NAC News – Edition 376
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of September 25th 2020
Edition – 376 “Each government accuses the other or perfidy, intrigue and ambition, as a means of heating the imagination of their respective nations, and incensing them to hostilities. Man is not the enemy of man, but through the medium of a false system of government.” Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man 1791
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- ★ “Marine Industry Supply Chains of Canadian Shipyards in the Era of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.” Date Wednesday 14 October. The Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association (CMISA) in collaboration with the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia (RUSI-NS) extends an invitation to members of the NAC to this event. Registration details and other information can be found below in “SCUTTLEBUTT”. Registration is required, send mail RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sun, 11 Oct.
- Vanguard Launches First-Ever Virtual Event For Canadian Defence Industry (Editor – note it’s a virtual event…first-ever Canadian underwater/submarine event that will take place on October 29th and 30th, 2020)
- The Memory Project is launching a new video on the Gulf War in January 2021. I will keep an eye out for the details as the time approaches. The video features audio and images provided by Memory Project speakers who served during this conflict.
- Canada’s long-term foreign policy intentions need a clearer narrative
- Exercise Joint Warrior for Ville de Quebec and Asterix and Warships to Dock in River Clyde Ahead Of Major Multinational Exercise
- Canada’s Submarine Sustainment Program
- Army commander orders Canadian soldiers to call out racism in the ranks
- Australia’s PMB Defence to Supply Batteries for Canadian Victoria-Class Submarines
- OSI delivers sixth INBS shipset for Canadian Navy’s AOPS programme
- New Multi-Role Rescue Boat
- Arctic sea ice shrinks to 2nd lowest level in 4 decades
- Military Family Appreciation Day (Editor – MND in 2:20 min video)
- ★ Military spouses and partners to have more job opportunities across the Public Service
- Seven Things You Should Know About the Canadian Surface Combatant (Editor – a refresher)
- Prosecutors stay charges against Qing Quentin Huang in probe of naval leaks to China
- It’s been five years since the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping was officially launched on July 6, 2015.
- The Memory Project: The military roles of women in the Second World War and Korean War were transformative for Canadian society. This image collection demonstrates women’s significant contributions to the armed forces.
- Welcome To Fortune 151 Navy Museum
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 21, 2020
- NATO’s new Atlantic command to keep watch over the European Arctic
- Report on Military Personnel Issues before Congress (Editor – detailed but dry 56 page report)
- VIDEO: USS Carl Vinson Preparing for First F-35C, ‘Advanced Carrier Air Wing’ Deployment (Editor – what a capability explained with a 2:04 min video included)
- A US Navy destroyer teamed up with Canada’s navy to learn how to operate in harsh Arctic conditions
- USS Kidd Arrives in Washington Flying a Pirate Flag. Here’s Why It’s Authorized to Actually Do That (Editor – what a fun story)
- USS Tripoli Arrives at New San Diego Homeport
- US Navy officially christens newest Virginia Class submarine
- ★ DARPA R&D creates real-time, multi-domain kill webs
- The hapless attack sub Boise could return to the fleet in 2023 after 8 years sidelined
- Report to Congress on Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
- Do our generals and admirals like war too much?
- U.S. Coast Guard Puts New Focus on the Fight Against Illegal Fishing
- USNS Walter S. Diehl to change homeport to Naval Station Norfolk (Editor – Amazing stats, just goes to show how useful AORs really are)
- Eighth HC-144B Ocean Sentry Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Delivered To USCG
- Chilean Navy’s assault on illegal fishing
- Massive Chinese Fishing Fleet Leaves Area Near the Galapagos Islands
- Coast Guard, OPBAT Halt Drug Smuggling Operation Near Bahamas
- Coast Guard, RBDF Seize 12,000+ Pounds of Illegal Catch off Bahamas
- The Arctic is a strategic hot spot, but Western allies lack good intel
- Cleanup on USS Bonhomme Richard Continues as Ship’s Fate Remains Unclear
- Navy Releases First Tranche of USS Thresher Documents
- Navy: Norfolk Naval Shipyard CO Removed Over Poor On-Time Maintenance Rates
- Navy’s Newest Unmanned Helicopter Arrives at Norfolk – HSC-22 Receives First MQ-8C Firescout
- Navy Seizes £81m Of Cocaine In Triple Drug Bust (Editor – 2:10 min video included)
- MQ-9B SeaGuardian Maritime UAV: Which Missions ? Which Customers ?
