NAC News – Edition 438
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 3rd, 2021
Edition – 438 “China is not developing its nuclear forces for some bolt out of the blue attack on America. It’s trying to lock the U.S. and China into some deeper mutual vulnerability stalemate, so that the U.S. cannot play the nuclear card in a conventional war, for example over Taiwan.” 15 November 2021, Caitlin Talmadge, Financial Times
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9 December 2021 – 12:15 to 1pm Ottawa time – the Navy League of Canada Virtual Maritime Affairs Lunch event is pleased to host the guest speaker RAdm (Retd) Simon Page ADM Defence and Marine Procurement PSPC. To join in with this likeminded organization email email@example.com and the login details will then be provided.
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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 and other providers. Soft and hard copy books. An e-book version in a wide-variety of formats is also available (Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Kobo, etc…)
Starshell Fall 2021 – (Editor – recently released)
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
Unvaccinated soldiers put others at risk: Gen. Eyre (Editor – a wider ranging 12:12 min video interview with the CDS than the title indicates) then CAF improves promotion selection process, beginning with General and Flag Officers
$500M in cocaine, pot seized in international waters offloaded in Broward, Coast Guard says (Editor – I missed pointing out last week that HMCS Harry DeWolf on her way around North America was in on the bust…indeed, great versatile ships) and a few more details HMCS Harry DeWolf makes first two drug busts
Gen. Wayne Eyre felt need to respond to predecessor’s letter to senior officers and Analysis: His own words sank Admiral Art McDonald as chief of the defence staff then Military says Adm. Art McDonald already faced ‘significant’ action as police report released
In this 22:15 min podcast Gale Force Wins interviews the Coxswain of HMCS Windsor Jason Thompson followed by PO2 Marcus Hibbert who is the senior Sonar Technician. They then chat with the Executive Officer Lt. Jay Finlayson and finally the Commanding Officer, CDR. Drew Matheson.
Christmas Daddies Navy Divers 2021 (Editor – support the 4 Dec 39th annual Christmas Daddies Navy Divers Run 50KM and fundraising campaign)
Special issue of the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health
Your Future Starts Today (Editor – 15 sec RCN recruiting video)
60 Seconds With Irene Laskowski (Editor – CAF combat rations in a 1:40 min video)
Babcock International Group has announced the appointment of Jerry McLean as Babcock Canada’s Chief Executive Officer. (Editor – Excellent retired RCN CSE, and Babcock is one of NAC’s sponsors)
USA & AMERICAS
Float, Move, and Fight – (Editor – an essay on how the U.S. Navy lost the shipbuilding race.)
F-35B Releases StormBreaker Smart Weapon In First-Ever Munition Drop and a Raytheon 56 sec video about the Stormbreaker
Dutton’s China warning: ‘The times in which we live have echoes of the 1930s’ (Editor – not a maritime article but an interesting look at Australia’s point of view)
Japan Plans To Double Military Spending In Rush To Bolster Air And Sea Defenses (Editor – another country bolstering their defences)
The past, present and future of maritime trade warfare (Editor – food for thought)
Naval Group Lays Keel Of 1st MCM Vessel Of Belgian-Dutch RMCM Program plus Keel Laying for the 1st MCM Vessel of the Belgian-Dutch rMCM Program (Editor – a 7:02 min video of the ceremony)
Video: Royal Navy F-35 Crashes on Takeoff Aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth (Editor – 16 sec video) and Crashed British F-35B found on sea bed
HMS Defender passes through Strait of Messina on homeward-bound journey (Editor – 27 sec highspeed video included)
Hellenic Navy welcomes new support ship (Editor – her earlier sistership in more detail Hellenic Navy Commissioned New General Support Ship HS Iraklis and a 3:41 min video)
How The Internet Travels Across Oceans (Editor – illuminating 6:24 min video)
World Catalina News – November 2021 (Editor – interesting look at an old aerial warrior)
Security Breaches to hit 1 in 3 critical infrastructure firms (Editor – not a maritime specific article, but certainly one with maritime implications)
The Secret Mulberries of D-Day (Editor – USNI amazing story in a 9:03 min video)
Titanium Submarines: The Soviet Secret Which Shocked The West (Really) (Editor – really good 24:14 min video)
Iconic Ships 13: Thermopylae – The Finest All-Round Clipper of Them All? (Editor – 40 min podcast)
naval-encyclopedia.com (Editor – web site I’ve stumbled upon, here is the Canadian WW2 section, love the pics)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – DECEMBER
(If you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and more modern significant dates are also welcome. 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”, Roger Litwiller’s excellent website, the encyclopedic guidance of NAC member and author Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information.
