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NAC News – Edition 436

NAC News – Edition 436

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 19th 2021

Edition – 436  “Canada had come to occupy an important position in the world; she could neither escape the common burden, nor ignore the common responsibility, and he did not think that she wished to do either.  She had immense resources and interests to defend in an unsecure world” The Naval Service of Canada, Its Official History Vol 1, Origins and Early Years. pg 122.  Gilbert Norman Tucker, PH.D. Director of Naval History Section 1952 (Editor – quote from the Hon. George Foster, MP from North Toronto in 1909)

Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News  (Comments welcome to help improve this service.)

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NEW 29 November 2021 (1300 -1 500 Halifax). RUSI(NS) invites you to a Zoom presentation by Assistant Commissioner Neil O’Rourke, Arctic Region, CCG.  Topic  “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 text.  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.)

NAC Endowment Fund Campaign 2021 underway!  This is your fund and it provides some key support to a number of maritime activities. Donor form and information available here. And check out what your fund has done over the past many years.

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 and thru a number of e-book providers (not all are available) as well. ___________________________________


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

Port of Vancouver Rail Service Washed Out by Flooding in BC_



John Ivison: Why the U.S. doesn’t take us seriously (Editor – a non-maritime article but it highlights significant issues with broad implications)

A fire broke out on NATO SNMG-1 Flagship HMCS Fredericton forced to withdraw, perhaps temporarily, from the Royal Norwegian Navy Kicked Off FLOTEX 21 Exercise

Shipbuilding: Turning the Tide

Inside look at Naval Boarding Party training (Editor – 2:35 min RCN video)

CAF Story | Be the best you can be (Editor – 3:34 min video)

Active summer/fall for HMCS Sackville (Editor – 80th anniversary of her commissioning 30 Dec!)

Minister of National Defence message for Transgender Awareness Week 2021

Gale Force Wins (GFW) and their RCN Video Podcast Series – part 2 of 2 of “Talking to Sailors” aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto (FFH 333)! Editor – enjoy the second half of a great 1:21:12 hr podcast)

Korean navy ships to visit greater Victoria

Government, military set to ormally apologize to sexual misconduct victims and More than 140 military sexual misconduct investigations could be handed over to civilian police

Veterans Affairs’ case managers near ‘breaking point,’ union warns

Kraken Robotics to test Katfish sonar system with Canadian Navy

The threat of domestic extremism  (Editor – not a maritime article but one with broad ramifications)

Defence Team News | 17 November 2021 (Editor – tri-service activity – 3:37 min video)

PMO JSS attends in-water Factory Acceptance Test for Sea-to-Shore Connector

St John’s Morning Show with Krissy Holmes, Ramraajh Sharvendiran (Editor – 4:53 radio clip about the Crowsnest)

Smooth Sailing on Great Lakes as Seaway Shipping Increases Steadily

Canada Significantly Out Investing U.S. for Port Infrastructure



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 15, 2021

Rear Admiral Hann Confirmed to NOAA Leadership Post

HII Christens Virginia-Class Attack Submarine New Jersey (SSN 796)

Austal USA christens US Navy’s Spearhead-class EPF ship

CNO: First Combining Gear Fix Completed on Freedom-Class LCS Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Hypersonic Weapons on Track to Deploy on Attack Submarines in 2028

Raytheon Wins $340M Cobra King Radar Maintenance Contract

Navy assessing LA sub fleet for possible life extensions

Rear Adm. Perry: First New-Production Mark 48 Torpedoes Set for 2022 Delivery

The Next-generation landing craft Air Cushion 103 completes trials

The nexus between the illicit narcotics trade and corruption hence Wave Knight helps Dutch tackle drug-traffickers in Caribbean

COMSUBFOR: Sub Force Will Hold a Navigational ‘Stand Down’ Following Initial Results of USS Connecticut Collision Investigation and USS Connecticut Underway off Guam After Undergoing Repairs

Aging Icebreaker Polar Star Heads for Antarctica for the 25th Time

Ships Keep Coming Even As Every Sector Of The Supply Chain Has Reached Capacity

Seeing Through the Hull: Drones are Turbocharging Search and Rescue



China Coast Guard Attacks Resupply Mission for Filipino Troops on BRP Sierra Madre

