NAC News – Edition 377
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 2nd, 2020
Edition – 377 “Those who have the capacity to use the sea routes in safety will survive. Those who have the capacity to interrupt this international intercourse will remain, as always in the past, in a position to achieve their means.” Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Robert Timbrell, RCN
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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 Details can be found below in “SCUTTLEBUTT”. Registration is required, send email to RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sun, 11 Oct.
- ★ A Tribute to Fern Blodgett Sunde: first female radio operator to go to sea (Editor – the unveiling of the memorial is happening 17 October 2020. NAC supported this project with a donation from the NAC EF, and Dr Rich Gimblett provided guidance in regard aspects of the BOA that the group wanted to acknowledge. On the day, watch the ceremony live att www.cobourgmedia.ca/fernblodgettsunde for access to the Facebook or YouTube stream. Preshow: 1:15 pm EST ~ Ceremony: 1:30 pm EST. The broadcast will be available afterwards at the same address.
- A virtual Merchant Navy/Royal Canadian Navy Commemoration ceremony – Wednesday 14 October 2020 at the Royal Canadian Navy Monument in Ottawa, commencing at 11:00 a.m. This observance will be ‘live-streamed’ on the RCN Facebook page.
- 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.
- Commander RCN issues Naval General Message on Hateful Conduct
- ‘Third time’s a charm’ — Halifax-based warships head to Scotland to play bad guys
- COMMENTARY: Canada needs an Arctic defence strategy as Russia, China eye the north
- The making of a clearance diver
- A new era for military search-and-rescue begins with the Kingfisher
- ★ 2020 Fall Update – Part I (1/3) (Editor – informative Cdr RCN 5:45 min video)
- ★ Hateful Conduct – 2020 Fall Update – Part II (2/3) (Editor – Cdr RCN 3:26 min video)
- Conrad Black: Canada could be a world power, but not without rethinking our goals
- Your Future Starts Today (Editor – latest snappy RCN recruiting videos (2))
- Canadian military studies ‘moral injuries’ that haunt soldiers off the battlefield
- Defence Team News – 30 September 2020 (Editor – 4 min video)
- Port of Vancouver remains resilient despite ongoing global trade challenges
- Canada Commits Nearly $240 Mln to Aid Offshore Oil Industry
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 28, 2020
- US Navy scoping document reveals plans for a 500-ship fleet and What Would It Take For The U.S. Navy To Beat The Chinese Fleet? 581 Ships, According To One Plan
- As Navy Pushes for More Ships, Experts Warn Repair Yards Are Crumbling
- Destroyers USS Stout, USS Kidd Wrap Up Long-Haul Deployments
- For the fire-ravaged ship Bonhomme Richard, the US Navy has no good options
- Meet the LRASM Missile: The US Navy’s Latest Real Ship Killer (Editor – enlightening 10:38 min video)
- Boeing and Lockheed Martin awarded contract modification for XLUUV Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle
- U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer USS Delbert D. Black Joins the Fleet
- Five Ways the U.S. Navy Will Beat Any Enemy at War
- U.S. Navy Destroyer Conducts FONOP Challenging Venezuela’s Excessive Maritime Claims
- Pentagon ‘Very Concerned’ With Military Suicide Trends; Effect of Pandemic on 2020 Rates Unclear
- Nowell: Navy Wants Diverse Recruits In All Career Fields to Lead to More Diverse Leadership
- How Does A US Navy Ship Get Its Name?
