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NAC News – Edition 434 HMCS Frédérick Rolette 

NAC News – Edition 434 HMCS Frédérick Rolette 

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 12th 2021

Edition – 434 (future) HMCS Frédérick Rolette  (Harry DeWolf Class) Frédérick Rolette

Rod Hughes, Editor NAC News

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NEW 8 Nov CIC Halifax hosted 6PM (Halifax time) OUR ARCTIC : A CANADA SPEAKS EVENT A livestream panel discussion with: Lloyd Axworthy – former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Madeleine Redfern – former Mayor of Iqaluit; Leah Sarson – Asst. Professor, Int. Relations, Dalhousie Univ.; and, Ben Rowswell – CIC President

Remembrance Day 2021 – The RCL has announced that for the second year in a row, spectators will be discouraged from attending in person due to pandemic limitations. Those participating directly in any ceremony will be required to remain 2m apart and will need to wear masks unless performing certain duties.  Other anticipated changes to the national ceremony this year will be released in the coming days and will be updated at

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 soon.  The authors agreed that the Navy from which they retired was different from the Navy that they joined.  Thus, 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.  This volume brings the past a bit closer to the present by reminding us of the journey that brought us here. We expect Freisen Press will have this for sale next week.



The 2021 Poppy Campaign is on. (Editor – many Legions are looking for volunteers)

Canadian Patrol Submarines: Complementing or Competing with Continental Defence? (Editor – Good point, but I wonder where the staggering projected boat prices came from?)



2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada and 5 facts about the poppy on its 100th anniversary excellent Canadian War Museum special Remembrance Day programmes and with specific programmes Nov 3−7 and 10−14.

Defence Team News | 3 November 2021 (Editor – Veteran’s Week/Veteran’s Speaker the focus of a 3:18 min video)

Mom of Quebec soldier killed in Afghanistan named Silver Cross mother

Making the case to raise the Canadian flag — so it can be lowered on Remembrance Day and Canadian flags on federal buildings to be raised next week: government source and and Federal Government to keep Canadian flags raised after Remembrance Day ceremonies

79th anniversary of the sinking of SS Caribou

New minister takes helm as Canadian military engulfed by sexual misconduct crisis and Defence Minister Anand moving military sexual misconduct cases into civilian justice system but only if they are reported and acted upon Military officers in training who threatened to rape and sodomize girls faced no sex misconduct charges

Officer who golfed with Vance receives award from Governor General (NAC ED – The officer, CRCN VAdm Baines, is very deserving of this award)

Canada deploys Aurora Air Detachment to Japan to bolster the integrity of global maritime sanctions against North Korea

Defence Team News | 29 October 2021 (Editor – 2:43 min video on the 15th anniversary for the Helping Our Peers by Providing Empathy (HOPE) programme)

Military police investigate dozens of complaints of racism in the Canadian Army

Naval Large Tug

Private (Trained) captures Sailor of Quarter award

HMCS Oriole charts the way back to cadet sailing opportunities in 2022

The Ocean Cleanup begins cleaning the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Editor – awesome!)

Setting an exact border (Editor – Dixon Entrance remains a strange situation)

Seaspan Shipyards invests $1.65M to create new BCIT Research Chair in Welding Technologies and Metallurgy Research

Report: Zim Kingston Was Waiting in a Gale Due to Port Congestion (Editor – self-inflicted wound?) and Cleanup Efforts for Zim Kingston Container Spill Get Under Way

Canada’s Ban on Cruise Ships Ends



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 1, 2021

Navy Aviation Vision 2030-2035

Investigation Concludes USS Connecticut Grounded on Uncharted Seamount in South China Sea and USN justice is swift USS Connecticut (SSN 22) Command Leadership Relief

US Reportedly Plans to Use Ageing B-1 Strategic Bombers against Russian Ships in Black Sea

Military Planners Should Map Out Operations in Warming Arctic Waters, Expert Says

US Navy’s Zumwalt Stealth Destroyers Will Replace Rapid-Fire Guns With Hypersonic Missiles – Report

Raytheon wins $20 million contract for Maritime Strike Tomahawk

LCS Sioux City seizes more than $20 million in cocaine

Former HMS Ocean spotted by HMS Protector during Brazil fuel stop

U.S. to Provide California Billions in Loans for Port Infrastructure

Panama Canal Reports Record Annual Tonnage With LNG Leading Gains but Finding More Water For The Panama Canal

