NAC News – Edition 359 HMCS St. Joseph
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 29th 2020
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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 forwarded to members 1 Jun 2020 and posted to the NAC National website.
- Navy Bike Ride 2020 – Battle of the Atlantic Challenge: This is a virtual event and you can register thru the summer. The event runs 13 June to 30 August 2020. Check it out! While the original one-day ride event was cancelled, this virtual bike ride event is a great opportunity to support your Navy, support their charities of choice and keep fit. Check it out! Your NAC will be a sponsor! And it is free! (but do feel free to step up and buy the tee!)
- ★ Conference calamity: Thousands of jobs wiped out as business events grind to a halt because of COVID-19 (Editor – The NAC is not alone in this dilemma)
- 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 peacekeeping levels hit lowest level in more than 60 years
- Salvage operation planned for crashed CH-148 Cyclone (Editor – EDT Hercules is the impressive vessel involved)
- Searchers find wreckage, human remains at scene of Canadian Forces chopper crash
- Canadian Ocean Science and the Role of AOPS (Editor – sage words and perspective in RUSI commentary by Dean McFadden)
- Canadian clearance diving officer disarmed improvised explosive devices in small UK village
- The Unsinkable Doc
- Halifax Class Frigate – Virtual Tour (Editor – ships looking great, fun 3:15 min video)
- Changing Market Conditions and Eastern Canadian Ports
- Canadian Forces Long Distance Big Band (Editor – tri-service virtual band performance in this 5:56 min video)
- The RCN and the 75th Anniversary of Battle of the Atlantic (Editor – an excellent 22:57 min Podcast interviewing Mr. Christopher Perry, Command Historian for the RCN)
- If the deficit makes you nervous, what about our other problems? (Editor – not a naval article, but funding will definitely influence future naval funding; important that we have existing programmes!)
- Shop 124: Hard at work in Esquimalt Dockyard
- Canadian-led NATO battlegroup in Latvia targeted by pandemic disinformation campaign (Editor – a look into information warfare)
- Editorial: They sacrificed, now their country is failing to help them
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 25, 2020
- ★ U.S. Navy Amphib Shoots Down Drone With Laser Weapon Prototype (Editor – two 8 sec videos in a vision of the future!)
- USS Oakland Completes Acceptance Trials. Delivery Set for June
- ★ They Don’t Build ’Em Like That Anymore
- U.S. Navy Issues RFP For MUUV Program
- Sea Control 178 – Lawfare at sea with Dr. Jill Goldenziel (Editor – 29:47 min CIMSEC Podcast)
- Fourth Iranian Fuel Tanker Enters Venezuelan Waters
- Aegis Destroyer Intercepts Drug-Running Boat in Eastern Pacific
- 3 Narco Submarines In 4 Days: Navy And Coast Guard Make Impact
- Video: USCG Intercepts Low-Profile Go-Fast Boat (Editor – updated article with 55 sec video)
- USCG Arrests COVID-Positive Drug Smugglers
- Product Tanker Boarded and Robbed off Port-au-Prince
- US LNG Exports Drop More Than a Third
- India, China go toe-to-toe in New Cold War (Editor – not a maritime story…yet)
- Tibet is China’s ticket to hegemony (Editor – the story of water and power generation in Asia in this 15:36 min video. Here is a real reason for conflict.)
- Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization
- The Chinese Navy Now Outguns The Japanese Fleet—But Don’t Panic Quite Yet
- USS Mustin Conducts FONOP Past Paracel Islands In South China Sea
- Hong Kong police arrest 360 as thousands protest over security laws &
- U.S. threatens to strip Hong Kong of special status amid tension with China &
- Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law (Editor – not maritime articles but an event with the potential to be a flash point)
- USS Ronald Reagan Marks Fifth Year of Service as Part of U.S. Forward Deployed Naval Forces
- ★ USAF’s Recent Long Range Long Endurance Training With B-1B Lancers Had A Maritime Component
- Vietnam unveils its new VCM-01 anti-ship cruise missile
- North Korea’s next step: launching of new heavily-armed submarine
- U.S., Singapore Navies Exercise Together in the South China Sea
- Fifth HMAS Sydney commissions at sea
- Navy Plans 50-Ship Maritime Force To Strengthen Claims On Disputed Seas; BRP Jose Rizal Arrives
- South Korea will develop close-in weapon system for its warship’s fleet
- Collins-class – Australia’s Powerful Submarine Fleet (Editor – familiar situation in a 10:17 min video)
- Delivery date of Indian Navy Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant once again delayed
- AVIC to Begin Sea Based Flight Tests of New AG600 Seaplane
- Chakri Naruebet – What’s Special About Southeast Asia’s Only carrier? (Editor – a cautionary tale in this 11:06 min video)
- Diego Garcia sovereignty fight (Editor – as the article points out, location, location, location.)
- ★ Type 26, the next step of the frigate (Editor – great look at the British variant of our next Surface Combatant in this 14:50 min video)
- German submarine operates under NATO command in the eastern Baltic sea
- Russian Black Sea Fleet sub to return to combat patrols off Syria in July
- VIDEO: Two Russian Fighters Make Unsafe Intercept of Navy P-8A Over Eastern Med
- Swedish Navy Submarines Have A Unique Secret Weapon
- Russia’s New Assault Ship Might Look Familiar—Especially To The French (Editor – Russia following the Chinese cloning methodology)
- The Italian Job: Italian Navy completes F-35B upgrade of Cavour aircraft carrier (Editor – 2:09 min video) Italian Navy Cavour Aircraft Carrier ready for F-35B integration tests
- Royal Navy’s Wildcat Helicopter Test-Fires Martlet LMM For The 1st Time (Editor – useful weapon for the Cyclone [Martlet or Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM)])
- Russian latest amphibious assault ship resumes trials in Baltic Sea
- Construction Of Dutch & Belgian Future Frigates Could Be Further Delayed
- ★ New Barents Sea port and 500 km railway link will connect Asia to Russian Arctic
- Iran’s Maritime Power ‘Unknown’ to Others: IRGC Chief
- US and Saudi Forces Conduct Joint Military Exercises on Saudi Islands
- World’s Largest Container Ship Transits a Suez Canal in Transition
- Georgian Sailors Freed After Piracy Incident in Gulf of Guinea
- Kidnapped crew of Tommi Ritscher freed
- World’s Biggest LNG Engine Approved for CMA CGM Megaships
- World’s Biggest Ship Gets Small Parts Delivery – By Drone (Editor – the vessel itself is spectacular too Pioneering Spirit Heavy-Lift Construction Vessel )
- After Dunkirk Editor – a famous RN but Canadian beachmaster mentioned)
- Sinking the Bismarck (Editor – this article highlights some Canadians involved)
- Meet the McDonnell F2H Banshee US Navy Jet Fighter – 1948 (Editor – one for the Tailhook members in this 13:21 min video)
- ‘Tiffy’ Naval Artificer (1952) (Editor – one for the engineers in this 31:10 min video)
- How America Won The Secret Race For A Dead Russian Nuclear Submarine
- Whiskey 601 a novel by Mark Wilson
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.