- Vessel HNLMS Pelican returns refurbished back to the West
- Mitigating Underwater Noise
- ★ China as a Faltering Contender
- CIMSEC: Unraveling China with soft balancing: Malaysia, ASEAN, and the south china sea and The pathway toward containment: fleet actions for the United States and ASEAN plus 5
- UN General Assembly: US-China tensions flare over coronavirus (Editor – an OMG 1:14 min video)
- Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Concludes Valiant Shield 2020
- Expert Panel Tells Lawmakers U.S. Needs to Do More to Counter Chinese Pacific Expansion
- South Korea develops lithium-ion battery for new Jang Bogo-III Class diesel-electric powered attack submarine
- Nuclear submarine Irkutsk may return to Pacific Fleet in 2023 — source (Editor – Oscar class similar to the Kursk)
- South China Sea: Indonesia on high alert after appearance of Chinese vessel (Editor – 2:58 min video included)
- New Intelligence: Chinese Copy Of US Navy’s Sea Hunter USV (Editor – another theft of tech)
- Moon pleads for UN to end the Korean War
- In a US-China war, whose side is Southeast Asia on? Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia ponder the unthinkable (Editor – a long article about an extraordinarily complex hypothetical situation)
- Taiwan Is Really Struggling To Complete Its New Missile Frigate
- Guam’s First Fast Response Cutter USCGC Myrtle Hazard Arrives at Apra Harbor
- Post Attack class nuclear option (Editor – interesting dialogue going on)
- 30FFM: Japan’s Next Generation Frigate Taking Shape at Two Shipyards (Editor – useful vessels explained in this 8 min video)
- Kongsberg to Supply 4 HUGIN AUV Survey Systems to India’s Garden Reach Shipbuilders
- CIMSEC: Vietnam’s struggles in the south china sea: challenges and opportunities
- World’s Largest LNG-fueled Containership Delivered
- CIMSEC: Southeast Asia: a new strategic nexus for Japan’s maritime strategy
- Suspected Al Qaeda Terrorists Arrested in Plot to Attack Indian Navy
- Aircraft Carrier Viraat On Final Voyage To Gujarat, Will Be Dismantled
- Australia’s forgotten other “Great Reef”
- Hundreds of pilot whales die in record mass stranding in Australia
- World’s Largest Nuclear Icebreaker Embarks on Arctic Voyage
- Final new Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Spey debuts at sea
- Russian navy exercises to mine sweeping in Black and Caspian Seas
- Russia’s newest Kazan nuclear submarine enters White Sea for trials
- Ep. 3/8 – Naval Group Underwater Weapons in Saint-Tropez: MU90 Lightweight Torpedo (Editor – I could debate some of the uniqueness claims in this 5:12 min video)
- Government finally classifies new fleet support ships as ‘warships’
- Sweden Protests Russian Breach of Its Waters
- World’s Top Ship Insurers Won’t Cover Ships Linked to Nord Stream 2 Pipeline
- Russian Navy Warship Collides With Merchant Ship in Baltic
- EU sanctions Turkish company accused of breaking Libya embargo
- BAE Systems Unveils New Riptide UUV-12 Medium Unmanned Undersea Vehicle
- HMS Queen Elizabeth Embarks 14 UK/US F-35B Stealth Fighter Jets for Major Exercise and Royal Navy confirms about 100 sailors on HMS Queen Elizabeth now in isolation after fresh coronavirus outbreak
- Over 1 tonne of drugs found in container onboard Maersk Sembawang
- Ep. 2/8 – Naval Group Underwater Weapons in Saint-Tropez: R&D (Editor – second in series in a 2:59 min video)
- CIMSEC: Sea Control 200 – European naval procurement with dr. Jeremy Stöhs (Editor – 1:02:46 podcast)
- World’s Largest LNG Bunkering Vessel Named in Rotterdam
- USS Nimitz Now Operating in the Persian Gulf
- Pompeo threatens to light the fuse in Persian Gulf (Editor – this article reads like a Clancy novel, in my opinion a stretch in reality.)
