NAC News – Edition 398
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of February 26th, 2021
Edition – 398 “The importance on naval training can hardly be exaggerated. The proper handling of a modern warship in action is extraordinarily difficult. Both officers and ratings have exacting and specialized tasks to perform, and all the separate functions must coordinate precisely under the direction of a single mind.” The Naval Service of Canada Its Official History Vol 1, Road to War, 1933-39. pg 349. Gilbert Norman Tucker, PH.D. Director of Naval History Section 1952
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- ★ Editor – NAC-TO will turn 75 year on Monday 1st March, the branch having been established in 1946 and remains 60 members strong!
- 🍾 Happy 75th Anniversary NAC Toronto! 🎁
- 2 March – 10:00 – 1100 PST (Vancouver time) Clear Seas webinar – Vessel Traffic in Canada’s Pacific Region study, the fifth body of work under the Marine Transportation Corridors initiative. A publicly available regional analysis of commercial vessel traffic that provides a comprehensive picture of the ship traffic patterns by ship type, number of ships transiting Canada’s Pacific waters, where they go, and how much oil they carry. Click here To Register (Free).
- 2 March – 1900 EST (Toronto) – NAC-Toronto Virtual Speaker Event: “Canadian Naval Heraldry” by LCdr (Ret’d) Donald S. Williamson, CD. To register email email@example.com or call or call NAC-TO (416) 366-2630. Zoom link will be provided closer to the event.
- 3 March 2021, 1200 (Ottawa time). Navy League of Canada the Maritime Affairs Virtual (Zoom) Speaker Series. Sponsored by Seaspan Shipyards. Deputy CCG Commissioner Chris Henderson will present “The Future of the CCG”. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Meeting link will be sent out on 1 March 2021.
- 8 March 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm (Ottawa time) The RCN will host a “virtual” International Women’s Day Leadership Panel. Theme: “Empowering women of the RCN to achieve an equitable future”. Event and registration details to follow.
- ★ 8 March 2021, 1600 (Vancouver time)) PST – Maritime Security Challenges Session 5 “The Strategic Importance of Islands in the Indian Ocean”. Registration (Free) is required. Videos of the previous excellent sessions are available here.
- Editor – I recommend the “Wild Apricot for Members” app – There are three main features our members can access with the app. Under “Events”: View an event calendar and event details, register for an event through the app, view existing event registrations, pay an outstanding event registration fee. Under “Member Directory” view your organization’s entire member directory, view member profiles, email and call fellow members. Under “Personal Profile” view and adjust your personal profile, including seeing ones membership renewal date and actually do the renewal with a few clicks.
- Canada’s new defence chief Admiral Art McDonald steps aside amid investigation
- Former senior military leaders express ‘deep concerns’ after Vance allegations
- 26 Feb Message from Commander RCN
- Defence Team News | 24 February 2021 (1:03 min video about Op Caribbe)
- HMCS Harry DeWolf ice trials
- How WE prepare a Warship for LONG RANGE missions! (Editor – 4:08 min video)
- ★ The Cost of Canada’s Surface Combatants: 2021 Update and Options Analysis (Editor – In short, this report looks at cost not capability and has this disclaimer; “A detailed analysis of the capabilities of the FREMM or the Type 31e with respect to those of the Type 26 is outside the scope of this report.” Please refresh yourselves with our NAC “The national shipbuilding strategy and the Canadian Surface Combatant”) and Canada’s PBO’s latest estimate puts says warships will cost $77B as estimated price jumps $17B and the Government of Canada responds to Auditor General’s report on National Shipbuilding Strategy
- ★ The Canadian Surface Combatant: Capability and Context (Editor – excellent explanation by Ron Lloyd, CGAI Fellow and David Perry, CGAI Vice President.
