NAC News – Edition 403
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of April 2nd, 2021
Edition – 403 “Troops [WW1] at the front were inoculated against typhoid, tetanus, smallpox, cholera, diphtheria, and meningitis…even though vaccination against smallpox and typhoid was not well known in civilian society, this “compulsory measure was accepted without serious opposition”. Medical Advances Behind the Line, Legion Magazine article by Sharon Adams, March/April 2021
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- 21 Apr Wednesday – 1230 (Ottawa time) – NEW – NLOC Maritime Affairs Virtual Speaker Series features RAdm Brian Santarpia, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic JTF Atlantic, who will provide an update on current initiatives, ops, and future fleet. Limited openings for this event. Register by emailing email@example.com Include your name and organization
- 22 Apr Thursday – 1000 EDT – NEW – The American Sea Power Project – major Naval Institute initiative to reinvigorate thinking about the role of sea power in U.S. national security. Duration: 90 minutes. Registrationrequired.
- 28 April Wednesday 1600 (Pacific) – NEW – Maritime Security Challenges Virtual Session 6 – “The Importance and Applications of AI to Naval Operations” Presented by: Captain George GALDORISI (USN, Ret’d) Director of Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures, Command and Control Center of Excellence, USN Free to register
- 15 June 2021 Tuesday (1200 Ottawa) 2021 NAC NATIONAL AGM (Virtual) The 2021 National AGM will be held using GoToMeeting on Tuesday 15 June 20201 at 1200 (Ottawa time). More details will follow in the coming weeks.
- 8 – 12 May 2023 – NEW – Mark your long-range calendars! Citizen Sailors – 100 years Celebrating Canada’s Naval Reserve Centennial. The UNTD board has recently approved plans for a reunion in Victoria, BC.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- Canada’s sanctions are sending China a ‘message,’ says Garneau
- Canadian warship transits South China Sea as diplomatic tensions remain high
- Suez Canal Says 87 Ships to Pass Through on Thursday (Editor – good news)
- CIMSEC Sea Control 235 – Canada’s role in the fourth Battle of the Atlantic (Editor – Commander Peter Sproule and RAdm Brian Santarpia join a thought provoking 38:15 min podcast that discusses Peter’s 2020 award-winning article in the latest Canadian Naval Review. Here is the article being discussed)
- Canada’s Secret Cold War Submarine Drone Is Still Relevant Today (Editor – a peak at a once secret aspect of Canada’s ASW cold war efforts. Relevant today – see the first article in the Europe section?)
- Senior military commander under investigation after being accused of sexually assaulting subordinate
- IN HER WORDS: The woman behind McDonald allegation tells her story (Editor – 8:12 min video included)
- Sailor found dead at home after guilty verdict at court martial
- Former soldier pleads guilty in high-profile military sexual assault case
- The military’s sexual misconduct crisis is turning into a national security problem, say experts
- Claims process for CAF-DND sexual misconduct class action settlement well underway
- HMCS Windsor begins sea trials
- Giving a voice to the voiceless (Editor – Nishika Jardine, the first woman to become Veteran’s Ombudsman)
- Seaspan Shipyards starts construction of Canada’s most modern science research ship
- Canada on track to pick new fighter jet next year despite COVID-19
- Air Force assessing pristine Sable Island as fuel station for rescue helicopters
- Starshell Winter 2021 | Issue 90 Naval Association of Canada
- Cadets chose their own adventure during virtual spring break
- Searching for Tirpitz (Editor – HMCS Sioux and HMCS Algonquin involvement)
- Canadian military selects new camouflage pattern – industry asked to make the new material
- CCGS Edward Cornwallis renamed
- Record Opium Seizure Valued at $8 Million in Port of Vancouver
- Ports persevered through a bumpy 2020
- Laurentia Terminal opposed despite strong economic benefits
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 29, 2021
- What is a Navy For? Strategic purpose is not the same thing as operational necessities.
