NAC News – Edition 380
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 23rd, 2020
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- 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 will honour veterans this year with an online event on Wednesday November 11th featuring short addresses, music, and poems from veteran speakers, and a moment of silence at 11 am . RSVP to join the online Remembrance Ceremony Starting at 10:45 am. Classes and schools are encouraged to join. The event will run until approximately 11:45 a.m. (Editor – I’m presuming this is Ottawa time, but I’ll confirm)
- Lt Hampton Gray Memorial (Editor – pandemic considerations have delayed the unveiling until spring 2021)
- An Underwater Adventure – NAC’s Naval Affairs program second childrens book. Coming soon. Order forms to follow.
- HMCS Victoria returns to sea stronger than ever with new battery and sonar
- Navy probes unexplained breakdowns on brand-new Arctic patrol ship (Editor – just new class teething problems)
- ★ Defence Deconstructed –Designing the Navy’s Future Ships (Editor – excellent CGAI 53:48 min podcast) and RCN written précis The Canadian Surface Combatant – More than Just a Ship
- Refit of WW II vessel brings ‘tremendous sense of satisfaction,’ says official
- Canada and the UK: A Long and Enduring Partnership (Editor – insightful RUSI article by Hugh Segal)
- Eric Bunnell’s People: Taking her ship to sea
- To move and float: The ingenuity of HMCS Winnipeg’s MSE department
- HMCS Radisson awarded as top Naval Reserve Division
- Disaster aboard HMCS Kootenay (Editor – 23 October 1969)
- RCN’s first warship celebrated on Niobe Day and a 1:31 min video On this day we mark the HISTORIC arrival of HMCS Niobe!
- Battle of the Atlantic – The Merchant Navy (Editor 3:36 min video)
- Déjà vu all over again for O’Toole?
- Lawsuit accuses Veterans Affairs of failing to tell eligible veterans about benefits
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 19, 2020
- As the Arctic’s Attractions Mount, Greenland is a Security Black Hole
- Polar icebreakers are key to America’s national interest
- US Navy Looking for New Radar to Plug Holes in Truncated Zumwalt Destroyer’s Abilities and Four Years After Delivery, USS Zumwalt Fires First Missile
- ‘No more monstrosities’, US Navy ops head declares of new destroyers
- ★ Brazilian submarine development program advances with nuclear reactor assembly
- Saab and Dutch shipbuilder Damen join forces to develop new submarine for Dutch Navy (Editor – another contender?)
- Bollinger Delivers 41st Fast Response Cutter to the US Coast Guard
- White House Reveals Hypersonic Missile Plan For Arleigh Burke
- Former Navy Leader Tom Modly Opens Fire On ‘Battle Force 2045’
- China Arming Venezuelan Navy With Anti-Ship Missiles
- Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles
- With Hammerhead Mine, U.S. Navy Plots New Style Of Warfare To Tip Balance In South China Sea
- Overwatch: Advancing NATO’s Maritime Situational Awareness via Commercially Available Space-based Assets
- U.S. Charges Russian Military Officers Behind ‘NotPetya’ Cyber Attack
- Report: Unmanned Systems Could Track and Fight Submarines At Less Cost than Manned Ships, Planes
- MV-22 Osprey Conducts Ship Compatibility Tests aboard Amphibious Transport Dock
- Will The Pentagon’s Bold Battle Force 2045 Plan Finally Fix Sealift?
- Cocaine worth $500m found hidden in charcoal shipment
- Comprehensive Sanctions: Iran, Syria and North Korea
- U.S., Japan, Australia conducted naval exercises in South China Sea Monday: U.S. Navy
- Strategist asks important question: Can Australia depend on our Asian neighbours? (Editor – an interesting debate going on with huge implications)
- What Is the Malabar Exercise, and Why Is It Significant?
- This Russian Frigate Is Armed to the Teeth with Lots of New Missiles
- Japan to Help ASEAN States Secure Coasts Amid South China Sea Tensions
- A third aircraft carrier for India?
