NAC News – Edition 367
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of July 23rd 2020
Edition – 367 “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
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- NAC Members, in our most recent edition of NAC News a clip indicated that the RCN has initiated an effort to consider new rank designations for RCN junior ranks that will result in more inclusive and gender-neutral terms than the current Ordinary, Able, Leading and Master Seaman. The NAC official position is that this is a matter for the RCN to decide. Those individuals who may be interested in providing their personal input/opinion can find the details of the proposal at the link above. As noted in the link, RCN Social Media posts will invite retired members, stakeholders, and interested Canadians to participate. RCN personnel will be given the opportunity to vote on the proposed changes and provide alternate suggestions. The consultation will run from July 17th to July 31st.
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 – an Orca class sponsor! And it’s free! (but do feel free to step up and buy the tee and while you are at it – donate to their charities of choice!)
- 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)
- Gen. Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, announces retirement
- Is now the time for a woman to lead the Canadian military?
- ★ DND conduct during Mark Norman case referred to attorney general last year by watchdog (Editor – about time…)
- FMF Cape Breton readies HMCS Winnipeg for RIMPAC 2020
- Naval Technical Officer sees bright future for women in STEM roles
- Bucking the Trend?
- What does it TAKE to be an NTOG OPERATOR? – NTOG – Episode 4 (Editor – 2:37 min video)
- Canadian military issues new orders in effort to crack down on ‘hateful conduct’
- UVic receives more than $29M for ocean research
- Canada looms large in Tom Hanks naval drama (Editor – the corvette in the movie had a barber Pole The Navy’s Barber Pole )
- B.C. man ends epic round-the-world solo journey using celestial navigation (Editor – oh, this will excite the “sextants forever” navigators amongst us)
- Canadian Industry Leaders Launch Consortium to Provide Made-in-Canada Propeller Shaftline System Solution to Major Vessels under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (Editor – a commercial media release that demonstrates the potential benefits to Canadian companies with NSS)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 20, 2020
- USS Bonhomme Richard Tour (Editor – shipshape BHR before the fire, 5:02 min video)
- Navy Chief Says USS Bonhomme Richard Fire Damaged Most Decks, Gutted Island, Warped Flight Deck
- U.S. Aircraft Carriers Lack Striking Range. This Tanker Drone Could Change That.
- Why America’s V-22 Osprey Just Keeps Getting Better – Able to Fly Across the Pacific Ocean (Editor – good look at the Osprey programme in this 8:22 min video)
- Raytheon Delivers First SPY-6 Radar Array to U.S. Navy’s Newest Destroyer
- Dutch NH90 Helicopter Crashes into Caribbean Sea near Aruba, Two Killed
- Fleet Killers! Sailing Together, The U.S. Navy’s New Destroyers Could Fire 120 Anti-Ship Missiles
- Coast Guard Offloads $38.5 million in Interdicted Cocaine
- First Round of Declassified USS Thresher Documents Expected in September
- U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon Completes Final Patrol (Editor – a venerable lady retires)
- Ushuaia mystery: 57 sailors from fishing vessel infected with the virus after spending 35 days at sea
- ★ Op-Ed: Addressing concerns about the future submarines from a general’s perspective (Editor – worthwhile points for Canada’s submarine programme.)
- SECDEF Esper: U.S. Will ‘Keep Up the Pace’ of South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operations
- South China Sea: Chinese air force ‘sends warning’ to US Navy with live-fire drills
- U.S. Navy Resumes Rare Dual-Carrier Operations in South China Sea
- U.S., Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific
- America’s largest warship likely to exercise with Indian Navy amid Chinese aggression
- China’s DF-21D Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (Editor – reality check 11:11 min video)
- Protecting Guam from Chinese Missiles is Top Priority for INDO-PACOM’s Davidson
- Strategic Update: mines are back
- Japan begins the undoing of China’s economic might (Editor – startling economic article that ends with a maritime issue in this 5:14 min video)
- Taking China-India clash to the high seas
- AIP Submarines Will Increase The Lethality Of The Indian Navy
- With 30 Submarines, Japan Could Shape The Pacific’s Undersea Defenses
- US to support Vietnamese fishermen against intimidation at sea
- Chinese Ambassador Urges UK to Avoid Sending Aircraft Carrier to Asia-Pacific Region
- Unmasking China’s invisible fleet
- Thousands register interest with Naval Shipbuilding College
- Time to decolonise Diego Garcia
- UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space
- Blue Homeland: the heated politics behind Turkey’s new maritime strategy
- Turkey-Greece tensions escalate over Turkish Med drilling plans
- Royal Navy Shadows Surfaced Russian Submarine Off UK Coast
- Royal Navy ‘to drop gendered terms’ to convince more women to join and another article Former head of Navy says military should focus on winning wars rather than ‘political correctness’
- Work starts on final piece of HMS Glasgow’s gigantic ‘jigsaw’
- Key ammo jetty revamped for mid-21st century fleet