- Fincantieri Launches First Offshore Patrol Vessel For Qatari Emiri Navy
- CMN Hands Over 2nd And 3rd Batches Of HSI32 Interceptors To Royal Saudi Navy
- Iranian-made combat drones, copters join IRGC naval fleet
- MARAD Renews GPS Interference Warning to Industry
- Shipping needs to step up and introduce a carbon levy before EU does
- No Exercise Oxide this year
- Photos: 1,000 Dangerous Ways to Rig a Pilot Ladder (Editor – I couldn’t resist including this article)
★ The Canadian Marine Industries and Shipbuilding Association in collaboration with the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia extends an invitation to members of the NAC to.hear VTC presentations, by Steven Christianson, Vice President Supply Chain Management, Seaspan Shipyards; Lindsey Kettel, Executive Vice President, Chantier Davie Canada; and Philippe Flébus, Director Procurement & Infrastructure, Ocean Group; titled “Marine Industry Supply Chains of Canadian Shipyards in the Era of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.” The webinar will start at 1 pm Ottawa time Wed, 14 Oct, then be followed by Q&A and finish by 3 pm Ottawa time. There is no fee to attend this event. Registration is required, send email RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sun, 11 Oct. Use subject line on your email, “CMISA Webinar 14 October 2020 Registration”. In addition to your name please also provide your company or organization.
- Where Have All The Cruise Ships Gone? (Editor – 5:05 min video)
- White Board: Physics of Submarine Cavitation Explained (Editor – useful 12:03 min video)
- Whiteboard: Hydrophone Arrays (Editor – 8:36 min video)
- Whiteboard: Air Drop Torpedoes (Editor – 8:25 min video, note the Swede’s uniquely do have a wire-guided air dropped weapon)
- DARPA Distant Thunder NetSAT Project (Editor – surprising 8:25 min video)
- Divers may have found US Navy submarine Grenadier lost in WWII
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – SEPTEMBER
(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 September 1939 RCN, RCNR, RCNVR placed on active service.
- 1 September 1942 HMCS Morden commanded by Lt John J. Hodgkinson, RCNR sank the German submarine U-756 in the Atlantic.
- 1 September 1944 HMCS Saint John commanded by A/LCdr William R. Stacey, RCNR with HMCS Swansea commanded by CDR A. Frank C. Layard, DSO, RN sink U-Boat 247 off Land’s End, England. This was HMCS Swansea’s fourth submarine under two separate CO’s.
- 3 September 1814 Lieutenant Miller Worsley and Andrew Bulger lead 77 men by canoe north from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, captures American warship USS Tigress at anchor in False Detour Channel, about 88 km northeast of Mackinac Island; then go after USS Scorpion, which they capture September 5.
- 3 September 1939 Battle of the Atlantic begins as merchant seawoman Hannah Baird of Verdun, Québec sees her ship, Donaldson liner SS Athenia torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat west of Ireland on route to Montréal, one week before Canada declared war and one week after the merchant service and military were placed on a war alert. The sinking kills 188 of those aboard, including Biards and three other Canadians, the first Canadian casualties of the Second World War.
- 3 September 1939 Britain declares war on Germany two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland; France follows 6 hours later, and then Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada on week later. On September 5, 1939, the United States will proclaim neutrality.
- 3 September 1940 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces Lend Lease Programme, where 50 American destroyers will be traded to Britain, of which 7 go to Canada, in exchange for leases on naval and air bases in the British colonies, including St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Bermuda; Canada also agrees to shelter the destroyers in Canadian ports before they are handed over to British crews.
- 3 September 1942 World War II – HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Trail together pick up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant ship Donald Stewart that was torpedoed and sunk northeast of Cape Whittle in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in position 50°32’N, 58°46’W by German U-boat U-517.
- 3 September 1943 Canadian flotillas of landing craft engaged in the crossing of the Straits of Messina – the invasion of Italy.
