NAC News – Edition 416
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of July 2nd, 2021
Edition – 416 “The sanctions clearly will have an impact, and they already have an economic impact on Russia. I’m much more skeptical that they can deter Russia.” April 15, 2021 | Angela Stent, PBS NewsHour
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- 8 Aug 29021. The dedication ceremony for the new Lt Gray memorial will take place at North Saanich’s BC Aviation Museum. Regrettably due to Covid-19 not all the many donors (and guest) as had been intended and previously advised, nor the necessary dignitaries can attend. The invitations to those selected should be in the mail by mid-July for RSVP by end of the month. If anyone has a connection to the Gray family that desires attendance please contact Stan Brygadyr at 250-727-2243 for special consideration. Here is a previous news article New monument honours B.C.’s final fallen World War II hero
- 19-20 Oct in Halifax, the NAC Fall Conference, is starting to take shape as the pandemic wanes. The conference will focus on how Canada can prepare for and deal collectively with maritime security in the North and discuss the concept of operations of the RCN’s new AOPS.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Harry DeWolf becomes the First Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy and RUSI(NS) The Navy’s Barber Pole
- Commander of the navy, who went golfing with ex-top soldier Jonathan Vance, will keep his job despite ‘blunder’ and Message from the Commander Royal Canadian Navy – June 29, 2021 then a turn of events Defence minister positions himself opposite Trudeau, Freeland over decision to keep navy commander
- Time to Turn Our Focus on the Indo-Pacific Region
- Canadian Forces pilots not warned about autopilot before deadly Cyclone crash in 2020
- Pride Month 2021 (Editor – MND official 3:01 min video)
- Military ombudsman’s tough advice must be heeded and Military ombudsman doubles down in dispute with DND, demands return of spending power
- Canada’s new Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, LGen Allen, assumes role as second in command of the CAF
- Chilliwack’s Tristan Davis fights terrorism on the high seas in the Middle East
- Sailor Profile: Petty Officer 2nd Class Francis Lallemand
- Canada implements new ballast water regulations to prevent spread of aquatic species
- How will the TMX pipeline affect marine shipping in the Salish Sea?
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 28, 2021
- House Bill Cuts Money for Navy Nuke Cruise Missile, Saves 3 LCS from Decommissioning and CNO Gilday: Tight Budgets Require Balance Between Readiness, Modernization
- White House Nominates New 2nd Fleet Commander
- Naval Special Warfare in a ‘Race for Relevancy’ as Mission Shifts to High-end Conflict
- US Navy ditches futuristic railgun, eyes hypersonic missiles
- The Lack of Diversity and Coast Guard Command
- After McCain, Fitzgerald collision reports, Navy says it’s focused on ‘fundamentals’ of warfighting
- CIMSEC: strategic sealift is broken: which direction are we headed?
- Six Littoral Combat Ships to Deploy by Year’s End as Navy Continues to Refine Operations
- Proceedings Podcast Episode 229: Black Saturday Declassified (Editor – an OMG 34:54 min podcast)
- Propeller Club Names Rear Adm. Joel Whitehead as EVP for info About the International Propeller Club of the United States
- U.S. leaves Bagram Airfield, its military epicentre in Afghan war, after nearly 20 years (Editor – not a maritime story but one of great significance)
- Pictures of the new Japanese aircraft carrier JS Izumo after modifications
- Taiwan Sovereignty Key to Western Pacific Security, Says Japanese Defense Official
- USS Carl Vinson trains off Hawaii as Russian ships practice attacking enemy carriers nearby
- High Resolution – North Korea’s Sinpo Shipyard (Editor – great pics in a 3:50 min video)
- RoKN commissions second and final Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship
- India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier is fast getting ready at the Cochin Shipyard
- USS Mustin to be replaced by USS Ralph Johnson after a busy 15 years in Japan
- Task Group Command: A Personal Perspective
- Taiwan Coast Guard takes delivery of second missile corvette
- China and Vietnam navies conduct joint patrol in Beibu Gulf
- Submarines Are Key to North Korea’s War Strategy
- Australia to arm PNG patrol boats
- Austal Australia has delivered the eleventh Guardian-class patrol boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence.
