NAC News – Edition 329 K329 Valleyfield (WW2 River)
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 1st, 2019
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- Canadian Naval Review New Issue Now Available Vol. 15, No. 2 (2019) (Editor – excellent arctic articles in this edition, get your subscription and enjoy)
Are you available for Memory Project speaking engagements around Remembrance Day 2019?
- ★ NAC Naval Affairs – need a Christmas gift for someone in your family or do you want to donate a book to a local school library – NAC Naval Affairs will be launching a children book soon – “Mom’s in the Navy” – more details coming soon!!!
- 20 Nov – Ottawa ; Shaw Centre – The Navy League of Canada maritime affairs program presents MOMENTUM – Women in Security and Defence (This event features some very impressive and talented speakers, a great program and forums). Your NAC Executive Director hopes to see some of you there!
- Vanguard ShipTech Forum (Editor – The Westin, Ottawa, ON 25 February 2020, 7:30 – 17:00)
- Vanguard Launches First-Ever Canadian Submarine Event (Editor – The next big challenge! The Deep Blue 2020 Forum, a one-day event, will take place on 29 October 2020, details to follow)
- Defence Team News – October 30th 2019 (Editor 1:43 min video)
- Kootenay commemoration conducted at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey by CDLS(L) naval advisors (Editor – RCN 25:52 min video of a lovely ceremony)
- ★ Battle of Coronel (Editor – Four cadets of the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada (1911–14), were the first RCN casualties in WW1. Midshipman Malcolm Cann, Midshipman John V.W. Hatheway, Midshipman William Archibald Palmer, and Midshipman Arthur Wiltshire Silver, died when the British warship HMS Good Hope went down with no survivors, sunk by the German navy on 1 Nov 1914. A brass plaque at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Esquimalt, BC, is dedicated to the four ex-cadets of the RNCC, and the crew of HMS Good Hope who were all killed in action.)
- Commodore Kurtz leading the way for women in the RCN
- HMCS Ottawa participates in KAEDEX
- ★ Icebreakers and the Battle for the Arctic
- HALIFAX SHIPPING NEWS: Shipbuilding contracts should go to the most experienced
- Naval Association of Canada presents museum with donation
- Dr. Jim Boutilier retires from MARPAC (Editor – Thank you Jim and BZ for your many faceted years of service!)
- Barges being acquired by Canadian navy can be used for Asterix or JSS
- F-35 firming as favourite for Canada’s multibillion-dollar Hornet replacement program
- Naval and Military Museum launches new website (Editor – CFB Esquimalt [HMCS Naden])
- Canadian LNG Provider Joins SEA\LNG Coalition
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 28, 2019
- US faces sub dilemma in South China Sea
- The U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder prepares for christening of newest aircraft carrier (Editor – USS JFK 3:35 min video)
- US Navy’s amphibious assault ship Tripoli concludes acceptance trials
- US Navy commissions Littoral Combat Ship Indianapolis
- The U.S. Navy’s new $13 billion aircraft carrier returned to sea (Editor – with her Island further aft than the Nimitz Class she looks huge! 3:55 min video)
- Report to Congress on Gerald R. Ford-class Aircraft Carrier Program
- Admiral: Navy Can Afford to Field a 310-Ship Fleet, Not 355
- Future USS Delaware Delivered to the U.S. Navy
- Lockheed Martin, F-35 Joint Program Office Sign Multi-Lot Production Deal (Editor – not a “naval” article, but if Canada does buy the F35 it will have a maritime role to play)
- Navy Marks Progress on Three New Warship Hulls
- National Maritime Security: Counting Ships
- The unthinkable option: Australia’s nuclear possibilities (Editor – after our lack-of-issues election, in contrast, it’s startling what issue Australia is contemplating and why)
- New Zealand’s Largest-Ever Navy Ship Christened
- USS John S. McCain Back to Sea After Completing Repairs from Fatal 2017 Collision
- Ship Qi Jiguang conducts port call at Wellington for first time
- Smooth sailing for China’s carriers
- USCG Cutter Joins North Korea Maritime Sanctions Mission
- US Coast Guard churns South China Sea tensions
- Op-Ed: How to Judge The True Progress of Any Trade Deal: Containers Don’t Lie (Editor – an noteworthy measure of the reality of the China-USA trade war)
- Forward-based enablers for Australia’s submarines: what about leveraging our Indian Ocean territories?
