NAC News – Edition 334 HMCS Regina
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 6th, 2019
Edition – 334 HMCS Regina; J334 HMCS Sault Ste Marie (WW2 Algerine Class minesweeper)
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- 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)
- ★Robert Hampton Gray VC. DSC. RCNVR memorial fund raising
- 2020 NAC BOA Gala, conference and AGM – 30 April – 3 May 2020 in Ottawa.
- 30 Apr (Thursday) – Evening – 2020 BOA Gala Dinner at Canadian War Museum
- 1 May (Friday) – Day – NAC National Conference
- 2 May (Saturday) – Morning – NAC National 2020 AGM
- 3 May (Sunday) – 1000-1400 – National RCN BOA ceremony/parade and associated social gathering
- 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)
- ★ ‘We are in active daily crisis,’ Defence chief says
- Your Navy Today – November 2019
- NATO marks 70 years with mutual suspicion and insults
- Analysis: NATO’s defence budget formula is flawed — and Canada isn’t going to meet its target
- Canada increases contribution to NATO high readiness force
- ★ The Defence Procurement Outlook for Canada’s 43rd Parliament (Editor – a must read paper)
- HMCS Harry Dewolf at sea for Trials (Editor – entertaining 33 sec video)
- Ship Visits updated 30 Nov 2019
- Just How Scary is the Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) (Editor – first-rate 10:06 minute video about one of the Halifax Class’s missile systems)
- David J. Bercuson: Russia set to dominate the Arctic unless Canada acts quickly to address shipping concerns
- Serious Concerns Raised Over Inadequate Icebreaking Capabilities on Great Lakes
- Canadian military warned about ‘culture’ of stealing within special forces
- ‘My country fed me to the wolves:’ Veteran slams government settlement for military sexual misconduct victims
- Navy investigating reservist who encouraged fellow members of neo-Nazi web forum to enlist
- New RCN UAV SKELDAR V-200 Begins Mass Production in 2020
- New floats for small boats
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 2, 2019
- CNO Gilday Releases New, Simplified Command Guidance to Fleet
- General Dynamics Wins $22.2 Billion Contract for Virginia-Class Subs
- 2 Victims, Shooter Dead in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Shooting
- Navy to Hold Large Scale Fleet Exercises In Summer 2020
- ★ German WWI wreck Scharnhorst discovered off Falklands (Editor – last month we remembered Canada’s first service casualties of the First World War with the death of four cadets from the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada: Midshipman Malcolm Cann, Midshipman John V.W. Hatheway, Midshipman William Archibald Palmer, and Midshipman Arthur Wiltshire Silver who died when their ship HMS Good Hope was sunk with no survivors…105 years later the wreck of one of the enemy German ships involved in the battle is discovered)
- Carr: Foam Lance Under the Ice
- FOR SALE: The Navy’s First Operational Hydrofoil
- China suspends US Navy visits to Hong Kong over support for protests
- China, Japan, and the East China Sea: Beijing’s “gray zone” coercion and Tokyo’s response (Editor – note the download if desired for the full report)
- Contract for design, construction of RoKN’s first FFX-III frigate Expected For Early 2020
- Record 998 Chinese gov’t ships spotted in Japan’s contiguous zone near Senkakus this year
- Australia’s attack-class submarine programme to cost $152bn (Editor – I can’t resist, but given these numbers, a submarine programme for Canada would help attain the NATO 2% GDP goal)
- University and Industry collaboration supports next-gen naval shipbuilders
- New generation of RAN officers graduate from Naval College (Editor – given Jim Carruthers’s earnest paper on putting naval curriculum back into RCN officers training, I wonder what naval specific courses are taught at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell?)
