NAC News – Edition J395 HMCS Kalamalka
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of February 3rd, 2021
Edition – J395 HMCS Kalamalka (WWII Llewellyn Class minesweeper)
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- ★ The National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Canadian Surface Combatant NAC Naval Affairs paper – (Editor – NAC must read extensive paper that has just been published)
- ★ Editor – Impact of COVID on Sea and Navy League Cadet programmes – maybe you – yes you, can help (See Scuttlebutt below for the full comment from Rod)
- 10 Feb – Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University: The Americas Series Session 2 – Americas as a Naval Market & Mexican naval strategy. First part: Discussion of North, South, and Latin America as a naval market. Second, an often-overlooked maritime force (Mexican Navy) and its strategy. Via Zoom for 10 Feb 2021 10:00 AM EST. Registration (free) is required.
- 11 Feb – The HJS Zoom Event Series: ‘UK Maritime Policy: The role of the Carrier Strike Group‘ – Thursday 11th Feb, 3pm-4pm (GMT) Registration (free) is required.
- 17 Feb – RUSI(NS) Zoom presentation Wednesday, 17 February 2021. Cmdre James Clarke; Deputy Director of the Strategy, Policy and Plans Directorate; NORAD and USNORTHCOM. “NORAD Modernization: Enabling Forward Operations.” Register, by email RUSINovaScotia@gmail.com by close of business Sunday, 14 Feb. Subject line for registration email is: RUSI(NS)/N-NC Distinguished Speaker 17 February 2021 Registration. Please provide your name and organization in message text.
- 18 Feb – Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University: The Americas Series Session 3 – Canada & USA This presentation covers two North American countries with rich naval tradition and sizeable navies, Canada and the United States. Via Zoom 18 Feb 2021 10:00 AM EST. Registration (free) is required.
- 10-11 Jun – Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS) : Canada’s Pacific Gateway, Past Present and Future. Annual conference (Virtual) 10–11 June 2021 and AGM Saturday 12 June 2021. Conference theme “Canada’s Pacific Gateway, past present and future.” Proposals are invited for papers or presentations related to the general theme of Canada’s wider Pacific Ocean dimensions or other maritime contemporary and historical topics. Conference to commemorate the 150th anniversary of BC joining Canada, 25 July 1871. Earlier plans for conference in Victoria on same dates have been cancelled.
- ★ The National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Canadian Surface Combatant (Editor – NAC must read extensive paper that has just been published)
- National Defence grappling with new delay in $60B warship project and Navy needs to prepare for tough talks over warship delays, cost increases: Norman plus Brace for impact — DND gets ready for Auditor General’s report on National Shipbuilding
- Interview: The Royal Canadian Navy’s Role In The Indo-Pacific Region (Editor – great interview with Adm Art McDonald as our new CDS)
- Your Navy Today – January 2021 (Editor – newly posted edition)
- Defence Team News | 3 February 2021 (Editor – Cmdre Bradley Peats speaks about his recent appointment as Commander of SNMG1 in a 2:39 min video)
- Editor – The winter issue of Canadian Naval Review has been printed and an e-copy has been posted online. A good sampling of the excellent free access articles)
- Pacific fleet readies for large-scale training exercise
- Future HMCS Max Bernays moves outdoors (Editor – plus a 2:38 min company video)
- Canadian Navy using leased supply ship more often — contract boosted by $71 million
- Canada stresses need for cooperation at Arctic Frontiers conference
- Canada bans pleasure craft and cruise ships in its Arctic waters for another year
- Ultra awarded Canadian Surface Combatant subcontract to provide Variable Depth Sonar
- AOPS/JSS In Service Support (AJISS) Presentation to the Naval Association of Canada by Jamie Turcotte of Thales Canada February 1, 2021 (Editor – PowerPoint slide deck)
- Allegations of inappropriate behaviour against Vance ‘troubling,’ say Defence leaders and Liberal, Conservative governments were made aware of allegations against Vance: sources
- Top defence procurement official to retire (Editor – useful appointment)
- Vice-Admiral Mark Norman Leadership Award presented to HMCS Queen Charlotte sailor
- Message from CRCN: Command-Level Review and Administrative Review Process for the Mihajlovic case concludes and Sailor booted out of Canadian navy over involvement with online hate groups
- Special Forces pulls new pistols from service after soldier injured in misfire
- U of A pilot project to give extra support to military veterans transitioning to civilian careers
- All for one: how unification shook up the military
- The life and death of HMCS Cormorant—the legendary ship you’ve never heard of
- Kyle Scott: The medals man
- Crew of Filipino sailors recovering in Halifax after member killed, 3 injured
- Plan to Electrify Canadian Ferries Supporting Domestic Shipbuilding
- sigma S6 WaveSignal™ (Editor – a novel radar-based wave system that delivers real-time prediction of quiet period operational windows, providing valuable information to mariners)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 1, 2021
- ★ Captain Livingstone: Guns, Germs, and Steel (Editor – interesting points raised)
- U.S. Would Benefit from Partner Navies, Flexibility of 2nd and 6th Fleets If Russian Conflict Arose
- Update On The U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Program
- Navy Questioning How to Sustain Fleet in High-End Fight, Says Analyst
- Report on U.S.-China Competition in East, South China Sea
- The U.S. Navy Can’t Seem To Build Cruisers—Here’s Why
- Submarine maker to add jobs amid $39 billion backlog in work
- New Sonar Sees Underwater From The Air, Promising To Transform Anti-Submarine Warfare
- Light Carrier Studies Already Underway As Navy Considers Role for CVLs in Future Fleet
- Why the F/A-18 Super Hornet program must continue
- The US Navy is planning to ‘recycle’ one of its first supercarriers. Here’s what’s next for USS Nimitz.
- Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University: The Americas Series (Editor – Edition 392 introduced the America’s session and here is the first presentations in a 1:24:48 hr video about Sealift and Merchant Marine & US Coast Guard)
- Navy Releases Latest Round of USS Thresher Documents (Editor – fifth release in this 301 page significant doc)
- Task Force One Navy Issues More than 50 Recommendations to Improve Diversity in the Service
- How do aircraft catapults work? (Editor – 5:44 min video, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) [3:16 min video] is replacing steam aboard the USS Ford)
- Proceedings Podcast Episode 205 – Desert Storm Lessons Learned (Editor – Historian Ed Marolda reviews the USN lessons learned during Desert Storm in this 43:41 min podcast)
- 16 Plead Guilty in Merchant Mariner License Exam Scandal
- French Navy Frigate Intercepts 4.2 Tons Of Cocaine In The Caribbean
- Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Returns After $10M Cocaine, Marijuana Bust
- Biggest Gateway for U.S. Imports Hit by Record Ship Bottleneck
- Maersk Essen Arrives in Mexico with Collapsed Containers
- CIMSEC Confused Seas: searching for maritime security in an insecure world
- Apologise or appease? Either way Australia will face challenges in the China relationship and ASPI chief warns Congress of Taiwanese flash point for 2021 (Editor – two non-maritime articles that are food for thought about China’s rise. So, do we stand with Australia, a nation that is like Canada is so many ways, a national that we have been allied with through wars thick and thin…and the special AUSCANUKUS relationship?)
- ‘Crisis’ of American power reveals dependence of global allies
- Overview of South China Sea Disputes and U.S. Policy
- U.S. sends warship through Taiwan Strait for first time under Biden
- UK, Japan Concerned Over East, South China Seas Situation
- Carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth Will Drill with Japanese in Pacific During Deployment
- Keel-laying ceremonies for 5th, 6ths subs of project 636.3 for Pacific Fleet due 2021
- Rosoboronexport ready to bid for P75i submarine tender for Indian Navy
- Why Are There No Biographies of Xi Jinping? (Editor – not a maritime article but a glimpse of an enigmatic man on a mission)
- China to have drills in South China Sea and Flood Of Chinese Aircraft South Of Taiwan Continues Days After Mock Attack Runs On U.S. Carrier
- First Image Of China’s New Nuclear Submarine Under Construction
- One in five sailors in China’s submarines in South China Sea suffer from mental health problems: report
- Guided missile destroyer Jinan and frigate Changzhou of Chinese Navy conduct naval exercise in the East China Sea
- Chinese PLA Navy Deploys Icebreaker Haibing for 84th Ice Survey Mission (Editor – home waters with 1:12 min video included)
- Australia to procure new landing craft and amphibious vehicles
- China launches 2nd Type 054A/P frigate for Pakistan
- Taiwan expels thousands of Chinese dredgers from its waters
- Evergreen linked to order for twenty 15,000 TEU boxships (Editor – strange bedfellows)
- More Containers Lost in the Pacific as 41 Go Overboard from MSC Ship
- ★ Sagging effect in Cargo Ship MV ARVIN | ship break accident and sank at Black Sea (Editor – startling 2:33 min video)
- North Atlantic Council Statement on the Extension of the New START Treaty
- New Off-the-Shelf Autonomous Sub Runs on its Own for Two Weeks
- Here’s what we know about Turkey’s newly launched homemade frigate
- Turkey’s ATMACA Anti-Ship Missile aces latest tests, achieves IOC (Editor – 2:03 min video)
- Russian jet flies low past USS Donald Cook in Black Sea
- Russian Navy frigate visits Greece in long-distance deployment
- UK Government confirm Type 31 steel to be cut this year
- Dreadnought submarine ‘on track’ for first delivery early 2030s
- Contract awarded for drone jammers for Royal Navy ships
- Poseidon build for Norway begins
- Tanker embarks on first ever mid-winter voyage on Northern Sea Route
- USS Nimitz Heading to West Coast After SECDEF Orders Strike Group Home
- F-35s, 3 Amphib Warships, 2,500 Marines Operating Closer to Iran; Nimitz Reaches Edge of the South China Sea
- USS Philippine Sea interdicts over $2.8 million of heroin in north Arabian Sea (CTF 150 is currently commanded by Commodore Dan Charlebois, the fifth time Canada has commanded CTF 150. Canada has deployed 31 CAF personnel and one DND civilian to the Combined Maritime Forces HQ in Bahrain to lead CTF 150 until July 2021. HMCS Calgary is expected to join this Op ARTEMIS deployment in spring 2021)
- Russian Baltic Fleet’s naval group transits Suez Canal in long-distance deployment