- Project 09787 – DELTA-IV STRETCH (Editor – interesting Russian article)
- Second diesel-electric sub built for Russia’s Pacific Fleet wraps up shipbuilders’ trials
- Over 250 vessels to take part in Navy Day parades in Russia
- New Intelligence Reveals Russian Submarine Heading Into English Channel
- USS Porter Destroyer Heading to Black Sea for Naval Drills, US Military Says
- Navy on ‘Higher Alert’ in Black Sea During Sea Breeze Exercise, But No Run-Ins with Russian Navy
- Future Turkish Navy test and training ship TCG Ufuk begins sea trials
- Coronavirus delays construction of world’s largest cruise ship
- Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Operating in Red Sea, Nimitz Exercising with Indian Navy
- Turkey Assumes Command of CTF-151
- 5th Fleet CO: China Laying Groundwork in Middle East to Pose Future Threats; International Coalitions Pushing Back Against Iran
- Kuwait Coast Guard and US Navy Join Forces To Conduct Maritime Security Operations In The Arabian Gul
- Fourth new Egyptian Type 209 submarine to arrive in 2021
- Oman, the Switzerland of the Middle East (Editor – informative 10:58 min video)
- Rusting oil tanker poses risk of disaster
- ★ ITF: 600,000 seafarers impacted by crew change crisis
- CIMSEC: Stand up a joint interagency task force to fight illegal fishing
- CIMSEC: Stop seabed mining now
- Plastic pollution to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040
- Gulf of Guinea Pirates Extend Their Reach Far from Shore
- ★ CIMSEC: Unauthorized flags: a threat to the global maritime regime
- Lithium Ion Battery Fires: A Threat to Container Shipping
- ★ Naval Legends: HMCS Haida. The most fightingiest ship of the Royal Canadian Navy (20:47 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – JULY
(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, the encyclopedic guidance from Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information.)
- 1 July 1923 The RCN barracks in Halifax, known as HMCS Stadacona, is commissioned.
- 1 July 1934 Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained Chief of the Naval Staff.
- 2 July 1944 Canadian MTB 460 (Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat) struck a mine in the English Channel. The commanding officer and 9 men were lost.
- 2 July 1940 861 German and Italian prisoners of war are rescued by HMCS St. Laurent after their transport ship was torpedoed on its way to Canada.
- 3 July 1944 Four Canadian motor torpedo boats sink two German merchant ships and damage other vessels in the English Channel.
- 4 July 1943 Canadian vessels of the 29th and 65th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotillas conduct raids on the French coast near Cherbourg.
- 5 July 1940 First Canadian registered merchant ship sunk in Battle of the Atlantic, CSL’s S.S. Magog, by U-99 (KL Otto Kretschmer) SW of Ireland. No casualties.
- 5 July 1950 HMC Ships Athabaskan, Cayuga, and Sioux sail from Esquimalt, BC, to join the United Nations naval forces operating in Korean waters.
- 6 July 1944 HMC Ships Ottawa commanded by Cdr James D. Prentice, DSO, RCN with HMCS Kootenay commanded by A/LCDR William H. Wilson, RCN, along with HMS Statice, sank the German submarine U-678 while on patrol in the English Channel.
- 8 July 1944 Canadian MTB 463 was lost to a mine in the English Channel. No crew was lost, although 5 men were wounded.
- 8 July 1954 Canada’s first icebreaking arctic patrol vessel, HMCS Labrador, is commissioned.
- 9 July 1914 HMCS Rainbow begins preparations for the international seal patrol in the North Pacific Ocean.
- 10 July 1943 Canadian landing craft drop soldiers of the 1st Canadian Division off on the coast of Sicily during the Allied invasion known as Operation HUSKY.
- 15 July 1920 RNCVR is disbanded. All troops released.
- 15 July 1958 The first review of the Royal Fleet ever held in Canadian waters takes place under the eyes of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret off the coast of Vancouver Island at Royal Roads.
- 16 July 1914 First RNCVR seaman taken to sea in HMCS Rainbow to augment the RCN crew for a Bering Sea Fur Patrol; but diverted to assist her participation in the ‘Kamagata Maru Incident’ at Vancouver.
- 17 July 1940 HMCS Skeena rescues the crew of a torpedoed merchant ship, the SS Manipor, in the waters north of Scotland.
- 19 July 1943 HMCS HURON (Destroyer) is commissioned at Newcastle on the Tyne, England.
- 20 July 1944 HMCS MATANE (frigate) is hit by a German glider bomb off Brest and badly damaged.
- 23 July 1951 The RCN (Reserve) begins recruiting women for service with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (the Wrens) for the first time since the Second World War.
- 24 July 1917 The Military Service Act is passed allowing for conscription of single men.
- 24 July 1942 HMCS St. Croix commanded by LCdr A. Hedley Dobson, DSC, RCNR sank the German submarine U-90 while on patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean.
- 29 July 1948 HMCS Royal Roads is transformed into a Canadian Service College and begins training flight cadets, as well as naval cadets.
- 29 July 1972 HMCS Iroquois, the first of the DDH 280 class destroyers, is commissioned.
- 31 July 1940 HMCS Prince Robert, after conversion from a merchant vessel, is commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser.
- 31 July 1942 HMCS Skeena commanded by A/LCdr Kenneth L. Dyer, RCN with HMCS Wetaskiwin commanded by LCdrf Guy S. Windeyer, RCN sank U-588 in the North Atlantic.
31 July 1942 The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRENS) is authorized