- US-Philippines arms deal aims at South China Sea (Editor – important shift in the relationship)
- Seaspan Gives Financing Update on 45 Newbuilds on Order
- HMM splashes $1.57 bn on twelve LNG-ready boxships
- What Does the Law of the Sea Say About the HMS Defender Incident?
- Netherlands Says Russian Jets Harassed Frigate in Black Sea and Russia scrambled military planes to prevent border violation by Dutch frigate then Russian Navy keeping close watch on Italian warship in Black Sea finally Harassing Ships and Spoofing Radios, Russia is Telling a Story — That Occupied Crimea is Russian
- Russian Navy sub holds drills off Crimea as NATO warships enter Black Sea
- Northern Fleet is testing submarines’ weapons at great depths in Barents, Norwegian seas
- The Commander UK Carrier Strike Group discusses the first combat missions from HMS Queen Elizabeth.(Editor – 2:04 min video)
- NATO Trains Crews in Anti-Submarine Warfare off Norway
- U.S., Ukraine Begin Sea Breeze 2021 Exercise with 30 Other Countries and CAF deploys 24 military personnel to support Exercise Sea Breeze 21
- Yasen-M Class SSGN Novosibirsk Begins Its Sea Trials
- HMS Prince Of Wales Completes Basic Sea Training
- Black Sea Fleet monitors US destroyer entering Black Sea – Russian Defense Ministry and ‘Open and available’: US Navy and partners proceed with Black Sea drills over Russian objections
- Latest corvette for Russian Pacific Fleet rolled out from slipway in Far East
- BAE begins construction of UK’s third Type 26 frigate HMS Belfast and UK’s Third Type 26 super Frigate, First steel cut for HMS Belfast (Editor – 8:05 min video)
- Babcock reveals export opportunities for Type 31 frigate
- HRH Prince William opens £34m submarine training facility in Clyde
- Hamina-class missile boat, the protector of the Finnish coasts (Editor :14:29 min video)
- Russia’s Hypersonic Ship-Killers Head to the Med as British Carrier Sails Nearby
- Russia has launched serial production of APR-3ME air-to-submarine missile
- BAE Systems to provide Data Management System to Royal Navy
- VSR700 by Airbus Helicopters: The Future VTOL UAV of the French Navy (Editor – 8:09 min video)
- Lürssen To Build New AGI Intelligence Ships For German Navy
- Turkey begins the mass-production of ULAQ armed USV
- Erdogan Launches Istanbul Canal Project (Editor – a game changer)
- Spanish Customs Vessel Intercepts Drug-Laden Yacht in Mid-Atlantic
- MSC Continues ‘Insatiable’ Containership Buying Spree
- Video: Float Out of New Expedition Cruise Ship (Editor – 37 sec video included)
- Japan-based USS Ronald Reagan Now in the Middle East to Cover Afghanistan Withdrawal and With Reagan’s Arrival, 2 US Carriers Are Now Supporting Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal
- Iran to open maritime security coordination center in Chabahar
- Video: Libyan Coast Guard Shoots at Maritime Migrants (Editor – 54 sec video)
- Naval News Monthly Recap – June 2021 (Editor – 5:34 min video)
- Shipper Fury as Container Freight Rates Soar and Big Engine Business is Booming as Containership Orders Pile Up
- The high, human cost of global shipping in the pandemic: Sailors stuck at sea for months
- Study: Submarine Data Cable Security Deserves Urgent Attention
- UN warns of a “global refugee crisis,” urges peace and stability (Editor – not maritime, but a destabilizing situation)
- World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship Delivered for 2022 Mission
- Ship Recycling Prices, Activity Remain at Historic Highs, say GMS CEO (Editor – informative 7:42 min video included)
- HMS Protector makes history by sailing further north than any other British ship
- What’s Inside A Ships Lifeboat? (Editor – 8:53 min video)
- Silent Service TV show episode SS Tinosa story 8310 (Editor 25:47 min video)
- USS Cod in Donjon Shipyard, Erie Pennsylvania. (Editor – this is about the Gato Class museum boat that was mentioned in the last two weeks of articles 11:40 min video) plus USS Gato – Guide 109 (Extended) (Editor – a 12:36 min video about the class, and to cap it off a 8:16 min video of a sister boat A Walk Through a World War 2 Submarine
- The Broad Fourteens Royal Navy motor torpedo boats in WWII 25624 (Editor- 35:14 min video, note Canadian CO, lots served in Coastal Forces)
- SS Great Eastern – Guide 237 (Editor – extraordinary ship in a 6:52 min video, note the current submarine data security article in the global section)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – JULY
(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 July 1923 The RCN barracks in Halifax, known as HMCS Stadacona, is commissioned.
