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NAC News – Edition 435 (future) HMCS Robert Hampton Gray

NAC News – Edition 435 (future) HMCS Robert Hampton Gray

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

Edition – 435 (future) HMCS Robert Hampton Gray (Harry DeWolf Class)

Rod Hughes, Editor NAC News

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NEW 18 Nov 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Ottawa time)  Maritime Security Dialogue: The Aegis Approach with Rear Admiral Tom Druggan  (Editor – join the CSIS International Security Program and the U.S. Naval Institute for a Maritime Security Dialogue event featuring Rear Admiral Tom Druggan, Program Executive, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency and Dr. Tom Karako, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, and Director, Missile Defense Project. Theywill discuss the history of Aegis’ development, its current and near-term capabilities, and next steps for its continued evolution. They will also explore lessons for improving air and missile defense capabilities for the entire joint force.)

NEW 29 November 2021 (1 pm Halifax) time followed by Q&A and finish by 3 pm.

RUSI(NS) invites you to a Zoom presentation by Assistant Commissioner Neil O’Rourke, Arctic Region, CCG.  “Arctic Region Implementation and Successes.”   To register email by close-of-business Thursday, 25 Nov. Use subject line “RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 29 November 2021 Registration”  Include  your name and organization in the text body. Joining instructions will be emailed to registrants by end-of-day Friday, 26 Nov.

NEW 1 December 2021 – 4:00PM (Vancouver time) Maritime Security Challenges MSC Virtual Series 10   History Rhymes: Lessons from the Past for Today’s US-China Maritime Competition Presented by: Dr. Brian Chao. Assistant Professor, United States Naval War College.  To Register  (Editor – After their successful debut in 2020, the Maritime Security Virtual Sessions will continue through the year 2021 until the next in-person MSC22 Conference, to take place in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on 22-24 March 2022.)

Salty Dips Volume 11 – Some things pass. Some things change. Some just stay the same.  by NAC-Ottawa…Christmas gift? Note you can order a print-on-demand soft/hard copy from Friesen Press now.  Sometime soon it will be available thru Amazon and other sellers. An e-version is also available – to note not all electronic formats are available but will be added over the coming week from your favourite on-line seller.



Students place poppies on veterans’ headstones in No Stone Left Alone ceremonies (Editor – I had a very emotional moment on Remembrance Day.  When I visited my parents’ graves at the God’s Acre military cemetery in Esquimalt, I was surprised and touched to find Poppies painted on small stones and placed with my parents markers.  I am humbled, and give thank and a heartfelt salute to Rockheights Middle School and the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation for their efforts to remember those that serve.

Minister of National Defence Video Message for National Indigenous Veterans Day (Editor – MND 4:09 min video)

Minister of National Defence Video Message for Remembrance Day 2021 (Editor – MND 4:07 min video)



Third AOPS in the water

Ottawa is developing an Indo-Pacific strategy focusing on China’s aggression  (Editor – not a marine article but of strategic importance)

Federal government to keep Canadian flags raised after Remembrance Day ceremonies and Royal Canadian Legion warns of ‘dramatic increase’ in unauthorized sites selling poppy merchandise

Crowd gathers in Halifax to honour sailors past and present (Editor – great 1:58 news min video included. Our own long-time NOAC/NAC member Roland Marshall is featured – Navy to the core!)

PO2 Jacob Russell: A privilege and an honour

Jeffrey F. Collins: Without plan for new submarines Canada faces defence gap in the Arctic

Editor – A Deep Blue Forum 2021 video from Vanguard’s recent conference with Bodo Gospodnetic, one of our NAC members presenting on Advancements in Propellers Manufacturing (30:33 min.  Note other pertinent presentation are also available there)

Q&A: Rear Admiral Angus Topshee addresses ‘moment of reckoning’ over sexual misconduct in Armed Forces

Military sexual misconduct class action claims soar to 13,500 as deadline nears (Editor – videos included)

Forces, civilian prosecutors discussing possible charges against Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson

Newfoundland shipwrecks cleared of explosives

Canadian Coast Guard announces an addition to the southern icebreaking fleet with the purchase of light icebreaker from Atlantic Towing Limited

Governor General invests 97 members of the Canadian military into the Order of Military Merit

#59 HMCS Toronto “Talking to Sailors part 1 of 2” (Editor – first-rate Gale Force 1:33:11 hr podcast.  The guys sail aboard HMCS Toronto from St. John’s to Halifax and record conversations with sailors from all parts of the ship. This is an exciting look inside HMCS Toronto and the conversations with the people that make the ship work.)

