NAC News – Edition 384
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 20th, 2020
Edition – 384 “[The State Department] is decimated and demoralized. It’s going to take a huge amount of work to come back from that damage.” November 11, 2020 Tamara Cofman Wittes, Huffington Post
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- RUSI Nova Scotia extends an invitation to NAC members to hear a Zoom presentation Wednesday, 9 December 2020 by Derek Moss, CCG, titled “Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Renewal.” Registration is required. There is no fee to attend this event. To register, email RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sunday, 6 December. As the subject line for your registration email, put: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 9 December 2020 Registration. In addition to your name please also provide your organization. Instructions will be emailed to registrants by end Monday, 7 December.
- 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. Legion magazine is first-rate too)
- Jour du Souvenir – l’Importance du Coquelicot – Remembrance Day – The Importance of The Poppy Editor – poignant 13:52 min video)
- HMCS Winnipeg’s eye in the sky
- ★ Navy could get converted Davie supply ships at fraction of price of building new: PBO
- The DND Response
- The NAC Naval Affairs Response
- Defence purchases and projects could help in economic recovery, industry says
- Defence Team New – 18 November 2020 (Editor – great leadership for the cadet programme!)
- ★ New video documents HMCS Protecteur engine fire (Editor – in case you didn’t see this before it’s an incredibly detailed and inspirational 1:00:59 hr video)
- Lt(N) Gillian Herlinger: Persevere and stick with it (Editor – I point out the sequence of Sea Cadets, Reserve RCN service, to regular RCN…an underacknowledged occurrence)
- Still more help needed for veterans: Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire
- Op-Ed: A Less Attractive Northwest Passage is Good for Canada
- Canada invests $64.9M in sealift and re-supply operations for the Arctic
- Ottawa launches independent review of Canada’s beleaguered military-justice system
- Military mission to COVID-hit long term care homes cost taxpayers about $53 million and Temporary staff in nursing homes got ‘bare bones’ training: Armed Forces
- Thunder Bay shipyard will get a big piece of federal shipbuilding program
- Bridgewater says a not-so-fond farewell to the HMCS Cormorant
- Brass fuse box plate salvaged from wreck of wartime HMCS Regina
- Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Fern Blodgett Sunde
- Famed Vancouver Island landmark lighthouse celebrates 160 years
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 16, 2020
- Services Looking for ‘Synergy’ in JADC2 Efforts
- The U.S. Navy’s New Attack Submarine Could Be Huge—And Expensive and Navy Confident It Could Build 3 Virginia SSNs a Year, Though More Study Needed On Shipyard Capacity and SECNAV reveals names of two future US Virginia-class submarines
- Navy May Extend Life of Ohio SSBNs to Provide Cushion for Introduction of Columbia-class
- Admiral: Submarine-Launched UAS Proving ‘Awesome Capability’
- The US Navy is moving to put more ship-killer missiles on submarines
- VIDEO: MDA, Navy Down ICBM with Destroyer-Launched Missile Interceptor (Editor – 6:19 min video included is silent)
- Broken littoral combat ship Detroit returns to sea on its own power
- Navy Officials Reveal Details of New $100M Light Amphibious Warship Concept
- Coast Guard Cutter Returns Home After Crew Tests Positive for COVID-19
- U.S. renews navy’s right to harm marine mammals during testing and training off Pacific Coast
- Iota Becomes 30th Named Storm in 2020’s Historic Hurricane Season
- Royal Navy and U.S. Navy Join Hurricane Relief Efforts in Honduras
- Fire Safety Discussions After Bonhomme Richard Fire Centered on Drills, Fire Suppression Systems
- GAO Study Finds Significant Risks in Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter Program
- Port of LA Sets New Record, Handling 980,000 TEU in a Month
- Stolen Vehicle Intercepts are on the Rise at US Ports
- HMS Forth visits the ‘gateway to Antarctica’
- ★ Rare Electric Narco Submarine Seized in Colombia
- Royal Navy Seizes £120m Of Drugs In Caribbean
- 15 Arrested in Maritime Smuggling Bust Near President’s Private Club
- CNP: The US Navy’s not ready to ‘pull that trigger’ and change its beard policy
- RCEP: Asia-Pacific countries form world’s largest trading bloc and in contrast Why China prefers to maintain inflamed borders
- The Chinese Navy Can’t Grow Forever — the Slowdown Might Start Soon and the actual report China Maritime Report No. 10: PLAN Force Structure Projection Concept, A Methodology for Looking Down Range
- US, China sleepwalking towards World War III
- Japan, Australia Reach Security Pact Amid Fears Over Disputed South China Sea
- MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAV Demonstrations with Japan Coast Guard (Editor – 2:52 min video)
- PH Navy ship’s first mission after dry dock: Aid for typhoon survivors in Catanduanes
- China’s AIP Stealthy Submarine Force: A Worry for the U.S. Navy?
