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NAC News – Edition 442

NAC News – Edition 442

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 31st, 2021

Edition 442  (Editor – not a cheery quote to bring in the New Year but given the Ukraine and Taiwan situations.  “While there are heated exchanges – wars, indeed – of words and ideas between historians, anthropologists and sociobiologists, the evidence seems to be on the side of those who say that human beings, as far back as we can tell, have had a propensity to attack each other in organized ways – in other words, to make war.”  Margaret McMillian: War, How conflicts shape us, Penguin Canada 2020 pg. 5


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

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14 January 2022 10-11 (AM Eastern Time): CSIS and USNI present an online presentation in the Maritime Security series – Dialogue: FIFTH Fleet Mission and Operations Update featuring Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, Commander, United States Naval Forces, Central Command / Commander, FIFTH Fleet and Commander, Combined Maritime Forces. Vice Admiral Cooper and Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.), Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, U.S. Naval Institute, will discuss the priorities and operational imperatives of the FIFTH Fleet area of responsibility.

NEW 26 January 2022 1300-1500 (Halifax time)  Hold a spot for RUSI(NS) and NORAD & USNORTHCOM hosting of Distinguished Speakers Commander Corey Gleason, Commanding Officer, HMCS Harry DeWolf, and Captain Al McCabe, United States Coast Guard 17th District, to speak to RUSI(NS) and guests with “Arctic Maritime Security: US Coast Guard and Canadian Navy Operations.”  Invitations to follow.

NEW 28 April 2022  A ray of sunshine for 2022.  Initial planning has commenced for a BOA Gala Dinner in 2022.  This will be the first BOA dinner since 2018 and as in the past, the NAC will honour Canada’s Naval Veterans with a special evening at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.  To their great credit, the Ottawa Branch will undertake yet again the BOA dinner on behalf of NAC National to raise funds to support the Naval Affairs programme, which has expanded since 2020 with significant contributions to the nation-wide discussion on why Canada needs a capable and effective RCN.  Subject of course to the situation regarding provincial and local COVID restrictions, the Dinner will be held on the evening of 28 April 2022, the Thursday before Battle of the Atlantic Sunday.  Mark your calendars and details to unfold over time.



Russia warns of ‘grave consequences’ after U.S. reaffirms threat of sanctions over Ukraine

Biden signs act inviting Taiwan to RIMPAC, boosting asymmetric defenses

South Korea presidential contender vows to seek nuclear-powered submarines, months after Australia’s Aukus deal



Your RCN – 2021 Year in Review (Editor – a snappy little video and good summary of RCN ops in 2021 – it might make you dizzy!)

Ottawa needs a whole new approach to national security threats, experts say

Canadian warships starting to show age, replacements years away, Navy commander says and Bridging the [CSC] Gap (Editor – interesting but probably a nugatory discussion)

Editor – Sniped off Twitter…Tribal-class destroyer HMCS Huron (G24)1944 The proportional model: scale 1:700



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 27, 2021

Top Stories 2021: U.S. Navy Acquisition

More Than 8,000 Navy Personnel Remain Unvaccinated Against COVID-19 as Reserve Deadline Passes

Report on Navy TAGOS(X) Ocean Surveillance Shipbuilding Program

Nearly 25 percent of USS Milwaukee crew has COVID-19, officials say

US Navy rolls out upgraded flight control tech MAGIC CARPET for carrier landings

General Atomics awarded support contract for USS Doris Miller aircraft carrier

LCS USS Montgomery CO, XO Relieved from Command

Report to Congress on the Navy Next-Generation Logistics Ship

VT Halter Marine awarded Navy contract for second Polar Security Cutter

Tandanor will build a new icebreaker for the Argentinian Navy

U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAS Arrives in Jacksonville, Florida

Argentina creates Joint Maritime Command to patrol national waters

Chile uses ex-Dutch L-frigates for spare parts, end of ships closer

UAF’s GINA Provides a Guiding Hand in Arctic Ocean Research (Editor – UAF is University of Alaska Fairbanks)

After Deadly Dive Boat Fire, USCG Issues New Passenger Vessel Rules

CDC Data Shows Two-Thirds of Cruise Ships Are Reporting COVID Cases and Avoid cruises even if vaccinated, CDC tells Americans

The Supply Chain Story: A Year-End View

Product Tanker Sinks in the Bahamas After Being Hit by Luxury Yacht



Op-Ed: Five Myths Contribute to Tensions in the South China Sea (Editor – older article with a bit of balance to the issue)

