NAC News – Edition 332 HMCS Ville de Quebec
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 22nd, 2019
Edition – 332 HMCS Ville de Quebec (also K242 a WW2 Flower Class Corvette) and K332 HMCS Belleville (WW2 revised Flower Class corvette)
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- ★ New Naval Affairs Briefing Notes – #17 thru #21: Some background on Maritime Air, Unmanned Systems, Law of the Sea, and Maritime Security Operations Centres.
- 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 – This book has now been published. Information on where and how to order can be found at – “Mom’s in the Navy” – more electronic payment options coming soon!
- 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)
- Former Defence Department official says red tape, lack of experience slowing $60-billion warship project (Your Executive Director notes: This article is one person’s view. I highly recommend you read Mr Ian Mack’s original paper https://www.cgai.ca/another_way_to_buy_frigate for a more complete and balanced perspective and some good hindsight perspectives on future shipbuilding projects.)
- NATO Deputy Secretary General to attend the Halifax International Security Forum
- NATO Battle Between U.S. And France Leaves Canada Stuck In The Middle
- HMCS Ottawa Commits Seven to the Deep on Deployment
- Cadet ranks swell in Lower Mainland; leaders credit Chinese, Indo-Canadian support
- Local sailor takes post at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- War graves commission launches virtual tours of remote sites
- Navy vessels among paintings on display
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 18, 2019
- U.S. Coast Guard Interdicts Semi-Sub Carrying $70M in Cocaine
- 11 Injured in Fire Aboard Amphib USS Iwo Jima
- USS Wasp Arrives In Norfolk, Completing Homeport Shift From Japan
- CG Cutter Stratton Returns After 162 Days
- Navy Committed Netted Sensors and Weapons to Support Future Fights
- How Powerful is US Navy’s $4.87 Million SM-6 Missile (Editor – impressive 10:03 min video)
- NOAA Plans to Stop Producing Traditional Paper Charts
- Pirates have attacked 16 cargo vessels a month this year in Gulf of Mexico
- Petrobras to be World’s Largest Oil Producer
- ★ Losing control of the South China Sea (Editor – I’m not sure anyone knows where this is going, but the rhetoric keeps ramping up)
- US, China sea tensions hit new boiling point
- Chinese Shocked: Why China Can’t Target U.S. Aircraft Carriers (Editor – a repeat, but worth a second look – 10:08 min video)
- CNO Gilday Signs Trilateral Cooperation Agreement with U.K., Japan Navy Heads
- US Told To ‘Stop Flexing Muscles’ In South China Sea
- China’s new carrier takes Taiwan by surprise
- USS America Steaming Toward New Homeport In Japan
- Defence expenditure and capability has been sufficient up until now
- Chagos Islands dispute: UK misses deadline to return control
- China’s Coast Guard Enforcing Its Blue Water Territorial Expansion
- PLA Navy Tests Civilian Container Ship for Underway Replenishment (Editor – but of course, they must have all the NATO manuals!)
- RAN ship arrives in Vietnam
- New Philippine sea czar leans towards China
- PH Navy to build Fuga Island outpost ahead of Chinese ‘smart city’ plan
- International submarine search and rescue exercise concludes off WA coast
- China Has Signed 197 Belt and Road Deals with 137 Countries
- The value ex-service personnel bring to your workforce – A HR perspective
- Panel: NATO Still Key to Counter Persistent Russian Threat (Editor – simple school-yard rule – numbers and solidarity in face of a bully)
- Royal Navy Intends HMS Queen Elizabeth to be Integrated into U.S. Carrier Operations
- Babcock awarded Type 31e Frigate contract
- Pakistani Frigate Joins with HMCS Halifax and NATO Ships in Exercise
- Barracuda-class: why this submarine is one of the best on earth (Editor – 4:47 min video)
- Ukraine accuses Russia of returning ships ‘stripped of toilets’
- Inside Europe’s largest hydrodynamic test facility: DGA Techniques Hydrodynamiques (Editor – 3:34 min video)
- U.S. Aircraft Carrier Group sails through Strait of Hormuz
- Yemen’s Houthi Detain Vessel in Red Sea
- Qatar Charters MSC Cruise Ships for 2022 FIFA World Cup
Yale Study Links High Levels of Depression, Anxiety and Suicidal Thoughts Among Seafarers
- Hampton Gray Memorial Brochure – For information on where/how to donate https://gallery.mailchimp.com/b5719a7805f8ba4aa0c47c55f/files/8ee7a4d3-6f83-45d9-ba78-f36a676501a4/LtGray_Brochure_v4a.pdf
- 10 Best AIRCRAFT CARRIERS In The World (Editor – great 15:06 min video summary)
- Honda Point Disaster – Taking a Wrong Turn at Albuquerque (Editor – If you don’t know this story it’s covered well in this 23:39 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.