Ecuador to Expand Galapagos Islands Marine Reserve with New Protections



China Has World’s Largest Navy With 355 Ships and Counting, Says Pentagon

ASEAN’s last hope for regional security relevance

‘Quad’ Will Continue to Push Back Against Chinese Aggression in Indo-Pacific, Panel Says

Maiden flight of China’s carrier-based stealth fighter spotted, ‘aircraft to rival F-35’

Photo essay – the Carrier Strike Group – from the Pacific to the Arabian Sea (Editor – spectacular pics and videos)

Australian warship stops at Navy base in Japan to replace helicopter lost at sea

Russia’s Yantar Shipyard Launches 7th Talwar-Class Frigate for India

Fold, call or raise? China’s potential AUKUS reactions then Australia Needs ‘Bigger, Better Submarines Now’ Says Former Prime Minister coincidentally Royal Navy Nuclear-Powered Submarine Astute Calls In Australia

Australia could build front half of nuclear-power subs and ‘Good luck’: French scoff at nuclear subs timelinethen Rethinking Australia’s ‘magical obsession’ with submarines

WION Ground Report: An on-board look at India’s first-ever indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant (Editor – 8:36 min video)

US Navy Submarine Tender Conducts Expeditionary Reload of 688i SSN

Keel laying of future Taiwan’s Indigenous Defense Submarine to be laid down in November

Alpha Guided-Missile Frigate PNS Tughril set to be commissioned in the Pakistan Navy

Indian Navy Receives Indigenous Guided-Missile Destroyer

Naval News Monthly Recap – October 2021 (Editor – 6:02 min video)

ADEX 2021: A maritime look at the Seoul Airshow (Editor – 12:27 min video)

U.S. and Indonesia kick off CARAT 2021 exercise

South Korean Shipbuilder DSME Confirms New Possible Cyber Attack

China says foreign-funded NGO’s coastal ocean data could be used for spying



Deployment of US missile-armed warship near Russia in waters of Black Sea ‘not adding to stability,’ Moscow’s top diplomat warns

US Navy’s forward-deployed destroyers operate with NATO assets

10 countries take part in Turkey hosted naval drills

Russian military monitors US ship Mount Whitney in the Black Sea and Russian Navy subs deliver missile strike in drills as NATO warships enter Black Sea

U.K. Slams France’s Threats Over Fishing As Tensions Rise

Netherlands’ Walrus-Class Submarine Replacement Program Facing Delays

How much does a Merlin helicopter cost to run?

Norway Orders Additional Naval Strike Missiles in $169M Deal

Russian Naval Ships to Be Armed With Kamikaze Drones

UK’s Test XLUUV Demonstrates Obstacle Avoidance Capabilities

Video: Hellenic Coast Guard Tows Cargo Ship with 400 Migrants

Film star HMS Dragon arrives in Gibraltar after ‘testing’ exercise with French navy

Dutch Search of Bulker Trudy Finds Additional 529 Kilos of Cocaine

Royal Caribbean Takes Delivery of World’s Largest Cruise Ship

Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Cargo Ship Makes Late-Season Arctic Voyage

France and the U.K. are feuding over fish. What is this war of words really about?



Iran Reports Second Successful Defense of Tankers from Somali Pirates not sure what to make of this series Video: Iran “Defends Tanker” While U.S. Accuses Tehran of “Seizure” then Vietnam seeks information from Iran about seized oil tanker

Dragon Group: Middle East defence chiefs meet on HMS Queen Elizabeth

U.K. Royal Navy Strike Group Drilling with Oman, UAE in Middle East

Fincantieri delivers Qatar’s first Al Zubarah-class corvette

UK Sells Two Fort Rosalie-Class Replenishment Ships to Egypt



Shipping Lines Could Be Sailing Towards Astonishing $200 Billion Profit This Year

Maritime exercise Grand African Nemo underway in Gulf of Guinea

Russian naval ships wrap up anti-piracy mission off African coast

Navy Deployed USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams Near Major African Drug Trafficking Routes

Containership Charter Rates Fall for First Time in 16 Months

How Much do Marine Heatwaves Cost the Economy?



Age of Sail Gunnery – The Lethality of Splinters (ft.Vasa) (Editor – 49:19 min video)

Coffin Ships and The Plimsoll Line: Safety at Sea (Editor – a bit shocking history in a Mariner’s Mirror 28 min podcast)



(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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