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NAC News – Edition 432 HMCS Max Bernays

NAC News – Edition 432 HMCS Max Bernays

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 22nd, 2021

Edition – 432 HMCS Max Bernays (Harry DeWolf Class)  (Editor – Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays, HMCS Assiniboine) and there is less than 24 HOURS away from launching the Future HMCS Max Bernays into the Halifax Harbour!

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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.”  Free event but  registration required by emailing by close-of-business 24 October.  Subject line should be: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 27 October 2021 Registration.  Include your name and organization in the message text.

28 October 2021 0900-1000 Vancouver time Seaspan Shipyards Virtual Polar Icebreaker IndustryDay Seaspan Shipyards is getting ready to design and build a Polar Icebreaker for the Canadian Coast Guard under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.  Join up for a Virtual Industry Day to learn more about the Polar Icebreaker program, the design and construction timeline, and opportunities for suppliers.

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

Salty Dips Volume 11 – NAC – Ottawa Branch.  Among sailors, “to spin a dip” means “to tell a story.”  The Salty Dips series carries on this tradition. Just in time for Christmas the 11th volume of the Salty Dips series will be released shortly.  The members of the SD editorial board agreed that the Navy from which they retired was different from the Navy they joined.  This volume charts some of the social changes in the RCN since the 1950s – hence the title: “Some things pass. Some things change.  Some just stay the same.” The book will be available in print or e-book version from Freisen Press. More to follow.



Beyond AUKUS: Canada May Not Need Nuclear Subs — but It Is in Dire Need of a Strategy

Retired Naval Reservist honoured for saving HMCS Haida  (Editor – update from last week on the Admirals’ Medal, BZ Peter Ward!)



China condemns Canada, U.S. for sending warships through Taiwan Strait (Editor – and for perspective on how busy this strait is Taiwan Strait ship traffic live map)

Joint Interface Control students thrive in adverse environment

(Editor – disparate incidents stretching leadership credibility, seven articles)

VAC Veterans’ Week then CAF speakers delivering a general message for audiences of all ages (Editor – with Veteran’s Week and Remembrance Day approaching a new DND 9:05 min video) and CAF speakers delivering a message specific for youths in grade 3 to 6 (Editor – and a video specifically aimed at youth awareness that you can pass along,  and for the K-grade 2 CAF speakers delivering a message specific for children in kindergarten to grade 2, and some navigators, a 4:45 min video) CAF speakers delivering a message specific for children in kindergarten to grade 2

Senior army commander says 90% of military personnel are fully vaccinated

Niobe Day (Editor – came and went with little fanfare)

The RCN commemorates National Day for Truth and Reconciliation across Canada

First World War nurses mark the beginning of women in the RCN

Seaspan Shipyards celebrates 10th anniversary of building ships in Canada for Canada under the National Shipbuilding Strategy

National Sentry Program: Sailor 2nd Class Nathan Westman

White Glacier Arctic 10+ Immersion Suit Exceeds Survival Standards

Vessels return to Victoria after collecting 8 tonnes of trash from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Husky Energy facing 3 charges for massive SeaRose oil spill off coast of N.L.

Each week the Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada publishes a new biography. This week the subject is Sir Charles Edmund Kingsmill (1855–1935), naval officer and administrator.

Wreck of USRC Bear Found off Nova Scotia



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 18, 2021

USS Ronald Reagan wraps up five-month deployment to U.S. 5th and 7th fleets

Navy unveils discharge plans for sailors who refuse COVID-19 vaccine

Biden Appoints US Maritime Administrator With Zero Shipping Experience During Worst Shipping Crisis In Decades and Shipping disruption: Why are so many queuing to get to the US?

CIMSEC: Sea Control 285 – Naval mining and undersea warfare with David Strachan (Editor – a wakeup call about modern mining discussed in a 32:37 min podcast)

Annapolis Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Selling Sub Secrets; FBI Can’t Find $100K in Payments

Long Chain of Failures Left Sailors Unprepared to Fight USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Investigation Finds and 36 officials, including five admirals, face potential discipline over Bonhomme Richard fire

US Navy Christens 32nd Littoral Combat Ship Santa Barbara and Why This Is The US Navy’s Most Controversial Warship (Editor – first-rate 15:18 min video) plus Trio of Littoral Combat Ships Operating ‘All Over’ Western Pacific, Training with Marines

Report on Navy Laser, Railgun and Gun-Launched Guided Projectiles

Use Emerging Technology For ASW

U.S. Coast Guard Commissions 45th Fast Response Cutter

Life inside an Aircraft Carrier Hangar in Middle of the Ocean (Editor – lots of eye candy in a 10:26 min video)

Pentagon’s TRANSCOM is “Laser-Focused” on Buying Foreign Ships

People, Partnerships, and Ports: Keys to Resilience, Response, and Readiness

Iranian Supertanker Departs Venezuela In Probable Breach Of U.S. Sanctions

Video: Tug Girted by Towline During Attempt to Help Tall Ship  (Editor – 3 short OMG videos)

Investigators Say MSC Containership Dragged Anchor Near Broken San Pedro Bay Pipeline in January

70+ Ships Waiting At Anchor : Los Angeles and Long Beach Container Port Congestion (Editor – 8:46 min summary video)



Russian warship thwarts US destroyer’s attempt to violate state border in Sea of Japan and U.S. Navy Disputes Claim that Russia Chased a Destroyer Away From Its Waters

China, Russia navy ships jointly sail through Japan strait (Editor – tit for tat!)