- Argentine Navy’s second French-built OPV taking shape
- Navy to Use Sea Hunter in Fleet Exercises as Unmanned Systems Experimentation Continues
- Navy League VP Kaskin: More Tankers Needed to Support a Pacific War
- USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) to be Recycled in Texas
- History and Overview of U.S. Cabotage Laws
- Investigation Finds USS Columbia Shooter Was Likely Unfit to Serve on Submarines
- Charleston Will be the Deepest Harbor on the US East Coast
- Tankers Carrying Iranian Fuel Enter Venezuelan Waters
- Why Taiwan Has Become the ‘Geographical Pivot of History’ in the Pacific Age )Editor – useful maps and interesting perspective)
- Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Azerbaijan president vows to fight on (Editor – not a naval article but a dangerous area) Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict: Why Caucasus flare-up risks wider war
- Vietnam: Beijing’s South China Sea drills may hurt China-Asean maritime code talks
- Indian and Japanese navies kick-start 3-day mega exercise
- Japanese Navy to get U.S. Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 tactical missiles
- India provides Dornier aircraft to Maldives in sync with growing strategic ties
- Defence supply chains and anti-submarine warfare in the Indo-Pacific
- Indian Coast Guard Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS ‘Kanaklata Barua’ commissioned in Kolkata
- China’s new icebreaker completes first Arctic expedition
- Chinese Search for Missing Livestock Carrier Ends (Editor – strange bedfellows in this search)
- ★ Tasmania pilot whales: Rescuers release 108 surviving animals (Editor – must see the imbedded 1:29 min video)
- Russia’s foreign policy enters new China-aligned phase (Editor – dangerous rhetoric abounds)
- NATO exercise Dynamic Mariner brings together 7 NATO nations
- EU warns Turkey of sanctions over ‘provocations’ in Mediterranean and U.S., Greece Call for Peaceful Resolution of East-Med Maritime Disputes
- U.S., Ukrainian Navies Conduct Drills in the Black Sea
- Nordic politicians sign landmark defense cooperation deal in Arctic Norway
- Defence Officials: Carrier Strike Programme On Time And On Budget
- The Russian Navy’s Growing Submarine Fleet Is Ready To Contest NATO Waters
- Can Russia’s Doomsday Weapon Be Stopped? Status-6/Poseidon (Editor – and OMG 11:32 min video…sorry about the advertising)
- The Most Dangerous Russian Military Aircraft (Editor – click through and read the captions under the photos)
- Britain’s Astute-Class Submarines Are A Big Headache For Russia’s Navy (Editor – great explanation in this 8:24 min video)
- BAE Systems awarded naval guns contract for U.K.’s Type 31 frigate program
- ECA Group to upgrade Latvian Naval Forces mine countermeasures vessels
- Turkey has successfully conducted test-fire of local-made ATMACA anti-ship cruise missile
- British and Dutch warships join together in the Mediterranean
- Kolpino Russian submarine trains Kalibr anti-ship missile fire
- Ep. 4/8 – Naval Group Underwater Weapons in Saint-Tropez: F21 Torpedo Program Update
- Sweden, Finland and Estonia to Look at New Evidence from 1994 ‘Estonia’ Ferry Disaster
- Photos: Royal Navy EOD Divers Blow Up Suspected WWII Ordnance
- Maersk Supply Service, Ørsted Working on Offshore Charging Buoy (Editor – neat idea 1 min video included)
- Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Begins Support of Operation Inherent Resolve
- Lebanon and Israel to hold ‘historic’ maritime border talks
- Chinese naval escort taskforces conduct mission handover in Gulf of Aden
- Iran Building Drone and Missile-Carrying, Electronic Warfare Capable Warship, Commander Reveals
- Iran opens a new naval base near the Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with US forces
- Lebanon Asks Interpol to Arrest Ship Captain, Owner Over Beirut Port Blast
- TKMS Launches Egyptian Navy’s Fourth Type 209/1400Mod Class Submarine S44
- Report: Saudi Arabia warns of an oil slick near Yemen’s decaying tanker
- Naval News Monthly Recap – September 2020 (Editor – great pics in a 5:42 min video)
- ★ Norway Warns of Forgotten Victims of Covid – Seafarers
- Minister sure current SA Navy build projects will be funded
- Older Cruise Ships Are Not Surviving the Covid-19 Cruise Suspension
- ★ The NR-1 | The US Navy spy submarine hidden in plain sight. (Editor – fascinating details in a 8:26 min video)
- Polish Divers Hope Nazi Shipwreck Holds Key to Amber Room Treasure
- Whiteboard: ASW Exercise Sonar Analysis
- Whiteboard: Analysis of AN/SQS-53C Active Sonar
- Whiteboard: How to Trim a Submarine
- Whiteboard: Loading a Torpedo
- The sinking of HMCS St Croix
- ★ “Marine Industry Supply Chains of Canadian Shipyards in the Era of the National Shipbuilding Strategy.” Wednesday 14 October 2020 – 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.
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – OCTOBER
(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 October 1910 Captain E.H. Martin, RCN, is appointed Captain-in-Charge, Halifax, thus establishing the Atlantic Command.
- 2 October 1952 HMCS Iroquois is hit in action by shore artillery batteries. Three men are killed, and ten wounded, becoming the only battle casualties suffered by the RCN during the Korean conflict.
