NAC News – Edition 405
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of April 16th, 2021
Edition – 405 “On September 1, 1939 when German armies entered Poland, there were thirteen ships in commission in the Royal Canadian Navy. By the end of the European war there were more than nine hundred…; by far the greatest number were ships built in Canadian yards during the five-and-a-half years of hostilities.” The Naval Service of Canada Its Official History Vol 2, Activities on Shore during the Second World War, pg. 21. Gilbert Norman Tucker, PH.D. Director of Naval History Section 1952
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- 21 Apr Wednesday – (note time change) 1:30 pm (Ottawa time) – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Include your name and organization.
- 22 Apr Thursday – 10:00 (Ottawa time) – 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. Registration(free) required.
- NEW 22 April – Friend of Haida at 7:00 pm (ON Time) a virtual presentation by Lt(RCN) Sean E. Livingston will be presenting his book called Oakville’s Flower. Sea takes an in-depth look at the history and legacy of HMCS Oakville, a Canadian WW2 corvette that fought in the Battle of the Atlantic, and was one of the few corvettes to sink a U-boat. Free to register.
- 28 April Wednesday – 16:00 (Victoria time) – 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 12:00 (Ottawa time) – 2021 NAC National AGM. The 2021 National AGM will be held using GoToMeeting. More details will follow in the coming weeks.
- 9-12 May 2023 – Mark your long-range calendars! Citizen Sailors – 100 years Celebrating Canada’s Naval Reserve Centenary. The UNTD board has recently approved plans for a reunion in Victoria, BC.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- North Atlantic Council Ministerial Statement on Afghanistan
- Is Russia going to war with Ukraine and other questions and Russia calls U.S. an adversary, warns its warships to avoid Crimea
- Canadian warships help US Coast Guard counter illicit trafficking I eastern Pacific with drug seizures totalling nearly $44M
- Obituary: Prince Philip’s naval career and A prince, an ex-journalist, and the ship that bound them
- Approximately 4,600 file claims of sexual misconduct or discrimination against Canadian military
- Liberals, Bloc vote to end Commons defence committee hearings on military misconduct
- To root out misconduct in the military’s highest ranks, the CAF needs a more personal playbook
- Liberals plan to wrap up committee probing Gen. Vance’s sexual misconduct allegations
- Top military police officer defends unit’s handling of sex misconduct cases
- Thinking about culture at the ship level – introducing the Command Cultural Advisor
- NBP training aboard HMCS Halifax
- Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon Guardship Fulmar Deploys to Lake Ontario
- Canada calls out China, climate change as growing concerns in Arctic
- Number of ships sailing the Northwest Passage up by 44% (Editor – note, not transits)
- HMCS Harry DeWolf excels through ice trials
- NAC-O’s April Speaker’s Evening with Mr. James Davies and RAdm (Retd) Gille Couturier. Due to technical difficulties the audio recording is unavailable, but a fact packed slide deck is 2021-04-12-ChantierDavie.pdf
- PO2 Craig Blake first RCN member killed in Afghanistan
- From a farm in Africa to the Middle East in a warship – the adventures of HMCS Calgary’s chaplain
- Navy Bike Ride NAC Team It’s just two months to the official start of the 2021 Navy Bike Ride. There’s still lots of time to register and join our team, and if you can’t ride, please consider supporting us in reaching our team goal of $5,000.
- Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver Island (RUSI-VI) presentation GREYHOUND Movie Production with Gord Laco (RCN Ret’d) Naval Technical Consultant (Editor – 1:28:07 min video)
- McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee — HMCS Bonaventure’s all-weather carrier-borne fighters (Editor – great explanation in a 9:54 min video)
- Canadair CP-107 Argus — Canada’s Premiere Cold War Sub Hunter (Editor – 27:30 min vodeo)
- Lack of shipping containers causing bike shortages, headaches for Canadian farm exporters and Partial Strike at Port of Montreal Sparks Fears of More Congestion
- April is the month of the Military Child
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 12, 2021
- Biden Administration Seeks $715B Pentagon Budget; Calls for Investment in SSN(X), Shedding Legacy Platforms and Joe Biden Wants To Spend Big On U.S. Navy Submarines
- China and International Crime Cartels Threaten U.S. Influence in the Americas, Commanders Say
- US Navy USS Charleston LCS 18 conducts live firing exercice with its SeaRam missile system
- Naval Group delivers A.R.A. Piedrabuena, second multimission offshore patrol vessel for Argentina
- HMAS Sydney conducts live fire exercise with USS John Finn (Editor – The CSC trials and regular missile exercises/tests will be much more resource intensive than now)
- VIDEO: Navy Decommissions USS Bonhomme Richard In San Diego Waterfront Ceremony (Editor – 44:22 min video) and Former USS Bonhomme Richard Towed from San Diego Ahead of Scrapping
- AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft will stay operational with US Marine Corps until 2029
- First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye D-DRT complete Fleet Mission Testing
- US Navy Mark VI Patrol Boats Receive Reprieve
- First-in-Class LCS USS Freedom Sees Success in Counter-Smuggling Role
- Louisiana ship capsize: Search for survivors from ‘lift’ vessel
- Navy Releases Seventh Round of USS Thresher Inquiry Documents
- Senators Introduce Act to Compel CDC to Restore U.S. Cruises by July 4
- Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months for pro-democracy protests (Editor – not a maritime article but another indicator of China’s suppression of democracy)
- U.S. Carrier Strike Group, Amphibious Warships Massed in South China Sea as Regional Tensions Simmer
- Royal Australian Navy Commissions HMAS Supply AOR and a 1:36 min video Navy welcomes HMAS Supply into service
- China’s navy has more ships than the US. Does that matter?
