NAC News – Edition 388
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 18th, 2020
Edition – 388 “The upsetting of the existing balance of power after 1870, the extension of the industrial revolution to other countries, and the growth of navies everywhere, weakened the position of Great Britain and the Empire, and in this period the question of Canadian participation in naval defence outside the Great Lakes was officially raised for the first time.” The Naval Service of Canada Its Official History Vol 1, Origins and Early Years. Pg 62. Gilbert Norman Tucker, PH.D. Director of Naval History Section 1952 (Editor – 150 years later…now a US “empire” in decline, and facing similar challenges?)
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- ★ Naval Affairs Partnership Programme – Over the past year the NAC National Board has been considering how to ensure continued funding for our emergent Naval Affairs programme, which after several years of development is now achieving measurable success. We are pleased to announce a partnership with the Association of Marketing Professionals (AMP) in the promotion of and the securing support for, our Naval Affairs Program. To this end they will be helping us to connect with industry to secure the needed support and to promote the work we are doing in educating Canadians on the need for a modern and well-equipped RCN. We will keep you apprised of the progress of this exciting initiative. If there is a way that you as a member can be supportive or directly assist AMP in their efforts, please contact the NAC Executive Director
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- 12 Jan 2021 – RCN Zoom presentation “Canadian Surface Combatants – the RIGHT ship for the RCN, the RIGHT ship for Canada” by Capt (RCN) Christopher Nucci, Director Naval Strategy. Tue 12 Jan 2021 @ 2:30 PM EST. There is no fee, but registration is required so please contact LCdr Kray Robichaud Kray.Robichaud@forces.gc.ca and include your full name and professional details (i.e. position/title & organization)
- Renewing Coast Guard’s Fleet (Editor – RUSI(NS) hosted presentation by Derek Moss, Canadian Coast Guard, pdf slide deck included)
- CAF Story | “Good leadership and good culture go hand-in-hand” CPO 1 Gilles Grégoire (Editor – the naval current CFCWO in this 3:05 min video)
- Winnipeg sailor missing from Canadian navy ship, military says and Search called off for Winnipeg sailor missing from Canadian navy ship, military says
- Around The Rock: Training program takes HMCS Harry DeWolf to Newfoundland and Labrador
- CGAI: Financing Defence Procurement in Canada: Where is the Oversight?
- $70 billion warship project promised thousands of jobs, but who knows how many will be delivered?
- Top of the line Canadian-made naval equipment shut out of $70-billion warship program and ‘Too much noise’ on Canadian warship program – DND Deputy Minister admonishes industry executives
- Esquimalt Harbour remediation project reaches major milestone
- RUSI(NS) Ship Sponsor
- HMCS Toronto first ship to promote sailors at sea to new RCN ranks
- On target: reservist’s seditious stunt damages the CAF’s public trust
- The Fall of Hong Kong | Narrated by Stephen J. Thorne (Editor – So sad 4:34 min video)
- Melting Sea Ice Makes Canada More, Not Less Dependent on Icebreakers
- BAE contracted to provide digital support to Royal Canadian Navy
- Canada’s ties to China’s military underscore the weird contradictions in its foreign policy
- Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Signalman Roland Chalifoux
- Taking Action to Preserve the Environment
- Wrecked cargo ship begins leaking oil 52 years after it sank in B.C.’s Nootka Sound
- BC Ferries’ 4th electric-hybrid ferry hits the water (Editor – 2:19 min launching ceremony video included)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 14, 2020
- ★ Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Release Maritime Strategy (Editor –tri-service strategy with link for download)
- U.S. Needs ‘Resilient’ Strategy to Counter China, Russia in Arctic, Experts Say (Editor – 1:07:05 hr video presentations)
- Congress OKs new Arctic icebreakers for Coast Guard
- Panel: U.S. Must Embrace ‘Power of Naval Diplomacy’
- US Navy Plans to Retire 48 Ships during 2022-2026
- U.S. Navy Submarines Are Expensive
- Chilean navy ships monitor huge Chinese fishing fleet
- USS Vermont submarine visits newest Brazilian submarine base
- US Navy investigates potential LCS class-wide design flaw
- SpaceX’s Starlink and the Military (Editor – far-reaching implications 7:41 min video)
- JQL Could Be The “Game Changing Force Multiplier” For Small Naval Boats And Littoral Warfare Ships
- U.S. Navy Starts Operational Testing For Tomahawk Block V
- US Navy’s First DDG 51 Flight III Destroyers to Be Equipped With SPY-6 Radars
- U.S. Navy Prepares for Defense Against Swarming Drones
- Iran Uses Disguised Tanker to Export Venezuelan Oil and U.S. Blacklists More Companies Over Iranian Petrochemical Exports
- Busiest US Seaport, Buried in Imports, Plucks out Toys to Load Santa’s Sleigh
- USCG Offloads $400M in Cocaine in Port Everglades
- USS Gabrielle Giffords Captures Smugglers and $100 Million in Drugs (Editor – despite interdiction they just keep coming, enough must be getting through to keep it lucrative)
- World War I Vintage US Submarine Located off the East Coast
- ★ On the Horizon: security challenges facing the Indo-Pacific and why they matter to Canada (Editor – Macdonald-Laurier Institute Indo-Pacific wide-ranging and first-rate in this discussion video – 1:32:25 hr video. NAC member Eric Lerhe is a presenter)
- Going to War with China? Ignore Corbett. Dust Off Mahan!
