the author of Claws of the Panda (startling read) will be a presenter on the subject at the upcoming Vancouver NAC Conference)
- Korean shipbuilders reclaim global top spot
- Evergreen to Order Ten 23,000 TEU Containerships (Editor – world’s largest container ship is currently 21,413 TEU!)
- ‘Snow Dragon 2’ poised for maiden voyage
- SunStone Takes Delivery of First Expedition Cruise Ship Built in China
- ★ Submarine batteries: many factors
- Over 40 ships begin exercise Northern Coasts in the Baltic Sea
- Ship with Climate Change Warriors caught in ice, Warriors evacuated
- UK readies berth for arrival of second aircraft carrier
- DSEI: New Carriers Sparking Royal Navy Renaissance
- ★ DSEI 2019 Naval Coverage Day 1: Anti-ship missiles and Subsea Craft Victa (Editor – 7:51 video with interesting vignettes)
- DSEI 2019 Naval Coverage Day 2: Naval Platforms and New Ship Designs (Editor – Interesting Sea Ceptre missile details, and type 26 update, 13:14 video)
- Britain’s shipbuilding strategy has not gone according to plan — and industry is noticing
- Russia’s first two helicopter carriers to be laid down in Crimea in spring 2020 — sources
- New Type 31 Royal Navy Frigates To Be Built In The UK
- Babcock Wins Frigate Deal as UK Bids to Restore Shipbuilding Industry
- Britain goes with Danish design for new Navy frigates
- Russian Navy to get four nuclear subs next year — shipyard
- Latvian Navy Demonstrates ECA Group’s A9-M AUV Capability
- The Royal Navy’s Perisher Submarine Training is The Best In the World
- Greenland Isn’t For Sale, But It Is For Lease (Editor – useful look at Greenland’s resources and why international interest)
- Green Light for Arctic LNG 2
- Northern Sea Route Shipping Expected to Quadruple by 2024
- Осиное гнездо Editor – translates “Hornet’s Nest”, amazing detail in 4:30 min video)
- По уникальности технических решений проект Акула остается непревзойденным в мировом кораблестроении (Editor – Translation from Russian “By the uniqueness of technical solutions, the Shark project remains unsurpassed in world shipbuilding”. Amazing look at the absolutely monstrous Typhoon submarine)
- ★ One size does not fit all: marine battery manufacturing diversifies (Editor – informative look at the future that has arrived, 7:50 min video)
- Norway Discovers Seabed Mineral Deposits in Norwegian Sea
- Russia’s Floating Nuclear Plant Arrives in Pevek
- Channel smugglers cram 30 migrants into boats made for six
- Channel migrants: Rise in crossings driven by Brexit ‘fake news’
- Abandoned Cargo Ship Found Drifting in the Mid-Atlantic
- Middle East Shipping Stabilized by UK Navy, Says Fleet Commander
- Blacklisted Iranian Tanker Completes Journey to Syria
- Iran Says Tanker Oil Sold at Sea, Buyer Sets Destination
- Iran Releases Some Stena Impero Crew Members
- Vasiliy Golovnin to Supply India’s Antarctica Station
- The Perils of the Arctic
- Hydrogen fuel cells gain momentum in maritime sector
- The pros and cons of methanol and hydrogen
- Extend the Life of Your Wire Ropes
- B-36 Bomber Nuclear Accident, Albuquerque, 1957 (Editor – not a naval story but a chilling cold war event)
- German U-Boat Action Pacific (Editor – a repeat but a heck of a story, 6:05 min video)
- Occupying Japan 1945 – The First Days (Editor – interesting 10:19 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – SEPTEMBER
(Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN/Maritime events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are welcomed. The list draws primarily from the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, the “Canada Channel”, and “Legion Magazine”)
- 1 September 1942 HMCS Morden sinks the German submarine U-756 in the Atlantic.
- 1 September 1944 HMCS Ships Saint John and Swansea sink U-Boat 247 off Land’s End, England.
- 3 September 1814 Lieutenant Miller Worsley and Andrew Bulger lead 77 men by canoe north from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, captures American warship USS Tigress at anchor in False Detour Channel, about 88 km northeast of Mackinac Island; then go after USS Scorpion, which they capture September 5.