- Carrier Strike Group, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Will Join Air Force in Massive Alaska Exercise
- Italian Navy’s Cavour Aircraft Carrier Certified For F-35B Operation (Editor – 3:26 min video included)
- CBO Report on Nuclear Submarine Maintenance and CBO: Navy Still Needs Bigger Workforce To Dig Out of Submarine Maintenance Backlog
- USMC General Tracy King Comments On The US Navy’s New Light Amphibious Warship and New Small Aircraft Carrier Unlikely, Admiral Says As US Navy Begins New Assessment
- Navy: NGAD Will be Family of Systems, Super Hornet Replacement Likely a Manned Fighter and Navy’s Next-Generation Air Dominance Increment to Replace EA-18G, Admiral Says
- Ticonderoga class cruiser | Armament Review (Editor – 8:14 min video)
- US Navy Orders 11 More P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
- U.S. Coast Guard Seeks Builders for Big New Cutters
- Austal USA Expanding to Make Steel Ships; Yard Looks to Bid on Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter, Navy Light Amphib Programs
- BAE Systems wins contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System
- Report on Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles
- Railguns: Destructive to the Core (Editor – 59 sec video)
- No Longer Sci-Fi: Laser Guns Are Coming to the U.S. Military
- Four Female Amphib COs on Their Role in the U.S. Navy
- Almost Overnight, New Ships Make U.S. Coast Guard A Big Geopolitical Player
- Pentagon tech office asks industry for ‘leap-ahead capabilities’
- Raytheon Delivers First Batch Of Block V Tomahawk Missiles To US Navy
- Zumwalt aces rough-sea testing
- CBP Seizes $1M in Cocaine from Bulker Anchored off Maryland
- USS Wichita Conducts Bi-Lateral Exercise with Dominican Republic
- Freedom of Navigation and the Law of the Sea
- China approves sweeping changes to Hong Kong election laws
- Taiwan reports largest ever incursion by Chinese air force
- ‘This is a reign of terror’: UN special rapporteur calls out Security Council for ‘inaction’ on Myanmar (Editor – not a maritime article but an area of potential expanding conflict)
- China to overtake US sub fleet by 2030 (Editor – in raw numbers perhaps, but in capability?)
- The World’s Weirdest Aircraft Carrier Just Reappeared near Singapore
- French warships arrive in Kochi ahead of Exercise La Perouse
- USS Blue Ridge participates in joint exercise with Japan’s JS Kongo
- India to Make Nuclear Attack Sub Push at Expense of 3rd Carrier: Report
- Taiwan, US sign coast guard MOU
- Beware the bear in the Pacific and Russia’s Admiralty Shipyards Launches Project 636.3 Submarine ‘Magadan’ For Pacific Fleet
- Shipbuilder receives $350 million lifeline to construct six new patrol boats during COVID-19
- Philippines Military Orders Ships Deployed to South Chia Sea and Philippines Sends Fighter Planes To Buzz Chinese Coast Guard and Records Expose China’s Maritime Militia at Whitsun Reef
- Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Conducts Exercise with Indian Navy and Air Force
- Samsung Heavy lands $2.5 billion deal for 20 Evergreen boxships
- Seaspan orders 15,500 TEU scrubber-fitted boxship sextet
- Three Russian nuclear subs surface from under Arctic ice for first time, says Navy chief
- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Launching Anti-ISIS Missions from Mediterranean, French Carrier Takes Helm of CTF 50
- Italian officer ‘caught selling secrets to Russia’ and Italy expels Russian officials after spies caught ‘red-handed’ plus Italy Russia arrest: Wife of navy ‘spy’ reveals dire finances
- Royal Navy completes first Arctic deployment of 2021
- Aircraft Carrier bnb? Without Enough F-35Bs To Fill Its Carrier Decks, The UK MoD Suggests Other Nations Come Aboard (Editor – an opportunity for RCAF F35B’s to join maritime operations…how about from 870 Fighter Squadron?) What Ships, Squadrons And Aircraft Will Make Up The UK Carrier Strike Group?