- Value for Money: Economic Impact of the Halifax Shipyard Under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (Editor – the Conference Board of Canada weighs in with a useful slide deck for free download)
- ★ Matt Gurney: Just build the damn ships. And buy the damn planes. The huge cost overruns are the price to pay for our incompetence
- It’s time to ban the buying of made-in-Canada warships (Editor – in contrast to the article next above…people are entitled to their own opinion however flawed, sad that McLean’s published it)
- New pistols for the Canadian military — defence industry told to expect request for bids shortly
- House Of Commons Votes To Recognize China’s Treatment Of Uighurs As A Genocide
- And for info When to refer to a situation as “Genocide” (Editor – UN Guidance Note 1)
- Frontline Defence Magazine Issue 2 – 2020 (Editor – the guest editor corner on page 3 by Tim Addison, and the page 6 article Joint Support Ship vs. Budget Office? are worth a read especially given the earlier articles above)
- Cost of Coast Guard ship nears $1B as questions mount over federal shipbuilding plan
- Canada Launches International Effort to Detect Illegal Fishing
- VAdm Craig Baines, Commander RCN and in collaboration with Gale Force Wins, the February edition of their Monthly Podcast Series available through both their Website and YouTube Channel. For this edition, Allan & Gerry talk to MS Matthew “Matt” Corbett, Marine Technician aboard the HMCS Charlottetown in Halifax. 47:03 min podcast
- Pink Shirt Day 2021 (Editor – MND 1:55 min video)
- New study discounts depleted uranium’s role in Gulf War illness
- Editor – given our earlier plea to look in on your local cadet programmes and see what can be done to assist them during the pandemic, here is a local Ontario example: the Milton Sea Cadets have been unable to in-person fundraise, so they are asking through a GoFundMe for support to purchase 304 RCSCC Chaudière custom designed 35th Anniversary Challenge Coins, to present to their Sea Cadets and to their Community Supporters.
- Fifth Hybrid-electric Vessel Launched for BC Ferries
- Seaspan Ferries to install large-scale energy storage on one of its ferries
- RCMP, Armed Forces Pensions Invested In Private U.S. Immigrant Detention
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 22, 2021
- ★ CIMSEC Sea Control 228 – to provide & maintain a navy with Dr. Jerry Hendrix (Editor – excellent 55:24 min podcast)
- Hyten: U.S. ‘Not In A Very Good Position’ Due to Chinese and Russian Missile Capabilities
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Begins Second Deployment in a Year
- CNO Visits Aircraft Carrier Nimitz as CSG Nears End of Nearly 11 Months Away From Home
- Report on Virginia-class Attack Submarine Program
- HII Awarded $2.9B Contract to Execute USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Refueling and Complex Overhaul
- Lockheed Martin Secures $414 Million Order for LRASM Anti-Ship Missile Production
- Chilean Navy Supply Vessel Build by Indian’s Larsen and Toubro Reaches Valparaiso Harbour
- US Navy moves ahead with light torpedo programmes
- Laser Weapon that you can’t See or Hear #shorts (Editor – 54 sec video)
- Federal Judge Awards USS Pueblo Survivors and Families $2.3 Billion in Damages (Editor – right out of the time capsule)
- Royal Navy Sailors Make History On Arctic Research Mission
- Inside the Anchor Room of a Supercarrier
- Navy to Remove Island on Fire-stricken USS Bonhomme Richard
- Perfect Trips: Venezuela Ships Jet Fuel to Iran in Exchange for Gasoline
- Congestion in Southern California Spreads to Other West Coast Ports
- Royal Caribbean Loses $5.8 Billion but Says Cruising Returning Soon
- Waiver Proposed to Permit Large Ships to Sail to Alaska in 2021
- USCG Cutter Kimball Conducts Patrol to Increase Maritime Presence and Support in Pacific
- How China bends rules in South China Sea
- Pressure mounts on Beijing in the South China Sea
- Vietnam, Philippines fortify South China Sea bases
- 7th Fleet Destroyer transits Taiwan Strait 24 February 2021
- China Maritime Report No. 13: The Origins of “Near Seas Defense and Far Seas Protection” (Editor – US Naval War College paper)
- Japan could fire at foreign official vessels aiming to enter waters near Senkakus
