NAC News – Edition 381
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 30th, 2020
Edition – 381 “Generally, he who occupies the field of battle first and awaits his enemy is at ease; he who comes later to the scene and rushes into the fight is weary” Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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- 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. A recording of the event will also be available on Historica Canada’s YouTube channel following the event.
- 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. Now for sale – why not order an early Christmas present for your family or donate a copy to your local library.
- Richard Shimooka: It’s an increasingly unstable world out there. Canada’s military should be prepared
- Seeking out the gremlins aboard Canada’s newest warship
- Kingfisher joins RCAF flock
- Defence Watch: New dates set for budget watchdog’s reports on major naval projects
- Handling Our Naval Service, A Sketch of George J. Desbarats, C.M.G., by Madge Macbeth, Maclean’s Magazine, Feb 1918 (Editor – a 1918 article about a Canadian Navy “founder” who through his hard work as the first Deputy Minister of the Naval Service deserves to be remembered)
- Lieutenant-Commander Calley Gray: Proud to be part of the RCN (Editor – the RCN has impressive people) An interesting generational comparison Women in wartime shipyards break gender barriers
- Culture to become latest front in military’s fight against sexual misconduct and DND calls sexual misconduct in military a ‘wicked problem,’ seeks long-term solutions and I guess sadly but not surprisingly Progress toward gender balance in peacekeeping in ‘peril,’ committee told
- 60 Seconds With .. MWO Tonya Pugh (Editor – 1:36 min video)
- HMCS Oriole sailing season wraps up
- Second World War vets eligible for Tribute pin
- Unique Design Technologies to Improve Ship Performance
- CIMSEC Sea Control 208 – at close range with James Brun (Editor – Canadian writer and serving naval officer James Brun has a noteworthy discussion about the legendary duel between HMCS Assiniboine and U-210 in this 30:38 min podcast. Note below the podcast link that there are other James Brun articles of interest)
- SS NERISSA – The Final Crossing (Editor – a horrendous piece of our history: a summary from his book by a fellow NAC member and author, Bill Dziadyk. Here is a good read on a VAC webpage on Canada’s Merchant Navy if your so inclined)
- Port of Halifax’s Extended Deepwater Berth Fully Operational (Editor – worthwhile 1:51 min video included, good look at Halifax Harbour too)
- Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Studying Maritime Decarbonization Technology
- A Look at the Marine Art of John M. Horton, OBC
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 26, 2020
- SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for Light Carrier, ‘Joint Strike Frigate’ ; Sounds Alarm Over Chinese Naval Expansion
- Icebreaker Polar Star to Make Unusual Arctic Deployment
- Pandemic Sees U.S. Navy Ships Spend Record Periods At Sea [Infographic]
- Another littoral combat ship breaks down on deployment
- Navy’s ‘Project Overmatch’ Structure Aims to Accelerate Creating Naval Battle Network (Editor – a look at the future in this lengthy embedded 1:07:13 hr video.)
- ★ A Rudderless Navy Lets New Technologies Vie To Kill Off The Humble But Effective Sonobuoy
- Path to Install Hypersonic Weapons on Arleigh Burke Destroyers Unclear and US Navy looks to equip Destroyers with hypersonic weapons, but not everyone is sold
- Report to Congress on Constellation-class Frigate Program (FFG-62)
- Navy Focused on Strengthening Networks to Support Unmanned Operations
- Navy Releases Second Round of USS Thresher Documents
- Venezuelan Oil Transferred at New Ship-to-ship Spot in the Caribbean
- Royal Caribbean Posts Third Straight Billion-dollar Loss (Editor – how long is this sustainable?) and another part of the puzzle The Messy, Booming Business of Recycling Cruise Ships
- US Navy Will Review its Ban on Beards after Sailor Feedback
- ★ China warns Canada over its provocative actions in the South China Sea, Taiwan Straits
- US, Japan launch ‘Keen Sword’ exercise amid fears of Chinese attack on Taiwan (Editor – eye candy as Canada is participating too)
- State Department Authorizes $2.37B Harpoon Missile Sale to Taiwan
- Japanese F35As train with USS America
- Japan Launches the First of the New Taigei-class Submarines for JMSDF (Editor – useful 1:47 min video)
- China’s 2nd aircraft carrier Shandong completes testing, training mission, to be combat-ready by year-end
- PLA Navy conducts exercise above South China Sea
- Russia’s Pacific Fleet Accepts Delivery Of Second Project 636.3 Submarine
- Defence grilled over 2054 delivery of Future Submarines
- US Coast Guard to net wayward Chinese fishing fleets
- US ratchets up China overflights: report
- Fincantieri and Cochin Shipyard Sign Cooperation Agreement
- ‘Massive’ coral reef taller than the Empire State Building discovered in Australia (Editor – 1:03 min video, what else lays hidden in the oceans?)
