NAC News – Edition 408
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 7th, 2021
Edition – 408 “The Rush-Bagot agreement, one of the oldest of international covenants, has not at all times been strictly observed; but generally speaking it has kept the Great Lakes clear of warships, and has made it unnecessary to maintain naval bases on their shores.” The Naval Service of Canada Its Official History Vol 1, Road to War, 1933-39. pg 31. Gilbert Norman Tucker, PH.D. Director of Naval History Section 1952
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- 19 May – Wednesday – 1300-1500 (Halifax time) RUSI-NS and NORAD and USNORTHCOM extend an invitation to hear a Zoom video-conference presentations by Colonel David Moar, RCAF, Commander 4 Wing; and Colonel Travolis Simmons, USAF, Commander 3rd Wing. Topic is “Arctic Air Operations: Canada and United States Agile Fighter Employment in Defence of North America.” No fee to attend. Registration required. Email RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sunday, 16 May. Use subject line RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speakers 19 May 2021 Registration. Include your name and organization.
- 10/11-12 June 2021 Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS/SCRN) virtual annual conference – AGM. Note a number of NAC members are presenting and here are the conference details. Participation is free for members of the CNRS, and for $30 non-member gains both membership and access. To receive a link for the virtual conference, please send an email to <CNRSConf2021@cnrs-scrn.org> with “Conference registration” in the subject line.
- 15 June 2021 a Tuesday at 1200 (Ottawa time). The NAC National 2021 AGM will be held electronically using GoToMeeting. Details on how to “join” the meeting will be passed separately in the coming week. Given that the COVID Pandemic prevents a face-to-face meeting the meeting will be limited to addressing the essential AGM requirements of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Over the coming weeks additional reports and information will be posted to this site. Members will be made aware of any information updates through Wild Apricot.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- Royal Canadian Navy sets heroin seizure record in busts and NTOG members onboard HMCS Calgary make record-breaking heroin bust
- Government of Canada announces Polar Icebreakers to enhance Canada’s Arctic presence and provide critical services to Canadians
- Canada and Japan move to expand security cooperation in Indo-Pacific
- Commander of Special Forces to be replaced early after apologizing for handling of sexual assault case and Defence chief was top officer responsible for regiment when it supported sex offender
- Oversight of Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy by Ian Mack CGAI Fellow May 2021
- The Canadian Marine Industry and Shipbuilding Today
- Air force chief stands by Cyclone helicopters despite emergency landing, fatal crash
- Leaked false document being used to smear officer who reported sexual misconduct against admiral
- Minister of National Defence video message for Mental Health Week (Editor – 1:57 min video)
- HMCS Toronto Change of Command reflects a challenging pandemic year
- Heroes of the Battle of the Atlantic: Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf
- Second World War veteran condemns anti-mask ‘freedom rallies’ (Editor – 2:02 min video included)
- Civilian staffers at Department of Defence also reporting bullying and harassment, say unions
- FMF Cape Breton and Cape Scott celebrate 25 years serving the Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific and Atlantic Fleets
- Icebreaking Bulk Carrier Delivered to Fednav
- Naval officer trades cruise ships for warships
- RCN navigation school trials state-of-the-art virtual reality training
- Canadian Coast Guard Levels of Service Online Survey (Editor – an opportunity for each and all should you wish to participate in the broad survey)
- Tech Companies Depend on China for Rare Earths. Can That Change? | WSJ (Editor – not a naval article but it does have global implications)
- SeaspanLNG secures approval in principle for 7600cbm LNG bunker vessel
- Trial Haida Gwaii Voluntary Protection Zone for shipping reporting changes
- 60 seconds with Cdr. Stephen Kaufman, JTF Nijmegen and Director of the Victory March (Editor – 1:43 min video)
- Montreal Warns of Delays as Port Operations Resume After Strike
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 3, 2021
- US Navy: 6 Ships, 240 Aircraft take part in Northern Edge 2021