- 1 July 1934 Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained Chief of the Naval Staff.
- 2 July 1944 Canadian MTB 460 (Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat) struck a mine in the English Channel. The commanding officer and 9 men were lost.
- 2 July 1940 861 German and Italian prisoners of war are rescued by HMCS St. Laurent after their transport ship was torpedoed on its way to Canada.
- 3 July 1944 Four Canadian motor torpedo boats sink two German merchant ships and damage other vessels in the English Channel.
- 4 July 1943 Canadian vessels of the 29th and 65th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotillas conduct raids on the French coast near Cherbourg.
- 5 July 1940 First Canadian registered merchant ship sunk in Battle of the Atlantic, CSL’s S.S. Magog, by U-99 (KL Otto Kretschmer) SW of Ireland. No casualties.
- 5 July 1950 HMC Ships Athabaskan, Cayuga, and Sioux sail from Esquimalt, BC, to join the United Nations naval forces operating in Korean waters.
- 6 July 1944 HMC Ships Ottawa commanded by Cdr James D. Prentice, DSO, RCN with HMCS Kootenay commanded by A/LCDR William H. Wilson, RCN, along with HMS Statice, sank the German submarine U-678 while on patrol in the English Channel.
- 8 July 1944 Canadian MTB 463 was lost to a mine in the English Channel. No crew was lost, although 5 men were wounded.
- 8 July 1954 Canada’s first icebreaking arctic patrol vessel, HMCS Labrador, is commissioned.
- 9 July 1914 HMCS Rainbow begins preparations for the international seal patrol in the North Pacific Ocean.
- 10 July 1943 Canadian landing craft drop soldiers of the 1st Canadian Division off on the coast of Sicily during the Allied invasion known as Operation HUSKY.
- 15 July 1920 RNCVR is disbanded.
- 15 July 1958 The first review of the Royal Fleet ever held in Canadian waters takes place under the eyes of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret off the coast of Vancouver Island at Royal Roads.
- 16 July 1914 First RNCVR seaman taken to sea in HMCS Rainbow to augment the RCN crew for a Bering Sea Fur Patrol; but diverted to assist her participation in the ‘Kamagata Maru Incident’ at Vancouver.
- 17 July 1940 HMCS Skeena rescues 64 crewmembers of a torpedoed merchant ship, the SS Manipor, in the waters north of Scotland.
- 19 July 1943 HMCS HURON (Destroyer) is commissioned at Newcastle on the Tyne, England.
- 20 July 1944 HMCS MATANE (frigate) is hit by a German glider bomb off Brest and badly damaged.
- 23 July 1951 The RCN (Reserve) begins recruiting women for service with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (the Wrens) for the first time since the Second World War.
- 24 July 1917 The Military Service Act is passed allowing for conscription of single men.
- 24 July 1942 HMCS St. Croix commanded by LCdr A. Hedley Dobson, DSC, RCNR sank the German submarine U-90 while on patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean.
- 29 July 1948 HMCS Royal Roads is transformed into a Canadian Service College and begins training flight cadets, as well as naval cadets.
- 29 July 1972 HMCS Iroquois, the first of the DDH 280 class destroyers, is commissioned.
- 31 July 1940 HMCS Prince Robert, after conversion from a merchant vessel, is commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser.
- 31 July 1942 HMCS Skeena commanded by A/LCdr Kenneth L. Dyer, RCN with HMCS Wetaskiwin commanded by LCdr Guy S. Windeyer, RCN sank U-588 in the North Atlantic.
- 31 July 1942 The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRENS) is authorized, by war’s end nearly 6,500 will have joined up.
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