Quad efforts that keep the Chinese Navy awake at night

China Builds Warships for Fighter Jets That Could ‘Sink & Kill Occupants,’ Report Claims

Canadian frigate’s crew takes a break on Okinawa during eventful Indo-Pacific patrol

An intriguing plan could get Australia nuclear powered submarines in 3-4 years ! (Editor – 8:49 min video)

Carl Vinson CSG visits Guam

U.S. and Japanese Ships Hold Anti-Submarine Warfare Drills in the South China Sea

Navy wants to become 170-warship force in 10 years

Taiwan will buy 12 Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine helicopters from US

China and Turkey deliver ships to Pakistan

French Navy’s Chevalier Paul destroyer visits Mumbai

Russian Pacific Fleet Ships visit the Philippines

HMAS Stalwart officially enters service

Type 055 destroyer Anshan joins China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy

Independence-class LCS USS Jackson joins Indonesian frigate KRI I Gusti Ngurah Rai for exercises

32nd Edition of Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) Underway

National Assembly sharply cuts budget for light aircraft carrier

Report: New Data Law Cuts Off Access to Chinese AIS Tracking (Editor – what is China hiding, or about to do?)

Vietnam construction continues at 3 South China Sea features, imagery shows

LNG Tanker Rates Surge to Record as Asia Buys More US Gas

China Prepares for Delivery of World’s Largest LNG Tank Carrier (Editor – useful niche)

HMAS Sydney: DNA reveals identity of Australia’s famous ‘unknown sailor’___________________________________


French Navy To Kick Off ‘POLARIS’: Its Largest Ever Exercise

Moscow Perturbed by Militarisation of Svalbard Archipelago Following Norwegian Warship Visit

UPDATED: U.K. F-35B from Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Crashes in Mediterranean, Pilot Recovered and F-35B: What you need to know about the Lightning jet (Editor – a series of short videos included)

Russian Navy guided missile destroyer enters English Channel in long-distance deployment

Russia’s Tsirkon hypersonic missile strikes naval target in White Sea test-launch

UK signs agreement to help enhance Ukraine’s naval capabilities

Naval operations of US warships, NATO spy planes moved to northwestern Black Sea and US Navy ship that irritated Russian leader sets sail out of Black Sea

Boeing delivers 1st P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to Norway

Norwegian Undersea Surveillance Network Had Its Cables Mysteriously Cut

Newest Royal Air Force P-8 Poseidon arrives in Scotland

Rheinmetall Air Defence: Ahead – Highly effective, programmable ammunition (Editor – impressive 1:01 min video)

Russia Begins Sea Trials for Largest, Most Powerful Nuclear Icebreaker while Arctic shippers eye release from Russian ice captivity

Russia: Agreement signed for 1st deepwater port complex in the Baltics

Migrant Crossings in the English Channel Set All-Time Record

Astute Class – Owner’s Workshop Manual (Editor – I couldn’t resist the amusing cover)

Historic Dry Dock Becomes Scottish Ship Recycling Facility



First joint naval exercise by Israel and Gulf states signals Iran worries

U.S. sends message to Iran by testing AGM-176 Griffin missiles in the Gulf

CIMSEC: Iranian maritime threats: an opportunity for the U.S. navy

NATO Visits and Exercises with Israeli Navy

RNZN leads drug bust

Pentagon Says Iranian Helicopter Made ‘Unprofessional’ Pass Within 25 yards of USS Essex

UAE, Israel to Jointly Design Unmanned Military, Commercial Vessels



Watch: Wendover Productions Explains ‘How Ocean Shipping Works (And Why It’s Broken)’ (Editor – great insightful explanation in a 19:18 min video)

Russian task group arrives Algeria for exercise

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrives in Djibouti for MIO exercises

Shipping Containers Get Foldable Design Seen as Cure for Logjams

Two Big Problems Are in The Way of Decarbonizing Shipping

China’s “Maritime Powerhouse” Goals Include Expansion in Antarctica and China To Build New Heavy Icebreaker and Lift Vessel for Arctic

Ever Given Returns to Service After Repairs



The Fall and Rise of The US Navy (Editor – lessons to learn in a 9:13 min video)

The Ramming of HMS Punjabi  (Editor – interesting story in a 14:27 min video)

Type039C China’s Best ASW Platform and more (Editor – 12:12 min video)

Delta IV Sub Brief (Editor – 36:00 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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