Japanese Cabinet Approves $47B Defense Budget (Editor – approximately twice Canada’s defence budget, but still only 1% of their GDP.  Japan is one of the top 10 defence budgets in the world The included pie chart is an interesting comparison)

China’s Desert Storm Education

Aircraft carrier Liaoning wraps up open sea exercises and deals with foreign close-in reconnaissance (Editor – with a Chinese spin…)

Myanmar Navy commissions Type 35B Ming-class submarine and China’s Surprise Submarine Move Shows Its Growing Power

India Secretly launchesS4 Nuclear Boat (SSBN): Report

South Korea decommissions 3 Pohang-class corvettes, 5 Chamsuri-class fast patrol boats

Type 054A/P frigate of Pakistan Navy will use Chinese CM-501GA anti-ship missiles from Z-9EC helicopter

PT Lundin Unveils Fast Attack Craft Trimaran KRI Golok (688) for Indonesian Navy

New Brahmos Manufacturing Center In India To Produce Up To 100 Cruise Missiles Per Year and Philippines to Acquire Indian BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

North Korea launches 1st cargo ship in 5 years

Indonesia seeks cooperation among ASEAN coast guards

Indonesia Begins Sea Acceptance Test of Second Purpose-built Hospital Ship KRI Dr Wahidin Soedirohusodo (991) (Editor – what useful ships for such a large “archipelagic states”)

Wakashio captain, 1st officer get 20 months in prison for causing Mauritius oil spill

China Float’s First 24,000 TEU Boxship Built for Evergreen

Bangladeshi Ferry’s Owners Run From the Law After Fatal Fire

Another LNG Cargo Diverted from China to Europe Mid Voyage

World’s 1st zero-emission all-electric tanker launched in Japan

Video: World’s First Hydrogen Carrier Departs Japan on Maiden Voyage

China closes ranks in battle for rare earth control (Editor – not a maritime article but one with unknown ramifications)



What happens when US rejects Putin’s ultimatum? and from the BBC Ukraine tensions: Putin tells Biden new sanctions could rupture ties

SECDEF Orders U.S. Carrier USS Harry S. Truman to Stay in Mediterranean to Reassure Allies

Panel: West Must be Prepared to Send More Military Aid to Ukraine to Deter Russia

NATO Accession of Sweden and Finland Would Lead to ‘Adequate Response’ From Russia

Russia’s second Lada-class submarine wraps up 1st phase of sea trials

Funding allocated for next batch of Type 26 Frigates

Ukrainian, French navies hold joint maneuvers in north-western Black Sea

German Government Approved Additional One Type 218SG Submarine to Republic of Singapore Navy

USS Arleigh Burke completes inaugural forward deployed patrol

Generalissimus Suvorov Borey-A-class submarine to reinforce Russia’s Pacific Fleet

Russian Navy corvette Provorny may be restored in five years after shipyard fire – source

British (Royal) Navy plans to introduce five Type 32 frigates

Turkey’s Dearsan Shipyard Unveils New Combat USV

Record Cocaine Seizures at the Port of Rotterdam in 2021 

Bankrupt Luxury Yacht Yard Perini Navi Sold At Auction



Iran says it launched rocket into space, cites ‘research objectives’ (Editor – not a maritime event but one with regional implications)

13 years on: PLA Navy continues escorting in Gulf of Aden

Video: Suspected Israeli Strike Sparks Massive Fire at Port of Latakia

INS Sudarshini visits Iran

U.S. navy ships interdict heroin worth $4 million with international task force



Captured Pirate Transferred to Ghanaian Hospital After Amputation

Ports from Palma to Tahiti Move to Place Limits on Cruise Ships

Inmarsat Launches ‘World’s Most Sophisticated Communications Satellite’

Protector and penguins: Navy research ship in cutting-edge climate research and Icebreaker HMS Protector makes Royal Navy history with polar expeditions

Antarctica’s “Doomsday” Glacier Could Raise Sea Level by Two Feet

The Top Ten News Stories of 2021



How Allied Submarines Crippled Japan in WW2 (Editor – 16:58 min video) and more on the early clumsy efforts at the start of the war The USN Pacific Submarine Campaign – The Dark Year (Dec’41 – Dec’42) in a 39:37 min video.

