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NAC News – Edition 431 HMCS Margaret Brooke

NAC News – Edition 431 HMCS Margaret Brooke

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 15th, 2021

Edition – 431 HMCS Margaret Brooke (Harry DeWolf Class) HMCS Margaret Brooke Delivered to the Royal Canadian Navy

Fellow Members: Rod Hughes, Editor NAC News

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27 Oct 2021 RUSI(NS) extends an invitation to a presentation by RAdm Brian Santarpia, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic and Commander Maritime Component.  Topic: “Royal Canadian Navy – Globally Deployed for Strategic Effect.”  Event is free but you need to register. Email by close-of-business 24 October.  Message subject line should be: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 27 October 2021 Registration.  Include your name and organization in message body text.

28-29 October 2021 0800-1700 (Ottawa time) Deep Blue Forum: Canadian submarine design and technology considerations: today and 20 years into the future.  Keynote speaker Admiral James G. “Jamie” Foggo USN (Ret.).

A virtual event, to register



Hunter Class frigates hit production milestone

‘I have not done anything wrong’: Top military commander says he wants his job back (Editor – 4:07 min video)

Incoming Canadian Army commander under investigation for sexual misconduct



HMCS Harry DeWolf transits Northwest Passage, tests ASW towed sonar

RCN launches new sea service cap for sailors/La MRC lance une nouvelle casquette de service pour tous ses marins

British Royal Navy, Canadian Coast Guard sign deal on Arctic co-operation, training

Canadian Coast Guard urges patience as it deals with up to 1,600 derelict boats for info Transport Canada Abandoned Boats Program plus an comprehensive summary report at Ship Source Oil-pollution Fund

Tea and sympathy: Canadian frigate helps Royal Navy solve a high-seas catering crisis

A BC Ferries Case Study: Lessons Learned in Setting Underwater Radiated Noise Targets

Minister orders probe after ex-officer accused of sexual misconduct gets job at naval base

Parody music video about navy officers sparked country-wide search for culprit

A home for refugees



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 14, 2021

FBI Arrests Navy Nuclear Engineer, Wife Accused of Selling Submarine Secrets

Navy recovers helicopter, remains of 5 from August crash

24th MEU, Iwo Jima ARG Arrive Home From Deployment and SF Fleet Week: A Tour of the Brand New USS Tripoli(Editor – big capable ships in a 6:25 min video)

US Navy Orders $12M in Warship Tactical Network Equipment

Sorry: Aircraft Carriers Won’t Rule the Seas Forever

Peruvian Navy successfully test-fires Exocet Block 3 missiles for the first time

U.S. Navy Faces Another Major Contracting Scandal

Dwindling U.S. Merchant Fleet Is A Crisis Waiting To Happen

Anchor Strike May Have Damaged California Pipeline Months Ago and Anchor strikes blamed or suspected in 17 pipeline accidents then Ship Boardings Continue As USCG Is ‘Convinced An Anchor Is To Blame For California Oil Spill’



China-Taiwan tensions: Xi Jinping says ‘reunification’ must be fulfilled and

Taiwan will not bow to China, president says under growing pressure to accept Beijing’s rule  (Editor – ever notice how authoritarian governments often use external threats to cover up domestic strife and bolster their own domestic popularity) China’s Energy Crisis Is Hitting Everything From iPhones to Milk

Can Taiwan Stop a Chinese Invasion? (Editor – hypothetical scenario discussed in a 9:38 min video)

Naval aviation spectacular – four aircraft carriers meet in the Pacific Ocean (Editor – impressive naval aviation eye-candy in a 3:37 min video)

Joint Sea 2021 Russian-Chinese naval exercise starts in Sea of Japan

Three RAN Aircrew Safe after MH-60R Helicopter Ditched in the Philippine Sea

Navy’s 7th Fleet Bolstered with New Ships

China forges ahead in full-time training of carrier-borne fighter pilots

French SIGINT Ship Dupuy De Lôme Makes Rare Taiwan Strait Transit

Fifth Edition Of Japan-India Maritime Exercise JIMEX Concludes

The formidable carrier USS Carl Vinson to participate in Malabar Phase II

Britain Reaffirms Asia ‘Tilt’ As New Carrier Arrives In Singapore

Kawasaki launches JMSDF’s second Taigei-class submarine

Papua New Guinea commissions Patrol Boat HMPNGS Rochus Lokinap

The 4 Submarines competing for the Indian Navy’s P-75I Program

Japan’s First FFM Frigate For JMSDF ‘Mogami ’ 「もがみ」Started Sea Trials

Challenges for the nuclear submarine task force and Can Australia get second-hand nuclear submarines? The US option

Assessment of Damaged Attack Boat USS Connecticut Begins in Guam and Pentagon Denies Chinese Accusation of Cover-Up in Nuclear Attack Submarine Crash

Taiwan starts building second improved Tuo Chiang-class corvette for RoCN

Japan Moves Forward With Aegis Equipped Ship Project. But Is It Enough?