- 4 October 1944 HMCS CHEBOGUE (frigate) is torpedoed by U -1227 800 miles west of the British Isles but was able to reach port.
- 8 October 1944 HMCS Mulgrave strikes a mine off Le Havre, is beached and becomes a total loss.
- 8 October 1992 The Governor-General, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries unveil the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa.
- 8 October 2001 Minister of Defence Art Eggleton announces the details of Canada’s contribution to the campaign against terrorism. Canada’s initial commitment involved 2000 personnel from the Canadian Forces and included the deployment of ships, aircraft and a small contingent of soldiers. It is the biggest mobilization of the armed forces since the Korean War.
- 13 October 1710 The defenders of Port Royal surrender to a British naval expedition.
- 13 October 1910 Her Majesty’s Dockyard, Halifax, is transferred to Canadian ownership by a British Order in Council.
- 14 October 1944 HMCS Magog (frigate) is torpedoed and badly damaged by U-Boat 1223 in the St. Lawrence River off Pointe des Montes.
- 16 October 1915 An Order-in-Council gives the Hospitals Commission authority to provide retraining and rehabilitation for disabled veterans.
- 16 October 1944 HMCS Annan A/LCDR Charles P. Balfry, RCNR, sank the German submarine U-1006 south of the Faeroes.
- 17 October 1944 HMCS Prince Henry and HMCS Prince David engage in landing liberation forces in Greece (17-18 Oct).
- 19 October 1940 HMCS Bras D’Or an auxiliary minesweeper founders in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, she sank with all hands (5 officers and 25 crew).
- 20 October 1940 HMS Windflower, the first corvette built in Canada, is commissioned into the Royal Navy with a Canadian crew. She is turned over to the RCN in 1941.
- 21 October 1910 HMCS Niobe arrives in Halifax, the first Canadian warship to arrive at her base in Canada.
- 21 October 1942 HMCS Royal Roads becomes the Royal Canadian Naval College and commences training cadets.
- 21 October 1943 HMCS Chedabucto sank after night collision with the cable vessel Lord Kelvin, 30 miles from Rimouski, Quebec. She is later beached and becomes a total loss.
- One officer was lost.
- 21 October 1944 HMCS Uganda (later Quebec) is commissioned, becoming Canada’s first cruiser since Aurora was paid off in 1922.
- 22 October 1914 HMCS Niobe makes her first operational patrol off the Strait of Belle Isle.
- 22 October 1940 HMCS Margaree (Destroyer) lost in the North Atlantic, after collision with the freighter Port Fairy, while escorting the five-ship convoy OL.8. 142 of her ship’s company were lost, many of which were survivors of HMCS Fraser’s tragic sinking.
- 23 October 1939 HMCS SAGUENAY (Destroyer) intercepted the German tanker Emmy Friederich which scuttled herself.
- 23 October 1969 A major explosion occurred aboard HMCS Kootenay. The blast and intense engine room fire would become known as one of the worst peacetime accidents in the history of the RCN, with nine of her crew killed. Three years later, six crew members received medals honouring their bravery during the incident. Chief Petty Officer V.O. Partanan was posthumously awarded the Cross of Valour.
- 24 October 1949 A programme for the construction in Canadian shipyards of anti-submarine destroyer escorts for the RCN was announced by the Minister of national Defence in Parliament.
- 25 October 1944 HMCS Skeena was wrecked in a storm, and grounded near Reykjavik, Iceland. Fifteen lives were lost.
- 26 October 1952 HMCS Crusader destroys a North Korean supply train near Songjin: RCN gunners account for the destruction of eight enemy trains during the conflict.
- 28 October 1955 HMCS St. Laurent (second of name) is commissioned as the first warship of all-Canadian design and construction.
- 30 October 1918 HMCS Galiano was lost, with all her crew of 39 and one female passenger, in Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island. HMCS Galiano and her crew of Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reservists was the only Canadian Naval vessel lost during WWI – only 12 days before the armistice to end the “war to end all wars”.
- 30 October 1942 A RCAF Hudson of No. 145(BR) Squadron destroyed U658 with a salvo of depth charges 320 miles out of St. John’s Newfoundland. Later that same day, a Digby of No. 10(BR) RCAF Squadron sent U520 to the bottom far out in the Atlantic.