NAC News – Edition 352
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of April 10th, 2020
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- ★ (Editor – the Commander RCN has officially “deferred all official Battle of Atlantic ceremonies to a later date. Meanwhile, expect some guidance soon as to how we can all individually & safely salute our amazing predecessors – veterans of BOA as well as the other wars & ops conducted since in which the RCN has distinguished itself as a proven warfighting service…”)
- Just for the Hull of It (Editor – precis of the words of the Chair of the CNMT “Thirty-six years ago, the Naval Association of Canada took the lead and the volunteer Canadian Naval Corvette Trust (later Canadian Naval Memorial Trust) was established to acquire and restore HMCS Sackville to her 1944 configuration…Mother nature has taken a toll on the hull of the ship…Funds raised during the campaign will be designated to the CNMT Preservation Fund for the critical and necessary work to safeguard the ship…with a goal of approximately 12 million dollars.)
- 2020 NAC BOA Gala, conference and AGM (Editor – Postponed until further notice out of concern for the health and welfare of those we seek to honour, our loyal NAC members far and wide, those who loyally serve in the RCN, and those who support the NAC (we have some very generous corporate sponsors for these events), we have decided to postpone these activities to a later date. We are working on a plan to host a replacement dinner and conference in October along with other RCN activities which may be scheduled at that time. The AGM will be held via electronic means sometime in June. Details to follow.)
- 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)
- Your Navy Today – March 2020
- HMCS Nanaimo’s Commander takes on Operation Caribbe
- Canadian military intelligence unit issued warning about Wuhan outbreak back in January
- Canadian Forces call back ships, cut missions short due to COVID-19
- Feds offer full-time work to all military reservists as part of COVID-19 response
- Canada Makes Provisions for Seafarer Transits
- Canada Tightens Regulations on Ferries and Cruise Ships
- CANSEC 2020 cancelled because of COVID-19 – trade show to be held next year
- Infographic: Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel
- Royal Canadian Navy Orders Four Tugs with SCHOTTEL Propulsion
- HMCS Regina WWII Admiralty Paint Scheme (Editor – RCN 1:23 min video)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 6, 2020
- ★ Philly Shipyard Wins Contract to Build US Training Ships (Editor – Wow, what a capable ship explained with a 5:04 min video included. Here’s an opportunity for Canada to get its honking big ship while the line is open. Not necessarily a naval vessel.)
- Hawaii: Delay Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise over virus
- U.S. Naval Institute – Open Digital Access (Editor – a nice opportunity)
- USNS Comfort Prepared for 500 COVID-19 Patients; Crewmember Diagnosed With Virus
- U.S. Navy Probe to Decide Future of Fired Commander & Dismissed U.S. Navy Captain Gets Hero’s Ovation from Crew (Editor – follow on articles to last week’s articles, it’s a strange saga indeed)
- Fired Teddy Roosevelt Captain Tests Positive for COVID-19 – Report (Editor – now here is a new wrinkle!)
- Modly Apologizes to Roosevelt Crew, Former CO as Navy Extends Investigation; Trump Says He ‘May Just Get Involved’
- Precedent for Roosevelt captain’s action
- Coronavirus warship row: Acting US Navy secretary resigns
- Modly’s Final Message to the Fleet
- Nimitz Becomes 4th Aircraft Carrier with COVID-19 Case: Report
- Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Undergoing Availability Undocked at PSNS & IMF
- Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles
- Bollinger Delivers USCGC Harold Miller
- US Navy commissions new Virginia-class attack submarine
- HII Wins 1.5B Deal to Build 15th LPD for U.S. Navy
- US Navy exercises option for additional two Navajo-class ships
- ★ 250,000 Cruise Passengers Disembarked in U.S.