- 3 September 2016 – Franklin Expedition – Parks Canada and the Arctic Research Foundation find the underwater wreck of Sir John Franklin’s flagship HMS Terror; it is “in pristine condition”, north of where the wreck of HMS Erebus — the expedition’s flagship — was found in 2014.
- 4 September HMC Ships Dunver and Hespler sank U-484 in Hebridean waters.
- 4 September 1990 Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announces formation of Operation Scimitar, to provide air cover for the two destroyers and the supply ship sent to the Persian Gulf in late August of 1991 as part of Operation Friction, tasked with enforcing the United Nations trade blockade against Iraq.
- 5 September 1814 Royal Navy Lt Miller Worsley, flying captured American colours in the USS Tigress, takes the USS Scorpion at anchor after fierce hand-to-hand fighting; sails both ships west to Fort Michilimackinac.
- 5 September 1918 The Royal Canadian Naval Air Service is authorized and begins operations in Nova Scotia.
- 7 September 1816 – Steamship Frontenac launched at Bath, west of Kingston; first steam powered vessel on the Great Lakes.
- 7 September 1942 HMCS Raccoon Torpedoed and sunk by U 165, while escorting convoy QS.33 in the St. Lawrence River. There were no survivors. 37 perished.
- 7 September 1943 HMS Nabob (an aircraft carrier) is commissioned into the Royal Navy with a Canadian crew and a Royal Air Force complement.
- 7 September 1955 HMCS Sioux leaves Yokosuka for Esquimalt ending RCN involvement in Korea.
- 8 September 1939 Mackenzie King says no to conscription; stresses munitions-making, and building up RCN and RCAF.
- 9 September 1919 Alexander Graham Bell sees his HD-4 hydrofoil, powered by twin aircraft engines, reach a new world water speed record of 122 kph; piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
- 9 September 1942 War Cabinet closes the St. Lawrence River to all Allied shipping except coasters; due to German U-Boat submarine dangers.
- 9 September 1944 HMCS Dunver commanded by A/LCdr William Davenport, RCNR, and HMCS Hespeler commanded by LCdr Neville S.C. Dickinson, RCNVR sink the German submarine U-484 in Hebridean waters.
- 10 September 1814 Kingston naval dockyard launches the 112 gun HMS St. Lawrence, the largest warship ever to sail the Great Lakes; carrying more armament than Admiral Nelson’s Victory.
- 10 September 1939 Canada declares war on Germany
- 10 September 1941 HMCS Chambly commanded by CDR James D. Prentice, RCN, and HMCS Moose Jaw commanded by LT Frederick E. Grubb, RCN sank the German submarine U-501 off the coast of Greenland. This is the first U-boat kill made by the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 11 September 1833 – Quebec-built steamship ‘Royal William’ reaches England safely; the wooden paddle wheeler is the first ship to cross the Atlantic under steam all the way, although sails are raised whenever the wind is fresh; the two steam engines are kept running, but the ship goes slowly under sail because of the drag from the paddle wheels.
- 11 September 1942 HMCS Charlottetown was torpedoed and sunk in the St. Lawrence, near Cap Chat Quebec, by U517. She had just delivered a convoy to Rimouski and was returning to Gaspe. Ten of her ship’s company were lost.
- 12 September 1759 Admiral Saunders bombards Beauport and feigns a landing to divert attention away from Wolfe’s landing below the Plains of Abraham.
- 13 September 1750 General Wolf’s forces conducted an amphibious assault and stormed the cliffs of Quebec City and defeated the French. This battle marked the beginning of the end of France’s rule in North America.
- 13 September 1942 HMCS Ottawa sunk by U91 who hit her with two torpedoes in the North Atlanta while she was escorting convoy ON.127. 113 of her Ship’s Company were lost, plus 6 RN seaman, and 22 merchant seamen.
- 14 September 1942 500 km east of Newfoundland, German U-Boat U-91 torpedoes and sinks RCN River Class destroyer HMCS Ottawa (A/LCdr Clark Anderson Rutherford, RCN) in the North Atlantic, while escorting convoy ON-127; hit by two torpedoes, she blows up and sinks immediately; 113 of her ship’s company are lost, plus 6 RN seaman and 22 merchant seamen; there are 69 survivors; Battle of the Atlantic growing in intensity.