Government of Canada extends contract for marine emergency towing vessels on the West Coast

Russian Research Ship Detained in Denmark Over Canadian Lawsuit

Message from the Acting Chief of Military Personnel on Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture Change Short-Term Initiatives

Nanaimo accepts naval vessel’s bell for safe-keeping during refit

The latest Citizen Sailor Virtual Cenotaph project vignettes (Editor – one article in an amazing treasure trove of information)

‘Burnt out’: Veterans Affairs staff swamped by number of vet cases assigned to them

VAC invites you to take part in an online study through University of Calgary on Pain and mental health in Canadian Veterans and their children

Horton painting links two historic voyages through Northwest Passage

This wind buoy could help remote coastal communities ditch diesel dependency

COP26: 19 countries pledge to create zero-emission shipping corridors (Editor – it will be interesting to see where Canada’s corridors are)

Remembrance Day 2021 BC/Yukon Command President’s Message to Students  (Editor – aimed at students but contains interesting background for all in a 4:16 min video)

Canada Goose Sidesteps Supply-Chain Snarls



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 8, 2021

CIMSEC: Sea Control 292 — Closing the gender gap with Dr. Jeannette Haynie and Brian Kerg (Editor – frank and very relevant 51:57 min podcast)

Navy Issues Contracts in First Step Toward $8B to Rebuild Two Public Shipyards

Metallurgist admits faking steel-test results for Navy subs

Colombia Seizes 7,410 Kilos of Cocaine in Four Maritime Operations

Revolutionary Changes on the U.S Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN78)

Navy-Owned Deep-Diving Alvin Being Certified for Operations to 6,500 Meters

Esprit de Corps Is a Force Multiplier

Hackers breach 9 critical infrastructure organisations, exploit ADSelfService plus server (Editor – Cyber warfare or criminality…a fine line)

Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser brief – no. 68 (Editor – 22:07 min video)

Navy conducts live test of resupply drones for ashore, at-sea missions

Retired Adm. James ‘Jamie’ Foggo Hired as Dean of Think Tank Focused on Maritime Thought Leadership

Harvey Milk: US Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader

To expand the Navy isn’t enough. We need a bigger commercial fleet.

Midshipman X – Candid Interview With A Merchant Marine Academy Leader

White House Looks to Move Quickly on $17 Billion Revamp of U.S. Ports

Latest Threat in Supply Chain Nightmares Is Storm Season at Sea

US State Department puts bounty on Darkside leaders



Yes, China Has More Warships Than the USA. That’s Because Chinese Ships Are Small. but not all of them China’s Third-Generation Aircraft Carrier is Getting Ready to Launch and China’s newest aircraft carrier may launch early next year; How many aircraft? (Editor – great pics)

China’s Xi Jinping cements his status with historic resolution (Editor – not a maritime article but one with broad implications)

What’s at Stake in the Indo-Pacific and What Drove the U.S. to Make a Nuclear Submarine Deal With Australia?

China Builds Missile Targets Shaped Like U.S. Aircraft Carrier, Destroyers in Remote Desert (Editor – not something you see every day…then again) Second U.S. Aircraft Carrier Missile Target Spotted in Chinese Desert

Taiwan Navy sends Hai Lung submarine near Dongsha Island

Semaphore: 50 Years of Exercise RIMPAC

German Frigate Bayern To Enforce Sanctions Against North Korea

German engine technology found in Chinese warships — report

Sharpest minds to the submarine task or Is the nuclear subs plan a ‘pipedream’?