- COVID-19 Crisis: 114 Cruise Ships Are in or near US Waters
- ‘It’s a Joke’: Only 20 Patients Being Treated Aboard 1,000-Bed USNS Comfort in NYC
- U.S. Navy Procuring Three More MQ-25 Unmanned Aerial Refueller from Boeing
- US Indo-Pac Command identifies $20bn wish list to deter China
- Chinese ship hits and sinks Vietnamese fishing boat in South China Sea, detains crew
- Veneer of China’s Charm Offensive Cracked By Vietnamese Fishing Boat Incident
- Russia Offers India Three Refurbished Kilo-Class Submarines
- India to hand over Soviet-built Kilo-class submarine to Myanmar Navy, says source
- Indonesia Is Reconsidering Contract with South Korea for 3 Diesel-Electric Submarines
- ★ Video: 15,000 TEU Container Ship Topples STS Crane at Port of Busan (Editor – incredible 5 min video)
- Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 exercise with Romania in the Black Sea (Editor – HMCS Fredericton)
- NATO Forces Clear Mines Off Port of Dieppe
- French Carrier Heading Home Early Amid Suspicion of COVID-19 Outbreak
- Analysis: Main Differences Between Project 885M And Project 885 SSGN
- HMS Richmond Undergoes Trials After Major Overhaul in Readiness for Carrier Escort Duty
- First S2150 Sonar Fitted Aboard RN Type 23 Frigate HMS Portland
- RN’s fourth Astute-class Submarine Sets Sail for Her Home Base in Clyde
- Russian Navy Latest Frigate Transits Norwegian Sea After State Trials
- Merlin helicopters assigned to the COVID19 Support Force (Editor – 3:08 min video)
- Guide to the Merlin Mk4 helicopter (Editor – 1:08 min video look at the Merlin)
- Aft-section of Swedish Blekinge-class submarine has been put together
- Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Transits Strait of Hormuz
- Iranian Navy Building New Submarines And A 6,000-Ton Destroyer
- Iran Deploys Missiles Covering The Strait Of Hormuz
- TKMS Hands Over Third Type 209 Submarine to Egyptian Navy
- ★ Thousands of Cruise Ship Crew Members Stranded at Sea
- Worst Case Scenario Could Bring About USD 23 Bn Loss for Carriers
- ICS Issues New Guidance for Managing Ship and Seafarer Certificates Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (Editor – “Our seafarers and the maritime community are the lifeblood of the global economy, we need to do all we can to maintain both crew and ship safety, while ensuring that food, fuel and goods, including vital medical supplies, continue to flow.”)
- The Laws of the Navy – Rear Admiral Ronald Hopwood, CB, RN 1986 (Editor – always a poem worth having a read…timeless in its applicability!)
- How the US’ Hospital Ships Work (Editor – I found another good hospital ship 10:46 min video)
- ★ The Animation of the 1919 German Fleet Scuttle in Scapa Flow (Editor – an amazing part of history explained in this 23:50 min video that is heavy with startling photos)
- ★ Fairmile – Greyhound of the Seas 1: RML 497 – A New Life (Editor – fascinating and somewhat startling 9:29 min video on a small but valiant WW2 vessel)
- This Epic Battle Pitted One of Europe’s Last Wooden Warships Against an Ironclad
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – APRIL
(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 now defunct “Canada Channel”, “Legion Magazine”, Roger Litwiller’s excellent web site, and anywhere else I can find credible information)
- 1 April 1733 Canada’s First lighthouse lit for the first time, using coal from nearby Morien and Spanish River; the round 200 metre tower, made with cement from limestone burned in local kilns, is the first fireproof concrete structure in North America at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, and it is the only other on the entire eastern coast of North America is in Boston.
- 1 April 1873 Wreck of luxury liner SS Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool to New York; the ship was turning into Halifax Harbour to get coal, but struck a reef in the foggy night near Mars Rock, Meagher’s Island, near Terrance Bay – 546 people drown in heavy seas, while local fishermen manage to save 300. Prospect, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1941 RCN armed merchant cruiser Prince Henry intercepts two German ships off Peru; ships scuttled.
- 1 April 1959 New St. Lawrence Seaway opens for business; will be officially dedicated June 26 by the Queen and US President Dwight Eisenhower.
- 2 April 1887 US seizes Canadian sealing ships in North Pacific; other seizures on the 9,12, and 17th. Juneau, Alaska
- 3 April 3, 1935 Lt(N) J. P. Connolly appointed Commanding Officer, charged to raise a RCNVR unit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 3 April 1996 Members of the Canadian Forces ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry. Ottawa, Ontario
- 3 April 2007 Royal Assent given to the Veterans’ Bill of Rights; PM Harper says Ottawa will establish an ombudsman for veterans, so the government can respond quickly and fairly to any concerns of veterans. Ottawa, Ontario
- 4 April 1949 Canada signs the North Atlantic Treaty with Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.S.; becomes founding member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization; NATO members pledge to defend each other in event of Soviet attack. NATO is Canada’s first peacetime military alliance. Washington, DC
- 5 April 1958 Ripple Rock blown up with 1.2 tons of Nitramex, in world’s largest non-nuclear explosion to date; the reef was a shipping hazard just below the surface of Seymour Narrows near Campbell River that had sunk or damaged 119 vessels and caused the death of over 100 people. Captain George Vancouver called the narrows “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.” Campbell River, BC
- 6 April 1954 HMCS Magnificent, Canada’s second aircraft carrier, sails from Halifax on her last voyage; she will be replaced by HMCS Bonaventure. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1948 RCN’s aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent commissioned to replace HMCS Warrior. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1991 HMCS Athabaskan, Terra Nova and Protecteur arrive home from Gulf War; ships left in early August; Huron leaves for the Gulf to help enforce the embargo against Iraq. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1995 HMCS Nipigon supports Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard ships during a dispute with Spain over illegal overfishing of Greenland turbot on the Grand Banks.