- East Timor Navy: China steps in
- Solomons’ government vetoes Chinese attempt to lease an island
- MADEX 2019 Day 3 – Naval Defense Technologies by LIG Nex1 (Editor – 10:21 min video)
- MADEX 2019: Hanwha Defense showcases new UUV for ASW operations
- Navy steps up regional ‘hearts and minds’ with increased tempo
- Little Aussie sub creates 3D underwater maps
- China Approves Shipbuilding Mega-Merger
- China is Key to Closing Ports to Illegally Caught Fish
- U.S. Navy Beware! Russian Submarines Surge Into the Atlantic
- Defence Secretary: Quarter Of Royal Navy Ships Cannot Be Put To Sea
- HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group to deploy in 2021
- Naval Group starts construction on France’s newest frigate
- Russia Has Announced A New Secret Weapon! (Editor – 12:23 min Wow video)
- Corvette Gremyashchiy to carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles, says Putin
- Russia test-fires missile from new nuclear-powered submarine
- The acquisition of four submarines by the Dutch Navy is becoming clearer
- First Poseidon MRA Mk.1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft delivered to the Royal Air Force
- French Navy received first two standard 6 ATL2s
- WW2 submarine Urge found off Malta (Editor – note the Canadian connection)
- ★ Russian Shipyard Launches Missile-Carrying Icebreaker
- ‘Technical Issues’ Push Back Delivery Of HMS Audacious
- Nord Stream 2: Go-ahead for Russian gas pipeline angers Ukraine
- New Memorial for Battle of the Atlantic Commander
- Admiral: Carrier Lincoln’s Middle East Mission Will Be Extended
- Chinese naval 33rd escort taskforce starts 2nd round of in-port replenishment
- Marines Embark Merchant Vessel to Provide Security in Strait of Hormuz Transit
- Over 300 Ships Involved in Illegal Registrations
- Russia Gathers More Data for its North Pole Bid
- ★ Nike Takes Arctic Shipping Pledge (Editor – I did not see this movement starting!)
- Cities at Sea: How Aircraft Carriers Work (Editor – people think carriers are obsolete, a great 11:54 min video, you can form your own opinion)
- The Ocean Cleanup Rolls Out New Solution to Tackle River Plastic Pollution
- Raeder’s defence: German admiral fights for his doomed fleet
- Discovery of the Japanese Aircraft Carrier IJN KAGA – Latest Footage
- Living Underwater: How Submarines Work (Editor – produced Feb 2019 a 12:12 min useful educational video, great images)
- Rocket U-Boats: V-1 Missile Attack New York 1945
- Watch: WWII Shipwreck Located at Record Depth (Editor – 19:05 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – NOVEMBER
(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 November 1914 Battle at Coronel A brass plaque at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Esquimalt, BC, is dedicated to the four ex-cadets of the Royal Naval College of Canada and men of Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Good Hope who were killed in action in 1914. Four cadets of the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada, were the First Canadian Navy casualties in the First World War. Midshipman Malcolm Cann, Midshipman John V.W. Hatheway, Midshipman William Archibald Palmer, and Midshipman Arthur Wiltshire Silver, died when the British warship HMS Good Hope went down with no survivors, sunk by the German navy.
- 1 November 1920 Three British ships, Aurora, Patriot and Patrician are officially commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy at Portsmouth.
- 5 November 1962 A fire heavily damages the prototype hydrofoil BRAS D’OR under construction in Quebec.
- 8 November 1910 HMCS Rainbow arrives in Esquimalt for the first time.
- 8 November 1942 The first German agent is landed from a U-boat off New Carlisle, Quebec and is promptly arrested by the police.
- 9 November 1910 His Majesty’s Dockyard, Esquimalt, is transferred to Canadian ownership and forms the basis for Pacific Command
- 9 November 1940 HMCS Collingwood, the first corvette built in Canada for the RCN, is commissioned.
- 13 November 1942 Captain (RN) Frederick Thornton Peters born in Charlottetown and raised in Vernon and Victoria was awarded the VC for his actions 13 Nov 1943. Captain Peters was in the suicide charge” by two little cutters at Oran. The “Walney” and “Hartland” were two ex-American coastguard cutters which were lost in a gallant attempt to force the boom defences in the harbour of Oran during the landings on the North African coast. Captain Peters led his force through the boom in the face of point-blank fire from shore batteries, destroyer, and a cruiser – a feat which was described as one of the great episodes of naval history. The “Walney” reached the jetty disabled and ablaze, she and went down with her colours flying. Blinded in one eye, Captain Peters was the only survivor of the seventeen men on the bridge of the “Walney”. He was taken prisoner but was later released when Oran was captured. On being liberated from the gaol, he was carried through the streets where the citizens hailed him with flowers. He earned the Distinguished Service Order (George V), London Gazette 30 March 1915, Distinguished Service Cross (George V), London Gazette 8 March 1918 and Bar – London Gazette 11 July 1940. British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with Bar (North Africa 1942-43) 1939-45 Medal, Distinguished Service Cross (USA).
- 16 November 1857 PO1 William Hall, ‘Captain of the Foretop,’ of that HMS Shannon, were recommended by the late Captain Peel for the Victoria Cross, for their gallant conduct at a 24-Pounder Gun, brought up to the angle of the Shah Nujjiff, at Lucknow, on the 16th of November, 1857. William Hall was the first Nova Scotian, the first Naval VC earned by a Canadian citizen, and the first Black person to receive the Victoria Cross.
- 20 November 1943 HMCS Snowberry, Calgary and Nene sink U-536 in the North Atlantic.
- 20 November 1957 HMCS Labrador, an Arctic patrol vessel, is paid off and later transferred to the Department of Transport.
- 24 November 1944 HMCS Shawinigan While on independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, she was torpedoed and sunk by U1228. All hands were lost, 91 perished.
- 29 November 1957 HMCS Kenora and Kentville, two paid off minesweepers, are transferred to the Turkish navy as Bandirma and Bartin.