NAC News – Edition 358 HMCS Asbestos
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 22nd 2020
Edition – K358 HMCS Asbestos (WW2 Revised Flower Class Corvette, a short life)
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- 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 this coming week.
- 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)
- U.S. Navy salvage drone to search for missing Canadian helicopter
- Update: US Navy contributes Remora ROV to Canadian CH-148 recovery attempt
- Helicopter involved in deadly Ionian Sea crash had just undergone maintenance: RCAF spokesperson (Editor – professional and informative 1:48 min news video)
- Cyclone helicopter involved in photo shoot shortly before crash, Canadian military confirms (Editor – given what is known now, how on earth did the “lost helicopter” story start?)
- Eat, sleep, lead: On board HMCS Nanaimo
- From radar tech to unmanned aircraft pilot
- Canadian Ocean Science and the Role of AOPS (Editor – an excellent RUSI (Zoom) presentation was given on the 20th, a pdf of the PowerPoint slides is now available)
- ★ Canada is Quietly Building The Trading Empire Of The World (Editor – a somewhat suspect and controversial 16:09 min video that raises a number of issues in this walk through the future availability of the northwest passage)
- Canadian Navy Review (Editor – latest edition notification)
- 3 navy sailors in hospital after crash at CFB Esquimalt
- Dive back in: RCN skilled re-enrollment now available
- Flagship HMCS Haida represents the RCN’s deep bond with the Indigenous peoples of Canada
- Alaskan, Canadian Crude Sent to China as Demand Recovers
- Ports Planning to Deny Cruise Ships’ Return
- Sea Control 174 – Operation Megaphone (Editor – speakers you may know in this 1:11:27 long podcast)
- Canada’s Oceans Now Arctic Ecosystem 2019
- HMCS Margaree’s anchor, now restored
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 18, 2020
- Venezuela’s military to escort Iranian tankers bringing petrol
- Fincantieri’s FREMM Wins US Navy FFG(X) Frigate Competition – Part 2: Interview during SNA 2020 (Editor – [excuse the ad] Part 2 from last week in this 4:06 min video)
- Fincantieri’s FREMM Wins US Navy FFG(X) Frigate Competition – Part 3: FMM Shipyard Expansion Plan (Editor – explanation of shipyard expansion in 4:12 min video)
- USS Missouri departs Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for sea trials
- USS Blue Ridge Stays At Sea Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
- Just How Powerful is SeaRAM Missile System (Editor – great look at SeaRAM in this 10:00 min video)
- The “new look” US Navy of the new Gerald R. Ford-class nuclear-powered “supercarriers” (Editor – remarkable ship explained in this 6:54 min video
- CVN 78 Completed a Record 167 Aircraft Launches & Recoveries in a Single Day
- Report to Congress on Amphibious Warship Programs
- Brazilian Navy Commissions Submarine Rescue Vessel ‘Guillobel’
- Former ROK Navy Pohang-Class Corvette To Be Commissioned By Colombian Navy By Year-End
- First fleet aerial refueling certification between an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and F/A-18F Super Hornet
- U.S. Navy Conducts Crew Swap on Coronavirus-Stricken Destroyer USS Kidd
- US Navy’s Newest Yard Tug Launched
- Navy Removes USS Philippine Sea CO After Fuel Spill
- US Navy conducts maritime security operations in the Caribbean with littoral combat ships and destroyers
- 24 Navy Ships Went to the Shipyard for Repairs. Only 3 Made It Back to Sea on Time
- Mk 45 5-inch Gun Live Fire [Training Footage] (Editor – Impressive gun. [Still putting down mats to protect the deck and catch the spent casings!] 3:40 min video)
- Northrop Grumman Builds Very Lightweight Torpedo For U.S. Navy
- USNS Mercy Departs Los Angeles
- Round 2 of #ProjectTrident is LIVE! (Editor – I have no dealing with CIMSEC but they seem to be an engaged organization)
- How the U.S. can better suppress illegal drug trafficking in the Caribbean
