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NAC News – Edition 338 HMCS Winnipeg

NAC News – Edition 338 HMCS Winnipeg

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of January 3rd, 2020

Edition – 338 HMCS Winnipeg; and, K338 HMCS Lindsay (WW2 Revised Flower Class Corvette)

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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








AFTERMATH Of Giant Sea Lions on Small Boat! DAMAGE ASSESSMENT With Owner! Olympia, WA  (Editor – amusing 4:45 min follow up to video from last week)


(It’s been a year for this “month-to-month” calendar – if you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are also 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 January 1923 – The National Defence Act, which was passed in June 1922, takes effect, creating the Department of National Defence.
  • 1 January 1907 – Military – British Admiralty provisionally hands over the Halifax Dockyard to Canadian authorities.
  • 1 January 1946  The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve together become the RCN (Reserve).  From this date officers of the Regular Force and Reserve wore the same sleeve lace.
  • 4 January 1943 HMCS Prince Henry is re-commissioned as Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
  • 4 January 1945  German U-boats torpedo steamship “Polarland” near Halifax; Canadian merchant ship “Nipiwan Park” also sunk by submarine attack.
  • 4 January 1781 Royal Navy press gang seizes Lunenburg farmers in Halifax and puts them on a British Man-of-War, in spite of a jury finding that the impressment is illegal.
  • 8 January 1944  HMCS Camrose and HMS Bayntun sink the German submarine U-757 in the North Atlantic.
  • 9 January 1945  HMCS Ehkoli, a former RCN patrol boat, is re-commissioned in the RCN as a survey vessel.
  • 11 January 1957  HMCS Magnificent arrives in Port Said with the main body of the Canadian contribution in troops and materiel to the United Nations Emergency Force controlling the Israeli-Egyptian border.
  • 13 January 13, 1943 – RCN corvette HMCS Ville de Québec sinks German submarine U-224 off Italy; RCN’s first U-boat kill.
  • 14 January 1952  HMCS Uganda is renamed Quebec.
  • 17 January 1957  HMCS Bonaventure is commissioned at Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the first aircraft carrier to be owned outright by Canada and incorporates several post-war technical developments: an angled deck, mirror landing aid, and steam catapult.
  • 19 January 1911  The Royal Naval College of Canada opens in Halifax.
  • 19 January 1943  HMCS Port Arthur sinks the Italian Submarine Tritone in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 22 January 1942  The Canadian Naval Board is established.
  • 24 January 1932  HMC Ships Skeena and Vancouver land armed parties at Acajutla, El Salvador, to protect British subjects threatened in a revolution.
  • 24 January 1946  HMCS Warrior, the RCN’s first aircraft carrier, is commissioned and Nos. 803, 825, 826, and 883 Squadrons (already manned by Canadians) are transferred from the Royal Navy.
  • 26 January 1955  Cabinet approves the entry of members of the Womens’ Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as members of the RCN Regular Force.
  • 30 January 1991  At the Battle of Babiyan a CF-18 Hornet attacks and causes irreparable damage to an Iraqi warship. It was the only CF-18 credited with an official victory during the Gulf War.
  • 31 January 1923  The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve are established.