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NAC News – Edition 417

NAC News – Edition 417

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of July 9th, 2021

Edition – 417  “The reality of China’s power in the world has changed…and China now is using that as leverage much more effectively in blocking efforts to call out their behavior.” 26 February 2021. Ted Piccone, CS Monitor

Rod Hughes, Editor NAC News

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  • 8 Aug 2021.  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) 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 and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at StFX in partnership with the RCN will host a two-day workshop “Arctic Maritime Partnerships – Options and Opportunities for Cooperation in the North American Arctic” More details of this workshop will be announced in the coming weeks.



  • Irving Shipbuilding has launched a new campaign to generate support for the Shipbuilding industry and build awareness around the important role it has in Canada.
  • Shipbuilding in Canada is creating jobs, driving innovation, and fueling local economies across the country, revitalizing Canada’s ability to build the ships we need – here at home.  Irving would appreciate your support and help amplifying the campaign and reaching your followers through your social channels.  NAC encourages you all to sign up here:

















(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 (WRCNS) the Wrens is authorized, by war’s end nearly 6,500 will have joined up.


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