NAC News – Edition 337 HMCS Fredericton
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 27th, 2019
Edition – 337 HMCS Fredericton; K337 HMCS Kirkland Lake (WW2 River Class Frigate); and, J337 HMCS Winnipeg (WW2 Algerine Class minesweeper)
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- Vanguard ShipTech 2020 Forum Keynote Speaker: Mario Pelletier
- Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, 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)
- Industry briefing questions Ottawa’s choice of guns, defence systems for new frigates
- Canada’s new frigates could take part in ballistic missile defence – if Ottawa says yes
- How the “brain of the ship” thinks – the Ops Room demystified
- Icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent Leaves Northern Waters Concluding Canadian Coast Guard’s 2019 Arctic Operational Season
- Back to the drawing board for missing heavy icebreaker: Coast Guard
- Canada’s new Arctic patrol ships could be tasked with hurricane relief (Editor – many have failed to grasp just how versatile and capable the DeWolf Class is by design)
- RCAF accepts first new search-and-rescue plane despite issue with manuals
- Four federal departments crafting plans to answer government’s call to end veterans homelessness, documents show
- Care packages: A Canadian Armed Forces Christmas tradition
- Chaplain of the Sea (Editor – harbours are fascinating places)
- ★ Calling all Veterans (Editor – for the Veterans members our Veterans Ombudsman, despite the blog, MR Dalton was an army officer)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 23, 2019
- Is the U.S. Navy’s Dream of a 355 Ship Fleet Dead?
- Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization
- U.S. Navy Names Two New Subs in Honor of WWII Heroes
- Who are America’s allies and are they paying their fair share of defense? (Editor – interesting stats…also no mention of Canada with our history of CANUS activities such as NORAD)
- Sea Trials of Damen Mexican Navy Frigate Complete
- Official: Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit Deploys
- Raytheon wins contract to produce Standard Missile-6 for US Navy
- Navy Buys Three MQ-4 Tritons, Pays For Growler Jamming Upgrade Development
- Possible US foreign military sale of support for P-3C Orion anti-submarine aircraft of Argentina
- Flawed Bridge Technology Set The USS McCain Up For Disaster
- Beyond Expectation: The Bell V-280 Valor Delivers Results (Editor – impressive aircraft, it will be interesting to see what the maritime applications are?)
- New Brazilian submarine rescue ship arrives
- The Navy SEAL’s MK-23 Pistol Is A Truly Bizarre Weapon
- The Coast Guard Women Who Kept LORAN Running in WWII
- ★ Geopolitics of the South China Sea (Editor – excellent 17:14 min video)
- In East China Sea, Beijing plays long game (Editor – the geographic realities)
- China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Transits Taiwan Strait
- The Past, Present and Future of Maritime Trade Warfare
- China’s tech savvy frustrates Russians (Editor – “honour among thieves?”)
- China is getting smarter – but at what cost? (Editor – not a naval article but some interesting facts and perspective)
- Chief of Navy responds to concerns about submarine capabilities
- China’s 10,000 ton-class destroyer Nanchang now equipped with long-range missiles
- China has launched sea trials of new JARI-USV armed Unmanned Surface Vessel
- Ships ahoy for Myanmar’s new blue-water navy
- Bangladesh Navy receives two Chinese frigates
- Singapore Strait: Five Pirate Attacks in Four Days
- Putin’s new Arctic law paves way for biggest ever industrialization in Northern Russia
- Shipbuilders to deliver four nuclear-powered subs to Russian Navy in 2020
- Russia launches Nuclear-Powered Yasen-M Class Submarine Novosibirsk
- The First Sea Lord end of year address to the Naval Service (Editor – 4:54 min video)
- Russia’s Carrier On Fire – What Is Next For the Ship? (Editor – 11:05 min video)
- TechnicAtome, Naval Group Perform Divergence of Nuclear Reactor Onboard French Navy’s First Barracuda-Class Nuclear Attack Submarine Suffren
- HMS Tyne shadows Russian ship on Christmas day
- Turkey to boost naval forces with 6 new submarines entering service in 2022-2027
- Russia’s top shipbuilder set to become supplier for Lider icebreaker construction project
- HMS Clyde Returns to Portsmouth After 12 Years Patrolling Around Falkland Islands
- Sardinia dramatic storm rescue as cargo ship hits cliff
- Dutch to Build Combat Support Ship
- A floating nuclear power plant has started to produce electricity in a remote region of Russia
- Japan to send destroyer, P3C planes to Gulf area
- Red Sea geopolitics: Six plotlines to watch (Editor – a great background read)
- Iran to hold four-day naval drills with China and Russia (Editor – strange bedfellows)
- Lockheed Awarded $1.96B Construction Contract for Four Saudi Frigates
- UK Navy Warship Captures $4 mln of Drugs in Gulf of Oman
- ARES Shipyard Delivers First ARES 85 Hercules Fast Patrol Craft To Oman
- ★ Earth’s north magnetic pole is heading for Russia at an unprecedented rate, scientists say
- Pirates Release 19 Crew Members Kidnapped From Tanker In Gulf of Guinea
- One Dead, Four Kidnapped in Pirate Attacks off Gabon
- Swire Pacific Offshore: 7 Abducted Crew Members Released
- SOLAS Amendments Related to Costa Concordia Entering into Force
SCUTTLEBUTT (Editor – extra Scuttlebutt for the Holidays!)
- ★ Naval Legends: History of the US Carrier-borne Aviation. Part 1 | World of Warships (Editor – amazing images and stories in this 18:35 min video)
- Naval Legends: History of the US Carrier-borne Aviation. Part 2 | World of Warships (Editor – Part 2 is a 17:36 min video)
- Naval Legends: M33 | World of Warships (Editor – a unique piece of history in this 15:13 min video)
- Naval Boilers – Grates Under Pressure (Editor – historical perspective 36:45 min video)
- Naval Legends: Maiale | World of Warships (Editor – 10:25 min video)
- Big Sea Lions on a Small Boat (Editor – I couldn’t resist a New Year’s laugh)
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.