- Dutch Warship Will Join HMS Queen Elizabeth On First Operational Deployment
- Inside story: the battle to build Britain’s new £41bn nuclear submarines
- Dreadnought-class submarines to get ‘fly-by-wire’ technology
- CIMSEC: The Unique Intelligence Challenges of Countering Naval Asymmetric Warfare
- Naval Group trumpets its Australian industry focus in submarine deal
- Naval Group CEO discusses PANG aircraft carrier and FDI frigate programs (Editor – 4:55 min video)
- Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 visits Sweden
- HMS Trenchant Returns to Devonport for Last Time Ahead of Decommissioning
- thyssenkrupp Marine Systems hands over frigate “SACHSEN-ANHALT”
- Finnish Defence Ministry Accuses Swedish Vessel of Violating Its Territorial Waters
- Here’s the Royal Navy’s New Type 83 Super-Destroyer (Editor – a number of issues discussed, including Canadian content in this 8:37 min video)
- HMS Trent Sets Sail for Permanent Role at Gibraltar
- German Media Cry Foul as Bundeswehr Ships Turn Out to Be Equipped With Russian Navigation Systems
- USS Arleigh Burke en route to Rota for FDNF mission
- Here Is Babcock’s Frigate Proposal for the Hellenic Navy
- Royal Navy to lose two Type 23s setting stage for future fleet
- Autonomous vessel ‘Madfox’ joins Royal Navy fleet
- Syrian-Owned Ship Banned from European Ports for Numerous Violations
- Venice bans cruise ships from historic centre
- The China-Iran pact is a game-changer (Editor – not a naval article but certainly of strategic interest)
- Canada extends anti-ISIS mission in Middle East by one year
- France Assumes Command of US Task Force 50
- Five in one week for the Marine Nationale and Combined Task Rorce-150
- French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle arrives in UAE
- The end of Yemen (Editor – not a maritime story, but a shattered nation located strategically on one side of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait. The recent closing of Suez Canal illustrates just how important this trade route is; what a mess)
- Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi rigged boats, drones – state media
- Shipowner Declares General Average for Ever Given
- How Vancouver-designed tugboats helped the Ever Given finally get unstuck (Editor – Canuck know-how) Update: Ever Given being towed for technical inspection and Captain Livingstone – The Thing About Big Ships
- Iran’s New Missile Corvette Could Reshape IRGC Naval Doctrine
- Naval News Monthly Recap – March 2021 (Editor – 5:18 min video)
- Egypt decides to open new naval base near Libya (Editor – small break-watered harbour half way between Alexandria and Tobruk)
- Why Ships Keep Crashing
- Piracy, Kidnap and Ransom on Africa’s Seas: Risks and Policy Options (Editor – a Zoom discussion Thursday 15 April 2021 | 14.00 – 15.30 London, BST, click to register and see details)
- VIDEO: Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston Discovered 4 Miles Down
- Shipwreck Overview – Force Z – HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales (Editor – amazing imagery in a 9:05 min video)
- Shipwreck Overview – HMS Royal Oak (Editor – again, amazing imagery in this 5:44 min video)
- Suez Canal Time Lapse.mp4 (Editor 4:46 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – APRIL
(If you see any omissions or errors, please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are also welcomed. 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”, historical website “The Second World War – A Day by Day Account”, and Roger Litwiller’s excellent web site, encyclopedic guidance from Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information)
- 1 April 1733 Canada’s First lighthouse lit for the first time, using coal from nearby Morien and Spanish River; the round 200 metre tower, made with cement from limestone burned in local kilns, is the first fireproof concrete structure in North America at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, and it is the only other on the entire eastern coast of North America is in Boston.
- 1 April 1873 Wreck of luxury liner SS Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool to New York; the ship was turning into Halifax Harbour to get coal, but struck a reef in the foggy night near Mars Rock, Meagher’s Island, near Terrance Bay – 546 people drown in heavy seas, while local fishermen manage to save 300. Prospect, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1941 RCN armed merchant cruiser Prince Henry intercepts two German ships off Peru; ships scuttled.
- 1 April 1959 New St. Lawrence Seaway opens for business; will be officially dedicated June 26 by the Queen and US President Dwight Eisenhower.
- 2 April 1887 US seizes Canadian sealing ships in North Pacific; other seizures on the 9,12, and 17th. Juneau, Alaska
- 3 April 3, 1935 Lt(N) J. P. Connolly appointed Commanding Officer, charged to raise a RCNVR unit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 3 April 1996 Members of the Canadian Forces ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry. Ottawa, Ontario
- 3 April 2007 Royal Assent given to the Veterans’ Bill of Rights; PM Harper says Ottawa will establish an ombudsman for veterans, so the government can respond quickly and fairly to any concerns of veterans. Ottawa, Ontario
- 4 April 1949 Canada signs the North Atlantic Treaty with Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.S.; becomes founding member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization; NATO members pledge to defend each other in event of Soviet attack. NATO is Canada’s first peacetime military alliance. Washington, DC
- 5 April 1958 Ripple Rock blown up with 1.2 tons of Nitramex, in world’s largest non-nuclear explosion to date; the reef was a shipping hazard just below the surface of Seymour Narrows near Campbell River that had sunk or damaged 119 vessels and caused the death of over 100 people. Captain George Vancouver called the narrows “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.” Campbell River, BC
- 7 April 1948 RCN’s aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent commissioned to replace HMCS Warrior. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1991 HMCS Athabaskan, Terra Nova and Protecteur arrive home from Gulf War; ships left in early August; Huron leaves for the Gulf to help enforce the embargo against Iraq. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1995 HMCS Nipigon supports Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard ships during a dispute with Spain over illegal overfishing of Greenland turbot on the Grand Banks.
