NAC News – Edition 356
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 8th 2020
Edition – 356 (110 years ago on 4 May 1910 – the Naval Service of Canada (Canadian Navy), later re-designated as the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), was authorized after Royal assent was given to the Naval Service Act of Canada.
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- Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s has new digital initiatives and invites Canadians to connect with the stories of World War heroes and take part in virtual acts of remembrance: Individual posts https://www.cwgc.org/share-your tribute
- Podcasts https://anchor.fm/cwgc/episodes/EP1-Africa-ecmkg2/a-a1trep2
- ★ The Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia extends an invitation to hear a Zoom based presentation by Jim Hanlon, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship, titled “Canadian Ocean Science and the Role of AOPS.” 1 pm Halifax time, Wednesday, 20 May, followed by Q&A and finish by 3 pm. All timings are Halifax time (GMT) -3. Jim’s bio https://coveocean.com/team/jim-hanlon. This presentation will highlight the gaps in Canada’s ocean understanding and will illustrate the kinds of ocean science that can readily be conducted from AOPS. There is no register fee, please email RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com and provide your name and organization. If you have not received this invitation directly from RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com, please indicate from whom you got it. Instructions will be emailed to registrants by end Tuesday, 19 May.
- NAC National AGM – Tuesday 16 June 2020 at 1200 (Ottawa time) via electronic means (GoToMeeting). Details including background material, agenda and proxy nomination/ballot forms will be posted to the NAC National website by 15 May
- 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.)
- 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)
- ★ Canadian Forces chopper crashed in full view of multiple witnesses, military confirms
- Navy officer who died in helicopter crash lived to serve others, family says
- HMCS Fredericton Memorial Service for CH-148 Crewmembers
- Canadian Armed Forces Members Killed In Helicopter Crash Get Emotional Welcome Home (Editor – videos included, including full 1 hr 25 min of ramp ceremony.)
- As military probes deadly crash, clues could lie in the Cyclone’s troubled procurement history
- A video message from Surgeon General | Mental Health Week 2020 (Editor – 3:14 min video)
- Armed Forces deploys almost all of its medical capacity against pandemic in Quebec nursing homes
- An In-Service Support Opportunity by Ian Mack May 2020
- Future Maritime & ISR capabilities: (Editor – comprehensive CDA Institute report)
- Canada Remembers Those Lost in Battle of the Atlantic
- Battle of the Atlantic Heros: William Bruce Wetherall
- HMCS Winnipeg BOA Ceremony (Editor – first-rate 1:23 min video)
- Wootton Bessett March (Editor – rousing music and poignant WW II images in this 5:28 min video from the 2019 Battle of the Atlantic ceremony in Halifax)
- ★ NAC Ottawa Speaker’s Evening May 2020 (Editor – for those that missed it, here is a recording of Tom Tulloch’s superb presentation in this 48:54 min video)
- Editor – The slides from the RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker Dr Adam Lajeunesse’s talk “Arctic Sovereignty: New Challenges and Opportunities” 29 April 2020 have been posted at https://rusi-ns.ca/arctic-sovereignty/. (Although there is no text nor narrative the slides in themselves are noteworthy)
- HMCS Calgary returning to CFB Esquimalt after weeks at sea to keep sailors safe from COVID-19
- Liberators of the Netherlands in 1945, today Canada’s Armed Forces are eclipsed by Dutch military (Editor – this article sums it up nicely)
- U-boat chaser Clarence King: Fire-eater and humanitarian
- ‘We just want to go home’: More than 300 Canadian crew members still stranded at sea aboard cruise ships
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 4, 2020
- SECNAV Nominee Braithwaite Written Statements to SASC
- US Rearms to Nullify China’s Missile Supremacy
- Meet what could be the U.S. navy’s ultimate weapon #WARTHOGDEFENSE (Editor – impressive new capability explained in this 4:34 min video)
- The Realities of Tracking Aircraft Carriers With Civilian Satellites
- U.S. Navy Stealth Destroyer Future USS Lyndon B. Johnson Achieves Important Milestone
- Navy Announces New VCNO, Other Top Assignments, in First Notification Since Policy Reversal
- U.S. Navy wants to buy as many as 30 of a new class of Light Amphibious Warships
- Bigger Navy Frigates Risk Oversized $1.4 Billion Cost Per Ship
- The US Navy’s modernization rush must not harm mine countermeasures
- Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Frigate FFG(X) Program
- HHI secures procurement contract for amphibious assault ship LHA 9
- SECDEF Esper: Theodore Roosevelt Outbreak Probe Will ‘Follow the Facts Wherever They Go’
- Navy Continues Advanced Surface Training, Deemed Mission-Essential, During COVID Restrictions
- Smuggling in the Time of Coronavirus
- Japan-Based Carrier USS Ronald Reagan is Underway as SECDEF Warns of Chinese Military Moves in South China Sea
- Chinese Navy has now six Type 094A Jin-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines
- Chinese Navy Submarines Are Protected By Underground Tunnels
- China Increases Potency of Anti-Carrier Capabilities
- Will Vietnam Lease Cam Ranh Bay to the United States?