U.S. calls Cambodia opaque over Chinese activity at navy base

Chinese Testing Experimental Armed Drone Ships at Secret Naval Base

Submerged in scrutiny and Challenges for the nuclear submarine task force

State Department Approves Sale Of 12 MH-60R Helicopters to Australia



Armed Gang Boards Bulker in Apparent Search for Cocaine (Editor – a follow on from last week’s bust)

Watch: Take a virtual tour of the future Type 26 submarine hunter (Editor – 2:08 min video)

Two French LHDs and 25 Helicopters Take Part in Large Amphibious Exercise

Project 636.3 Magadan submarine joins Russian Navy

NATO warships attend the Italian-led Mare Aperto exercise

TKMS Lifts Veil On Powerful MEKO A-300 Class Frigate

Thinking inside the box – the Royal Navy’s containerised capability concept

Russia Aims for Year-round Shipping via Northern Sea Route in 2022 or 2023

‘Perisher’: The Royal Navy’s brutal training programme with no second chances

Naval divers ‘raise’ the White Ensign to mark Royal Oak tragedy

MBDA Albatros NG / CAMM-ER naval air defence system

ECA GROUP’s A18D UUV Tested By French Navy’s Hydrographic Service

SeaFuture 2021 Naval Defence Exhibition in La Spezia Italy (Editor – 1:52 min video)



Italian Navy Frigate Contributes To Operation AGENOR and French Navy’s Horizon-class frigate Chevalier Paul sails for Indian Ocean

British minehunters test tech with American warships in Gulf

Rotting Red Sea oil tanker could leave 8m people without water



Russian Navy warships hold anti-piracy drills in Gulf of Guinea in eastern Atlantic

Aresa patrol boats delivered to Nigeria

IMO resolution to designate seafarers as key workers

Kenya Hints Won’t be Bound By Maritime Border Ruling With Somalia



Why Do Billion Dollar Subs Hit Things (Editor – 21:01 min video)

Jeremy Clarkson’s The Victoria Cross: For Valour – the FULL documentary (Editor – great historical examples in a 56:22 min documentary)

The Mariner’s Mirror 39 min podcast Iconic Ships 10: Ark Royal

The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy – For My Country Performance (Editor – a commemorative piece to honour the members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion)