The UK’s Historic Ships and HMS Medusa (Editor – a little different The Mariner’s Mirror in a 27 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”, The Naval Service of Canada, Its Official History Vol 1-3, and Roger Litwiller’s excellent web site, encyclopedic guidance from Fraser McKee, the site, and anywhere else I can find credible information.  For a comprehensive list of the staggering merchant losses – sunk, damaged, or lost – here is an excellent web page: Canadian Merchant Ship Losses of the Second World War, 1939-1945 by Rob Fisher {Revised June 2001})

  • 1 January 1907  Military – British Admiralty provisionally hands over the Halifax Dockyard to Canadian authorities.
  • 1 January 1923 The National Defence Act, which was passed in June 1922, takes effect, creating the Department of National Defence.
  • 1 January 1946 The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve together become the RCN (Reserve).  From this date officers of the Regular Force and Reserve wore the same sleeve lace.
  • 1 January 1991 The crew of HMCS Preserver flies to the Persian Gulf to relieve HMCS Protecteur’s crew.
  • 3 January 1941 Canada and the U.S. acquire air bases at Gander, Newfoundland, and Goose Bay, Labrador, on a 99-year lease.
  • 4 January 1943 HMCS Prince Henry is re-commissioned as Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
  • 4 January 1945  German U-boats torpedo steamship “Polarland” near Halifax; Canadian merchant ship “Nipiwan Park” also had her bow was blown off up almost to the bridge, but she was towed into Halifax, rebuilt, bought by Irving Oil as a tanker. As an extra note, all the Park ships were named after actual parks.  But the park she was named after in Manitoba is Nipawin Park.  The spelling & launching name error was not noticed until much later!
  • 4 January 1781 Royal Navy press gang seizes Lunenburg farmers in Halifax and puts them on a British Man-of-War, despite a jury finding that the impressment is illegal.
  • 7 January 1941 A Special Committee of the Cabinet War Committee recommends that Japanese-Canadians not be allowed to volunteer for the armed services on the grounds that there is strong public opinion against them.
  • 8 January 1944 HMCS Camrose commanded by A/LCDR L. Raymond Pavillard, RCNR, and HMS Bayntun sank the German submarine U-757 in the North Atlantic.
  • 9 January 1945 HMCS Ehkoli, a former RCN patrol boat, is re-commissioned in the RCN as a survey vessel.
  • 11 January 1957 HMCS Magnificent arrives in Port Said with the main body of the Canadian contribution in troops and materiel to the United Nations Emergency Force controlling the Israeli-Egyptian border.
  • 13 January 1943  RCN corvette HMCS Ville de Québec commanded by LCdr A.R.E. Coleman, RCNR sank the German submarine U-224 west of Oran Algeria.
  • 14 January 1952 HMCS Uganda is renamed Quebec.
  • 15 January 1991 The UN security Council deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait passes and the Persian Gulf War begins.
  • 17 January 1957 HMCS Bonaventure is commissioned at Belfast, Northern Ireland.  She is the first aircraft carrier to be owned outright by Canada and incorporates several post-war technical developments: an angled deck, mirror landing aid, and steam catapult.
  • 19 January 1911 The Royal Naval College of Canada opens in Halifax.
  • 19 January 1943 HMCS Port Arthur commanded by Lt Edward T. Simmons, RCNVR sank the Italian Submarine Tritone in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 21 January 1975 HMCS Assiniboine rescues eight crew members from a merchant ship foundering off Nova Scotia in a daring Sea King helicopter rescue.
  • 22 January 1942 The Canadian Naval Board is established.
  • 24 January 1932 HMC Ships Skeena and Vancouver land armed parties at Acajutla, El Salvador, to protect British subjects threatened in a revolution.
  • 24 January 1946 HMCS Warrior, the RCN’s first aircraft carrier, is commissioned and Nos.803, 825, 826 and 883 Squadrons (already manned by Canadians) are transferred from the Royal Navy.
  • 26 January 1955 Cabinet approves the entry of members of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service as members of the RCN Regular Force.
  • 29 January 1914 First public parade of  Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
  • (RNCVR) in Victoria. With ex-RN instructors.
  • 30 January 1991 At the Battle of Babiyan two CF-18s were diverted to attack an Iraqi fast patrol boat that had managed to escape destruction by other aircraft.  After two strafing runs with the CF-18s 20 mm guns, the boat was irreparably damaged and later found to have sought safe-haven in Iran.
  • 31 January 1923 The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve are established.  Twenty-two years later during the second world about 100,000 officers and men were enrolled in the RCN, the RCNR, and the RCNVR, and some 6,500 women in the WRCNS.  The peak strength of the entire Naval Service was reached in January 1945 with over 92,000 including Wrens.


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