NAC News – Edition 399
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of March 5th, 2021
Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News firstname.lastname@example.org (comments welcome to help improve this service)
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- Bonus: Starshell Winter 2021 has been released. PDF for viewing or download.
- (NEW) Editor – A House of Commons petition e-3217 has gone forward to raise the status of those that served in Gulf War 90-91. It is well explained at the link and I encourage all NAC members to show support for our Gulf War Veterans by electronically sign the petition. It is a simple two-step process.
- Monday 8 March : 1200-1330 (Ottawa time) – The RCN will host a “virtual” International Women’s Day Leadership Panel with the theme of “Empowering women of the RCN to achieve an equitable future”. Register by emailing Lieutenant-Commander Teri Share (cc’d) at Teri.Share@forces.gc.ca no later than 7th March @ midnight EST.
- Monday 8 March : 1600 (PST) Session 5 of the Maritime Security Challenges Sessions continue virtually with “The Strategic Importance of Islands in the Indian Ocean”. Registration (Free) is required. Videos of the excellent four earlier sessions are here.
- Monday-Wednesday 10-12 March 2021 – (NEW) CDA Institute – Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence The 89th Annual Ottawa Conference, virtual edition, brings the world to Ottawa for a conversation about values, threats, new and emerging technologies, alliances, and building resiliency together. CDAI contend that the rules-based international order on which global peace and security rests is under strain, and needs defending now more than ever since it was founded, because it is a vehicle for making the world safer, more prosperous, and which can enhance human rights and democracy. Not only are these good for Canada; they are good in and of themselves. Registration is required.
- Wednesday 17 March 2021 – 1300 (Halifax time) RUSI(NS) will host a Zoom presentation by Cora Pictou, Transport Canada, titled “Marine Security Operations Centre East.” Marine Security Operations Centres (MSOC) were established in 2004 to strengthen maritime security with MSOC’s in: Halifax, Esquimalt, and Niagara-on-the-Lake. This presentation will focus on the Halifax operation and on Transport Canada’s role. Free event – Registration required by emailing RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com using subject line “RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 17 March 2021 Registration”. Include your name and organization.
- 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.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- Read the NAC’s Response to the PBO’s February Report on the Canadian Surface Combatant Program
- Australia Reconsiders $70B Deal for French Submarines and French submarines all but locked in after negotiation breakthrough
- Explosion Damages Israeli-Owned Ship In Gulf Of Oman and Israel’s defense minister points finger at Iran over explosion on Israeli-owned vessel in Gulf of Oman
- Vessel Traffic in Canada’s Pacific Region (informative and comprehensive 91 page report for download) and a 51:34 webinar recording if you’d rather)
- Canadian shipbuilding: Time to proceed with confidence (Editor – More on ships a blog I couldn’t resist adding)
- CSC-NSS Delays, Cost Overruns and the Elephant in the Room (Editor – peculiar article for CNR)
- In Defence of Canadian Shipbuilding – Maclean’s opinion piece by Jeffrey Collins
- PSPC Strengthening our communities through the National Shipbuilding Strategy
- NAC Niobe Papers, No. 14 The Royal Canadian Navy and Naval Diplomacy by Paul Chamberlain the Policy Advisor to the Commander of the RCN, published March 2021
- Anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait
- HMCS Harry DeWolf was north for cold weather trials when this great picture was taken and in CNR.
- ‘Time for patience is over’: Sajjan vows action on culture change within Canadian Forces
- Message from Commander Royal Canadian Navy
- CAF Story | No Nonsense Navy – Lieutenant-Commander Bill Sanson (Editor – RCN 3:23 min video)
- Q&A with Lieutenant-Commander Maude Ouellet-Savard, Captain on board HMCS Brandon
- MS Remi Ducharme named RCN’s 2020 Exceptional Sailor and Centennial Cup recipient
- 60 Seconds with Navy Clearance Divers (Editor 1:38 min video)
- Vanguard Feb/Mar 2021 Edition (Editor – Noteworthy naval articles: Pg.12 RAdm (Retd) Ian Mack a condensed version of the recent Launching the CSC article for CGAI; Pg. 20 Building Warships Requires a Full Team Effort – Capt(N) D Campbell, DNMCP; and Pg. 26 The RCN Leverages Innovation Best Practices to Shape Its Future Fleet – posted by the RCN.)