- DNV GL Awards Approval in Principle for 25,000 TEU Containership (Editor – they just keep getting bigger and bigger)
- Submarines should be for defence not jobs
- U.S. Blacklists Six Tankers for Carrying Venezuelan Oil
- Japan’s Two Biggest Shipbuilders Announce Tie-Up
- London Declaration (Editor – NATO declaration at end of meeting)
- USS Harry S. Truman Enters U.S. 6th Fleet Region After Delayed Deployment Start
- Russian Navy to get over 480 items of armament and military hardware
- Big antisubmarine ships of project 1155 to fire Tsirkon missiles (Editor – Tsirkon Missile Info)
- Russian Northern Fleet warships set off for deployment to Atlantic
- The New Polish Navy vessel ORP Slazak ready for duty
- The President of the French Republic announces order of 6 patrollers overseas
- Northern Fleet Naval Aviation re-organised
- Royal Marines boarding experts take training to the next level
- New ship to handle all nuclear waste from Rosatom’s operations in Russian Arctic
- Russian icebreaker leaves Tromsø to supply ice-locked German research ship
- Wilhelmsen Launches 3D Printed Spares EAP
- Report: U.S. Shoulders Steep Price to Protect Merchant Ships in Strait Of Hormuz
- Officials: U.S. Navy seizes suspected Iranian missile parts set for Yemen
- Dutch to join French-led mission in Strait of Hormuz with frigate
- Dryad: 19 Tanker Crew Kidnapped off Nigeria
- As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglers
- IUMI: Major Loses on the Rise
- 60th Anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty
- Naval News Monthly Report – Episode 10 – November 2019 (Editor – 5:16 min video)
- ★ Flower class – Guide 124 (Editor – great summary of the Class in 10:05 min video)
- ★ Naval Legends: U.S.S. Cod. Part 1 | World of Warships (Editor – an amazing look at a war winning submarine class in a 19:48 min video)
- 70,000 Tons of Battleship Terror: How the Biggest Battleship Ever Committed Suicide
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – DECEMBER
(Month by month build of 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 December 1948 HMCS Shearwater, RCN Air Station, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is commissioned.
- 2 December 1946 HMCS Middlesex goes aground on Shut-in Island near Halifax and becomes a total loss.
- 2 December 1968 The Canadian submarine HMCS Rainbow is commissioned; purchased from the United States, it was originally the USS Argonaut launched in 1944.
- 3 December 1969 As the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure is decommissioned, the aviation fuel tanks are emptied and cleaned, but one of the tanks does not vent properly; two sailors are overcome by the fumes and another two lose their lives during the rescue attempt.
- 4 December 1940 HMCS Prince Henry is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
- 4 Dec 1950 A United Nations task force under Captain J.V. Brock, RCN, in HMCS Cayuga, and consisting of HMC Ships Athabaskan and Sioux, His Majesty’s Australian Ships Warramunga and Bataan, the USS Forest Royal, covered the seaborne withdrawal of civilians and elements of the 8th Army (US) threatened by enemy advances in the Chinnampo area, Korea.
- 5 December 1950 HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Cayuga bombard the port of Chinnampo, Korea (04-05 Apr).
- 6 December 1917 Halifax Explosion. A huge explosion in Halifax harbour destroys the naval facilities and much of the city.
- 7 December 1941 Canada declares war on Romania, Hungary, Finland and Japan.
- 7 December 1941 HMCS Windflower is lost and 23 of her crew perish after a collision with a Dutch freighter SS Zypenburg on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
- 8 December 1918 The Royal Canadian Naval Air Service is discontinued and the cadets being trained are demobilized.
- 10 December 1939 The first Canadian troop convoy sails for Britain escorted out of Halifax by HMC ships Ottawa, Restigouche, Fraser and St. Laurent
- 12 December 1969 RCN retires aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure after 12 years of service; “Bonnie” never saw combat, but was scrambled during the October Missile Crisis; later sold for scrap.
- 13 December 1940 HMCS Royal Roads is commissioned as a training establishment for Probationary Sub-Lieutenants.
- 17 December 1944 HMCS MONTREAL (frigate) rescues survivors of U-Boat 1209 wrecked on Wolf Rock southwest of Land’s End.
- 19 December 1945 The Government of Canada approves in principle the formation of a naval air branch.
- 20 December 1943 HMCS Prince David is re-commissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
- 24 December 1944 HMCS Clayoquot is torpedoed by a U806 and sinks while taking station on convoy XB.139, in the approaches to Halifax harbour. Eight of her crew were lost.
- 26 December 1954 HMCS ships HURON and IROQUOIS leave Korea for their home base in Halifax.
- 27 December 1944 HMCS St. Thomas sinks the German submarine U-877 in the North Atlantic.
- 28 December 1940 HMCS Prince David is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
- 29 December 1942 HMC Ships St. Laurent, Chilliwack, Battleford, and Napanee sink the German submarine U-356 in the mid-Atlantic.
- 31 December 1990 The crew of HMCS Preserver flies to the Persian Gulf to relieve HMCS Protecteur’s crew.