NAC News – Edition 383
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 13th, 2020
Edition – 383 “It is not so much the mode of formation as the proper combined use of the different arms which will insure victory” Jomini: Précis de l’Art de la guerre 1838
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- The Royal Canadian Legion offers currently serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members a free, one-year membership to welcome them to the Legion! (Editor – I only joined the Legion once I retired, I wish I’d joined earlier, they do great community work…Poppy Fund for example)
- A NAC Christmas Present – 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. $10 ($12 including shipping). NAC donates $1 for every copy sold to your local MFRC. SPECIAL OFFER – Order “An Underwater Adventure” and “Mom’s in the Navy for the low price of $18 (included shipping!). Just send an email to the NAC Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org for this special offer.
- Remembrance Day 2020 (Editor – MND message in 2:35 min video)
- How to Highlight Remembrance Day 2020 (Editor – CDS/CFCWO message in 1:14 min video)
- CHEK Upside Remembers: Remembrance Day reflection with veteran Peter Chance (Editor – one of our NAC members interviewed in this great 1:31 min video)
- Smaller-scale Remembrance Day ceremony held at Grand Parade
- Aboriginal veteran and his family of service
- Remembrance at sea (Editor – HMCS Toronto)
- ★ Royal Canadian Navy Unveils New Details On CSC Frigates (Editor – what a ship this will be, exciting details and MBDA Sea Ceptor air defense missile system selected for Canadian Surface Combatant ships)
- Your Navy Today – October 2020 (Editor – current RCN update and pics)
- HMCS Windsor prepares for return to sea with upgraded torpedo system (Editor – MK 48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS) Heavyweight Torpedo)
- CDR magazine interview with Rear Admiral Brian Santarpia: Commander of MARLANT & JTFA
- Rear-Admiral Leonard Murray one of Canada’s most important wartime commanders
- RCN Culture Change Engagements 2020 (Editor – Cdr RCN 26:16 min video)
- Black Canadians fought racism, discrimination to serve in Second World War
- Canadian gov’t orders national security review of Shandong-TMAC deal and Hope Bay Gold Mine, Nunavut (Editor – not directly a maritime story, but the mine is located 60 km across the Northwest Passage from Cambridge Bay)
- An Undersea Adventure (Editor – Following “Mom’s in the Navy” a second great NAC book intended for Canadian youth. Order now for Christmas!)
- ★ Fifty Nine Steps To The Crow’s Nest (Editor – The documentary “Fifty Nine Steps to The Crow’s Nest” tells the story of the Club from its opening in January 1942 to present day through member interviews and archival footage in this 32:48 min video)
- Naval reserve divers use Welland Recreational Canal to prepare for deployment
- GDMS – Canada Wins ISS Contract for Halifax-Class Combat Systems
- Ex-soldiers say it’s time for a Canadian to receive a Victoria Cross for Afghanistan
- Canadian Veterans Face New Challenges During The COVID-19 Pandemic
- Port of Montreal: Building for the future: major projects moving forward at a rapid pace
- CAF Public health measures: 5 best practices (Editor – Just couldn’t resist including this 1:07 min video)
- 2020 TechConnect Recognises Dominus Engineering as one of their defence technical innovation award winners for their computer numerical control (CNC) milling of propellors to final form and finish.
USA & AMERICAS
- Senate Appropriators Allot $21.35B for Shipbuilding; 1 Virginia-Class Attack Boat and Shipbuilding: Here today, gone tomorrow
- Littoral Combat Ship USS Detroit Towed Into Port After Losing Power While Already En Route for Repairs and Now Is The Perfect Time To Sink The Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship
- No Margin Left: Overworked Carrier Force Struggles to Maintain Deployments After Decades of Overuse
- USCG takes delivery of 9th national security cutter
- RFA Argus Sent To Assist Honduras After Storm Eta
- Navy’s Newest Ship to Be Named for Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley, Vietnam War Hero
- There’s Probably Never Going To Be A USS ‘Donald J. Trump’ (Editor – good points)
- Report on U.S. Hypersonic Weapon Development
- Conventional Stealth Submarines are Just What the Navy Needs (Editor – wouldn’t it be handy if the US built conventional boats?)
- Midshipman Sydney Barber Breaks Barriers at United States Naval Academy
- U.S. to China Trade: Trade Volume Up, But Far Short of Target Goals that said Port of Long Beach Breaks Monthly Cargo Record Again, Continuing Historic Recovery Run
- ★ Phantom Buyers in Russia, Advice from Iran Help Venezuela Skirt Sanctions (Editor – really interesting read) and another complex smuggling factor) Drug Smuggling and Liability in Commercial Shipping
- Slew of Tankers Sail Toward Venezuela, Suggesting Oil Export Rebound
- Photos: Golden Ray Wreck Removal Progresses
- All eyes on Trump for parting South China Sea salvo (Editor – dangerously, too many moving parts)
- Asian trade mega-pact set to be signed this weekend (Editor – amongst all the angst this was happening)
- Japan Plans to Export MSDF Destroyer to Indonesia
- USS Antietam Returns to Yokosuka Following 260-day Deployment
- ★ South Korea’s DSME Launches 2nd KSS III Submarine For ROK Navy
- Why didn’t Australia consider nuclear propulsion for its new submarines?
