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NAC News – Edition 433 HMCS William Hall

NAC News – Edition 433 HMCS William Hall

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 29th, 2021

Edition – 433 HMCS William Hall (Harry DeWolf Class)

William Hall, VC (Editor – amazing story, well worth a read)

Fellow Members: Rod Hughes, Editor NAC News

(Comments always welcome to help improve this service.)

Links to keep in touch with the NAC and RCN can be found at the bottom of this email.


1 November – 1900 (Ottawa time) – NAC-Ottawa Speaker’s Evening – Commander RCN Vice-Admiral Craig Baines will speak to: From the Quarterdeck – The Current State of the RCN. This event is now sold-out.

Salty Dips Volume 11 Naval Association of Canada – Ottawa Branch. Coming soon and just in time for Christmas the 11th volume of the Salty Dips series will be released. This volume charts the social changes in the RCN since the 1950s; in doing so, Some things pass. Some things change. Some just stay the same Serpongku.  This volume brings the past a bit closer to the present by reminding us of the journey that brought us here. More details to follow soon!



Anand to Defence, Joly to Foreign Affairs: Trudeau announces major cabinet shakeup

Hot off the press October 2021 NAC Paper:  A Canadian Patrol Submarine  What are the options?  By NAC member Capt RCN (Retd) Norman Jolin OMM, MSM, CD

Irving Shipbuilding launches future HMCS Max Bernays Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship for Canadian Navy



Eyre blames sexual misconduct crisis, pandemic for shrinking military and Military struggles to recruit more women amid misconduct crisis

HMCS Kootenay commemoration ceremony

Part-time sailor joins HMCS Winnipeg for Operations Neon and Projection

Veterans’ Week Q&A with Brigadier-General Jamie Spieser-Blanchet (Editor – note Royal Canadian Sea Cadet 2nd Class CPO Ruth Nobossi interviewing in a 6:18 min video) and Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers delivering a message specific for teens in grade 7 to 12 (Editor – youthful connection made in a great 6:55 min video)

Taxpayers spent up to $720K on salaries for military leaders sidelined by sexual misconduct crisis then Military police refused to accept complaint against Canada’s top soldier, alleged victim says

40 shipping containers floating near entrance to Juan de Fuca Strait then Container fire on cargo ship near Victoria mostly under control, Canadian Coast Guard says and Photos: Container Ship Catches Fire in Strait of Juan de Fuca then Salvors Board Zim Kingston to Extinguish Last Hotspots increase to 109 containers and Lost Containers From Zim Kingston Wash Up in Remote Wilderness Area (Editor – educational summary Why Recovering Lost Shipping Containers is so Difficult in a 11:58 min video)

Container congestion in Vancouver a sign of global supply chain chaos

Brand new bulk carrier brings North Canadian ore to China via Arctic route

Seaspan Starts Canada’s First Marine Test of Renewable Natural Gas

Rutter Awarded Canadian Coast Guard Ice Hazard Radar Contract



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 25, 2021

Is the Navy totally at sea? (Editor – despite this gloomy litany the USN remains immensely capable…exhibit A US Navy flight tests Trident II D5LE missiles from USS Wyoming exhibit B Strike Group Commander: USS Gerald R. Ford Set For First Deployment in 2022

Bonhomme Richard Fire: A Multi-billion Dollar Leadership Failure

Navy Not Sure What USS Connecticut Struck in the South China Sea, Beijing Accuses U.S. of Cover-Up

Report to Congress on Emerging Military Technologies

Report on Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles

US State Department unveils plans for bureau of cyberspace and digital policy (Editor – not a maritime article but one that has naval implications)

Counter Authoritarianism on the World’s Vital Waterways

Navy Selects BAE’s 57mm Mk110 Gun for Constellation-Class Frigates

Ecuadorian Navy Sailing Ship Interdicts Drug Smugglers in the Pacific

SoCal Ports to Charge Carriers if Containers Linger and Maersk, MSC and Zim Omit Seattle Calls Due to Congestion

Why the Jones Act Is Still Needed Today (Editor – an over simplification, but look what happened to Canada’s marine industry without comparable legislation)

New US-flagged Laker is First to Be Launched in Nearly 40 Years

Video: Last Section of Golden Ray Emerges From the Water (Editor – flash from the past as a reminder The Golden Ray cargo ship capsized because of inaccurate stability calculations, the NTSB finds)



China will invade Taiwan in next few years say analysts

Australia and Canada conduct navy-to-navy exercises (Editor – last edition there was an article about WIN and the RAN…a 1:50 min video ties it together with an amusing twist)

Japan Monitoring Combined Russian and Chinese Naval Fleet Sailing Off Honshu

CIMSEC: Sea Control 288 — Chinese civilian shipping and the threat to Taiwan with Tom Shugart (Editor – follow up from articles a 32:40 min podcast)