- Again?! The price has exploded, again?! Future sub price grows by $10bn (Editor – now this is a cautionary tale! Here are earlier articles on the subject) Has the cost of Australia’s future submarines gone up? Part 1 Has Attack Class cost gone up? Part 2
- Its never too early to start planning for the future
- All six Collins submarines set to have their lives extended
- India to go ahead with $2.3 billion Turkish shipyard deal
- U.S. 6th Fleet and British navy sail above Arctic Circle for anti-submarine exercise
- Meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence
- NATO warships from SNMG1 and SNMCMG1 join for exercise
- Standing NATO Maritime Group Two returns from the Black Sea
- Italian Navy Cavour Aircraft Carrier ready for F-35B integration tests
- New project helps NATO talk with non-NATO organizations at sea
- France Deploys Two Frigates As It Joins Operation IRINI To Enforce Libya Arms Embargo
- Suspected Russian Spy Ship Loitering Near French Submarine Trials
- Russian Navy to float out new sub to carry Poseidon nuke drone in late June
- Russian shipbuilders to float out latest frigate armed with Kalibr cruise missiles
- The Royal Navy say it has tracked a Russian warship off the coast of France and monitored her movement through the English Channel
- Type 15 Destroyer HMS Dauntless to be fitted with three new powerful engines
- European ports hit the hardest by blanking of sailings
- The French Navy’s New Suffren Class Attack Submarine (Editor – a great submarine but nuclear and out of Canada’s league for our next boat)
- Turbocharger development and the emissions challenge
- ★ DEME’s ‘Game-Changing’ Offshore Installation Vessel Suffers 11th-Hour Crane Collapse – Incident Video (Editor – crane certification is so important! – 23 sec video)
- China sends new naval fleet for escort mission
- Russia Builds Up Mediterranean Naval Force
- US And Royal Navy Ships Take Part In Mine-Clearing Exercise
- Egypt’s third new submarine arrives in Alexandria
- RFA Cardigan Bay adds US Patrol Boats to her Family
- Floating nuclear power stations and their prospects (Editor – a much more interesting story than I expected in this 11:36 min video)
- Dryad: 16 mariners kidnapped in five days
- Oil Plummets, But the Iron Ore Trade Carries On (Editor – useful economic indicator)
★ Photos: 18 Carnival Ships Gather to Repatriate Crewmembers (Editor – not something you see every day!)
- ★ 150,000 seafarers in need of crew change
- Thirty-Nine Bulk Carriers Lost Over the Last Ten Years
- SCIENCE: Seafloor Microplastic Hotspots Controlled by Deep-sea Currents (Editor – this is disturbing)
- International Fleet Reviews of the Canadian Naval Centennial Pt1 (Editor – 10 years after RCN’s 100th replayed in this (first of two) 10:18 min video) International Fleet Reviews of the Canadian Naval Centennial Pt2 (Editor – 12:28 min video)
- WRENS – Canadian Naval Centennial Capsule 7/19 (Editor – exceptional women in this 3:36 min video)
- Editor – here are new RCN Band videos you might find useful should the need arise.
