NAC News – Edition 379
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 16th, 2020
Edition – 379 “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Edmund Burke 1770
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- ★ 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 NAC member, naval historian, and officer extraordinaire Dr Rich Gimblett provided some guidance in regard aspects of the BOA that the group wanted to acknowledge. On the day, to watch the ceremony live visit 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.
- Maritime Security Challenges Virtual Sessions will debut on 20 and 22 October 2020
with a focus on Great Power competition in the Indo-Asia-Pacific (Editor – see link to sign up for either session)
- 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)
- Message from CDS Gen Vance and CAF CWO CPO 1 Grégoire on Thanksgiving 2020 (Editor – 45 sec video)
- Canadian Armed Forces take part in UN Security Council sanctions monitoring in Asia-Pacific
- INSIDE LOOK aboard HMCS Harry DeWolf (Editor – 3:30 min video)
- Seaspan Shipyards delivers CCGS John Cabot, completing first class of ships under Canada’s national shipbuilding strategy
- Divers remember PO2 Craig Blake at Fitness Challenge
- Commemorating the Merchant Navy 75 years after the end of the Battle of the Atlantic and The threat from within: SS Caribou sunk during Battle of the St. Lawrence 78 years ago
- Former naval officer leads B.C.’s response to COVID-19 pandemic
- Finland, Switzerland Considering F-35s and Super Hornets in Upcoming Fighter Contests (Editor – not a naval article, but given the RCAF’s programme it will be interesting to see what they choose)
- Canadian military spent more than $1 million on controversial propaganda training linked to Cambridge Analytica parent firm
- 60 Seconds with Capt (N) Matthew Coates (Editor – video)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 12, 2020
- The US Navy’s ‘Manhattan Project’ has its leader
- Northrop Grumman secures US Navy Maritime EW contract
- CIMSEC: Sustaining an intellectual overmatch: management education for our naval warfighters (Editor – the three things most important in any endeavour: people, people, people)
- ★ As U.S. Navy Plans for Unmanned Ships, Its Biggest Shipbuilder Adapts
- Panel: Pace of Navy Freedom of Navigation Operations Stressing Force
- Littoral Combat Ship USS Gabrielle Giffords on Anti-Drug Patrols in SOUTHCOM
- U.K. Ballistic Missile Sub Crew Suffers COVID-19 Outbreak After Visit to U.S. Sub Base
- Meet The US Navy’s New ‘Affordable’ $1.2 Billion Ship
- CBO Says Navy Underestimated Cost of First Frigate by 40 Percent
- Report to Congress on Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
- TIAR 21: maritime security, the TIAR, and IUU fishing in the western hemisphere
- Infantry Battalion CO Relieved after Fatal July AAV Sinking; Investigations Continue
- CNO Gilday: Navy Must Move Faster on Next Generation Air Dominance Program
- 190 US ships have covid cases
- 52-Year-Old Coast Guard Cutter Seizes $67M in Cocaine
- VIDEO: Navy’s 245th Birthday Message (Editor 3:31 min video included)
- HMCS Winnipeg to Take Part in Op NEON in the East China Sea
- Carrier Reagan Back in the South China Sea, U.S. Destroyer Makes Taiwan Strait Transit
- Japan launches first of its new class of submarines (Editor – I wonder what 4 of these with support, training, etc. would cost?)
- Chinese Type 055 destroyer has anti-stealth and anti-satellite capabilities
- Chinese Military Accuses US Destroyer of Approaching Paracel Islands Without Beijing’s Consent
- USS Barry Transits Taiwan Strait
- Japan Says Chinese Vessels Sail Near Disputed Islands
- Japan sends three vessels to South China Sea in anti-submarine exercise
- USS John S. McCain Joins JS Kaga and JS Ikazuchi for Integrated Operations in South China Sea
- Will the Chinese Navy Soon Build a Base in Cambodia?
- INS Vikrant to begin sea trials in December
- Malaysia Detains Chinese Vessels for Trespassing
- USS Comstock embarks Mark VI patrol boats, ExMCM for maritime security operations
- Ronald Reagan CSG conducts maritime security operations in Indian Ocean
- Hunter Class program expands Australian industry participation
- India to Deliver Kilo-Class Submarine INS Sindhuvir to Myanmar Navy
- The future of China’s n-powered subs force
- Chinese Increasing Nuclear Submarine Shipyard Capacity
- Fukushima: Japan ‘to release contaminated water into sea’
- China opens 10 ports to crew changes
- Egyptian and Spanish navies conduct naval military exercise in Mediterranean Sea
- UK Royal Navy !! Largest-ever deployment’ of Royal Navy ships to Cyprus (Editor – educational 8:32 min video)
- Russian Navy missile hovercraft Samum of Black Sea Fleet conducts live fire exercise
- Ep. 6/8 – Naval Group Underwater Weapons in Saint-Tropez: D19 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (Editor – 3:13 min video)
- Ep. 7/8 – Naval Group Underwater Weapons in Saint-Tropez: Battery technology for torpedoes and UUVs (Editor – 6:04 min video)
- Ep. 8/8 – Naval Group Underwater Weapons in Saint-Tropez: Torpedo Countermeasures (Editor – 3:08 min video)
- HMS Enterprise Returns To UK After 15-Month Deployment
- What Makes Up A Carrier Strike Group?
- Turkish ship at centre of Greece row to return to Mediterranean
- Socarenam Begins Construction of First of Six New POM Overseas Patrol Vessels for French Navy
- France to arm future OPVs with RAPIDFire Naval CIWS
- Polish Navy Dive Team Disables Giant 12,000 Pound WWII Bomb and Video: Giant WWII Bomb Goes Off During Removal Operation (Editor – two wow short videos)
- Tall Ship Transits the Northern Sea Route Without Seeing Ice
- Colonial legacy of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Royal Navy’s links to slavery ‘to be re-evaluated’ by Greenwich Maritime Museum who plan to change their historical displays following the Black Lives Matter movement (Editor – the challenge is to find balance… and here is a new wrinkle) Does this doctored letter sink claims that Admiral Nelson backed slavery?
- Israel Set To Receive First ‘Stealth’ Missile Boat
- Saudi Arabia launches its first local-made HSI32 fast interceptor boat
- Crude Tanker Damaged by Floating Mines Near Yemeni Oil Terminal
- Iran Set to Unveil New Chopper, Drone and Missile-Laden Warship Capable of Reaching US Coast
- ★ Remembering the 20th Anniversary of the USS Cole Attack and USS Cole (DDG 67) Virtual Tour – 20 years After The Terrorist Bombing (Editor – good look around in a 13:13 min video)
- UN Access to Decaying Yemen Tanker Could Take Weeks
- IMB: Piracy and Armed Robbery Rise in 2020 Especially off West Africa
- German ship completes historic Arctic expedition
- ‘Real and imminent’ extinction risk to whales
- Seeing Below the Surface: LADAR trials promise enhanced vessel safety
- Inside a Delta IV SSBN (Editor – you don’t see this every day: 10!4 min video)
- Delta III SSBN Sub Brief for YouTube (Editor – interesting details in a 17:38 min video)
- The Last Soviet Ballistic Missile Submarine Editor – explanatory 13:58 min video, I won’t be including the submarine briefs he talks of but you can find them yourself)
- The development of the Naval Shell – Stop poking holes in my ship! (Editor – a detailed 47:45 min video for you gunners)
- Sphinx: The Confederate Ironclad Warship That Joined the Japanese Navy
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.