NAC News – Edition 385
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 27th, 2020
Edition – 385 “If a Biden administration wants burden sharing, the Quad countries are the ones likely to do a lot of the heavy lifting in Asia.” 17 Nov 2020, Tanvi Madan, The Economist
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- Live Launch: Canadians’ Attitude Towards Marine Shipping – 2020 Poll Results Join Clear Seas November 30, 10:00 AM (PST), for the launch of the results of our biennial public opinion poll looking at Canadians’ attitudes towards marine shipping. Clear Seas’ Executive Director, Paul Blomerus, and Angus Reid Institute’s President, Shachi Kurl, will unveil the findings of the latest Canada-wide marine shipping survey, which features a Shipping Confidence Index designed to better understand the numerous viewpoints on marine shipping in Canada. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.
- ★ THIS EVENT/PRESENTATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THE NEW YEAR – Captain(N) Christopher Nucci, Director Naval Strategy, RCN – presentation via Zoom on the future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC)– Wed, 2nd Dec 2020 @ 2:30-3:30 PM EST. The topic is the single class CSC) solution for Canada – “Operationally focused, value conscious, and technology-enabled”.
- ★ MSC Virtual Session 3: The Maritime Security Challenges Sessions continue 16h00 (4:00 pm) Pacific Standard Time Wednesday 2 December 2020 with a focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has been impacting the world’s navies and the maritime industry. To Register.
- HMCS Sackville K181 – Just For the Hull of It Campaign
- A NAC Christmas Present – An Undersea Adventure – NAC’s second childrens book. Buy one as a Xmas 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 (includes shipping!). Email the NAC Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: we have a French version of “Mom’s…” in inventory and expect the French version of “Undersea Adventure soon”.
- RUSI Nova Scotia – Zoom presentation 1PM AST Time on Wednesday, 9 December 2020 by Derek Moss, CCG, titled “Canadian Coast Guard Fleet Renewal.” Registration required by emailing RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sunday, 6 December. Use subject line: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 9 December 2020 Registration. Include your name and organization. Joining 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)
- What an Australian-style push against Chinese interference might look like (Editor – not a maritime article, but does have maritime implications)
- Two supply ships alone not enough to ensure Canadian Navy can resupply fleets
- 2020 – FALL – ACTION STATIONS! is available and consider joining the Naval Memorial Trust
- Canadian Armed Forces to formally apologize to victims for sexual misconduct and VCDS Message to Defence – New DAOD on sexual misconduct
- HMCS Harry DeWolf proficiency sail
- Canada Receives Delivery of Second Interim Icebreaker from Davie Shipbuilding
- IP Dispute May Slow Canada’s Plans to Procure New Frigates
- Lockheed Martin Awards CAE Contract for MAD-XR for U.S. Navy MH-60Rs
- An evolution unlike any other: Transferring ESSMs in the time of COVID-19
- Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note # 35 Operation Honour
- Canada’s 1st Indigenous coast guard auxiliary has launched in B.C.
- Sailor Profile PO1 Shaunda Lillington: A career in the RCN is like no other
- Badging Parade | First Year Orientation Program | Royal Military College of Canada (Editor – CAF 2:04 min video)
- Obstacle Course | Royal Military College of Canada (Editor – CAF 7:23 min video)
- Canadian Naval Review has spruced up its web site, worth a look
- BC Ferries announces sinking finances amid the COVID-19 pandemic
- The forgotten Hawaiian islands in Canada
USA & AMERICAS
- Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Bound for the Arctic in December
- Why Slow Construction Of The Navy’s ‘Fabulously Successful’ DDG-51 Destroyer When Plans For A Successor Are Unclear?
- USS John S. McCain challenges Russia’s claims to Peter the Great Bay in Sea of Japan and Russian warship ‘threatens to ram’ US destroyer
- USS Gerald R. Ford Making Steady Progress Ahead of Deployment
- Here Comes America’s New Assault Ship Armed with F-35B (And Much More) (Editor – good look at the impressive future USS Tripoli in this 10:11 min video)
- U.S. Navy CMV-22B Osprey Lands on an Aircraft Carrier for the First Time (Editor – if you have the time please see Logistics video inn scuttlebutt section)
- Submarine Force Changing Training, Acquisition to Focus on Warfare Against Sophisticated Adversary
- Navy New Virginia Block VI Virginia Attack Boat Will Inform SSN(X)
- Submarines May Have Nowhere To Hide With U.S. Navy Set To Field Radical New Radar (Editor – wake detection)
- West Coast Amphib USS Comstock off Honduras for Hurricane Relief, Anti-Drug Operations
- Royal Navy Helicopters Continue Hurricane Relief Operations In Honduras
- Interview: Rear Admiral John Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, US Navy
- New (satellite-hidden) dry dock set for Pearl Harbour
- Video: First Resupply of Ballistic Nuclear Submarine at Sea by Drone
- Report: Venezuela Resumes Oil Shipments to China Despite U.S. Sanctions
- CDC Advises Public to Avoid Cruise Ships due to “Very High” COVID Risk
- Boatloads of Cargo Off Los Angeles Grind Gears of World Economy
- Port of Houston Busiest US Port in Tonnage as Expansion Continues
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 23, 2020
- The Great British ‘Tilt’: PM backs push for bolder Britain in Indo-Pacific and New Commander Of Singapore Unit Prepares To Support Carrier’s Far East Mission
- ★ China Blacklist Strands More Than 50 Ships With Australian Coal and China Says Coal Imports Failed Environment Standards and with a different staple China slaps up to 200% tariffs on Australian wine