- 1 December 1948 HMCS Shearwater, RCN Air Station, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is commissioned.
- 2 December 1946 HMCS Middlesex goes aground on Shut-in Island near Halifax and becomes a total loss.
- 2 December 1968 The Canadian submarine HMCS Rainbow is commissioned; purchased from the United States, it was originally the USS Argonaut launched in 1944.
- 3 December 1969 As the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure is decommissioned, the aviation fuel tanks are emptied and cleaned, but on of the tanks does not vent properly; two sailors are overcome by the fumes and another two lose their lives during the rescue attempt.
- 4 December 1940 HMCS Prince Henry is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
- 4-6 Dec 1950 A United Nations task force under Captain J.V. Brock, RCN, in HMCS Cayuga, and consisting of HMC Ships Athabaskan and Sioux, His Majesty’s Australian Ships Warramunga and Bataan, the USS Forest Royal, covered the seaborne withdrawal of civilians and elements of the 8th Army (US) threatened by enemy advances in the Chinnampo area, Korea.
- 5 December 1950 HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Cayuga bombard the port of Chinnampo, Korea (04-05 Apr).
- 6 December 1917 Halifax Explosion. A huge explosion in Halifax harbour destroys the naval facilities and much of the city.
- 7 December 1941 Canada declares war on Romania, Hungary, Finland, and Japan.
- 7 December 1941 HMCS Windflower is lost and 23 of her crew perish after a collision with a Dutch freighter SS Zypenburg on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
- 8 December 1918 The Royal Canadian Naval Air Service is discontinued and the cadets being trained are demobilized.
- 10 December 1939 The first Canadian troop convoy of 7,400 soldiers sails for Britain escorted out of Halifax by HMC ships Ottawa, Restigouche, Fraser and St. Laurent.
- 12 December 1969 RCN retires aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure after 12 years of service; “Bonnie” never saw combat, but was scrambled during the October Missile Crisis; later sold for scrap. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 13 December 1940 HMCS Royal Roads is commissioned as a training establishment for Probationary Sub-Lieutenants.
- 14 December 1915 Flight Sub-Lieutenant A.S. Ince, RNAS while flying as observer in a Viewpoint aircraft shot down in flames a German two-seater. The victory, the first confirmed success credited to a Canadian airman, won for Ince the DSC, the first decoration awarded a Canadian in the RNAS.
- 17 December 1944 HMCS MONTREAL (frigate) rescues survivors of U-Boat 1209 wrecked on Wolf Rock southwest of Land’s End.
- 19 December 1945 The Government of Canada approves in principle the formation of a naval air branch.
- 20 December 1941 HMCS Adversus, ex-RCMP patrol ship, while on patrol was lost at sea when caught in a blizzard and run aground on McNutts Island near Shelburne, NS. All 16 crew survive.
- 20 December 1943 HMCS Prince David is re-commissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
- 24 December 1944 HMCS Clayoquot is torpedoed by a U806 and sinks while taking station on convoy XB.139, in the approaches to Halifax harbour. Eight of her crew were lost.
- 26 December 1954 HMCS ships HURON and IROQUOIS leave Korea for their home base in Halifax.
- 27 December 1942 HMC Ships St. Laurent commanded by LCdr Guy S. Windeyer, RCN, with HMCS Chilliwack, commanded by LCdr Clifton P. Coughlin, RCNVR, with HMCS Battleford commanded by Lt F.A. Beck, RCNVR, and HMCS Napanee commanded by Lt L.S. Henderson, RCNVR and other escorts in a melee sank the German submarine U-356 in the mid-Atlantic.
- 27 December 1944 HMCS St. Thomas commanded by LCdr Leslie P. Denny, RCNR in company with HMCS Sea Cliff commanded by LCdr J.E. Harrington, RCNVR directed St. Thomas onto her ASDIC contact and sank the German submarine U-877 in the North Atlantic.
- 28 December 1940 HMCS Prince David is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
- 29 December 1837: Canadian ‘volunteers’ under Captain Andrew Drew (ex-RN) cross upper Niagara River, seize supply schooner Caroline, supporting W.L. Mackenzie’s rebellious force on American Navy Island above the Falls. 1 US citizen killed, the ship is cut loose, strands on rocks above the Falls, breaks up and goes over. Canadians row home.
- 31 December 1990 The crew of HMCS Preserver flies to the Persian Gulf to relieve HMCS Protecteur’s crew.
- 31 December 1992 New Canadian military honours are created: The Victoria Cross, Star of Military Valour, Medal of Military Valour and Mention in Dispatches.
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