China’s Airspace “Incursions” are All About Planning for Naval Warfare

China’s Massive New Aircraft Carrier is as big as it can be

With a Wink and a Nod, Japan Has an Aircraft Carrier Again

JMSDF, U.S. Navy conduct bilateral operations in South China Sea

China Conducts First Underwater Demolition Exercise

So we’ve scrapped the Naval contract, now what? and N-subs: militarism lacking strategy (Editor – to round it off 34:37 min PODCAST: Unpacking the sub debate – Christopher Skinner)

How China’s past shapes Xi’s thinking – and his view of the world (editor – not a maritime article but an interesting read) plus Mystery Shrouds Chinese Defense Spending

The Unusual Carrier Killer Capability Of The Chinese Navy’s Strategic Bomber

The U.S. Navy Wants to Keep Four of Its Troubled Littoral Combat Ships Near China. Three are Already There.

Royal Navy Tests Martlet Missile During CSG 21 Deployment

Destroyer USS The Sullivans Departs U.K. Royal Navy Strike Group

Indonesia mysteriously mum on China sea incursion

INS Vikrant starts second phase of sea trials and Dassault Rafale M Prepares to Launch for The First Ski Jump Aboard at INS Hansa

Indian Navy Officer Arrested for Bribes-for-Secrets Scheme

Hyundai, Daewoo in race to win Korea’s 1st aircraft carrier order

Australia moves on sea-mine acquisition

Japan’s shipping industry to invest $280 billion by 2050 to reach net-zero goal (Editor – wow)

French Polynesia Seizes Chinese Vessel to Ensure Salvage Payment

Austal Australia has delivered the 13th Guardian-class Patrol Boat (GCPB) to the Australian Department of Defence.

China has commissioned Haixun 09 10,000 tones patrol class vessel



Russia’s Bulava ICBM invulnerable to any ABM systems — commander

U.S. Sixth Fleet Participates in Italy’s Mare Aperto Exercise

Russian Black Sea Fleet’s frigate heads to Mediterranean Sea

Prepared for the fight – Royal Navy Operational Sea Training

30 live interceptions of armed Russian jets during carrier group aircraft operations in the Mediterranean

UK boat detained by France amid fishing rights row

Second Type 26 Frigate HMS Cardiff taking shape in Glasgow

Russia’s Project 11711 Amphibious Ships Can Be Used As Minelayers

Portugal hosts Sea Border 21 exercise

Leonardo AWHero achieves first military certification

Thales and CS Group to offer cybersecure navigation system for ships

Bulgarian Navy’s frigate BNS Drazki to join NATO Operation Sea Guardian

French SSN Perle Overhaul to Resume Following Unique Repair Work (Editor – not something you see every day)

Navy puts hospital alongside US military stockpile in Norwegian cave complex

UK Integrates Armed, Autonomous Boat Into a Warship’s Operations

Portuguese Navy’s first modernised M-class frigate arrives in Lisbon



Iran Says Building New Submarines

US Navy TF59 Integrates MANTAS USV With Patrol Vessels



Sea-Intelligence: Two-Thirds of All Containerships Are Behind Schedule and Top Freight Forwarder Says Containergeddon Will Last A “Very Very Long Time”

EU NavFor Somalia ready to assist EUTM Mozambique

Photos: Russian Navy Saves MSC Container Feeder From Pirates

Danish frigate headed to Gulf of Guinea

HMS Trent pays a visit to Lagos, Nigeria

How Much Microplastic is in the Ocean? (Editor – hope it’s not too late to change our ways)

Maersk Drillship Going for New Water Depth World Record Off Angola



Desert Storm – Battleship USS Missouri Comes Under Iraqi Anti-Ship Missile Attack (Editor – 12:07 min video)

The Battle of Trafalgar Special, Part III: HMS Pickle (Editor – follow on 32 min video)

Iconic Ships 11: HMS Warrior (Editor – next in the Mariner’s Mirror Podcast series in a 35 min video)