- 8 April 1945 cruiser HMCS Uganda joins British Pacific Fleet. Hong Kong, China
- 9 April 1929 – Canadian Ambassador Vincent Massey protests against sinking of Canadian schooner I’m Alone; crew released; case of rum-runner to go to arbitration. Washington, DC
- 10 April 1836 Hudson’s Bay Company steamship Beaver arrives at Fort Vancouver and has her boilers and paddles connected; left London August 29, 1835 under the command of Captain David Home under sail alone; rounded Cape Horn and called at Juan Fernandez and Honolulu en route; SS Beaver will be used to service trading posts between the Columbia River and Russian America (Alaska); 1862 chartered by the Royal Navy to survey and chart the coast of the Colony of British Columbia. Portland, Oregon
- 11 April 1940 Burrard shipyards begin building corvettes and minesweepers for action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Vancouver, BC
- 11 April 1962 The Government of Canada announces plans to build eight frigates and buy three submarines.
- 14 April 1828 The 18-gun sloop Acorn sinks off Halifax with the loss of 115 men.
- 14 April 1944 HMCS Swansea and HMS Pelican combine to sink the German submarine U-448 in the North Atlantic. Swansea’s second kill in less than six weeks.
- 15 April 1814 Kingston Navy Dockyard launches two warships, the Prince Regent and the Princess Charlotte; under Commodore Sir James Yeo, they will blockade the American fleet in Sackett’s Harbour and capture Oswego, restoring Canadian control of Lake Ontario in the War of 1812 and ending the threat of US invasion. Kingston, Ontario
- 16 April 1945 German U-Boat U-190 torpedoes and sinks RVN Bangor Class minesweeper HMCS Esquimalt 5 miles off Chebucto Head near the Halifax lightship; forty-four of her ship’s company are lost in the last major naval loss of the War; U-190 will surrender May 11; will be sunk ceremonially on October 21, 1947 where she had destroyed the Esquimalt.
- 22 April 1944 HMCS Swansea and Matane using depth charges sink U311 south of Iceland.
- 23 April 1947 HMCS Malahat re-commissioned as Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division; originally commissioned as naval recruiting centre January 15, 1944. Victoria, BC
- 25 April 1945 Canada one of 50 nations attending founding United Nations Conference on International Organization, opening in San Francisco; will approve United Nations Charter on June 26. San Francisco, California.
- 25 April 1967 Commons passes Bill C-243, “The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act,” unifying the RCN, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into one service, the Canadian Armed Forces, with common uniform and rank designations; act comes into effect February 1, 1968.
- 26 April 1778 Captain James Cook sails from Nootka Sound, tracing the coast of British Columbia.
- 26 April 1945 HMCS Ontario, a cruiser, is commissioned.
- 26 April 1944 HMCS Athabaskan and Haida fight two German destroyers off Ile de Bas, France, and drives a flaming German warship aground.
- 28 April 1818 U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Convention, signed April 28 and 29, 1817, making it a lawful treaty of the United States; limits naval forces on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Washington, DC
- 29 April 1944 German torpedo boat T-24 sinks HMCS Athabaskan; 128 lose their lives and 86 are captured.
- 30 April 1884 Victoria coal baron Robert Dunsmuir starts building the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, later known as the Vancouver Island Railway, to support the coal and lumber industry, and the Royal Navy Base at Esquimalt Harbour; on August 13, 1886 John A. Macdonald will drive home the last railway spike at Cliffside near Shawnigan Lake.
- 30 April 30, 1941 German U-boat torpedoes Canadian passenger ship Nerissa off Ireland; 73 Canadian Army personnel lost. Atlantic Ocean
- 30 April 1943 The Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, RCN, takes over control of all shipping movements in the western North Atlantic under the title of Commander-in-Chief Canadian North West Atlantic.