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NAC News – Edition 339 HMCS Charlottetown

NAC News – Edition 339 HMCS Charlottetown

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of January 10th, 2020

Edition – 339 HMCS Charlottetown; and, K339 HMCS North Bay (WW2 Revised Flower Class Corvette)

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  • North of Sixty – The Naval Museum of Halifax invites you to the official opening of their new feature exhibition North of 60.  This exhibit explores the RCN’s history of operations in the arctic, with a focus on the career of HMCS Labrador.  16 Jan 2020, 1:30pm, Admiralty House, 2729 Gottingen St.  RSVP 902-721-8250   (Editor – if you aren’t local and can’t make it, I recommend reading the NAC Briefing Note The RCN in the Arctic
  • 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)
  • Naval Captain Bill Wilson Scholarship (see What’s New) – The Naval Association of Canada – Calgary Branch is pleased to announce the Naval Captain Bill Wilson Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to encourage academic study of matters relating to maritime security and defence.  It will be presented for the first time in 2020. This scholarship is appropriately named for a long time very active serving/retired officer and supporter of our Navy, NOAC/NAC, and a major driving force in Calgary for the Naval Museum of Alberta among other interests.










(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.