- VIDEO: SECDEF Austin, New INDOPACOM Head Affirm U.S. Commitment to Pacific During Change of Command (Editor – a lengthy but instructive 1:31:17 hour video)
- US Trade Deficit Reaches Record High (Editor – stimulating a shipping boom)
- Inside The World’s Largest Aircraft Carrier (Editor – great 6:58 min video)
- Spread Out and Networked: How the Navy Plans to Fight and Win Future Wars
- Maritime Security Challenge Virtual Session 6: “The Importance and Applications of AI to Naval Operations” (Editor – 28 April presentation, paper and/or 57:26 min video)
- The Navy’s saddest fast-attack sub will finally get the tender loving maintenance it needs (Editor – a blunt reminder of the essential requirement for maintenance capacity)
- Navy Unveils Surprise Plan For Littoral Combat Ships
- Huntington Ingalls bullish on unmanned growth
- US Navy’s Top Officer: Manned-Unmanned Teaming is “Where We’re Headed”
- The U.S. Navy Finally Has a Universal Missile — and That Means More Firepower for War with China
- Surface Navy to Kick Off Program to Track, Assess Sailors Combat Skills
- NRL Designs Faster, More Energy Efficient Unpiloted Underwater Vehicles
- 53 women marines’ historic graduation
- Bonhomme Richard Wreck Reaches Panama; Texas Shipbreaker Buys Hull for $3.66M
- Researchers Find Thousands of Barrels of DDT-Laced Waste Just off LA
- Anti-China alliance coalescing in South China Sea
- China plans to revive strategic Pacific airstrip, Kiribati lawmaker says (Editor – Kanton Island 2°48’38.0″S 171°40’32.0″W, located 3,000 kms/1,864 miles southwest of Hawaii)
- Five Eyes: Is the alliance in trouble over China? (Editor – undetermined implications)
- Indian Navy Sends Seven Warships to Import Oxygen for COVID Relief
- Royal Navy Sends A Strong Warning To China and Royal Navy Head: U.K. Committed to Operate More in Indo-Pacific with U.S., Allies
- INSIGHT: A blueprint for national resilience — Senator James Paterson (Editor – chair of the Australian parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security in an insightful 32:03 min podcast)
- Check out the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s newly released promo (Editor – a telling 5:22 min video through twitter)
- What Does It Take To Stop A Chinese Land Grab? Satellite Coverage, A Lot Of Ships—And America’s Backing
- China’s New Aircraft Carrier Is In Same League As US Navy’s Ford Class
- China’s 2nd aircraft carrier group holds 1st drill in 2021 in S.China Sea, ‘training for combat preparedness’ and Beijing Promises Aircraft Carriers to Drill ‘Regularly’ as Shandong Returns From South China Sea Ops
- China’s Newly Commissioned Type 071 LPD Qilianshan Joins Fleet Exercise
- China’s new nuclear submarine missiles expand range in US: analysts
- OMSI patrol conducts enforcement boardings in Western Pacific
- Five Years of Submarine Secrecy – India’s Unique Arihant Class is Still in Hiding
- Chinese Navy to Help with Recovery of Indonesian Sub Wreck and Chinese Naval Vessels Arrive in Indonesia to Assist with Sunken Submarine Retrieval
- CIMSEC: PRC investments in global maritime infrastructure: implications for port access
- Taiwan’s new coast guard flagship
- Indonesian North Sea Boats launches first X18 Tank Boat
- DSME Launches Fifth Daegu-Class FFX Batch II Frigate For ROK Navy
- Commentary: Submariners face huge challenges underwater – where there’s no margin for error (Editor – useful summary/perspective)
- China sends rescue ships to help recover lost Indonesian submarine and Indonesia’s sunken submarine may have been hit by a powerful force known as an internal wave
- Japan’s MoD New Aegis-Equipped Missile Defense Ships May Be Multihulls
- South Korea: Nuclear submarines not worth the cost
- Filipino Diplomat Tells China to ‘Get the F*** Out’ of Disputed Waters
- Watch a Russian Cruise Missile Misfire and Plunge Into the Pacific
- Accident leaves deep sea mining machine stranded
- Jack-up Rig Tilts and Sinks Off Malaysia
- Finnish Military Intelligence Review 2021 (Editor – a report not previously published)
- Royal Navy dispatches Portsmouth-based HMS Tamar and HMS Severn to Jersey amid dispute with Franceand Protest Against Post-Brexit Fishing Rights Fuels Showdown Between British And French Warships Off Jersey winding down? Britain Withdraws Patrol Boats from Jersey After French Brexit Row
- NATO Forces Prepare for the Start of Exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 2021
- Kazan Yasen-M-class SSGN Project 885M submarine joins Russian Navy
- HMS GLASGOW blocks come together for first time
- Scottish waters to play host to massive military exercise
- Portugal-led multinational exercise Contex-Phibex 21 kicked off on 3 May off the Atlantic coast.