- 8 April 1945 cruiser HMCS Uganda joins British Pacific Fleet. Hong Kong, China
- 9 April 1929 – Canadian Ambassador Vincent Massey protests against sinking of Canadian schooner I’m Alone; crew released; case of rum-runner to go to arbitration. Washington, DC
- 10 April 1836 Hudson’s Bay Company steamship Beaver arrives at Fort Vancouver and has her boilers and paddles connected; left London August 29, 1835 under the command of Captain David Home under sail alone; rounded Cape Horn and called at Juan Fernandez and Honolulu en route; SS Beaver will be used to service trading posts between the Columbia River and Russian America (Alaska); 1862 chartered by the Royal Navy to survey and chart the coast of the Colony of British Columbia. Portland, Oregon
- 11 April 1940 Burrard shipyards begin building corvettes and minesweepers for action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Vancouver, BC
- 11 April 1962 The Government of Canada announces plans to build eight frigates and buy three submarines.
- 14 April 1828 The 18-gun sloop Acorn sinks off Halifax with the loss of 115 men.
- 14 April 1944 HMCS Swansea commanded by A/Cdr Clarence A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR with HMS Pelican combined to sink the German submarine U-448 in the North Atlantic. Swansea’s second kill in less than six weeks.
- 15 April 1814 Kingston Navy Dockyard launches two warships, the Prince Regent and the Princess Charlotte; under Commodore Sir James Yeo, they will blockade the American fleet in Sackett’s Harbour and capture Oswego, restoring Canadian control of Lake Ontario in the War of 1812 and ending the threat of US invasion. Kingston, Ontario
- 16 April 1945 German U-Boat U-190 torpedoes and sank the Bangor Class minesweeper HMCS Esquimalt 5 miles off Chebucto Head near the Halifax lightship; 44 of her ship’s company are lost in the last major naval loss of the War; U-190 will surrender May 11; will be sunk ceremonially on October 21, 1947 where she had destroyed the Esquimalt.
- 22 April 1944 HMCS Swansea commanded by A/Cdr Clarence A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR with HMCS Matane commanded by A/Cdr A. Frank C. Layard, DSO, RN using depth charges sink U311 south of Iceland. Cdr Kings third submarine in 7 weeks.
- 23 April 1947 HMCS Malahat re-commissioned as Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division; originally commissioned as naval recruiting centre January 15, 1944. Victoria, BC
- 25 April 1945 Canada one of 50 nations attending founding United Nations Conference on International Organization, opening in San Francisco; will approve United Nations Charter on June 26. San Francisco, California.
- 25 April 1967 Commons passes Bill C-243, “The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act,” unifying the RCN, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into one service, the Canadian Armed Forces, with common uniform and rank designations; act comes into effect February 1, 1968.
- 26 April 1778 Captain James Cook sails from Nootka Sound, tracing the coast of British Columbia.
- 26 April 1945 HMCS Ontario, a cruiser, is commissioned.
- 26 April 1944 HMCS Huron commanded by LCdr Herbert S. Rayner, DSC, RCN, with HMCS Haida commanded by Cdr Harry G. DeWolf, DSO, RCN, and HMCS Athabaskan commanded by A/LCdr John H. Stubbs, DSO, RCN fought two German destroyers off Ile de Bas, France, and drove a flaming German warship T-29 aground.
- 28 April 1818 S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Convention, signed April 28 and 29, 1817, making it a lawful treaty of the United States; limits naval forces on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Washington, DC
- 29 April 1941 Lt A.G.S. Griffin appointed C.O. of HMCS Pictou, first RCNVR of an operational escort warship.
- 29 April 1944 German torpedo boat T-24 sinks HMCS Athabaskan commanded by A/LCdr John H. Stubbs, DSO, RCN who was killed in action; 128 lose their lives and 86 are captured.
- 30 April 1884 Victoria coal baron Robert Dunsmuir starts building the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, later known as the Vancouver Island Railway, to support the coal and lumber industry, and the Royal Navy Base at Esquimalt Harbour; on August 13, 1886 John A. Macdonald will drive home the last railway spike at Cliffside near Shawnigan Lake.
- 30 April 30, 1941 The troopship S.S. Nerissa was torpedoed by U-552 which resulted in the 3rd largest loss of life (207) for a ship sunk by U-boats in the approaches to the British Isles – including 73 Cdn Army, 10 RCN, 81 Merchant Navy, 12 British forces, 11 American ATA pilots, 3 Royal Norwegian Air Force, and 17 civilians. S. Nerissa made 12 Atlantic crossings from June 1940 until her final (13th) crossing, and was the only transport carrying Canadian Amy troops to be lost during WW2
- 30 April 1943 The Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, RCN, takes over control of all shipping movements in the western North Atlantic under the title of Commander-in-Chief Canadian North West Atlantic.
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