- China’s New Aircraft Carrier Is In Same League As US Navy’s Ford Class
- China is Paying a High Price for Its Ban on Australian Coal (Editor – note effects on Canadian coal exports)
- Northern expedition: China’s Arctic ambition and activism
- South Korea monitoring Pyongyang’s moves amid signs of activity at Sinpo shipyard
- Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corporation launches first locally built LPD for RoCN
- PH Navy keen on acquiring US Cyclone-patrol vessels and Officials: the Philippines Expanding South China Sea Patrols Near Disputed Reef
- HMS Queen Elizabeth Carrier to Keep Away from Taiwan Strait to Avoid China Tensions, Report Says
- New wave of US Marines touch down in Darwin
- How Organized is China’s Maritime Militia?
- Chinese ship withdrawal from Philippines shows diplomacy works and China Blinks as American, Philippine Fleets Challenge Possible Reef Seizure
- China Turning South China Sea Supply Ships into Mobile Surveillance Bases
- Freedom of Navigation Exercises – How Vulnerable are US Ships? (Editor 7:33 min video)
- US Navy Provokes New Delhi by Sending Guided Missile Destroyer to Violate India’s EEZ in Arabian Sea
- Australia’s Collins SSK Sub Brief (Editor – 22:17 min video)
- Diego Garcia: The Strategic U.S Military Base in Indian Ocean (Editor – 6:30 min video)
- ReCAAP Reports Continued Boardings in the Eastbound Singapore Strait
- Maersk Eureka Arrives in Long Beach a Month After Engine Breakdown in Pacific
- First Sea Lord Pays Tribute To Prince Philip And The ‘Loss For The Nation’ and Prince Philip: How the Royal Navy shaped the Duke of Edinburgh (Editor – spot the Canadian content in this 2:04 min video…anyone have a name?) Sailors and Royal Marines train for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral
- North Atlantic Council Statement following the announcement by the United States of actions with regard to Russia
- Russian naval assets of Caspian flotilla enters Black Sea amid the tension with Ukraine
- Russian MoD Calls For Accelerating Repairs To Aircraft Carrier’s Dock
- Sweden, Finland to Hold Anti-Submarine Drills, Finnish Navy Says
- Heavily-armed frigate sails Norwegian Sea to “ensure safety of Russian fishermen”
- Russia Is Trying To Restore a Giant Nuclear Battlecruiser — It’s Not Working Out )Editor – see two “Kirov” articles in last weeks NAC News edition)
- US warships set sail for Black Sea amid stand-off with Russia over military conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Turkish diplomats report
- Arctic Guardian exercise 2021 underway to test joint emergency marine response
- Logistic vessel Vsevolod Bobrov completes sea trials
- HNLMS Evertsen is ready to join the UK Carrier Strike Group
- Naval Group Started “Transplanting” a Damaged SSN with A Decommissioned Submarine (Editor – don’t see this every day)
- HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark to remain in service
- USS Arleigh Burke Arrives in Spain, USS Donald Cook Will Head to Mayport
- Arctic Exercise Umka-2021 Shows Russian SSBN Can Deliver Massive Strike
- Spanish Navy may extend the operational life of the Tramontana submarine
- Airbus’ VSR700 VTOL UAV Achieves New Milestone
- France offers Germany four Atlantic 2 maritime patrol aircraft
- Ships in Baltic and Black Sea Monitored by Drones from EMSA (Editor – shades of WW2 Autolycus (submarine detector))
- CMA CGM Jacques Saade Boxship Sets Second Record for Full Containers
- This Cost 10 Billion Dollars to Build #Shorts (Editor – amazing vessel(?) in a 59 sec video)
- Hapag-Lloyd orders 150,000 TEU to address container shortage
- Iran vows revenge for ‘Israeli’ attack on Natanz nuclear site and Iran plans major jump in uranium enrichment after Natanz nuclear site attack
- Israeli-owned ship said attacked off UAE coast amid sky-high tensions with Iran
- Marine Nationale achieves high-value drugs bust
- Egypt joins Combined Maritime Forces
- Ship stuck in Suez Canal forbidden from leaving Egypt until $900M bill is paid (Editor – gainful employment for litigators for years to come)
- CMA CGM Wants To Rebuild Beirut’s Port
- ‘You cannot claim any more:’ Russia seeks bigger piece of Arctic (Editor – it will be a significant decision affecting many issues)
- Gibson: 27 LNG-fuelled ships ordered so far this year
- EOS Risk – piracy strategies for Gulf of Guinea and Kidnapped Seafarers Released After Month in Captivity in West Africa
- UN Global Initiative Tackles Marine Litter to Clean World’s Oceans
- Russian Undersea Cable Recon (Editor – how is this not classified? 10:03 min video)
- Fleet Admiral Ernest King – Semper Iratus (Editor – interesting walk through an extraordinary time in naval history in a 1:04:01 hr video…note “Semper Iratus” translates from Latin to fittingly “always angry”!)
- Proceedings Podcast Episode 218: Legacy of China’s Naval Defeat at the Yalu River
- 09 April 2021 – Historian Andy Blackley talks about the naval defeat inflicted by Japan in the 1890s that left China with wounded pride that has influenced how that country is rebuilding its Navy today. (Editor – 34:51min podcast, note the article is available)
- Iconic Ships 1: The Mary Rose (Editor – This is the first of a new sub-series of podcast episodes: ‘Iconic Ships’. The series has been conceived as an opportunity for curators of famous historic vessels to make a case as to why their ship is iconic, but it is also open to historians to make a case for a historic vessel that no longer survives.
- How Floating “Repair Yards” Helped the U.S. Navy Win in the Pacific
- What Killed the SR-N4 Ferry Service? #shorts (Editor – 59 sec 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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