NAC News – Edition 406
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of April 23rd, 2021
Edition – 406 “The enemy must not know where I intend to give battle. For if he does not know where I intend to give battle he must prepare in a great many places. And when he prepares in a great many places, those I have to fight in any one place will be few.” The Art of Wart, Sun Tzu
Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News email@example.com (comments welcome to help improve this service)
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- 28 Apr 28 Wednesday 11:00 AM (Vancouver time) NABC and NAC_VI present via Zoom Captain (N) Jean Stephane Ouellet, CD, Commander, Canadian Submarine Force. Join the presentation using Meeting ID: 814 6168 9812 Passcode: 931612 or Directly to Meeting. For non-BC/VI members and all others to register email King Wan.
- 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
- 2 May Sunday – 76th Anniversary Battle of the Atlantic Commemorative Services/Activities. To date NAC has not received any formal notice of the 2021 commemorative events for the 76th Anniversary of the BOA on 2 May 2021. It is presumed that most, if not all, of these events will be limited in scope and limited to those who can attend in person. That said, we expect that like last year, there will be a good number of events that can be viewed on the RCN Facebook, Twitter, and other media sources, locally and nationally. The RCN has already populated their Twitter and Facebook pages with some relevant material and more is sure to follow in the coming week so keep a good lookout.
- 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 80th anniversary of the founding of the UNTD; and the 55th anniversary of the creation of the ROUTP. The UNTD board has recently approved plans for a reunion in Victoria, BC.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- Prince Philip funeral: Pictures as Queen and nation bid farewell to the duke
- Canada’s top soldier says the West faces being outmatched in military defence by China
- Retired general Jonathan Vance thought he was ‘untouchable,’ Maj. Kellie Brennan tells MPs
- 52 Asterix Crew Members Honoured by Canada for Exceptional Service
- MBDA Confirms Sea Ceptor Order for Canadian Surface Combatant
- Leonardo to supply 127/64 LW gun systems for CSC frigate programme (Editor – The 127/64 LW – VULCANO System)
- Progress on Naval Large Tug project (editor – background Robert Allan Ltd. to design new tugs for the Canadian Navy)
- National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) benefits. Rosborough Boats e-opened its Composites Manufacturing facility on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia as a result of the contract awarded by Irving Shipbuilding Inc (ISI) under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) to build twelve (12) Multi-Role Rescue Boats for the Royal Canadian Navy Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels. (Editor – nice boats!)
- Federal budget resurrects ‘economic harm’ warning as fighter jet contract nears (Editor – speculation rages)
- MPs hear harrowing account of sexual assault in the military and Culture of silence on military sexual misconduct ’emboldens’ perpetrators: Expert the latest NAC BN on the subject Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note # 35 Addressing Sexual Misconduct in the CAF and Budget sets aside almost $250M to tackle sexual misconduct in the military
- A few other germane items in the budget Preserving the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, Support for the Polar Continental Shelf Program, Conserving Canada’s Oceans, Reducing Ocean Plastics that Threaten Marine Life, Support Our Veterans, Better Equipping Our Coast Guard and Military, Increasing Canada’s Contributions to NATO, and Extending Canada’s Middle East Strategy
- Federal Retirees weighs in on “recovery” budget
- HMCS Esquimalt Anniversary
- Trust and confidence: becoming a leader in the RCN
- Defence Team News | 16 April 2021 (Editor – Navy Bike Ride featured and for the NAC Team it’s just two months to the official start. 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.