- War Ship: Navy Vessel Heavy Maintenance | Mega Pit Stops | Episode 4 | Free Documentary (Editor – a good look at the maintenance of a modern Danish warship 48:33 min video)
- Navy Hospital Ships – Transporting POWs and Saving Lives
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – MAY
(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 May 1961 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is reformed at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, flying Argus maritime patrol aircraft.
- 1 May 2002 HMCS St. John’s joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the multinational anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf.
- 3 May 1937 A Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) half-company was authorized in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur at the time) and later developed into HMCS Griffon, the current local Naval Reserve unit.
- 4 May 1910 The Canadian Navy, later re-designated as the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), is authorized after Royal assent is given to the Naval Service Act of Canada.
- 4 May 1911 Her Majesty’s Dockyard Esquimalt is transferred from British to Canadian authorities.
- 4 May 1945 The cruiser HMCS Uganda sails with an American task force to bombard Japanese airfields as part of the Okinawa campaign.
- 7 May 1944 HMCS Valleyfield, a frigate, is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-548 in the Atlantic Ocean with a loss of 125 sailors.
- 7 May 1945 SS AVONDALE PARK, Park SS Ltd., was Canadian registered, the last merchantman lost in the Battle of the Atlantic, off Firth of Forth, to U-2336 while in convoy EN-91. 9 crew were lost, typically including her Chief Engineer, 1 donkeyman, 4 RN DEMS gunners & 3 Maritime Reg’t RA gunners.
- 8 May 1942 U Boat 553 is the first enemy submarine to enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence to attack Canadian shipping.
- 8 May 1967 The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act is given Royal assent and begins the process of unification of the previously-separate RCN, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force.
- 9 May 1918 Lieutenant Rowland Bourke Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was commanding Motor Launch 276 when the events that would earn him a Victoria Cross occurred. The British had attempted an operation to block the port of Ostend, Belgium so it could not be used by the Germans who were occupying it. In the aftermath of the overnight daring but bloody naval assault, Bourke took his ship into the enemy harbour to look for any remaining survivors of the raid.
- 11 May 1898 Canadian brothers Harry and Willard Miller born in Noel Shore, Nova Scotia. while serving as USN sailors on board the U.S.S. Nashville in Cuban waters, both earned the US Medal of Honour. During a ship’s boat undersea cable-cutting operation and facing the heavy fire of the enemy they both displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout the action.
- 12 May 1940 HMCS Ypres while operating the harbour entrance “gate” was accidently rundown by HMS Revenge. She was the first loss of the RCN during WW2.
- 12 May 1942 The German submarine U-553 sinks the steamers Nicoya and Leto between Gaspe and Anticosti island.
- 12 May 1945 HMCS Victoriaville (frigate) escorts the surrendered U-Boat 190 into Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
- 13 May 1943 HMCS Drumheller, HMS Lagan and an aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 423 Squadron combine to sink the German submarine U-753 in the Atlantic Ocean.
- 13 May 1945 German submarine U-899 officially surrendered to the RCN near Shelburne, N. S. becomes the only German sub to surrender in Canadian waters during Second World War.
- 14 May 1917 Lieutenant R. Leckie, Royal Naval Air Service, flying a Curtiss H-12 flying boat shoots down the German Zeppelin L.22 over England.
- 15 May 1941 Ten corvettes in UK shipyards are formally commissioned as RCN ships.
- 16 May 1945 HMCS MATANE is sent to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll.
- 17 May 1963 Approval is given for the RCN to begin work on the first Canadian military hydrofoil, HMCS Bras D’Or.
- 18 May 1914 The Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) is authorized as part of the RCN.
- 21 May 1917 The Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) is established by Royal Charter.
- 21 May 1939 King George VI unveils the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
- 22 May 1931 HMCS SAGUENAY is commissioned at Portsmouth-one of the first ships built for the RCN.
- 24 May 1963 Sea King helicopters enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 24 May 1941 HMS Hood is sunk by the Bismarck in the Denmark Straits: three Canadian midshipmen serving on the battle cruiser are killed.
- 25 May 1941 The first seven corvettes for the Newfoundland Escort Force arrive in St. John’s.
- 29 May 1982 The National War Memorial in Ottawa is rededicated to include dates of the Second World War and Korean War.
- 30 May 1939 King George VI presented his Color to the RCN in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, B. C.