- Upgraded HMNZS Te Kaha F77 frigate of New Zealand Navy began sea trials (Editor – strangely the article doesn’t mention the modernization was done in Esquimalt)
- SECNAV Braithwaite Visits Palau as U.S. Courts More Partners in the Western Pacific
- Indian Navy commissions fourth and final Kamorta-class corvette
- India successfully test-fires naval version of BrahMos from indigenous warship
- South Korean navy receives first dedicated training ship
- ★ China Shocked: US Successfully Change Mageshima Island into the Largest US Military Base in Near SCS (Editor – 8:14 min video)
- Myanmar Navy showcases newly acquired submarine in Fleet Exercise Bandoola
- China beefing up coastal missile deployment to target Taiwan: report
- Wake Island Airfield to undergo US$87m infrastructure modernisation (Editor – useful map)
- Chagos Islands dispute: Mauritius calls US and UK ‘hypocrites’
- Report: Dangerous Goods May Have Caused Maersk Honam Fire
- Philippines to Resume Oil Exploration in South China Sea
- ★ Defence Expenditure of NATO Countries (2013-2020) (Editor – interesting comparison)
- ★ North Pole ice cap too thin for testing Russia’s giant icebreaker
- USS Ross Returns to Barents Sea
- Australia, UK Sign MoU to Cooperate on Frigate Programs (Editor – hmmm, this looks like a good idea, at least on first glance)
- UK’s First Carrier Strike Group in a Generation Finishes Trials
- France’s Submarine Game Changer: The New Suffren-Class and French Navy’s Newest Nuclear Attack Submarine Suffren Launches MdCN Cruise Missile for First Time
- Naval Group will repair French ‘Perle’ nuclear sub damaged by fire
- Made in Britain: UK Defence Ministry on Mission to Bring Warship Production Home
- ★ A Man, His Column, And British Naval Supremacy (Editor – videos included)
- Sir David Attenborough polar research ship set to begin sea trials
- Euronaval: Overview of Sylena Decoy Launcher and Lacroix Defense’s Naval Portfolio (Editor – 6:52 min video)
- Euronaval: Safran’s Vigy Observer and Vigy Engage surveillance and fire control systems (Editor – note Canadian example in this 1:39 min video)
- Euronaval: MBDA launches the new VL MICA NG air defence system (Editor – 5:49 min video)
- Euronaval: Lacroix Defense’s COO Introduces VESTA Off Board Active Decoys (Editor – 7:26 min video)
- ECA Group & MAURIC: OCTOPODA MCMV Range (Editor – 4:22 min video)
- Danish Navy reclassifies two Absalon-class support ships as frigates
- Russian Navy warship calls at Greek port in Mediterranean deployment
- Turkey Extends Exploration in Disputed Waters with Greece
- Israel Navy tests missile systems
- United Nations arms embargo on Iran expires despite objections of U.S.
- US Blacklists Chinese Entities, Individuals Over Iran Shipping Ties
- Russian Navy Seen Escorting Iranian Tankers Bound for Syria
- Royal Navy Warship Seizes 450kg of Drugs in Arabian Sea
- Leadership in the aftermath of USS Cole attack (Editor – sage advice included)
- Israel-UAE peace deal ‘big’ for trade in Middle East (Editor – a giant step forward)
- The race to a zero-emission world starts now | António Guterres (Editor – TED talk featuring the Secretary-General of the United Nations in this 5:27 min video)
- Ocean Plastic Pollution Could Triple By 2040
- Do not switch off the AIS in Nigerian waters
- USS Hershel “Woody” Williams takes part in exercise Grand African Nemo
- Seafarers Stranded on Remote South Atlantic Island After Vessel Sinks and SA Aghulus II en route to retrieve researchers from Gough Island
- ★ The Lancastria, the unknown disaster (Editor – a staggering disaster with an strange story in this 28:19 min video)
- The Storming of U-94 – How Two Allied Sailors Took on the Crew of a U-boat in the Caribbean
- Battlefield – The Battle Of The Atlantic – Part 1 (Editor – 49:10 min video documentary)
- Battlefield – The Battle Of The Atlantic – Part 2 (Editor – 52:03 min video documentary)
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.