- 16 September 1939 – RCN escorts the first of many ship convoys for Britain; RCN vessels guard the freighters in formation to protect against German U-Boat attacks. Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 16 September 1942 The first of sixteen RCN corvettes sails for the Mediterranean Sea to take part in the North African landings (Operation Torch).
- 17 September 1904 – Captain Joseph Bernier departs from Québec on the Canadian government steamship ‘Arctic’; given the command because of his interest in the Polar regions (he had devised a plan to reach the North Pole via the Bering Strait); will make 12 expeditions into polar seas in the next 20 years; he will spend the winter in Hudson Bay collecting Canadian customs duties from whalers and traders. Québec, Québec
- 19 September 1940 HMCS Bras D’or sank in a storm in the St. Lawrence with the loss of all 30 hands.
- 19 September 1941 German U-74 torpedoes and sinks RCN Flower Class corvette HMCS Lévis 200 km off Cape Farewell, Greenland; 18 lives are lost.
- 19 September 1969 Ottawa to reorganize Canadian Armed Forces; 50% cut in NATO manpower; retirement of RCN aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.
- 20 September 1943 German U-boat U-305, using a new acoustic torpedo (GNAT), hits and sinks RCN Town Class destroyer HMCS St. Croix, while she is escorting convoy ON.202, south of Iceland; 65 members of the ship’s company perish; five officers and 76 men are rescued by HMS Itchen, however, only two days later, the Itchen is also torpedoed by an enemy submarine; only one St. Croix sailor, Stoker W. Fisher, survives the two sinkings; one of the men lost was Surgeon Lt W. L. M. King, RCNVR, Prime Minister Mackenzie King’s nephew.
- 20 September 1917 Borden government passes the Military Voters Act and Wartime Elections Act, giving the vote to soldiers and sailors under 21, and serving women; wives, widows, mothers, and sisters of servicemen also get the vote; the first women ever to be able to vote in Canadian federal elections
- 21 Sept 1943 In 24 hours, Canadian and British minesweepers cleared a lane through a minefield laid by U-boats off Halifax. No lives were lost.
- 22 September 1917 Flight Sub Lieutenant N.A. Magor, the Canadian pilot of a large American flying boat sank the UC 72 in the North Sea with direct hits by two 230 lb bombs. This was one of a few submarines destroyed by air action during WW1.
- 24 September 1940 HMC ships Annapolis, Columbia, Niagara, St. Clair, St. Croix and St. Francis, ex-American destroyers from the fifty given to Great Britain in exchange for bases, are commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 24 September 1941 Canada joins eight other allied governments in pledging support to the Atlantic Charter, an eight-point declaration issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
- 24 September 1955 HMCS Sioux returns to Esquimalt, the last ship of the RCN to return from the Korean conflict.
- 24 September 1965 – Military RCN commissions HMCS Ojibwa, first of three 2000-ton RCN Oberon class submarines. Chatham, England
- 25 September 1940 Canadian armed merchantman Prince Robert captures German ship Weser off Mexican coast.
- 27 September 1854 Steamship Arctic sinks off Cape Race, Newfoundland with 300 people on board after colliding with the 250-ton French iron propeller ship S.S. Vesta; the 3,000-ton side-wheeler was the largest and most splendid ship of the Collins Line (United States Mail Steamship Company) in competition with Samuel Cunard’s Royal Mail Steam Packet Company; casualties include 92 of her 153 officers and men, and all the women and children on board, including the wife, the only daughter, and the youngest son of shipowner E. K. Collins; first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner.
- 27 September HMCS Labrador arrives in Esquimalt via the Artic. She was the first naval ship and the first deep draught vessel of any kind to traverse the North West Passage.
- 27 September 1994 USN closes Argentia submarine detection base; last US military base in Canada.
- 30 September 1994 Halifax-class frigate HMCS Regina is commissioned in Saint John, New Brunswick.