- Watch: Indian Navy Ship Refuels Two Warships Simultaneously During Malabar Exercise with Navies of US, Japan and Australia Editor – 1:47 min video included)
- Singapore Launches Its First ‘Cruise to Nowhere’
- Indian Navy’s fifth Scorpene class submarine Vagir launched
- Statement – Royal Australian Navy hosts French vessels in Western Australia
- Why US Wants to Send Coast Guard to the Seas Near China and China Plans to Loosen its Coast Guard’s Rules on Use of Force
- Small China Islets in South China Sea Show Signs of New Construction
- Three More Robberies in Singapore Strait Prompt ReCAAP Action Call and Asian Piracy Is on the Rise
- Assembly Begins on China’s First Domestically Built Large Cruise Ship
- ★ The Queen Leads Socially Distant, Eerily Quiet Remembrance Sunday Services
- NATO warships enter Black Sea despite Russian warning
- NATO warships join Turkish exercise
- Strong French Navy Presence In The Eastern Mediterranean
- Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne based in Portsmouth tracks Russian vessels in UK waters – for the third time in a month
- Bulgaria approves the purchase of new patrol ships from the German company Lürssen
- Russian Navy to develop deep-submergence rescue vehicles for Arctic operation
- Naval Group Delivers New Submarine Suffren, a Game Changing SSN for the French Navy (Editor : 4:31 min video)
- Two Russian Spy Ships Operating Near Important Military Base In Scotland
- Russia resumes construction of project 20380, 20385 corvettes
- ★ Russia’s Doomsday Torpedo (Editor – where does this guy find the info for this stunning UNCLAS!? 17:54 min video)
- Growth continues on Northern Sea Route despite year of crisis
- U.S. Targets Insurers In Latest Round of Nord Stream 2 Sanctions
- USS Nimitz Leaves Persian Gulf Headed to Exercise with Indian Aircraft Carrier
- Republic of Korea Warships mark one million miles of convoys for counter-piracy operations
- TKMS Hands Over SA’AR 6 Corvette ‘INS Magen’ To The Israeli Navy and Israel shifts naval doctrine with new Sa’ar 6 warships
- British flagship comes under ‘air attack’ off Egypt
- Denmark to Take Over Command of Operation Agenor from January 2021 (Editor – Op AGENOR is the military component of the European maritime surveillance mission in the Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, EMASoH)
- Naval Coalition Celebrates One Year Protecting Shipping in Strait of Hormuz and Bab el-Mandeb Strait (Editor – CTF Sentinel with US, UK, Australia, and Gulf nations+)
- US and Bahrain Conduct Joint Exercise in Arabian Gulf
- Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile 12 times limit, says IAEA
- US Imposes Sanctions on Syrian Oil and Lebanese Shipping Company
- 10 Week Saga of Burnt-Out Tanker New Diamond Ends in UAE
- Sudan receives Russian training vessel and Russia set to establish naval logistics base in Sudan
- Europe migrant crisis: Scores die in shipwreck off Libya – UN
- Photos: Italian Frigate Saves Tanker from Pirates in Gulf of Guinea
- Pirates attack two tankers off West Africa
- ★ On Remembrance Day, Celebrating Two Canadian Prisoners Who Took Down an Entire Shipyard (Editor – amazing story of two soldiers risking all)
- Eternal Father Strong to Save (Editor – a French destroyer in a heavy sea is the stunning background in this moving 2:08 min video)
- Navy’s Rum Ration (Editor – time capsule in this 1:12 min video)
- АПЛ Дмитрий Донской 35 лет От Северодвинска до Кронштадта и обратно (Editor – translates: “Nuclear submarine Dmitry Donskoy 35 years old From Severodvinsk to Kronstadt and back” in this PR 4:47 min video of a huge Typhoon submarine)
- Крейсер “Екатеринбург” вывели из цеха (Editor – translates: “The cruiser “Yekaterinburg” was taken out of the workshop” is an interesting look at a Delta Class SSBN refit in this 7:13 min video) plus a 26:46 min video documentary with amazing access to Russian SSBN K-433 Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets: Nuclear TriadWorkhorse
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – NOVEMBER
(If you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and more modern significant dates are also welcome. 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 of NAC member and author Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information.)
- 1 November 1914 Battle at Coronel A brass plaque at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Esquimalt, BC, is dedicated to the four ex-cadets of the Royal Naval College of Canada and men of Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Good Hope who were killed in action in 1914. Four cadets of the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada, were the first Canadian Navy casualties in WWI. Midshipman Malcolm Cann, Midshipman John V.W. Hatheway, Midshipman William Archibald Palmer, and Midshipman Arthur Wiltshire Silver, died when the British warship HMS Good Hope went down with no survivors, sunk by the German navy. These casualties were avenged 8 December at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
- 1 November 1920 Three British ships, Aurora, Patriot and Patrician are officially commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy at Portsmouth.