- PAL Aerospace, De Havilland Canada Jointly Developing Dash 8 P-4 MPA
- Ethics through the Lens of Military Reform
- The Concept of the Floating Shipyard (Editor – think outside the box, now here is a way to sustain and boost availability of a nations conventional submarine and surface forces)
- Sighted sub, sank same
- SCOTT TAYLOR: Keep in mind whose morale needs boosting when organizing DND junkets (Editor – just so you know the issue is out there)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 1, 2021
- Panel: Many U.S. Defense Spending Trends Based on What’s Happening in China, Russia
- Panel: Future Fleet Numbers Not As Important As Capabilities Like Sealift, Unmanned
- After 36 Years, Marines’ F/A-18 Hornets Have Completed Their Final Carrier Deployment
- Surface ship readiness continues to struggle, US Navy inspections show
- Families Welcome Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Sailors after 331 Days of Separation
- F-35Bs with special instruments are testing whether the advanced jet can operate on the Italian navy flagship
- Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles
- Eying China, CNO Plans Hypersonics & Lasers On Zumwalt Destroyers
- The US Navy’s surface fleet is turning into a floating advertisement for Rust-Oleum (Editor – busy warships at sea look like this, harbour queens look pristine)
- Cruiser USS Vella Gulf Returns to Norfolk After Suffering Damage in Heavy Seas and U.S. 2nd Fleet Blames Corrosion for USS Vella Gulf Mishap
- Austin mulling whether to send carrier Ike back to the Middle East
- SEA to supply torpedo launcher systems to South American customer
- Proceedings Podcast 210: 66 Years of Undersea Surveillance (Editor – follow on to the article in the USA and America’s section of edition J397 in a 29:33 min podcast)
- Navy Will Make All Sailors Reaffirm Oath to the Constitution in Extremism Stand-Down
- USCG Apprehends Three Smugglers and 200 Kilo of Cocaine near St. Croix
- Venezuelan Oil Exports Rise on Larger Sales to Asia
- U.S. Retailers See Millions in Sales Delays Amid Shipping Logjam
- U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Wants $4.68B for New Pacific Deterrence Initiative
- Theodore Roosevelt CSG Conducts Bilateral Exercise with JMSDF
- China’s Three Information Warfares
- Japan’s MHI Launches ‘Mogami’ First-In-Class 30FFM Frigate for the JMSDF
- Japan commissions third Hibiki-class ocean surveillance ship
- More stretched Type 052D destroyers join the PLA Navy
- China to hold month-long military drills in South China Sea
- West of Diego Garcia, India is Building an Island Base of its Own
- India demonstrates amphibious assault capabilities of Andaman and Nicobar Command
- Seaspan Orders Eight More Containerships
- India Announces $82B Port Infrastructure Plan
- HMAS Stirling continues to grow
- Responding to Russia’s Northern Fleet
- HMS Queen Elizabeth Sets Sail As Flagship For First Time
- USS Donald Cook supports Charles de Gaulle Carrier Strike Group
- SNMG1 practises warfighting skills during Norwegian exercise (Editor – HMCS Halifax)
- Turkish Navy Kicked Off BLUE HOMELAND-2021 Large Scale Exercise
- HMS Mersey Tracks Russian Submarine Through English Channel
- Russia’s Admiral Kasatonov frigate calls at the Turkish naval base of Aksaz
- HMS Magpie tests groundbreaking software to rapidly map the seabed
- Context and considerations – new multi-role research vessels for the UK
- DoD Adds Two Mark VI Patrol Boats to Ukraine Aid Package
- Northrop Grumman demonstrates ASW capability of MQ-8C Fire Scout
- MoD looking at ‘cats and traps’ to launch uncrewed aircraft at sea
- Bosnia on verge of becoming ‘landlocked’ (Editor – a quirk of history explained in this volatile area13:30 min video)
- Russian Arctic Tanker Arrives in France for Propulsion Repairs
- TAKEDOWN! Successful Interceptions of Drug-Runners (Editor – HMCS Regina in a 3:42 min RCN video)
- Greek and U.S. Naval Forces conduct passing exercise in Persian Gulf
- Israel Accuses Iran of Deliberately Spilling Oil in the Mediterranean
- The International Commanders Respond
- War on piracy: Nave Rizzo will take part in the “Gabinia” mission
- Naval News Monthly Recap – February 2021 (Editor – latest 5:30 min video)
- USNS Carson City arrives in Port Sudan and As Sudan Reemerges, U.S. and Russia Eye a Strategic Seaport
- Dryad: International Inaction Breeds Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
- Latest Piracy Attack Report a Hoax
- France’s UFAST launches Senegalese patrol boat
- Nigerian Navy about to receive more C-Falcon interceptors
- Making the Move to Port Electrification
- The History of Sea-Based Airborne Antisubmarine Warfare: 1940-1977 (Editor – lots of pics and graphs for the aviators in this 658 page report)
- The Terrifying History of Nuclear Submarine Graveyard (Editor – 12:02 min video)
- CIMCES: Bilge Pumps episode 37: rating ships – it can’t be fourth rate, NATO nations don’t buy anything but first rate (Editor – amusing 1:48:14 hr podcast for history geeks!)
- Great Sea Fights: Cape St Vincent (1797) Part 3 – The Spanish View (Editor – third and final in series in a 23:00 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.
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