- CIMSEC – Bilge Pumps episode 28: Chatting threats with a flag captain (Editor – sweeping and thought-provoking discussion in this podcast 1:19:23 hr)
- The World’s Most Important Body of Water
- Makin Island ARG, 15th MEU Operating in the Indian Ocean, Likely Headed to the Middle East
- USNS Alan Shepard Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Near Japan
- US Sub Fleet to Be Surpassed by China’s Before the End of the 2020s, Report Claims
- ★ Right on time: Hunter Class frigate prototyping kickstarts next phase
- Blue crime’s toll in the Pacific
- US Navy F/A-18 fighter aircraft ski jump trial tests were conducted in August 2020
- ROK Navy KSS III Submarine Program Reaches another Milestone
- South Korea Selects MH-60R Helicopter For ROK Navy
- Beijing Upgrading Naval Bases To Strengthen Grip On South China Sea
- China launches fourth and final LMS for Royal Malaysian Navy
- China’s Shandong aircraft carrier completes sea trial but no word on basic combat readiness
- Indian Coast Guard Commissions Offshore Patrol Vessel ICGS Sujeet
- Taiwan’s CSBS Unveils New Frigate Design for ROC Navy
- GRSE Begins Construction of Third Survey Vessel (Large) for Indian Navy
- Taiwan launches first improved Tuo Chiang-class fast missile corvette
- Cocaine ‘ghost boat’ washes up in Marshall Islands
- End of a terror era in Indonesia (Editor – not a maritime story, but an important win against terrorism)
- Mauritius makes play for Diego Garcia
- ONE Apus Cargo Ops Expected to Take Over a Month and Video: Drone Survey of ONE Apus Container Collapse (Editor – 1:16 min video at the company link)
- US, UK Tighten Navy Partnership and Navy Now Has 15 Tech Bridges Across U.S. and in U.K. to Tackle Fleet Problems in New Ways
- UK and Russia Commemorate 75th Anniversary of WWII Arctic Convoys
- US imposes sanctions on Turkey over Russia weapons (Editor – strange situation between NATO members)
- Danish Navy Patrol Vessel Ordered Back to Base due to COVID Outbreak
- Military To Make £1bn Cuts Over Next Year To Plug Budget Black Hole
- Ukraine Orders Corvettes And UCAVs From Turkey For Ukrainian Navy
- Russian Navy warship holds air defense drills in Mediterranean deployment
- Russian Baltic Shipyard has laid down the fourth Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Chukotka
- Russian Baltic Fleet diesel-electric sub dives to 190m depth in drills
- HMS Tamar Commissioned Into Royal Navy Fleet
- HMS Northumberland readies for Christmas patrols after jam-packed few months
- Bulava missiles fired from Sea of Okhotsk at distance of over 5,500 km
- UK doubles down on frigate building
- French E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes To Feature Aerial Refueling Capability
- Fifth Astute-class submarine officially named Anson
- Intermarine Launches New SAR Patrol Boat For Italian Coast Guard
- Royal Navy Prepares to Exclude French Fishermen From UK Waters
- Despite U.S. Sanctions, Gazprom Resumes Work on Nord Stream 2
- How ramjets may change the role of artillery on the battlefield (Editor – there will be a naval application inevitably, a 5:12 min video)
- Longest Arctic Shipping Season Tops Off a Year of Climate Disasters
- Nimitz returns to Persian Gulf
- Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid U.S. tensions
- Why Arab-Israeli ties are normalizing (Editor – a notable 11:42 min video. Perhaps in authoritarian sectarian countries public opinion polling on normalizing relations with Israel may not be “accurate”)
- Report: Tanker Suffers Explosion Off Saudi Port of Jeddah and Iran Says It Opposes All Maritime Sabotage, Days After Tanker Blast
- Chemical tanker boarded in GoG for 3rd time in December as kidnapping hits new highs
- Eight More Crewmembers Abducted off Cargo Ship by Nigerian Pirates
- Israel Shipyards Delivers Final Shaldag Fast Patrol Boats To Senegal
- Iridium’s GMDSS Service Goes Live
- Turkish-Owned Cargo Ship Released by Libyans After Paying a Fine
- Sudan’s listing as sponsor of terrorism ended by US
- What does “Slow Steaming” mean? (Editor – useful 6:26 min video)
- Victor I SSN Story (Editor – interesting explanatory 49:11 min video)
- How Did The Bismarck Manage To Sink HMS Hood So Quickly? | History Documentary | Reel Truth History (Editor – fascinating 46:39 min video)
- The Battle of Jutland: Clash of Dreadnoughts (Editor 14:35 min video)
- The Soviet Tu-16 That Flew too Close to a US Aircraft Carrier – Dark Footage (Editor – Incidents at Sea Agreement explained in this 6:17 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – DECEMBER
(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 website, the encyclopedic guidance of NAC member and author Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information.)