- 1 November 1941 Reserve Divisions are commissioned as HMCS, local names chosen for each.
- 5 November 1962 A fire heavily damages the prototype hydrofoil BRAS D’OR under construction in Quebec.
- 6 November 1940 HMCS Ottawa (I) commanded by Cdr E. Rollo Mainguy, RCN with HMS Harvester sank the Italian Submarine Comandante Faà di Bruno after it attacked Convoy HX-84.
- 6 November 1990 CAF establishes a headquarters under Commodore Kenneth J. Summers in Manama, Bahrain, part of Canada’s contribution to the Persian Gulf War.
- 8 November 1942 British Fleet Air Arm pilots in North Africa conduct the first operational use of anti-gravity suits, developed at the University of Toronto.
- 8 November 1910 HMCS Rainbow arrives in Esquimalt for the first time.
- 8 November 1942 The first German agent is landed from a U-boat off New Carlisle, Quebec and is promptly arrested by the police.
- 9 November 1910 His Majesty’s Dockyard, Esquimalt, is transferred to Canadian ownership and forms the basis for Pacific Command
- 9 November 1940 HMCS Collingwood, the first corvette built in Canada for the RCN, is commissioned.
- 11 November 1918 Armistice Day for the “War to end all Wars” came to an end after more than four years of bloody fighting. 8,826 Canadians served in the RCN and RCNVR. 24 became casualties.
- 13 November 1942 Captain (RN) Frederick Thornton Peters born in Charlottetown and raised in Vernon and Victoria was awarded the VC for his actions 13 Nov 1943. Captain Peters was in the suicide charge” by two little cutters at Oran. The “Walney” and “Hartland” were two ex-American coastguard cutters which were lost in a gallant attempt to force the boom defences in the harbour of Oran during the landings on the North African coast. Captain Peters led his force through the boom in the face of point-blank fire from shore batteries, destroyer, and a cruiser – a feat which was described as one of the great episodes of naval history. The “Walney” reached the jetty disabled and ablaze, she and went down with her colours flying. Blinded in one eye, Captain Peters was the only survivor of the seventeen men on the bridge of the “Walney”. He was taken prisoner but was later released when Oran was captured. On being liberated from the gaol, he was carried through the streets where the citizens hailed him with flowers. He earned the Distinguished Service Order (George V), London Gazette 30 March 1915, Distinguished Service Cross (George V), London Gazette 8 March 1918 and Bar – London Gazette 11 July 1940. British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with Bar (North Africa 1942-43) 1939-45 Medal, Distinguished Service Cross (USA).
- 13 November 1944 HMCS Algonquin commanded by LCdr Desmond W. Piers, DSO, RCN sank German Minesweepers M-416 and M-427.
- 15 November 1942 While escorting a convoy, HMCS Saguenay is accidentally struck in the stern by freighter SS Azra, which sinks. Saguenay is towed to St. John’s.
- 15 November 1952 First Naval Reserve Air Squadron established, VC-920 at Toronto. To fly Swordfish and Avengers.
- 16 November 1857 PO1 William Hall, ‘Captain of the Foretop,’ of that HMS Shannon, were recommended by the late Captain Peel for the Victoria Cross, for their gallant conduct at a 24-Pounder Gun, brought up to the angle of the Shah Nujjiff, at Lucknow, on the 16th of November, 1857. William Hall was the first Nova Scotian, the first Naval VC earned by a Canadian citizen, and the first Black person to receive the Victoria Cross.
- 16 November 1941 HMCS Prince Robert arrived in Hong Kong escorting units of the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada in TS Awatea.
- 20 November 1943 HMCS Snowberry commanded by A/LCdr James A. Dunn, RCNVR, HMCS Calgary commanded by A/LCDR Henry Hill, RCNVR, and HMCS Nene commanded by sink U-536 near the Azores.
- 20 November 1957 HMCS Labrador, an Arctic patrol vessel, is paid off and later transferred to the Department of Transport.
- 21 November 1953 HMCS Labrador arrived in Halifax, having circumnavigated the North American continent.
- 23 November 1809 Convicted in Canada’s first piracy trial, Edward Jordan is hanged in Halifax.
- 24 November 1944 HMCS Shawinigan while on independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, was torpedoed and sunk by U1228. All 91 of the crew perished.
- 25 November 1950 HMCS Nootka leaves Halifax for the first of two tours of duty in Korea.
- 28 November 1953 The first group of 48 RCN volunteers left Montreal by air for submarine training with the Royal Navy.
- 29 November 1957 HMCS Kenora and Kentville, two paid off minesweepers, are transferred to the Turkish navy as Bandirma and Bartin.