NAC News – Edition 336 HMCS Montreal
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 20th, 2019
Christmas Edition – 336 HMCS Montréal; J336 HMCS Wallaceburg (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”
- 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)
- ★ National Shipbuilding Strategy Impact (Editor – if anyone asks you why we need a strategy…here’s your answer! Excellent 3:30 min Seaspan video)
- Quebec shipyard selected to be new partner under shipbuilding program – will construct six icebreakers
- Arctic features prominently in new Canadian defence marching orders (Editor – actual letter link included)
- Three ministers to work on options for creation of the new Defence Procurement Canada
- HMCS Ottawa along with Republic of Korea Navy ships to arrive Wednesday on west coast
- HMCS Calgary working up to full deployment
- Journal of Military and Strategic Studies – The Global Expansion of China’s Military
- – 2019 (Editor – the author is one of our NAC members)
- Morneau’s Economic Update Shows Federal Deficits Will Be Billions Of Dollars Bigger
- Visit the New Sea King exhibit at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
- Opinion: This is what Canada needs in the Arctic
- Seaspan shipyards delivers its second state-of-the-art offshore fisheries science vessel to the Canadian coast guard
- New fleet of robotic vessels off West Coast will improve weather monitoring
- Corporate leaders experience navy life in HMCS Regina
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 16, 2019
- Huntington Ingalls Industries Launches U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) (Editor – she’s huge, 3:19 min video included)
- ★ House Approves Money for Carriers, Aircraft in New FY 2020 Funding Bill (Editor – the Navy and Marine Corps funding is part of the $693.3 billion FY 2020 total for the Department of Defense and part of the $1.4 trillion spending bill)
- Next-Generation Anti-Ship Missile Achieves Operational Capability with Super Hornets
- Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Destroyer Programs
- Report to Congress on Navy LPD-17 Flight II Amphibious Ship Program
- Study links military suicides with longer wars, but not combat time
- USN’s Next-Gen Patrol Boat Near End of OT&E
- Report: Fight Against China Requires Navy to Field Modern Unmanned Eyes In The Sky
- BAE Systems wins US Navy contract for laser-guided rockets
- NASSCO Starts Construction of U.S. Navy’s Second John Lewis-Class Fleet Oiler, Future USNS Harvey Milk (Editor – interesting politician to name a warship after)
- Mexican SIGMA Class Frigate ARM Reformer Completes Sea Trials
- Coast Guard: Russian Surveillance Ship Operating in ‘Unsafe’ Manner off East Coast
- Car Boom – The global trade in cars, trucks, auto parts and tractors continues to grow
- Archaeologists Discover Two Anchors Dating to the Conquest of Mexico
- ‘Unacceptable’: Japan urges Russia to release detained fishermen
- Chinese Navy takes delivery of second aircraft carrier
- China’s naval expansion continues as shipyards build at blistering rate
- Hong Kong protests test Beijing’s ‘foreign meddling’ narrative (Editor – not a naval article but important to potentially triggering events in the AP region on so many levels)
- China Panic: US Military Getting Japan island Nearby the China Sea become an US Aircraft Carrier
- China strengthens its recon wing
- How Singapore is replacing its submarines
- Pakistan’s first upgraded Agosta 90B submarine to start sea trials
- Australia’s Newest Warship HMAS Brisbane Arrives Home from First Overseas Deployment
- Divers clear mines in shallow water training
- Naval Group inks several MOUs for RAN countermeasure solutions
- US Diego Garcia base under threat
- Russia’s growing interests in the South China Sea
- GRSE Delivers Seventh MK IV Landing Craft Utility to Indian Navy
- China’s first unmanned cargo ship makes maiden test
- Patterns of GPS Spoofing at Chinese Ports
- Russian General Staff calls for resuming Russia-NATO cooperation
- Canada transfers command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two
- 182nd Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session – NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium (Editor – details FYI only)
- USS Ross Tailed By Russian Corvette in Black Sea
- World’s Largest Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker Completes Stage One Sea Trials
- Russia’s top general indirectly confirms Arctic deployment of Kinzhal missile
- New Intelligence On The Secretive Next Generation British Attack Submarine: SSNR
- Getting Brexit Done Brings Defense Challenges
- Dutch MoD Shortlists Naval Group for Submarine
- The Future of Maritime Navigation
- Italian Navy’s Vulcano Logistic Support Ship Begins Sea Trials (Editor – click on blank area above text to see pic of ship with some interesting design features)
- Floating Dock Sinks with Submarine at Russia’s Sevastopol Naval Base
- Carrier Fire Points to Weakness Behind Moscow’s Military Might
- Norway considers size limitation on passenger ships sailing to Svalbard
- Iran threat has not gone away, warns Royal Navy head
- Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Leaves Middle East After 220 Days, Truman in Red Sea
- FS Courbet seizes drugs in the gulf of Oman
- How Does Santa Find A Ship? | AIS Explained (Editor – Xmas special)
- ★ History’s Largest Mining Operation Is About to Begin
- World’s largest shipbuilder signs co-operation agreement with classification society (Editor – Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany)
- (DNG VL) are a Norwegian firm with global offices)
- Pirates Abduct Twenty Indian Seafarers Off Togo
- $5bn fund unveiled for climate-friendly shipping
- Developments in Ship Recycling in 2019
- CLIA: Thirty-Two Million Cruise Passengers Expected in 2020 (Editor – wow)
- How An Ammunition Problem Almost Destroyed Pearl Harbor A Second Time
- 10 Most Incredible Military Boats
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.