(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 November 1914 Battle at Coronel. A brass plaque at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Esquimalt, BC, is dedicated to the four ex-cadets of the Royal Naval College of Canada and men of Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Good Hope who were killed in action in 1914.  Four cadets of the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada, were the first Canadian Navy casualties in WWI. Midshipman Malcolm Cann, Midshipman John V.W. Hatheway, Midshipman William Archibald Palmer, and Midshipman Arthur Wiltshire Silver, died when the British warship HMS Good Hope went down with no survivors, sunk by the German navy.  These casualties were avenged 8 December at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
  • 1 November 1920 Three British ships, Aurora, Patriot and Patrician are officially commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy at Portsmouth.
  • 1 November 1941 Reserve Divisions are commissioned as HMCS, local names chosen for each.
  • 5 November 1962 A fire heavily damages the prototype hydrofoil BRAS D’OR under construction in Quebec.
  • 6 November 1940 HMCS Ottawa (I) commanded by Cdr E. Rollo Mainguy, RCN with HMS Harvester sank the Italian Submarine Comandante Faà di Bruno after it attacked Convoy HX-84.
  • 6 November 1990 CAF establishes a headquarters under Commodore Kenneth J. Summers in Manama, Bahrain, part of Canada’s contribution to the Persian Gulf War.
  • 8 November 1942 British Fleet Air Arm pilots in North Africa conduct the first operational use of anti-gravity suits, developed at the University of Toronto.
  • 8 November 1910 HMCS Rainbow arrives in Esquimalt for the first time.
  • 8 November 1942 The first German agent is landed from a U-boat off New Carlisle, Quebec and is promptly arrested by the police.
  • 9 November 1910 His Majesty’s Dockyard, Esquimalt, is transferred to Canadian ownership and forms the basis for Pacific Command
  • 9 November 1940 HMCS Collingwood, the first corvette built in Canada for the RCN, is commissioned.
  • 9 November 1940 The Canadian Pacific Steamships Line passenger liner Empress of Japan (26,032 GRT) was heavily damaged in the North Atlantic in position 53.54N, 014.28W, when she was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft.
  • 11 November 1918 Armistice Day for the “War to end all Wars” came to an end after more than four years of bloody fighting.  8,826 Canadians served in the RCN and RNCVR.  24 became casualties.  Note the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) was a naval reserve that was established in Canada in May 1914 and existed until 1923.
  • 13 November 1942 Captain (RN) Frederick Thornton Peters born in Charlottetown and raised in Vernon and Victoria was awarded the VC for his actions 13 Nov 1943.  Captain Peters was in the suicide charge” by two little cutters at Oran.  The “Walney” and “Hartland” were two ex-American coastguard cutters which were lost in a gallant attempt to force the boom defences in the harbour of Oran during the landings on the North African coast.  Captain Peters led his force through the boom in the face of point-blank fire from shore batteries, destroyer, and a cruiser – a feat which was described as one of the great episodes of naval history. The “Walney” reached the jetty disabled and ablaze, she and went down with her colours flying. Blinded in one eye, Captain Peters was the only survivor of the seventeen men on the bridge of the “Walney”.  He was taken prisoner but was later released when Oran was captured.  On being liberated from the gaol, he was carried through the streets where the citizens hailed him with flowers.  He earned the Distinguished Service Order (George V), London Gazette 30 March 1915, Distinguished Service Cross (George V), London Gazette 8 March 1918 and Bar – London Gazette 11 July 1940.  British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with Bar (North Africa 1942-43) 1939-45 Medal, Distinguished Service Cross (USA).
  • 13 November 1944 HMCS Algonquin commanded by LCdr Desmond W. Piers, DSO, RCN sank German Minesweepers M-416 and M-427.
  • 15 November 1942 While escorting a convoy, HMCS Saguenay is accidentally struck in the stern by freighter SS Azra, which sinks. Saguenay is towed to St. John’s.
  • 15 November 1952 First Naval Reserve Air Squadron established, VC-920 at Toronto.  To fly Swordfish and Avengers.
  • 16 November 1857 PO1 William Hall, ‘Captain of the Foretop,’ of that HMS Shannon, were recommended by the late Captain Peel for the Victoria Cross, for their gallant conduct at a 24-Pounder Gun, brought up to the angle of the Shah Nujjiff, at Lucknow, on the 16th of November, 1857.  William Hall was the first Nova Scotian, the first Naval VC earned by a Canadian citizen, and the first Black person to receive the Victoria Cross.
  • 16 November 1941 HMCS Prince Robert arrived in Hong Kong escorting units of the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada in TS Awatea.
  • 18 November 1940 HMC MTB 1 commissioned.
  • 20 November 1943 HMCS Snowberry commanded by A/LCdr James A. Dunn,  RCNVR, HMCS Calgary commanded by A/LCDR Henry  Hill,  RCNVR, and HMS Nene commanded by sink U-536 near the Azores.
  • 20 November 1957 HMCS Labrador, an Arctic patrol vessel, is paid off and later transferred to the Department of Transport.
  • 21 November 1953 HMCS Labrador arrived in Halifax, having circumnavigated the North American continent.
  • 23 November 1809 Convicted in Canada’s first piracy trial, Edward Jordan is hanged in Halifax.
  • 24 November 1944 HMCS Shawinigan while on independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, was torpedoed and sunk by U1228. All 91 of the crew perished.
  • 25 November 1950 HMCS Nootka leaves Halifax for the first of two tours of duty in Korea.
  • 28 November 1953 The first group of 48 RCN volunteers left Montreal by air for submarine training with the Royal Navy.
  • 29 November 1957 HMCS Kenora and Kentville, two paid off minesweepers, are transferred to the Turkish navy as Bandirma and Bartin.

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