NAC News – Edition 357
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 15th 2020
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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 GoToMeeting)
- Details including background material, agenda, and proxy nomination/ballot forms will be posted to the NAC National website Victoria Day weekend 16-18 May 2020.
- 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 military postpones North Korea sanctions deployment due to COVID-19
- Flight control software glitch haunted Cyclone helicopter during trials
- Military chopper crash investigation could take more than a year: Sajjan
- Canadian military doesn’t know location of Cyclone helicopter wreckage but U.S. approached for help in recovery
- Remains of 2nd Canadian military helicopter crash victim identified
- Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton back in action after Cyclone crash
- Veterans ombudsman calls it quits after 18 months
- Watchdog blasts compensation regimes for disabled veterans, calls for overhaul
- Veterans advocates lament sudden departure of ombudsman Craig Dalton
- Update on additional temporary changes to the PSHCP
- Royal Canadian Navy 110th Birthday (Editor – pic packed RCN tribute 1:47 min video)
- Navy sailors back at home after spending seven weeks in isolation off coast
- Robert Smol on VE-DAY: Modern aging veterans don’t have an equivalent symbol of their sacrifice, and that’s a problem
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 11, 2020
- Acting SECNAV McPherson Ends Navy Future Carrier Study; Nominee Braithwaite Gives Full Support to Ford Program
- Fincantieri’s FREMM Wins US Navy FFG(X) Frigate Competition – Part 1: FFG(X) in details (Editor – remarkable gun ammo in this 4:29 min video)
- Boeing will deliver 467 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles for foreign military sales customers
- Boeing Delivers 100th P-8A Poseidon Built for the U.S. Navy
- Report to Congress on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program
- USS Lassen, Embarked Coast Guard Team Recover Illegal Drugs in Caribbean
- U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln Departs for Eastern Pacific
- GAO Report on Navy Ship Maintenance
- HMS Medway conducts aviation training in Caribbean
- USCG: Boaters Need to Respect Narrow Channels Rule (Editor – just for the fun pic. Note the rules came into effect in 1972)
- US and China: edging towards a new type of cold war? (Editor – not a naval article, but a indicator of the strange and precarious times we live in)
- US Sails Warship Near Taiwan
- Maritime Standoff Between China And Malaysia Winding Down
- ★ Japan could carry the day in a US-China conflict (Editor – it is difficult to compare navies abilities. I found this dated but still relevant article useful When Comparing Navies, Measure Strength, Not Size )
- China plays divide and rule (Editor – where is this all going?)
- Shandong – The First Chinese 100% Domestic Carrier (Editor – excellent visuals of China’s first indigenous carrier in this 11:02 min video)
- Launch of 600-ton catamaran-hull patrol vessel Anping CG601 for Taiwanese Coast Guard
- Japan’s Lithium-Ion Battery Submarines Are A Leap Forward For Navies Everywhere
- US analyst raises concerns about America’s military primacy in Indo-Pacific
- Petronas Drillship Exits South China Sea After Standoff
- China Shocked: USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) Operates in South China Sea (Editor – 10:17 min video)
- Navy MQ-4 Triton Flying Operational Missions From Guam
- China fires its latest underwater nuclear missile into spotlight with science prize
- Satellites Show Scale Of Suspected Illegal Dredging In South China Sea
- China’s Naval Aviation Force Shows up at Fiery Cross Reef
- India Worries China may be Constructing South China Sea-Like Artificial Island in Maldives
- Four Naval Ships Sail as India Starts Biggest Ever Evacuation of Indians from Across Globe
- U.S. Navy Deploys LCS to Contested South China Sea Well Site
- First Two Japanese V-22 Osprey Arrived On Home Soil
- Sub construction confirmed for 2024 but contract detail questions remain
- ★ World’s Largest Containership Departs China with Record Load (Editor – I added this old article for perspective about how important containers are: The simple steel box that transformed global trade)
- China’s Largest Petrochemical Port Commences Operation (Editor – insatiable demand)
- U.S. and British Ships depart Barents Sea, Continue Arctic Operations
- Russian Arctic military exercise draws awe and concern (Editor – nice 3-day trick, but in truth it points out the harsh realities of sustaining any arctic military operations)
- Unprecedented early ice breakup in Russian Arctic highlights dramatic change
- Hellenic Navy’s Frigate ‘Hydra’ Set To Join European Operation IRINI
- Royal Navy Commissions Fourth Astute-Class Nuclear Attack Submarine HMS Audacious
- Turkey’s New Assault Carrier Will Transform Navy (Editor – yet another NATO nation with a large aviation capable ship)
- Britain to restart competition for fleet solid support ships, but who’s allowed to bid?
- Ministry of Defence slammed for ‘getting ripped off’ as MPs warned Royal Navy is facing a ‘perfect storm’ of ship woes
- ★ Portugal plans to double its territory (Editor – I believe the similar claims process as the in the Arctic region, with the implications being equally huge, a 13:45 min video.)
- Why NATO needs a standing maritime group in the arctic
- First newbuilding hits the water at Russia’s Zvezda
- Cooperation Agreement For German Naval Shipbuilding
- Russian Pipelayer Arrives at Staging Point for Nord Stream 2 Project
- COVID-19 Aboard French Aircraft Carrier: 98% Of The Crew Now Cured
- EU Launches 3 Calls For Projects In The Field Of Protection Against Sub-Surface Threats
- Liebherr Addresses Crane Collapse in Rostock (Editor – see second self-explanatory 46 sec video)
- ★ Iran: 19 Sailors Killed in Naval Friendly-Fire Incident
- Army Chief: Military Delegations Investigating Naval Accident Southeast of Iran
- Israel’s new unity government delayed by dispute over cabinet posts (Editor – not naval but a noteworthy event)
- These Submarines Have Made Iran’s Navy The World’s Fourth-Strongest
- Satellite Images Show That Chinese Navy Is Expanding Overseas Base
- Elbit Systems Introduces a UAS-Based Long-Range Maritime Rescue Capability
- Two Kidnapped Off Equatorial Guinea
- MAN Energy joins forces with Imabari-led team to develop aluminum-powered ships
- ★ VIDEO: How Offshore Oil Rigs Work (Editor –timely and first-rate 12:04 min video)
- German U-boat crews abandon plans to scuttle; surrender instead
- VIDEO: Research Groups Find Wreck of ‘Unsinkable Battleship’ USS Nevada (Editor – pics and video included)
- Mills’ Marauders – Last Stand at South Georgia 1982 (Editor – 7:48 min video)
- The Empire Strikes Back – Retaking South Georgia 1982 (Editor – part two 9:31 min video)
- HMS Beagle: Dock for Darwin’s ship gets protected status
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.