- How a town rallied around a quarantined oil tanker off the Cape Breton coast
- Seafarers’ union demands vaccine plan for 15,000 marine workers after COVID outbreak on Atlantic Huron
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 19, 2021
- Italian Aircraft Carrier ITS Cavour Departs Norfolk, Completing F-35B Certification
- White House Taps Vice Adm. Linda Fagan for Coast Guard Vice Commandant
- US Navy Commissions Littoral Combat Ship USS Oakland
- Boeing awarded contract to integrate LRASM missile onto P-8A Poseidon (Editor – greatly added punch for the USN)
- HII Awarded Advance Procurement Contract For Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 9
- Submarine Industrial Base Under Strain as Virginia-Class Parts Wearing Out Early; Implications For Columbia-Class
- Pentagon Will Attempt Hypersonic Missile Shoot-down Using US Navy’s SM-6 Missile
- US Naval Research Laboratory flew Hybrid Tiger UAV for 24 hours
- Early-Career Command At Sea Differentiates U.S. Coast Guard and Navy (Editor – food for thought)
- Navy to Experiment with Information Warfare Commanders Operating from Maritime Operations Centers
- 30 marines arrested in connection with 2014 disappearances
- 51 West Point cadets caught cheating must repeat a year
- More Guilty Pleas in Mariner Credentialing Test Score-Fixing Scheme
- Marines: Limited AAV Operations on Water Resume As Vehicle Inspections, Unit Certifications Required in Fatal Sinking Aftermath
- HASC: Congress Let DoD Buy Too Many F-35 Fighters But Not Enough F-35 Spares, Sustainment
- Navy Kicks Off First Fleet Exercise Focused On Role of Unmanned Systems
- U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Injured Smuggler, Seizes $20M in Cocaine
- ONE Apus Discharges Cargo in Long Beach After Last Year’s Epic Cargo Loss
- Missing Indonesian submarine has 72 hours of oxygen left, navy says then Search for Missing Indonesian Submarine Finds Oil Spill and 3 Submarine Rescue Ships Hunting for Missing Indonesian Submarine plus US joins race to find stricken Indonesia submarine
- U.S. Heads Out of Afghanistan and Into the Indo-Pacific
- Senate Confirms Aquilino to Serve as Next INDO-PACOM Commander
- HMCS Calgary strengthens interoperability with Japan and Australia
- French Navy And Royal Australian Navy Ships Patrol The South China Sea Together
- Japan Coast Guard Moving Forward With Maritime Surveillance UAV Procurement
- Super Kalvari 3000: IndianNavy’s Plans for Bigger Conventional Submarine and Nuclear Sub Club: Do Rising Powers Like India Really Need Nuclear Attack Submarines?
- The submarine nuclear option (Editor – I’m not advocating one way or the other, but the on-ging debate about submarines in Australia is helpful for Canada to learn from) Nuclear error — Did Australia’s subs selection miss the boat?
- Osprey lands on Mercy
- Chinese fishermen find drone ship ‘used for spying by a foreign country’
- Philippines considers Turkish firms to help modernize navy
- French submarine offer to the Philippines – Part 3: Scorpene submarine for the Philippine Navy (Editor – 3:48 min video)
- Duterte “Not Interested” in Confronting China on Fishing Rights (Editor – what a strange man)
- Philippines: Giant clam shells worth $25m seized in raid
- Navy seizes narcotics substance worth Rs 3,000 crores (Editor – about $450 million)
- Government launches royal commission into veteran suicide (Editor – sadly, something else in common. How is it that modern countries seem to be startled by PTSD and suicides within and after military service despite centuries of experiencing these issues)
- Vladimir Putin warns West about crossing ‘red line in respect to Russia’ but Russia to pull troops back from near Ukraine
- US, NATO Slam Russian Plan to Block Parts of Black Sea and Amidst Ukraine Tensions, Russia Sends More Warships to the Black Sea plus The GRU: Blast puts spotlight on shadowy Russian force (Editor – 1:52 min video)
- Over 20 Russia Black Sea Fleet warships hold joint drills with aircraft in Crimea now Russia imposes no fly zones to practise aviation shipping attacks
- Northern Fleet kicks off major exercise
- USS The Sullivans Deploys To Join UK Carrier Strike Group (Editor – becoming an international TG!)