- 1 December 1948 HMCS Shearwater, RCN Air Station, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is commissioned.
- 2 December 1946 HMCS Middlesex goes aground on Shut-in Island near Halifax and becomes a total loss.
- 2 December 1968 The Canadian submarine HMCS Rainbow is commissioned; purchased from the United States, it was originally the USS Argonaut launched in 1944.
- 3 December 1969 As the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure is decommissioned, the aviation fuel tanks are emptied and cleaned, but on of the tanks does not vent properly; two sailors are overcome by the fumes and another two lose their lives during the rescue attempt.
- 4 December 1940 HMCS Prince Henry is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
- 4-6 Dec 1950 A United Nations task force under Captain J.V. Brock, RCN, in HMCS Cayuga, and consisting of HMC Ships Athabaskan and Sioux, His Majesty’s Australian Ships Warramunga and Bataan, the USS Forest Royal, covered the seaborne withdrawal of civilians and elements of the 8th Army (US) threatened by enemy advances in the Chinnampo area, Korea.
- 5 December 1950 HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Cayuga bombard the port of Chinnampo, Korea (04-05 Apr).
- 6 December 1917 Halifax Explosion. A huge explosion in Halifax harbour destroys the naval facilities and much of the city.
- 7 December 1941 Canada declares war on Romania, Hungary, Finland, and Japan.
- 7 December 1941 HMCS Windflower is lost and 23 of her crew perish after a collision with a Dutch freighter SS Zypenburg on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
- 8 December 1918 The Royal Canadian Naval Air Service is discontinued and the cadets being trained are demobilized.
- 10 December 1939 The first Canadian troop convoy of 7,400 soldiers sails for Britain escorted out of Halifax by HMC ships Ottawa, Restigouche, Fraser and St. Laurent.
- 12 December 1969 RCN retires aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure after 12 years of service; “Bonnie” never saw combat, but was scrambled during the October Missile Crisis; later sold for scrap. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 13 December 1940 HMCS Royal Roads is commissioned as a training establishment for Probationary Sub-Lieutenants.
- 14 December 1915 Flight Sub-Lieutenant A.S. Ince, RNAS while flying as observer in a Viewpoint aircraft shot down in flames a German two-seater. The victory, the first confirmed success credited to a Canadian airman, won for Ince the DSC, the first decoration awarded a Canadian in the RNAS.
- 17 December 1944 HMCS MONTREAL (frigate) rescues survivors of U-Boat 1209 wrecked on Wolf Rock southwest of Land’s End.
- 19 December 1945 The Government of Canada approves in principle the formation of a naval air branch.
- 20 December 1941 HMCS Adversus, ex-RCMP patrol ship, while on patrol was lost at sea when caught in a blizzard and run aground on McNutts Island near Shelburne, NS. All 16 crew survive.
- 20 December 1943 HMCS Prince David is re-commissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
- 24 December 1944 HMCS Clayoquot is torpedoed by a U806 and sinks while taking station on convoy XB.139, in the approaches to Halifax harbour. Eight of her crew were lost.
- 26 December 1954 HMCS ships HURON and IROQUOIS leave Korea for their home base in Halifax.
- 27 December 1942 HMC Ships St. Laurent commanded by LCdr Guy S. Windeyer, RCN, with HMCS Chilliwack, commanded by LCdr Clifton P. Coughlin, RCNVR, with HMCS Battleford commanded by Lt F.A. Beck, RCNVR, and HMCS Napanee commanded by Lt L.S. Henderson, RCNVR and other escorts in a melee sank the German submarine U-356 in the mid-Atlantic.
- 27 December 1944 HMCS St. Thomas commanded by LCdr Leslie P. Denny, RCNR in company with HMCS Sea Cliff commanded by LCdr J.E. Harrington, RCNVR directed St. Thomas onto her ASDIC contact and sank the German submarine U-877 in the North Atlantic.
- 28 December 1940 HMCS Prince David is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
- 29 December 1837: Canadian ‘volunteers’ under Captain Andrew Drew (ex-RN) cross upper Niagara River, seize supply schooner Caroline, supporting W.L. Mackenzie’s rebellious force on American Navy Island above the Falls. 1 US citizen killed, the ship is cut loose, strands on rocks above the Falls, breaks up and goes over. Canadians row home.
- 31 December 1990 The crew of HMCS Preserver flies to the Persian Gulf to relieve HMCS Protecteur’s crew.
- 31 December 1992 New Canadian military honours are created: The Victoria Cross, Star of Military Valour, Medal of Military Valour and Mention in Dispatches.