- Australia, Japan, U.S. to fund cable for Pacific island of Palau
- Chagos: a year since UK was ordered out
- DSME to Build Six Second-generation Arc7 LNG Carriers
- Update: UK Special Forces Gain Control of Nave Andromeda; Seven Arrested and
- Oil tanker stormed by SBS was denied port access by France and Spain
- ★ A Greek Navy Minehunting Vessel Got Sliced In Two By A Container Ship (Editor – cut in half just aft of the funnel)
- Russia’s Secret Sonar System (Editor – not really “news” but darned interesting capability explained in this 13:05 min video)
- Pantsir-M missile system onboard Odintsovo corvette of project 22800 able to destroy cruise missile strike
- Turkey unveils new ULAQ Armored Unmanned Surface Vessel armed with missile systems
- Naval Group Unveils SMX 31 E Submarine Concept
- Naval version of Nexter & Thales RapidFire 40mm gun system to equip future French Navy vessels
- Lockheed Martin to produce and deliver 6 more CH-53K helicopters to US Navy
- US, Royal Navy sign agreement on ‘Integrated Warfighting’
- Type 26 Frigate HMS Glasgow looks shipshape on the Clyde
- Russian Navy Commissions Newest Project 636.3 Submarine Volkhov and a Navy News 4:24 min video Project 636 Improved Kilo Class Submarines
- BAE Systems has developed the world’s most advanced lightweight torpedo Sting Ray Mod 1
- Norwegian Coast Guard sails high-latitude Arctic voyage to Beaufort Sea (Editor – what a great capability to have )
- Deep Dive AUV: Ifremer & ECA Group show the path (Editor – 7:29 min video)
- Euronaval: French Navy Becomes Launch Customer Of Naval Group’s D-19T UUV
- Euronaval: Safran’s Argonyx and Black-Onyx naval inertial navigation systems (Editor – 2:31 min video)
- Euronaval: SH Defence Unveils Cutting Edge Equipment ‘The Cube’ (Editor – interesting concept in a 5:41 min video)
- With its new space centre, NATO seeks the ultimate high ground
- Nord Stream 2 Pipe-Laying Vessel Underway to Project Hub
- EIB loans €220m for construction of three Italian Navy vessels
- Australia no longer sending Navy to the Middle East, shifts focus to Asia-Pacific, China
- U.S. Issues Fresh Sanctions Targeting Iranian Oil
- Iranian Spy Ship Commands Strategic Position on Vital Oil Route
- At least 140 migrants drown off Senegal coast, UN says
- Stranded Seafarers Rescued by South African Research Vessel
- Green Power to Draw $11 Trillion Investment by 2050: BNEF
- Inside a Soviet Navy B-396 Submarine Tour With Sonar Ping Sound (Editor – non-narrated tour of a Tango Class in this 15:45 min video)
- Russia’s Papa-Class Submarine Was a Speedy Titanium Wonder Weapon (Editor – next week a Foxtrot and an improved Kilo)
- HMS Queen Mary – Guide 202 (Editor – wonderful ship, stunning end in this 6:16 min video)
- KMS Tirpitz – Guide 117 (Editor – spectacular ship, slow death in this 16:05 min video)
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.