- UK Warships to Sail for Black Sea in May as Ukraine-Russia Tensions Rise Sunday Times
- Standing NATO Maritime Group Two participates in PHIBEX 21
- Report finds that damage control failures led to sinking of RNoN frigate
- CIMSEC: The Baltic Sea is not Las Vegas: the mare balticum in broader context
- U.S. Navy will build airport infrastructure in northern Norway to meet upped Russian submarine presence
- NATO Keeps Wary Eye on Russia’s Military Buildup in the Arctic
- Project 22350 guided missile frigates to become mainstay of Russian Navy’s surface force
- Royal Navy Monitors Russian Warships through Channel
- The First S-80-Plus Class Submarine Will Launch New Era for Spanish Navy (Editor – here is an interesting boat)
- HMS Westminster completes patrol of UK waters
- Turkey Plans To Deploy Indigenous Aircraft ‘Hürjet’ On LHD Anadolu
- New nuclear submarine HMS Anson rolled out (Editor – 8th HMCS Anson) and What The Astute-Class Submarines Give The Navy
- Rota to gain two US destroyers by middle of the decade, EUCOM chief says
- Poland send maritime patrol aircrafts supporting Turkey
- Forward half of HMS Glasgow rolled out of build hall
- NATO Mine Countermeasures force conducts dispose of historical ordnance in Latvia
- French Navy Submarine Émeraude Deployed to the Indo-Pacific and South China Sea (Editor – 4:53 min video)
- Russian Navy tests ‘all-seeing’ camera in Arctic
- Navantia To Launch First S80 Submarine For Spanish Navy On April 22nd and Babcock play ‘key role’ in Spanish S-80 submarine rollout
- Naval Group Delivers First Air Defense FREMM ‘Alsace’ To The French Navy
- Calls for Boris Johnson to order £190 million successor to HMY Royal Yacht Britannia as a lasting memorial to Prince Philip
- French Navy orders second VSR700 prototype UAS
- Video: Croatian Police Seize $72M in Cocaine as Smugglers Target Ports
- Iran nuclear: State TV names suspect in Natanz attack (Editor – not a maritime article but a hugely destabilizing series of events)
- S., French Carrier Strike Groups Conduct Dual Carrier Operations
- Belgian Navy’s Leopold I Frigate Joined Operation AGENOR
- Electronic Weapons: Israeli Geeks Go After New Threat
- Second Italian-Built FREMM Delivered To Egypt Reaches Alexandria
- BARAK ER interceptor completes successful trials
- Alchemy of the Ever Given
- Stopford: Industry will need $3.4 trillion in the next 30 years to replace existing fleet
- How Container Ships Are Loaded so Fast (Editor – informative 8:05 min video) plus Types of Container Ships (Editor – 10:08 min video)
- The Grey Zone Case For Building New Royal And Presidential Yachts
- 500 Robots Released To Float The World’s Oceans
- AFRICOM: Chinese Naval Base in Africa Set to Support Aircraft Carriers
- Italian Navy Joins Chana Anti-Piracy Effort in Gulf of Guinea
- Nigerian Navy receives new survey vessel NNS Lana
- World Bank: Ammonia, hydrogen are the most promising zero-carbon marine fuels
- Maximize Your Operations with Submersible ROVs
- Thomas Cochrane: Craziest Sea Captain in History Editor – self-explanatory 1:17:35 hr video about an iconic naval officer. His autobiography is a good read)
- Iconic Ships 2: The Mayflower (Editor – 18:13 min podcast)
- Naval Engines – Rotate that shaft! (Editor – historical look at the evolution of ship’s engines in this 44:45 min video)
- Norway’s Cruise Ship Tunnel Plan Explained (Editor – a Wow 5:33 min video)
- ‘Missing and Presumed Lost’ On a quiet scientific survey in the fall of 2014, one of the mysteries of the U.S. Navy was solved.
- Types of Tanker Ships (Editor – self-explanatory 10:17 min video)
- How Container Ports Work: Logistics of Intermodal Transport (Editor – 6:14 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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