- American assault ship currently off Scottish coast
- HMS Prince Of Wales: Carrier Returns To Sea After Repairs (Editor – folksy 2 min video)
- Italian Aircraft Carrier Cavour Is Back Home, Qualified For F-35B
- U.S. Coast Guard conducts operations with Turkish Navy in Black Sea
- Germany Seemingly Selects P-8A Poseidon Over ATL2 As ‘Interim’ Replacement For P-3C MPA
- European Defense Agency’s ‘PILUM’ Project Electromagnetic Railgun is Go
- Nuclear Battlecruiser Admiral Lazarev Reaches Her Final Destination
- Babcock Secures 10 Year Contract Extension Supporting the Royal Navy’s MREM
- Video: Greek Diver Recovers Cocaine Smuggled in Ship’s Hull (Editor – includes a 3:33 min video)
- CMA CGM Orders 22 New Vessels from CSSC
- F-35B Jets To Join The Fight Against Daesh From Royal Navy’s Carrier Strike Group
- CNO Gilday: Pentagon Weighing Reducing Middle East Aircraft Carrier Presence After Afghan Withdrawal (Editor – interesting deployment graphic included)
- France, Australia, UK, U.S. Conduct Mine Countermeasures Exercise in the Arabian Gulf
- TKMS Hand Over Second SA’AR 6 Corvette To The Israeli Navy and Orbit to deliver a military satellite communications system to Israel
- CIMSEC: All of one company: the need to forge a stronger bond between navies and commercial shipping
- Trials Proceeding on Revolutionary Gate Rudder Design
- Libyan Coast Guard Forces Shoot and Injure Italian Fisherman
- Sudan reportedly suspends planned Russian naval base (Editor – mid-point on the western shore of the Red Sea)
- Two U.S. Coast Guard vessels visit Tunisia
- Panel: Russian Navy Expanding Presence in the Mediterranean Sea, Africa
- Naval News Monthly Recap – April 2021 (Editor – 5:26 min video)
- Carriage of Goods by Sea (Editor – educational summary)
- Viking Launches Lightweight Immersion Suit for Offshore Crew Transfer
- The Nangala Submarine Disaster and the K-Class Submarines of the First World War (Editor – The Mariner’s Mirror 38:53 min podcast)
- Echo SSGN Sub Brief (Editor – interesting 27:36 min video)
- “Borrowed” piano makes the Murmansk Run
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – May
(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 May 1961 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is reformed at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, flying Argus maritime patrol aircraft.
- 1 May 2002 HMCS St. John’s joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the multinational anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf.
- 3 May 1937 A Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) half-company was authorized in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur at the time) and later developed into HMCS Griffon, the current local Naval Reserve unit.
- 4 May 1910 The Canadian Navy, later re-designated as the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), is authorized after Royal assent is given to the Naval Service Act of Canada.
- 4 May 1911 Her Majesty’s Dockyard Esquimalt is transferred from British to Canadian authorities.
- 4 May 1945 The cruiser HMCS Uganda sails with an American task force to bombard Japanese airfields as part of the Okinawa campaign.
- 6 May 1944 HMCS Valleyfield, a frigate, is torpedoed and sunk by the U-548 in the Atlantic Ocean with a loss of 123 sailors.
- 7 May 1945 SS Avondale Park SS Ltd., was Canadian registered, the last merchantman lost in the Battle of the Atlantic, off Firth of Forth, to U-2336 while in convoy EN-91. 9 crew were lost, including her Chief Engineer, 1 donkeyman, 4 RN DEMS gunners & 3 Maritime Reg’t RA gunners.
