NAC News – Edition 437
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 26th 2021
Edition – 437 “The foreign offices and war staffs of Europe were not of much interest to Canadians, and competition in armament, though it was described in the newspapers, remained largely unreal to a people most of whom had never seen a battery or a warship. Accordingly, when the British Minister spoke their warning words in the spring of 1909, many Canadians felt the emotions of which is normally induced by an apparent threat to the common safety; but very few possessed any detailed knowledge bearing on that problem, any preconceived opinions as to how it should be solved, or much sustained interest in the subject.” The Naval Service of Canada, Its Official History Vol 1, Origins and Early Years. pg 209. Gilbert Norman Tucker, PH.D. Director of Naval History Section 1952
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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 RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com 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.)
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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 most e-book providers (Amazon Kindle, Apple, Kobo, etc…)
Starshell Fall 2021 – Just released
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
Gen. Wayne Eyre named permanent chief of defence staff (Editor – embedded news interview with MND in a 7:49 min video) and Message from the Chief of the Defence Staff (Editor – 9:08 min video)
Ottawa declines Boeing’s bid to replace Canada’s aging fighter jet fleet (Editor – another step in the saga)
#61 HMCS Margaret Brooke (Editor – GaleForceWins interviews the CO, Nicole Robichaud, and the OpsO, Natalia Borszczow, of HMCS Margaret Brooke from the bridge of the ship in Halifax harbour. Two inspiring women leaders in charge of one of Canada’s newest RCN ships. Yet another CO who was a Sea Cadet! A 27:21 min video)
CAF Story |Avoid Detection – Down Periscope! (Editor – RCN submariner 4:05 min video)
This is NTOG HIGHSPEED Maneuvers! (Editor – useful boats showcased in a RCN 1:14 min video)
Jack Knox: On his 101st birthday, optimistic sailor gets his due (Editor – Happy Birthday to long-time NAC member Peter Chance!)
NAC Children’s Books. “Over the Horizon” has just been released and just in time for Christmas! This is the third book of the series and the author Ann Griffiths, and Lin Luo the illustrator, created the books that tell fictionalized accounts about real things that the RCN and RCAF Maritime Air do.
HMCS Algonquin Bell Donated to Museum (Editor – page 4 of latest Lookout edition, BZ to NAC member Paul Seguna for making this happen)
Affordable housing for veterans opens in north Edmonton (Editor – 2 min video)
USA & AMERICAS
AUKUS: Australia Signs Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information Sharing Agreement and Coras partners with UK firm to support development of Australian nuclear-powered submarine capability and chiming in Astute versus Virginia: which nuclear-powered sub is the best fit for Australia?
The dying moments of HMAS Sydney (Editor – background on last week’s article on the on Australia’s “unknown sailor”)
CIMSEC: Sea Control 295 — Russia’s Caspian flotilla with Midn 1/c Benoit Gorgemans (Editor – surprising subject and geographic quirk discussed in a 14:14 min podcast) and a look at the Volga-Don Canal
French Navy Rafale M Integration with Royal Navy F-35B (Editor – 1:38 min video)
F-35 crash: Joint UK-US recovery operation underway (Editor – includes 3:17 min video) then Royal Navy: Cheap rain cover thought to be responsible for crash of F-35 from HMS Queen Elizabeth but First time in history three nations jets launch from one ship then American F-35s leave UK-led CSG21 mission (Editor – with a 6:06 min video embedded)
Task Force 151 holds Change of Command (Editor – Counter piracy force)
The Gyrocompass: An Amazing Device That Keeps Ships On Course (Editor – informative 7:32 min video)
Proceedings Podcast Episode 245: Sub War in the Falklands (Editor – must hear this fascinating fact packed and a bit disquieting 35:41 min podcast)
Iconic Ships 12: HMS Barham (Editor – The Mariner’s Mirror fascinating 50 min podcast)
Naval History Magazine Presents: The Battle of Midway (Editor – 9:34 min video)
Navy’s Biggest Mistake – Cancelling The Martin P6M SeaMaster (Editor – 16:34 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – NOVEMBER
(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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