- Japan, US sign agreement to prolong military base expenses for one year
- Tri-Lateral Replenishment-At-Sea Between USA, Japan And France
- China’s new KJ-600 surveillance aircraft completes latest test flight
- HHI starts building 1st next-gen KDX-III destroyer for Korean Navy
- Indian Navy orders five diving support vessels
- Government frustrations and concerns grow over Australia’s multi-billion-dollar submarine and warship programs and Op-Ed: The submarine program is affordable and value for money but needs more work
- Taiwan To Upgrade Its La Fayette Frigates With New Air Defense & Combat Systems
- Hindustan Shipyard to build 5 naval support vessels with Turkish help (Editor – twice the displacement of the JSS, but then again they will be supporting a Carrier TG)
- U.S. Concerned China’s New Coast Guard Law Could Escalate Maritime Disputes and
- Philippine Fishermen Call on UN to Invalidate China’s Coast Guard Law in summary China Faces Pushback After Adoption of Controversial Coast Guard Law
- China and Singapore Navies Conduct Joint Naval Exercise
- ★ The port operators behind China’s naval expansion (Editor – the grim reality. The detailed report is included Leaping across the ocean – The port operators behind China’s naval expansion
- Pakistan Navy And Antinarcotics Force Seize Drugs In A Joint Operation Near The Coast Of Pishukan
- Diego Garcia, the US and rules-based order
- Maersk Says Automatic Engine Shutdown Led to Container Loss
- Solomon Islands: Bulker spills 1,000 tonnes of oil into sea
- France Launches Third Generation SSBN Program – SNLE 3G and Thales to develop sonar suite for new generation of French nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarine
- French Carrier Strike Group Begins ‘Clemenceau 21’ Deployment
- Turkey takes command of NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2
- Royal Navy to Increase Naval Units Deployed Globally (Editor – broad ranging 2:53 min video)
- SNMG1 participates in the Norwegian exercise TG 21-1
- Fincantieri to Build Two Submarines for Italian Navy for $1.64B
- Russia continues building Belgorod submarine and New Details of Russian Belgorod ‘Doomsday’ Submarine Revealed
- NATO advanced anti-submarine warfare Exercise Dynamic Manta underway in Italy and NATO Anti-Sub Exercise Dynamic Manta 2021 Will Include French Carrier Strike Group, U.S. Attack Boat (Editor – 2:30 min ASW video with Canadian content included)
- Zelenodolsk Shipyard Lays Keel Of Russian Navy’s 13th Project 21980 Boat
- Russia to scrap nuclear battlecruiser Admiral Lazarev
- ★ Cocaine ‘worth billions’ seized in record Germany and Belgium haul
- Video: Cocaine Smugglers Sink Their Own Ship to Evade Prosecution (Editor – 4:20 min video included)
- Croatia becomes 16th member of IMO’s Hong Kong Convention
- Russian LNG Carrier Completes Winter Trips on the Northern Sea Route
- VIDEO: Italian Coast Guard Rescues 45 Migrants After Ship Capsizes (Editor 3:12 min video)
- India sends naval ship to UAE for participation in military exhibitions
- Iran talks ‘avert’ nuclear inspections deadline impact
- HALCON displays first anti-ship cruise missile
- Armacraft Sign Sizable Order For High-Speed Diver Delivery Craft
- Second Italian-Built FREMM for Egypt Started Sea Trials
- Tarballs From Unknown Source Wash Up on 100 Miles of Israeli Shoreline
- PIRACY: Security Escort Vessel (SEV) attacked, two crew dead
- RRS James Clark Ross Makes Its Last Antarctic Call
- USS Hershel “Woody” Williams visits Cape Town to Strengthen Bilateral Ties
- The Mike SSN Tragedy (Editor – incredibly detailed 47:57 min video)
- Great Sea Fights: Cape St Vincent (1797) Part 2 – The Analysis (Editor – 2nd in series after initial podcast last week in this 39:54 min podcast)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – MARCH
(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 March 1928 HMC Ships Champlain and Vancouver are commissioned into the RCN, replacing HMC Ships Patriot and Patrician.
- 3 March 1921 HMC Submarines CH-14 and CH-15 are commissioned into the RCN.
- 4 March 1943 HMC Ships Shediac commanded by Lt John E. Clayton, RCNR with St. Croix commanded by LCdr A. Hedley Dobson, DSC, RCNR sank the German submarineU-87 in the North Atlantic.