- 8 May 1942 U Boat 553 is the first enemy submarine to enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence to attack Canadian shipping.
- 8 May 1967 The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act is given Royal assent and begins the process of unification of the previously-separate RCN, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force.
- 9 May 1918 Lieutenant Rowland Bourke Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was commanding Motor Launch 276 when the events that would earn him a Victoria Cross occurred. The British had attempted an operation to block the port of Ostend, Belgium so it could not be used by the Germans who were occupying it. In the aftermath of the overnight daring but bloody naval assault, Bourke took his ship into the enemy harbour to look for any remaining survivors of the raid.
- 11 May 1898 Canadian brothers Harry and Willard Miller born in Noel Shore, Nova Scotia. while serving as USN sailors on board the U.S.S. Nashville in Cuban waters, both earned the US Medal of Honour. During a ship’s boat undersea cable-cutting operation and facing the heavy fire of the enemy they both displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout the action.
- 12 May 1940 HMCS Ypres while operating the harbour entrance “gate” was accidently rundown by HMS Revenge. She was the first loss of the RCN during WW2. No casualties. Ypres was a one of 6 Battle-class trawlers built during WWI that were employed as gate vessels in the Halifax area. The gate was back in operation by the 16th. Another old Battle-class trawler, HMS Arleux, replaced Ypres. She was also rammed later in the war by the giant liner RMS Queen Mary, although she was not sunk.
- 12 May 1942 The German submarine U-553 sinks the steamers Nicoya and Leto between Gaspe and Anticosti island.
- 12 May 1945 HMCS Victoriaville (frigate) escorts the surrendered U-Boat 190 into Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
- 13 May 1943 HMCS Drumheller commanded by Lt Leslie P. Denny, RCNR, HMS Lagan, and an aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 423 Squadron combine to sink the German submarine U-753 in the Atlantic Ocean.
- 13 May 1945 German submarine U-899 officially surrendered to the RCN near Shelburne, N. S. becomes the only German sub to surrender in Canadian waters during Second World War.
- 14 May 1917 Lieutenant R. Leckie, Royal Naval Air Service, flying a Curtiss H-12 flying boat shoots down the German Zeppelin L.22 over England.
- 15 May 1940 HMCS Prince Henry (ex-North Star, ex-Prince Henry) purchased from Clarke Steamship Company for $606,740, and preparations were begun to convert her to an Armed Merchant Cruiser (AMC). The Washington and London Naval Treaties placed limits on the number of cruisers that could be built by the participating nations. Canada was governed by the limits placed on the Royal Navy. An important role of heavy cruisers was service on distant stations and as the ‘patrolman on the beat,’ keeping watch over the trade routes of the world. By late ’42 to early ’43, the AMC’s were being withdrawn from escort service and converted to troopships, a vastly less costly and complicated process as well as a more important role.
- 15 May 1941 Ten corvettes in UK shipyards are formally commissioned as RCN ships.
- 16 May 1945 HMCS Matane is sent to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll.
- 17 May 1963 Approval is given for the RCN to begin work on the first Canadian military hydrofoil, HMCS Bras D’Or.
- 18 May 1914 The Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) is authorized as part of the RCN.
- 21 May 1917 The Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) is established by Royal Charter.
- 21 May 1939 King George VI unveils the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
- 22 May 1931 HMCS SAGUENAY is commissioned at Portsmouth-one of the first ships built for the RCN.
- 24 May 1941 HMS Hood is sunk by the Bismarck in the Denmark Straits: three Canadian Midshipmen Christopher Norman (Victoria BC), Francis Jones (Revelstoke BC), Thomas Beard (Victoria BC), serving in the battle cruiser are killed. All three midshipman were sons of RCN and Canadian Army officers)
- 24 May 1963 Sea King helicopters enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 25 May 1941 The first seven corvettes for the Newfoundland Escort Force arrive in St. John’s.
- 29 May 1982 The National War Memorial in Ottawa is rededicated to include dates of the Second World War and Korean War.
- 30 May 1939 King George VI presented his Color to the RCN in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC
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