- 3 September 1939 Battle of the Atlantic begins as merchant seawoman Hannah Baird of Verdun, Québec sees her ship, Donaldson liner SS Athenia torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat west of Ireland en route to Montréal, one week before Canada declared war and one week after the merchant service and military were placed on a war alert. The sinking kills 188 of those aboard, including Biards and three other Canadians, the first Canadian casualties of the Second World War.
- 3 September 1939 Britain declares war on Germany two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; France follows 6 hours later, and then Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada on week later. On September 5, 1939, the United States will proclaim neutrality.
- 3 September 1940 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces Lend Lease Program, where 50 American destroyers will be traded to Britain, of which 7 go to Canada, in exchange for leases on naval and air bases in the British colonies, including St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Bermuda; Canada also agrees to shelter the destroyers in Canadian ports before they are handed over to British crews.
- 3 September 1942 World War II – HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Trail together pick up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant ship Donald Stewart that was torpedoed and sunk northeast of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St.Lawrence in position 50°32’N, 58°46’W by German U-boat U-517.
- 3 September 2016 – Franklin Expedition – Parks Canada and the Arctic Research Foundation find the underwater wreck of Sir John Franklin’s flagship HMS Terror; it is “in pristine condition”, north of where the wreck of HMS Erebus — the expedition’s flagship — was found in 2014.
- 4 September 1990 Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announces formation of Operation Scimitar, to provide air cover for the two destroyers and the supply ship sent to the Persian Gulf in late August of 1991 as part of Operation Friction, tasked with enforcing the United Nations trade blockade against Iraq.
- 5 September 1814 Royal Navy Lt Miller Worsley, flying captured American colours in the USS Tigress, takes the USS Scorpion at anchor after fierce hand-to-hand fighting; sails both ships west to Fort Michilimackinac.
- 5 September 1918 The Royal Canadian Naval Air Service is authorized and begins operations in Nova Scotia.
- 7 September 1816 – Steamship Frontenac launched at Bath, west of Kingston; first steam powered vessel on the Great Lakes.
- 7 September 1942 HMCS RACCOON Torpedoed and sunk by U 165, while escorting convoy QS.33 in the St. Lawrence River. There were no survivors. 37 perished.
- 7 September 1943 HMS Nabob (an aircraft carrier) is commissioned into the Royal Navy with a Canadian crew and a Royal Air Force complement.
- 8 September 1939 Mackenzie King says no to conscription; stresses munitions-making, and building up RCN and RCAF.
- 7 September 1955 HMCS Sioux leaves Yokosuka for Esquimalt ending RCN involvement in Korea.
- 9 September 1919 Alexander Graham Bell sees his HD-4 hydrofoil, powered by twin aircraft engines, reach a new world water speed record of 122 kph; piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
- 9 September 1942 War Cabinet closes the St. Lawrence River to all Allied shipping except coasters; due to German U-Boat submarine dangers.
- 9 September 1944 HMCS Dunver and HMCS Hespeler sink the German submarine U-484 in Hebridean waters.
- 10 September 1814 Kingston naval dockyard launches the 112 gun HMS St. Lawrence, the largest warship ever to sail the Great Lakes; carrying more armament than Admiral Nelson’s Victory.
- 10 September 1939 Canada declares war on Germany
- 10 September 1941 HMCS Chambly and HMCS Moose Jaw sink the German submarine U-501 off the coast of Greenland. This is the first U-boat kill made by the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 11 September 1833 – Quebec-built steamship ‘Royal William’ reaches England safely; the wooden paddle wheeler is the First ship to cross the Atlantic under steam all the way, although sails are raised whenever the wind is fresh; the two steam engines are kept running, but the ship goes slowly under sail because of the drag from the paddle wheels.
- 11 September 1942 HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN Torpedoed and sunk in the St. Lawrence, near Cap Chat Quebec, by U517. She had just delivered a convoy to Rimouski and was returning to Gaspe. Ten of her ship’s company were lost.
