NAC News – Edition 331 HMCS Vancouver
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 15th, 2019
Edition – 331 HMCS Vancouver (preceded by HMCS Vancouver an S-class destroyer (1917), a WW2 Flower Class corvette, and a survey ship (1965) K331 HMCS Wentworth (WW2 River Class frigate), and J331 HMCS Portage (Algerine class minesweeper)
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- “Mom’s in the Navy” – need a Christmas gift for someone in your family or do you want to donate a book to a local school library – The official book launch will occur Monday 18 November at the HMCS Bytown Mess in Ottawa.
- ★ The Navy League of Canada maritime affairs programme presents MOMENTUM – Women in Security and Defence 20 Nov 2019 Shaw Centre, Ottawa (Editor – This event features some impressive and talented speakers and leaders, a great programme 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)
- BOA Gala Dinner, NAC National Conference/AGM and BOA Commemoration – Ottawa 30 April – 3 May 2020: Details coming soon!
- Vanguard Launches First-Ever Canadian Submarine Event (Editor – The next big RCN procurement challenge! The Deep Blue 2020 Forum, a one-day event, will take place on 29 October 2020, details to follow)
- MND Remembrance Day Message (Editor – 1:36 min video)
- CDS & CWO Remembrance Day 2019 (Editor – 1:21 min video)
- We are the invisible: The problem with how we understand our veterans
- HMCS Unicorn’s journey as a force for good in Canada (Editor – videos included)
- ★ Shania Twain’s “Soldier” dedicated to the men and women of the CAF (Editor – watch the superb embedded 3:09 min video)
- NAC Veteran’s Corner (Editor – The NAC-VI Veteran’s Corner has been amalgamated into the NAC national site. The page has been expanded to include other regional content. On this page are all the web links to document and contacts that were originally available in the discontinued NAC Blue Book. The opening VAC definition of a Veteran is well worth a read. If you have any observations or questions about the links please contact me directly)
- More delays for Arctic ships – DND expects first AOPS by end of March
- Defence Team News – November 13th 2019 (Editor – 1:51 min video)
- Another Way to Buy Frigates (Editor – interesting CGAI article by Ian Mack)
- Vessel shortage forces Canada to scrap key climate change research mission
- Canada needs to start seeing Russia and China as ‘adversaries,’ says ex-CSIS chief (Editor – not a naval article but it’s content has far reaching implications)
- Sea Training: An Oft Overlooked Strategic Asset (Editor – first-rate article)
- The Future HMCS Margaret Brooke Transitioned to Barge for Launch
- Canada’s Second Harry DeWolf Class Launched
- Cadets at sea
- HMCS Regina conducts sensors and weapons testing
- OSCAR MIKE: Vets helping vets ‘On the Move’ to new careers
- DND losing staff because of move to former Nortel campus but numbers are unknown at this point
- Survivors recount how SS Athenia steamed into disaster on first night of WW II
- New ICS, OCIMF Guidelines for Polar Safety
- Scientists breathe easier as marine heat wave off west coast weakens
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 12, 2019
- Carrier USS Harry S. Truman Fixed, Set to Deploy Soon
- Navy, Air Force Reach Handshake Agreement to Develop Joint Battle Network
- First 2 Columbia SSBNs Will Have Cost-Plus Contract; Remaining Subs Will Be Fixed-Price
- Navy Quietly Stands Up Warfighting Development Directorate (OPNAV N7)
- Defense Primer: U.S. Precision-Guided Munitions (Editor – useful summary)
- Will Drone Swarms Render the Submarine Obsolete?
- China Plans $1B Port Investment in Brazil
- Pirates Attack OSV in the Gulf of Mexico
- The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard Cutter Bear and NOAA hunt for the Bear
- China’s risky endgame in Hong Kong (Editor – a potential larger flashpoint?)
- Vietnam drops a legal gauntlet in South China Sea
- US flexes naval muscle in Taiwan Strait
- Russia: Tomsk nuclear submarine will be handed over to Pacific Fleet in 2021
- Very hungry new submarines (Editor – op-ed: given that submarines are an essential part of any modern navy, Canadian need to appreciate that submarines are expensive to buy, operate, and maintain…no surprises there, but the mistake or fallacy is to understate the significant resources required to possess submarines)
- Project 20386 corvettes will get new superstructure made out of composite materials
- Navy’s largest warships achieve final operational capability
- Science, not fiction: modern batteries for modern submarines (Editor – interesting and relevant battery argument)
- Australian Navy will receive Sydney Air Warfare Destroyer in 2020
- South Korean Navy launched third new FFG-II Seoul frigate
- ★ Geoeconomics of the Thai Canal (Editor – thought provoking 8:02 min video)
- Russia offers to build 12 Alexandrit-E- class minesweepers ships in India
- Navy welcomes new sailors as ranks grow
- Singapore Ship Registry Reaches 95 Million GT Milestone
- Five European navies rally around Cold War-era ‘Channel Committee’
- Russia’s Nuclear Battlecruisers: Armed with Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missiles?
- ★ Investigation Video Details Helge Ingstad Collision – Must Watch (Editor – excellent 7:45 min video…like most accidents many factors, but training is always significant)
- Aquitaine D650 – The Backbone Of The Future French Navy (Editor – 8:53 min video)
- U.S., Norwegian aircraft fly mission over Barents Sea
- Helicopter crash lands on Italian Destroyer
- HMS Queen Elizabeth welcomes Commandant of the US Marine Corps
- HMS Royal Oak damage revealed in new images (Editor – 1 min video)
- 17th century warships linked to Sweden’s historic Vasa found
- Into the abyss – How the MV Lyubov Orlova, a cruise ship named for a Soviet movie star, met its end as a ‘cannibal rat-infested ghost ship’ in the Atlantic
- Global debt soars, driven by US and China: IIF (Editor – just FYI, another global instability factor)
- ITF Calls for Urgent Action to Tackle Rising Piracy in Gulf of Guinea
- Expedition Cruise Operators Agree to Ban on Use and Carriage of HFO in Arctic
- Maritime 2050: Facing the Decarbonization Challenge
- Report: Seafarers Need Games, Shore Leave and Internet
- Hurtigruten: World’s 1st Hybrid Electric-Powered Cruise Ship Named in Antarctica
- Climate change: Speed limits for ships can have ‘massive’ benefits
- New Metal Structure is Unsinkable (Editor 1:14 min video included)
- Loyce Deen Tribute (Editor – 2:30 min video)
- The Only Two Submarines to Sink Enemy Ships Since WW2
- WWII Submarine USS Grayback Found (Editor – amazing 1:54 min video embedded)
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.