CNO Gilday: U.S., Allies Conduct Indo-Pacific Exercises to Strengthen Interoperability Between Navies and ‘Integrated deterrence’ taking shape against China

Why the Milan 2022 naval exercise matters

Do the maths, and build subs in US (Editor – useful article)

CIMSEC: Storm Warning: Chinese gray zone futures inbound (Editor- and a accompanying 37:43 min podcast) PODCAST: Assessing China’s grey zone operations – Dr Peter Layton

Canada conducts Navy-to-Navy exercise with Australia

Hurt USS Connecticut Highlights Ship Repair Shortfalls At Key Guam Base

Malabar exercise: India, US Navy chiefs embark on American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (Editor – 2:25 min video included)

RAN lifts MH-60R flight restrictions

HMS Kent departs Chattogram base after being ‘delighted’ by Bangladesh visit

Opting into the Orca program: A stop-gap undersea warfare solution

Boeing delivers 11th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Indian Navy

Satellite Images Reportedly Show Chinese Construction at Naval Base in Cambodia Amid US Anger

Australian police make record $104m heroin seizure

RAN MH-60R Seahawk fleet grounded following flight incident

As Iwo Jima Rises, a WWII “Harbor” Emerges From the Waves



Trafalgar Day: Navy marks 216th anniversary of Nelson’s victory and The Battle of Trafalgar Special, Part I: The Eyewitness Accounts (Editor – 22 min Mariner’s Mirror podcast) and The Battle of Trafalgar Special, Part II: Nelson’s Wounds (Editor – 32 min podcast) and Victorian coin found after 127 years under the mast of Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory

Knyaz Oleg submarine test-fires Bulava ICBM from White Sea to Kamchatka’s Kura range

French MoD on Defense Investment, Indo-Pacific Strategy and AUKUS (Editor – fact packed and impressive 6:12 min video)

‘The right choice’: Military world reacts to confirmation of new Navy chief

New European Attack Submarine Programs Pushing Limits of Diesel Technology (Editor – a future boat into the replacement mix)

A big future for UK shipbuilding

Over 40 Black Sea Fleet warships take part in massive Crimean drills

World’s Newest Class of Nuclear Attack Submarine: Rare Access inside Suffren

Swedish Navy’s largest exercise SWENEX-21 kicks off

Swedish Submarine Loaded Live Torpedoes Amid Major Russian Drill – Report

Turkey-led mine warfare exercise NUSRET 2021 kicks off

Egypt Naval Forces hold naval drills with US, Greece and Spain

Russian Navy Tests Underwater Robots to Secure Naval Bases

SEA completes trials of ASW thin line towed array ‘KraitArray

Newest P-8 Poseidon for Royal Air Force heading to Scotland (Editor – “The UK’s seventh Poseidon MRA Mk1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft will be known as ‘William Barker VC’ in honour of the Canadian pilot awarded a Victoria Cross whilst serving with 201 Squadron in the First World War.”)

First Upgraded La Fayette-Class Frigate Back Into The French Fleet

Russia’s Improved Ivan Gren-Class Landing Ships to Carry 500 Marines

Russia’s New Multirole Arctic Patrol Ships To Feature Cruise Missiles

TEKEVER Signs Maritime Surveillance Contract with EMSA

Spanish Police Seize Largest-Ever Cocaine Haul From a Sailing Vessel

Shipping on Northern Sea Route on course for 35 million tons in 2021



Homeward-bound UK Carrier Strike Group leaves Pacific

Japan’s P-3C Orion aircraft conducts mission in the Gulf of Aden

Iranian Navy Fends Off Pirate Attack On Oil Tanker

Iran, Pakistan discuss cooperation in ship manufacturing

Iconic Ocean Liner QE2 is Now the World’s Biggest Floating Nightclub



Nigerian Navy Sting Operation Seizes Cocaine Smuggled on Bulker

39th Chinese naval escort taskforce carries out targeted training en route

The Satcom ‘Highway’ will Enable Maritime Digitalization & IoT Solutions (Editor – includes a 15:02 min interview video)

USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams arrives in Mozambique



The Secret Submarine Mission So Secret Its Cover was Another Secret Mission

Proceedings Podcast Episode 241: They Are Not Broken Shower Shoes (Editor – profound USNI 36:37 min podcast)

The Development of US Navy Tactics (1939-1945) – …to Global Domination



(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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