The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy – Last Post

The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy – O Canada



(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 October 1910  Captain E.H. Martin, RN (Retd.), is appointed Officer-in-Charge, Halifax.
  • 2 October 1952  A tunnel near Songjin on the main rail line carrying war supplies from Russia to North Korea was frequently shelled and under constant repair.  It was the target for about two hours as HMCS Iroquois worked to keep repair crews from bringing the line back into operation.  During a lull, Iroquois was hit in “B” gun turret by shore artillery batteries.  LCdr John Quinn was killed, as were AB’s Elburne Baikie and Wally Burden.  PO’s Emilien Fortin, Gerald Jamieson, and Edward Moslin, plus AB’s Adam Aimee, Waldo Berggrenn, Gilbert Dynna, Joseph Gaudet, Edwin Jodoin, Eugene Riley, Walter Wrigley were seriously wounded or suffered splinter wounds.  These were only battle casualties suffered by the RCN during the Korean conflict; however, it should be mentioned that five other sailors were lost at sea during the War.
  • 4 October 1944  HMCS CHEBOGUE (frigate) is torpedoed by U -1227 800 miles west of the British Isles.  The ship is towed 1,400 kilometres to Wales.
  • 8 October 1944  HMCS Mulgrave strikes a mine off Le Havre, is beached and becomes a total loss.
  • 8 October 1992  The Governor-General, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries unveil the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa.
  • 8 October 2001  Minister of Defence Art Eggleton announces the details of Canada’s contribution to the campaign against terrorism.  Canada’s initial commitment involved 2000 personnel from the Canadian Forces and included the deployment of ships, aircraft and a small contingent of soldiers.  It is the biggest mobilization of the armed forces since the Korean War.
  • 9 October 1943  German sub U-220 lays 66 magnetic mines 24 kilometres off St. John’s Harbour.
  • 13 October 1710  The defenders of Port Royal surrender to a British naval expedition.
  • 13 October 1910  Her Majesty’s Dockyard, Halifax, is transferred to Canadian ownership by a British Order in Council.
  • 14 October 1944  HMCS Magog (frigate) is torpedoed and badly damaged by U-Boat 1223 in the St. Lawrence River off Pointe des Montes.
  • 16 October 1915  An Order-in-Council gives the Hospitals Commission authority to provide retraining and rehabilitation for disabled veterans.
  • 16 October 1944  HMCS Annan A/LCDR Charles P. Balfry,  RCNR, sank the German submarine U-1006 south of the Faeroes.
  • 17 October 1944  HMCS Prince Henry and HMCS Prince David engage in landing liberation forces in Greece (17-18 Oct).
  • 19 October 1940  Patrol vessel HMCS Bras d’Or foundered in the early morning while keeping the Romanian freighter Ingener N Vlassopol under surveillance in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near Anticosti Island.  The two ships traveled down the St. Lawrence River together but in the Gulf of St. Lawrence they ran into a storm and heavy seas on the night of 18/19 October and are eventually separated and the Bras d’Or disappeared with her 30 crewmen.  Investigation determines that the Bras d’Or was not rammed as there is no damage to the freighter.  A report from the mate on the Romanian freighter stated that the lights on the Bras d’Or were extinguished at 0350 hours local, 19 October.  It has been suggested Brad d’Or foundered due to icing conditions that were prevalent at the time.  A search is later made but nothing is ever found of the ship nor were any bodies (5 officers and 25 crew).
  • 19 October 1943  British ore carrier Penolver and American freighter Delisle hit mines laid by U-220 off St. John’s Harbour.
  • 20 October 1940  HMS Windflower, the first corvette built in Canada, is commissioned into the Royal Navy with a Canadian crew.  She is turned over to the RCN in 1941.
  • 21 October 1910  HMCS Niobe arrives in Halifax, the first Canadian warship to arrive at her base in Canada.
  • 21 October 1942  HMCS Royal Roads becomes the Royal Canadian Naval College and commences training cadets.
  • 21 October 1943  HMCS Chedabucto sank after night collision with the cable vessel Lord  Kelvin, 30 miles from Rimouski, Quebec.  She is later beached and becomes a total loss.One officer was lost.
  • 21 October 1944  HMCS Uganda (later Quebec) is commissioned, becoming Canada’s first cruiser since Aurora was paid off in 1922.
  • 22 October 1914  HMCS Niobe makes her first operational patrol off the Strait of Belle Isle.
  • 22 October 1940   Canadian destroyer HMCS Margaree is lost in collision with merchantman SS Port Fairy as she escorts Liverpool-out convoy OL8 450 miles to the west of Ireland.  Cut in half the forward half of the ship sinks immediately, the after half remaining afloat is eventually sunk by gunfire from the Port Fairy.  She sinks with 142 casualties, but 31 crew survive.  Compounding the tragedy, 86 of those lost are survivors of the Fraser disaster.  Margaree is the second destroyer lost due to collision within four months.
  • 23 October 1939  HMCS SAGUENAY (Destroyer) intercepted the German tanker Emmy Friederich which scuttled herself.
  • 23 October 1969  A major explosion occurred aboard HMCS Kootenay.  The blast and intense engine room fire would become known as one of the worst peacetime accidents in the history of the RCN, with nine of her crew killed.  Three years later, six crew members received medals honouring their bravery during the incident.  Chief Petty Officer V.O. Partanan and Petty Officer 2nd Class Lewis John Stringer were both posthumously awarded the Cross of Valour.  They were the first recipients of the newly initiated Canadian Cross of Valour which is our highest decoration for bravery in non-combat circumstances.  The Star of Courage was awarded to Sun-Lieutenant Clark Reiffenstein (posthumously) and Petty Officer Clement Bussiere.  The Medal of Bravery was awarded to Chief Petty Officer 2ndClass Robert George and Petty Officer 1st Class Gerald Gillingham.
  • 24 October 1949  A programme for the construction in Canadian shipyards of anti-submarine destroyer escorts for the RCN was announced by the Minister of national Defence in Parliament.
  • 25 October 1944 HMCS Skeena was wrecked in a storm, and grounded near Reykjavik, Iceland. Fifteen lives were lost.
  • 26 October 1952  HMCS Crusader destroys a North Korean supply train near Songjin: RCN gunners account for the destruction of eight enemy trains during the conflict.
  • 28 October 1955  HMCS St. Laurent (second of name) is commissioned as the first warship of all-Canadian design and construction.
  • 29 October 1952  HMCS Athabaskan leaves Esquimalt, B.C., on its third tour of duty in Korea.
  • 30 October 1918  HMCS Galiano was lost, with all her crew of 39 and one female passenger, in Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island.  HMCS Galiano and her crew of Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reservists was the only Canadian Naval vessel lost during WWI – only 12 days before the armistice to end the “war to end all wars”.
  • 30 October 1942  A RCAF Hudson of No. 145(BR) Squadron destroyed U658 with a salvo of depth charges 320 miles out of St. John’s Newfoundland.  Later that same day, a Digby of No. 10(BR) RCAF Squadron sent U520 to the bottom far out in the Atlantic.

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