- 6 March 1944 HMC Ships St. Catharines commanded by LCDR Herbert C.R. Davis, RCNR, HMCS Chilliwack commanded by LCDR Clifton P. Coughlin, RCNVR, HMCS Gatineau commanded by LCdr Harold V.W. Groos, RCN, HMCS Fennel commanded by A/LCdr William P. Moffat, RCNVR, and HMCS Chaudière commanded by A/LCdr C. Patrick Nixon, RCN, assist Royal Naval warships in the sinking of the German submarine U-744 in the North Atlantic.
- 7 March 1945 HMC Ships La Hulloise commanded by LCdr John Brock, RCNVR, with HMCS Strathadam commanded by LCdr Howard L. Quinn, RCNVR, and HMCS Thetford Mines commanded by LCdr John A.R. Allan, DSO, RCNVR sank the German submarine U-1302 in St. George’s Channel.
- 9 March 1945 HMCS Uganda arrives in Sydney, Australia, to join the British Pacific Fleet.
- 10 March 1944 HMC Ships St. Laurent commanded by LCdr George H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR with HMCS Owen Sound commanded by A/LCdr John M. Watson, RCNR and HMCS Swansea commanded by A/CDR Clarence A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR assisted RN warships sink the German submarine U-845 in the North Atlantic.
- 12 March 1918 Lieutenant (RCN) William McKinstry Heriot-Maitland-Dougall (RCNC 1911–1914) at age of 23 years of age was in command of HMS D3 and was killed with his submarine’s crew of 29 off Le Havre, France. HMS D3 was sunk in error by French dirigible AT-9, which could not see D3’s insignia because of the sub’s reflection off the waves and took her to be a U-boat firing upon it. The French hadn’t been informed that D3 was assigned to their waters in the English Channel and were not aware that British submarines were identifying themselves with rockets as opposed to flashing lights.
- 13 March 1943 HMCS Prescott commanded by LCdr Wilfred McIsaac, RCNVR sank U163 off Cape Finisterre, the kill was originally credited to the submarine USS Herring.
- 13 March 1944 HMCS Prince Rupert commanded by LCDR Robert W. Draney, RCNR in a combined effort of multiple allied ships and aircraft sank U575 off Cape Finisterre.
- 14 Mar 1923 Lt Frank Meade appointed C.O. of English Half Company in Montreal, the first RCNVR unit appointment; also A/Lt Alexandre Brodeur for the French Half Company, and on 15 Mar. Lt R.H. Yeates for the Hamilton Half Company. During 1923 & ’24, 11 Units had C.O.’s appointed, although it took a while to establish the actual units in some cases.
- 17 March1945 HMCS Guysborough is torpedoed and sunk by U878 off Ushant. 51 of her crew were lost.
- 19 March 1941 Lt R.J.C. Pringle, RCNVR, appointed C.O. of HMCS Suderöy V, first RCNVR officer in command of an HMC Ship, a requisitioned Norwegian trawler.
- 20 March 1943 – World War II – UK destroyer commissioned into RCN as HMCS Griffin; 3 weeks later, renamed HMCS Ottawa; second of name. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 20 March 1945 HMCS New Glasgow commanded by LCDR Ross M. Hanbury, RCNVR was rammed by accident by U-1003 while snorkelling. The boat severely damaged her snort and conning tower, and part of New Glasgow’s hull plating and her port propeller. U-1003 limped seaward, but by the next morning of 21March had to abandoned and the crew took to the life rafts, where they were found the next day.
- 23 March 1965 Fifteen RCAF aviators are killed when their Argus patrol plane goes down in a night exercise off Puerto Rico.
- 24 March 1941 The Rush-Bagot Agreement of 1817, which restricted the number of naval vessels allowed on the Great Lakes, is modified to allow both American and Canadian naval vessels to operate on the Great Lakes in greater numbers.
- 26 March 1941 RCN armed yacht HMCS Otter off Halifax was destroyed by an accidental explosion and fire; two Officers and 17 men lost.
- 29 March 1945 HMCS TEME (frigate) is torpedoed by U Boat 246 in the English Channel off Falmouth and declared a total loss.
- 31 March 1945 HMCS Conestoga, the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service training establishment, is paid off.
- 31 March 1991 The Gulf War between Iraq and the United Nations coalition ends.