- 12 September 1759 Admiral Saunders bombards Beauport and feigns a landing to divert attention away from Wolfe’s landing below the Plains of Abraham.
- 13 September 1942 HMCS OTTAWA sunk by U91 who hit her with two torpedoes in the North Atlanta while she was escorting convoy ON.127. 113 of her Ship’s Company were lost, plus 6 RN seaman, and 22 merchant seamen.
- 14 September 1942 500 km east of Newfoundland, German U-Boat U-91 torpedoes and sinks RCN River Class destroyer HMCS Ottawa (A/Lt.Cdr. Clark Anderson Rutherford, RCN) in the North Atlantic, while escorting convoy ON-127; hit by two torpedoes, she blows up and sinks immediately; 113 of her ship’s company are lost, plus 6 RN seaman and 22 merchant seamen; there are 69 survivors; Battle of the Atlantic growing in intensity.
- 16 September 1939 – RCN escorts the First of many ship convoys for Britain; RCN vessels guard the freighters in formation to protect against German U-Boat attacks. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 16 September 1942 The first of sixteen RCN corvettes sails for the Mediterranean Sea to take part in the North African landings (Operation Torch).
- 17 September 1904 – Captain Joseph Bernier departs from Québec on the Canadian government steamship ‘Arctic’; given the command because of his interest in the Polar regions (he had devised a plan to reach the North Pole via the Bering Strait); will make 12 expeditions into polar seas in the next 20 years; he will spend the winter in Hudson Bay collecting Canadian customs duties from whalers and traders. Québec, Québec
- 19 September 1941 – German U-Boat U-74 torpedoes and sinks RCN Flower Class corvette HMCS Lévis 200 km off Cape Farewell, Greenland; 18 lives are lost.
- 19 September 1969 Ottawa to reorganize Canadian Armed Forces; 50% cut in NATO manpower; retirement of RCN aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.
- 20 September 1943 German U-boat U-305, using a new acoustic torpedo, hits and sinks RCN Town Class destroyer HMCS St. Croix, while she is escorting convoy ON.202, south of Iceland; 65 members of the ship’s company perish; five officers and 76 men are rescued by HMS Itchen, however, only two days later, the Itchen is also torpedoed by an enemy submarine; only one St. Croix sailor, Stoker W. Fisher, survives the two sinkings; one of the men lost was Surgeon Lt W. L. M. King, RCNVR, Prime Minister Mackenzie King’s nephew.
- 20 September 1917 Borden government passes the Military Voters Act and Wartime Elections Act, giving the vote to soldiers and sailors under 21, and serving women; wives, widows, mothers, and sisters of servicemen also get the vote; the first women ever to be able to vote in Canadian federal elections
- 24 September 1940 HMC ships Annapolis, Columbia, Niagara, St. Clair, St. Croix and St. Francis, ex-American destroyers from the fifty given to Great Britain in exchange for bases, are commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 24 September 1941 Canada joins eight other allied governments in pledging support to the Atlantic Charter, an eight-point declaration issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
- 24 September 1955 HMCS Sioux returns to Esquimalt, the last ship of the Royal Canadian Navy to return from the Korean conflict.
- 24 September 1965 – Military RCN commissions HMCS Ojibwa, First of three 2000-ton RCN Oberon class submarines. Chatham, England
- 25 September 1940 Canadian armed merchantman Prince Robert captures German ship Weser off Mexican coast.
- 27 September 1854 Steamship Arctic sinks off Cape Race, Newfoundland with 300 people on board after colliding with the 250-ton French iron propeller ship S.S. Vesta; the 3,000-ton side-wheeler was the largest and most splendid ship of the Collins Line (United States Mail Steamship Company) in competition with Samuel Cunard’s Royal Mail Steam Packet Company; casualties include 92 of her 153 officers and men, and all the women and children on board, including the wife, the only daughter, and the youngest son of shipowner E. K. Collins; first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner.
- 27 September 1994 US Navy closes Argentia submarine detection base; last US military base in Canada.
- 30 September 1994 Halifax-class frigate HMCS Regina is commissioned in Saint John, New Brunswick.