- China and Malaysia in another staredown over offshore drilling
- USS Barry Transits Taiwan Strait
- China says it will respond to U.S. admiral visit to Taiwan
- Russia and U.S. Warships Clash in Row Over Waters in Sea of Japan and from the Russian view Russian warship stops US destroyer from violating Russia’s border
- Taiwan to start building new submarine fleet next week
- Naval Group Opens Office In Philippines With Submarine Deal In Sight
- Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Quietly Begin Deployment
- Russia Fired And Seized Chinese Boats. Putin Had Enough Of China Illegal Fishing. (Editor – 2:43 min video. I have not found corroborating news articles)
- The acid test: Western diplomats ponder the problem of dealing with a more aggressive China
- Nimitz CSG, HMAS Ballarat integrate in Indian Ocean
- Singapore, India and Thailand Conclude Trilateral Maritime Exercise
- Australia’s Hunter-class frigates are coming, but maybe not soon enough
- UK to Helps South Korea with Its QEC aircraft carrier Technology!! builds first aircraft carrier (Editor – 8:34 min video)
- Japan’s Mitsui E&S Launches ‘Kumano’ 「くまの」 New 30FFM Frigate For JMSDF (Editor – 6:05 min video)
- Thales and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to deliver high frequency sonars to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
- UK and India in talks to build A new supercarrier (Editor : 8:32 min video)
- First Production Varunastra Heavyweight Torpedo Delivered To The Indian Navy
- Department of Defence targets new €200m, multi-purpose naval ship
- DSIT Solutions to supply Portable Acoustic Range PAR system to Republic of Korea
- Russia to Build $2.2B Metal Plant to Feed Shipbuilding (Editor – located at Sukhodol Bay, a major coal port already that is being dredged for growth, 20km from Vladivostok)
- Defence to build new sub detection capability in WA
- Afghanistan war: 26,000 Afghan children killed or maimed since 2005
- Turkey summons EU, German, Italian envoys over vessel search bid
- NATO Operation Sea Guardian Focused Patrols Sail The Eastern Mediterranean
- French Navy puts fresh focus on high-intensity combat training
- Russia’s Battlecruisers Admiral Lazarev and Nakhimov Are Making a Comeback (Editor – 8:29 min video)
- Queen Elizabeth-Class Aircraft Carriers Key in ‘Age of Persistent Competition’ (Editor – points to ponder in this 2:53 min video that is included)
- Royal Navy Monitors Russian Warships Off Scotland
- Destroyer USS Donald Cook Now Operating in the Black Sea
- New Ships, Submarines And Weapon Systems For Italian Navy
- ARKTIKA! Russia’s latest nuclear icebreaker had to abort maiden Arctic voyage (Editor – 9:03 min video)
- French Navy to acquire Three E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Tactical AEW Aircraft
- What Are Type 31 Frigates?
- The new Type 32 Frigate – What do we know?
- HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark safe from cuts
- Germany confirms order of 31 Airbus NH90 NFH naval helicopters Sea Tiger
- French Naval company: We will cooperate with Greece to build frigates and ensure Greek dominance
- Thales delivers unmanned mine countermeasures system to British and French navies
- Russian Baltic Fleet receives latest fast-speed landing craft for special forces
- Russian, Indian Navies set for joint drills in Baltic Sea
- Rosneft tells Putin new Arctic project will produce 30 million tons of oil by 2024
- €40 million guarantee given after Kallisto minesweeper was split in half
- Dutch Navy To Test Hull Vane Hydrofoil On HNLMS Zeeland OPV
- Turkey court jails hundreds for life for 2016 coup plot against Erdogan
- Turkey Extends Seismic Survey in Contested Waters in Eastern Mediterranean
- Zvezda Cuts Steel for First Russian-built Icebreaking LNG Carrier (Editor – and is this related?) Samsung Heavy Nets Its ‘Largest Ever Single Order’
- British Ports are Scrambling as Brexit Deadline Looms Five Weeks Away
- Royal Navy Officer Takes Command Of Gulf Security Coalition
- Saudi Arabia denies crown prince held ‘secret meeting’ with Israeli PM
- Report to Congress on Middle East Arms Sales
- Iran plans to deliver new surveillance warship Shiraz to Iranian Navy
- Iran Seizes Tanker for Alleged Fuel Smuggling
- Photos: French Navy Frigate Seizes 450 Kilos of Methamphetamine
- ★ Greek tanker damaged in mine explosion off Saudi coast
- ★ Oil Tanker Hit by Explosion at Saudi Terminal
- Houthis Approve UN Plan to Assess Decaying Oil Tanker off Yemen
- More charges filed over Beirut port explosion, including against Hezbollah’s reported point man
- The new ‘gold rush’ for green lithium (Editor – an non-maritime article with global implication)
- Sentinel-6: ‘Dog kennel’ satellite blasts off on ocean mission
- USS Hershel “Woody” Williams and Tunisian Navy Exercise Maritime Security Capabilities
- IMO Approves Amendments to Cut Ship Emissions -Full Briefing
- UN’s IMO Approves Ban on Heavy Ship Fuel in Arctic after July 2024 but The Clean Arctic Alliance says IMO’s ban leaves Arctic vulnerable to HFO spill for another decade
- Dryad: 3 Kidnapped from Stelios K bunkering vessel
- 10 Kidnapped from Freighter Off Niger River Delta
- ★ ★ Naval Logistics – Keeping your fleet in fuel, food and guns (Editor – I believe that Adm Nelson would have understood most of these timeless national and naval lessons brilliantly explained and illustrated in this 56:54 min video)
- 1963 USS Thresher Investigation: Rickover Testimony
- The disappearance of HMCS Shawinigan
- Russian Destroyer CIWS Firing Off 10,000 Rounds Per Minute – Hunter Killer (HD) (Editor – 10:08 min video of Russian weapons firing)
- Battle of the River Plate 1939: Minute-by-Minute DOCUMENTARY (Editor – 12:20 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.