- Great power rivalry and the growing need for a coherent US maritime strategy
- SECNAV Braithwaite Calls for New U.S. 1st Fleet Near Indian, Pacific Oceans
- Photos Emerge of China’s J-15 Fighter Sporting Gear for New Carrier’s Catapult Launch System
- Japan-Based Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Wraps Up Record Patrol; Nimitz in 7th Fleet
- Indian Navy takes delivery of its ninth Boeing P-8i naval surveillance aircraft
- On Point: Making history, building interoperability, allied capability all in a day’s work
- Pakistan Navy Commissions Second Yarmook-Class Corvette
- Japan’s Mitsui E&S Launches ‘Kumano’ New 30FFM Frigate for JMSDF
- Chinese Long-Range Ballistic Missiles Struck Moving Ship In South China Sea: Report
- Malabar 2020: Indian, US Carrier Battle Groups To Dominate Phase 2 Of Naval Exercise
- Submarines: why no nuclear option? and SIA conference to shed light on submarine projest and the debate rages on Submarines: speak now or forever hold your peace
- Aussie industry rallies to support $900m sub supply program
- V-22 Flights Begin at Japan’s Kisarazu Air Field
- Does First VLCC Sale in 18 Months Signal Beginning of Demolition Wave?
- Russia Could Cooperate With China In The Naval Field To Achieve Parity With The West – Part 1
- British PM announces historic UK military modernisation, strategic reorientation
- UK parliament requests F-35 updates due to Carrier Strike concerns and Maybe The Royal Navy Can Afford Its New Aircraft Carriers, After All
- UK Flagship HMS Albion Joins NATO Security Mission In Mediterranean
- USS Ross Enters Baltic Sea, Visits Swedish Waters in Bilateral Exercise
- ★ Scary Moments During Rescue of Lost US Submarine (Editor – spectacular pics in this look at different submarine rescue gear in the first half of a 10:33 min video)
- A number of U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft are using Glasgow Prestwick Airport to patrol the North Atlantic.
- Parliament of Germany approves budget to acquire 31 Sea Tiger naval helicopters for their frigates
- HMS Tamar ‘Ready To Police The Seas’ After Intensive Board And Search Training
- Damen and Thales to Build the German MKS 180 Frigate of the Future
- Russian naval exports reach 70 platforms
- 17th Project 03160 Raptor-class patrol boat enters in service with Russian Navy
- Permafrost melting did not trigger oil spill catastrophe, says Russian control authority
- Egyptian naval group arrives in Russia’s Novorossiysk for first time for joint drills
- Nuclear Cargo Ship to Be Decommissioned in Scotland
- COVID-19 forces NATO warship back to port
- French Navy begins broad revamp of its mine-hunting abilities
- Naval Group Launches ‘Lorraine’, the Final FREMM Frigate for the French Navy (Editor – 3:31 min video)
- Kingfisher takes a dive towards sonobuoy deployment
- Trump ‘asked for options on strike on Iran nuclear site’
- CTF 151 welcomes Japanese Destroyer Ariake to conduct counter-piracy operations
- Iran Launches Huge Oceangoing Warship With Cutting-Edge Missile System Onboard – Photos, Video
- CMF seizes over one tonne of hashish in drugs bust
- Israeli Navy accepts first new warship from Germany to guard gas rigs
- Israel, Lebanon Resume Mediterranean Sea Border Talks
- Israel’s Small Navy Is Growing And Becoming Much More Relevant
- Qatar’s New Air Defense Corvette Starts Sea Trials
- Navantia Shipyard Launches first Avanti 2200 Corvette for Saudi Navy
- ★ Summit aims for clean-up of shipping industry
- Container Freight Rates Soar
- Russia Plans New Naval Facility in Sudan and Sea change: Building a naval base in Sudan is the first crucial step in restoring Russia’s maritime power
- The seaweed swamping the Atlantic Ocean
- Israel Shipyards delivers Shaldag MK V patrol ship to Senegalese Navy
- Ocea vessels on their way to Nigeria
- Pirates Abduct 14 Seafarers From Heavy Lift Ship in Gulf of Guinea and Photos: Italian Frigate Rescues Injured Crewmember After Pirate Attack
- Three more Gulf of Guinea attacks
- America vs Germany 1941 – The Forgotten Conflict (Editor – interesting look at how America acquired foreign basing amongst other points raised in this 14:32 min video)
- SHIPWRECK DISCOVERED: USS Indianapolis Found After 72 Years | History’s Greatest Mysteries: Solved (Editor – such a horrific and sad story 11:02 min video)
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.