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
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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.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- 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: https://www.supportshipbuilding.ca/
- A voyage across northern Europe
- STARSHELL Winter 2021 (Editor – latest edition posted for everybody)
- Federal plan to upgrade search-and-rescue choppers grounded by ‘unaffordable’ cost estimate
- Base commander prepares to move on from CFB Esquimalt
- Ultra awarded six contracts for innovation of Anti-Submarine Warfare technologies through IDEaS
- British Columbia Wildfires Impacting Canadian Exports and Imports
- PO1 Jason Boudreau: Marine Technician leaves Manitoba for life at sea
- Sailor Profile: Meet Sailor 1st Class Jesse Gisborne
- Surviving Second World War veterans honoured with a night out in St. John’s
- 1950’s-era plane arrives at Aviation Museum
- Maple Leafs forwards joined Canadian armed forces in World War II (Editor – I just couldn’t resist this article)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 8, 2021
- On fleet size, Congress should listen to the Navy’s leaders, not its planning documents
- USS Donald Cook Concludes Forward Deployment to U.S. 6th Fleet
- HNLMS Holland makes another drugs haul in the Caribbean
- USS Gettysburg catches on fire in repair yard, 4 sailors treated at hospital
- Navy Outlines Planning, Execution Failures in Cruiser Modernization Program
- Report to Congress on Constellation-class Frigate Program (FFG-62) and Constellation-class Frigate Approved for Design and Construction (Editor – an amusingly sarcastic but explanatory 18:33 min video)
- Report to Congress on Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense
- Brazilian Navy Fires Exocet AM39 Missile From H225M Helicopter
- NRF: Imports are on Track for a TEU Record at U.S. Ports in 2021
- American River Cruise Ship Runs Aground With 120 Passengers Aboard
- Autonomous Vessel Completes Pacific Crossing to Hawaii Mapping Ocean
- Report: Container Ship Hit by Suspected Missile Attack in Indian Ocean
- Japan, South Korea, and US vessels reach Sydney for quadrilateral exercise
- Contest at Kasawari: another Malaysian gas project faces pressure then Why Malaysia Stays Quiet About Its Claims In The South China Sea and a two year old useful summary Offshore OFS market poised for massive boost in Southeast Asia
- South China Sea: The battle for Scarborough Shoal (Editor – 3:52 min video)
- VIDEO: Thomas Takes Command of U.S. 7th Fleet, Merz Heading to Pentagon (Editor – 1:11:42 hr video)
- Philippine Coast Guard Picks Women to Talk to China’s Maritime Militia
- Echoes of 1989 as foreign forces withdraw from Afghanistan (Editor – not a maritime story but part of an ongoing sad saga)
- Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization and Photos: China’s Type 003 Super Carrier Takes Final Shape at Shanghai Shipyard as Launch Date Nears
- More likely Japan would fight for Taiwan
- China’s New Super Carrier: How It Compares To The US Navy’s Ford Class
- Vladivostok base welcomes home Russian navy ships returning from massive Pacific drills
- South Korea Conducts Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile Test
- Russian Forces Monitor French Reconnaissance Ship in Sea of Japan
- Project 12700 Yakov Balyaev enhances MCM capabilities of Kamchatka brigade – Part 1
- Singapore frigate RSS Tenacious successfully fires Harpoon anti-ship missile
- New SCG patrol boat commissioned |30 June 2021
- KSOE poised to hit $14.9 billion order target earlier than expected
- Who “Moved” the Position of a U.S. Navy Ship From Odessa to Crimea?
- NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian 4th focused-ops of 2021 concludes
- HOISTEX during DYNAMIC MONGOOSE 21
- Russian Warplanes Practice Bombing Ships In The Black Sea
- Most Vessels Of US-Led Sea Breeze Drills To Remain In Black Sea For Some Time – US Navy
- Russia Tracking Spanish Naval Ship in Black Sea
- Warships HMS Defender, HNLM Evertsen Leave Black Sea
- Russian Fleet Monitoring US Navy Ship Yuma in Black Sea
- Russian Black Sea Fleet’s flagship on its way home after Mediterranean deployment
- Russian firm Almaz-Antey unveils Palma air defense system
- The Thing Under This Tarp Could Save Russia’s Struggling Navy
- Boeing Rolls Out Norway’s First P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft
- Greece Still Hopes to Halt German Submarine Deal with Turkey
- HMS Prince Of Wales In Gibraltar For First Overseas Visit (Editor – 2:07 min video)
- French Navy La Fayette-class Frigate Mid-Life Update: FS Courbet
- Royal Navy Commits to $668 Million Upgrade of Type 45 Destroyer Fleet
- Defence Team News | 7 July 2021 (Editor – 2:49 min video…note VAdm Auchterlonie, in his new appointment as Commander CJOC)
- Defence Team News | 9 July 2021 (Editor – Canadian involvement in a 53 sec video)
- TKMS to build Type 212CD Common Design submarines for Germany and Norway
- U.S. Navy Submarine Trains With SEALs in Mediterranean
- Belfast is back – veteran cruiser reopens to public after major revamp
- Cracking the Enigma
- Type 212A Sub Brief (Editor – 41:43 min video)
- Russian Shipyard Lays Down Leader Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker
- MSC Continues ‘Insatiable’ Containership Buying Spree
- Dubai Extinguishes Ship Fire After A Massive Container Explosion
- The growing Gulf rivalry that’s pushing up oil prices (Editor – not a maritime article but with maritime implications)
- Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Med After 3 Months in the Middle East
- Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth enters Suez Canal for the first time
- Fourth Class 209/1400mod Submarine Officially Handed Over To Egypt
- IAI Integrates Naval Combat Suite on Sa’ar 6 Corvettes
- Israel Shipyards to supply Shaldag MK V vessels to Israeli Navy
- USS Carter Hall Departs Aqaba, Jordan
- Egypt’s Ever Given Sendoff Filled with Fanfare
- US Allies Want More Drills Aimed at Detecting Russian, Chinese Submarines
- Nine Pirates Convicted in a First of its Kind Trial in West Africa
- ‘I Am Ashamed,’ Says Former Maritime CEO Frank Coles
- Paramount Group to provide platinum sponsorship of Africa’s largest maritime security gathering, IMDEC 2021
- BIMCO: 277 boxships changed hands in H1 2021 and Containership companies show record delays in 2021guess what? 2021 Container Rates Surge 333% From One Year Ago
- Europe migrant crisis: Boat sinks off Tunisia drowning 43
- Then and now: Arctic sea-ice feeling the heat
- THE FIGHTING SEA FLEAS – Motor Torpedo Boats , WWII , Battle of the Atlantic , PT Boats 20130 (Editor – great RCN wartime footage narrated by Lorne Green in a 10:29 min video)
- COASTAL COMMAND – RAF , WWII , Ralph Vaughan Williams 81520 (Editor – classic footage and a good look at much appreciated air cover in a 59:53 min video)
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 (WRCNS) the Wrens is authorized, by war’s end nearly 6,500 will have joined up.
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