MDL Delivers 4th Scorpene Submarine To The Indian Navy

U.S. Vinson Carrier Strike Group Drills with Japanese Force in South China Sea

12 Navies from Indian Ocean Region participate in Indian Navy’s maritime conclave

Hyundai to build Gwanggaeto-III Batch-II destroyer for South Korea

HHI Launches 7th Daegu-Class FFX Batch II Frigate for ROK Navy

China Sinking: China’s Illegal Sand Dredger Sinks in Taiwan Islands (Editor – mishmash of pics in 1:11 min video)

Photos: Australian Border Force Burns Illegal Fishing Vessels and a supplemental 2:29 min video Australia sink 15 Chinese fishing boats! 101 fishing boats were intercepted then Indonesia suspends joint patrol with Australia after fishing boats burnt

RAN wraps up multinational subs exercise

Bangladesh to buy five warships from Britain

Pakistan receives new Chinese-made frigate. How will it fare against India’s Navy?

U.S. Sanctions Cambodian Officials for Skimming Naval Base Funds

South Korea Explores Container Shipping on Russia’s North Sea Route

Veteran submariner honoured on 99th birthday

Record Number of Cruise Ships Scrapped at Alang in the Past 12 Months



Russia Wants to Keep Status as Arctic Superpower, Says Expert (Editor – 3:39 min video included)

SNAPSHOT: Turkey and NATO, a crumbling alliance? and Turkey Activates TURMARFOR in Dogu Akdeniz-2021 Multinational Exercise plus Bangladesh Navy’s Type 056 corvette BNS Sangram visits Turkey

USS Mount Whitney and USS Porter visit Batumi, Georgia and US warships in Black Sea act provocatively — Russian diplomat

New First Sea Lord takes post

Drones could ‘allow’ Britain to create a second carrier air wing

Russian Antey-class nuclear-powered sub’s upgrade to extend its service life by 10 years submarine Irkutsk(Editor – NATO Oscar designation)

Early freeze takes shippers by surprise on Northern Sea Route and Two icebreakers on the way to rescue ice-locked ships on Northern Sea Route

KNM Maud on its way to resume NATO mission

Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, The Pride of the Russian People in Trouble (Editor – pragmatic 9:25 min video)

French vessel tows British assault ship through the Channel

USS The Sullivans visits Toulon, France

ESG delivers Sea Falcon UAV to the German Navy for K130 corvettes

Ukraine’s FPB 98 Patrol Boats Production in Full Swing at OCEA Shipyard

Babcock, Elbit UK and QinetiQ Awarded Contract for the UK Royal Navy’s Maritime EW Systems Integrated Capability

HMS Queen Elizabeth: Life on board Royal Navy aircraft carrier (Editor – not the usual perspective in a 3:13 min video)

SAES And Thales To Cooperate On SonoFlash Sonobuoy Processing

The Billion Dollar Superyacht Business Is Booming



New Photos Show the Full Extent of the Damage to the Ever Given (Editor – much more than a fender bender)

Israel and US conduct bilateral amphibious exercise in Eilat and US, Israel, Bahrain and UAE Launch First Joint Naval Training Exercise

Iran Releases Vietnamese Tanker at Center of Incident with U.S.

Flight operations between US Navy’s USS Essex and HMS Queen Elizabeth



The World’s Largest Ship Company Bankrupt, and Stuck in Debt, What Causes It? affects the world economy(Editor – 3:31 min video)

UK: River-class offshore patrol vessel HMS Trent arrives in Ghana

The Other Hurricane Season

Nigeria Procures Two Patrol Vessels from Turkish Shipyard

Sudan to work in the establishment of a Russian Naval Base

Report: Transpacific Container Rates Have Halved Since September



1942-45, HMCS Calgary (K231) Flower Class Corvette, Battle of the Atlantic, North Atlantic (Editor – reworked original Battle of Atlantic footage in a 18:44 silent video)

Royal Canadian Navy – A WW2 personal documentary by Gilbert O S Davis (Editor – Leading Stoker, Gilbert Davis, as he narrates stories of his navy experiences; from joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and defending Canada’s west coast aboard the H.M.C.S Bellechasse to his service on the H.M.C.S. Merrittonia escorting Merchant Marine convoys across the Atlantic Ocean to provision needed supplies to England and the European allies, through to the mass surrendering of the German U-boat fleet on the Foyle River near Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the end of the war. 51:43 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  K. 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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