- The Unsung Benefits of the Inland Waterways
- ★ US, China could be sleepwalking into a new war (Editor – strange times indeed)
- NPC: China moves to impose controversial Hong Kong security law (Editor – not a naval article, but an issue with uncertain ramifications)
- The Navy just sent a submarine force into the Western Pacific in a message to China
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Back Underway 2 Months After COVID Outbreak
- USS America (LHA-6) Sails The South China Sea With Some Teeth
- BAE and ASC Hunter Class shipbuilding briefing steams ahead
- US destroyer spotted off coast of Shanghai as PLA Navy begins 11-week exercise in Yellow Sea
- Six diesel-electric subs to join Russia’s Pacific Fleet soon
- Chinese PLA Navy to Retire Its Last Type 051 Destroyer Zhuhai
- Final Air Warfare Destroyer ‘HMAS Sydney’ Commissioned In The Royal Australian Navy
- Philippine Navy BRP Jose Rizal Frigate to Arrive on 23 May
- Op-Ed: Submarine Program updates are like pulling teeth
- Taiwan requests to United States 18 MK-48 Mod 6 Advanced Technology torpedoes
- Vietnam rejects China’s fishing ban
- China Marine Corps on Show in the South China Sea
- N-subs and balance of power in Indo-Pacific
- ★ Tanker Movements Reveal China’s Splurge on Cheap Crude
- Yang Ming’s 2,800 TEU newbuilds to get Smart Ship notations
- Typhoon Sends Manila Cruise Ships to Sea
- Statement by the NATO Secretary General on the Open Skies Treaty
- Faster, quieter and higher maneuverability. Northern Fleet soon to get first upgraded ballistic missile sub
- NATO Takes Part in Swedish Naval Exercise
- The French Navy Is Planning A New Aircraft Carrier. It Needs Two
- A19 Submarine HSwMS Gotland Back In Swedish Navy Service Following Upgrade
- Italy’s Getting Two Aircraft Carriers. Too Bad It Won’t Have Enough Stealth Fighters To Fly From Them
- German MKS 180 Multi-Purpose Combat Ship Program Back on Track
- Giuseppe Garibaldi – A True Carrier Of Only 13,000 Tons, Can You Believe It? (Editor – this venerable but still capable carrier explained in this 11:02 min video)
- Russian Navy’s Admiral Golovko frigate ready for launch
- Construction Begins For French Navy’s Next Gen Replenishment Tanker Chevallier-Class ‘BRF’
- Italian Navy Will Go Its Own Way With New Submarines
- First Project 03182 Tanker To Join Russia’s Black Sea Fleet
- Russian Arctic shipping could follow this new route
- NATO assets neutralized 32 mines during Open Spirit exercise in the Baltic Sea
- Spain joins European Patrol Corvette program in which nations can customize ships
- World First: Cruise Ship Piloted Remotely During Sea Trials
- ‘Historic’ Investment Decision on Major Carbon Capture and Storage Project Offshore Norway
- Palestinians ‘ending accords with Israel and US’ over annexation plan (Editor – after the Israeli election article from last week)
- Iran Warns US Against Any Move on Fuel Shipment to Venezuela
- ★ Op-Ed: Yes, Iran is still deterred by American aircraft carriers
- In Veiled Warning to Iran, U.S. Tells Gulf Mariners to Stay Clear of Its Warships
- Navy Issues 100-Meter Standoff Warning in Central Command AOR
- Pirates fire upon Stolt-Nielsen’s chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden
- Op-Ed: Protecting 30 Percent of the Ocean is Easier Said Than Done
- Floating Storage Shows Signs of Slipping
- Maritime Medical: Keeping Ship Crews Healthy During a Pandemic
- China builds a mega-fortress on the Horn of Africa (Editor – here is a useful video about the Base)
- Riot on Barrington Street
- ★ Johnston Atoll, Island of the Cold War (Editor – if one wonders what the Chinese could potentially do with the islands they build, watch this fascinating 16:32 min video)
- HMCS Warrior (R31) – Colossus Class Light Aircraft Carrier (Editor – vintage carrier fun in this 15:08 min video)
- USS Fanning and the U-58
- Sea Control 176 – down south in the flatlands with Rear Admiral (Ret.) Dr. Chris Parry, CBE
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.