- Iran MP Says Unfreezing $7 Billion May Help Release of South Korean Tanker and Iran Agrees To Release Crew Members Of Detained South Korean Ship
- Iran’s Best Submarines Have Been Out of the Water for a Month (Editor – as we know operating older SSK’s is a maintenance challenge)
- Naval News Monthly Recap – January 2021 (Editor – 5:20 min video)
- ★ Why are Billions of Dollars Worth of Ships Being Intentionally Destroyed? (Editor –
- something to ponder in this 13:44 min video)
- American Universities Declare War on Military History
- ★ Sea Levels Are Rising Faster Than Most Dire Forecasts
- Understanding the potential of hydrogen as a marine fuel
- Shipbuilder in Mozambique Debt Scandal Says It Made Payments to Now-President Nyusi
- The Outlook for LNG as a Marine Fuel
- Cargo ship attacked in Gulf of Guinea, USA bulk carrier UPDATE and Pirates Flee After Failed Bulker Hijacking Off Nigeria and EU and Nigeria Working to Address Issues in the Gulf of Guinea
★ Editor – Impact of COVID on Sea and Navy League Cadet programmes – maybe you can help)
I am ringing the general alarm for rescue stations. The pandemic is having a significant detrimental impacted on the delivery of both the Sea and Navy League Cadet programmes. I believe you are all aware of the logical CAF directed cessation of Corps drill nights, the closing of access to CAF facilities, stoppage of seasonal events such as biathlon competitions and band camps, and the shuttering of the summer camps. Hence both programmes are now delivered via Zoom, but the staff are understandably having challenges delivering remotely what should be hands-on programmes in a way that engages and inspires cadets…this situation is expected to continue for some months. These struggles have translated into a substantial decline in the number of cadets in both age groups joining and remaining with their Corps. I understand that these types of motivational problems are in the school system too, but participation isn’t elective there. I hasten to acknowledge that I do not have a solution to all their problems, but I do believe that if your NAC Branch investigates the status of your local Corps, they will discern various problems that they and maybe you will be able to help with. This is not a blame game, we are all in this together, and I also ask that whatever is decided, please work with our stalwart shipmates in the Navy League of Canada to mitigate any duplication of effort. For your attention.
- Alfa SSN (Editor – 51:16 min video telling the story of an extraordinary submarine)
- The huge nuclear disaster hidden by the Soviets (Editor – an OMG 7:13 min video)
- Trafalgar Battle Surgeon: William Beatty (fascinating 21:59 min podcast)
- TikTok’s Sea Chanteys: How Pandemic Life Has Mirrored Months at Sea (Editor – Couldn’t resist this fun and “gone viral” 1 min video that’s included)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – FEBRUARY
(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 February 1911 The first recruiting posters for the RCN are issued to post offices throughout Canada.
- 1 February 1968 The personnel and organization of the RCN, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force were unified into a single organization, the Canadian Forces.
- 5 February 1944 HMS Puncher, an aircraft carrier, is commissioned into the Royal Navy at Vancouver with a Canadian crew, but a British air complement.
- 6 February 6, 1943 – Italian aircraft attack and sink RCN Flower Class corvette HMCS Louisbourg east of Oran while she is escorting a convoy from Gibraltar to Bone, Algeria; 2 Officers, 35 crew, and 5 RN seaman are lost.
- 8 February 1943 HMCS Regina commanded by LCdr Harry Freeland, RCNR sinks the Italian submarine Avorio in the Mediterranean Sea.
- 10 February 1942 HMCS Spikenard is torpedoed by U136 and sunk in the North Atlantic. There were only 8 survivors and 57 perish.
- 14 February 1945 Five Motor Torpedo Boats (459, 461, 462, 465, 466) of the Canadian 29th Flotilla burn in Ostende harbour. 26 RCN crew are lost.
- 15 February 1965 The Maple Leaf becomes Canada’s official flag.
- 16 February 1945 HMCS St. John commanded by A/LCdr William R. Stacey, RCNR sinks the German submarine U-309 off the northeast coast of Scotland near Moray Firth.
- 18 February 1944 Sixteen Canadian minesweepers, in four divisions of four ships, begin to leave St. John’s for British waters to take part in the invasion of Normandy.
- 19 February 1944 Motor Torpedo boats of the 29th and 65th (Canadian) Flotillas began to be commissioned (continues until 31 March).
- 22 February 1943 – Operation Torch – RCN Flower Class corvette HMCS Weyburn strikes a mine laid by U-118 off the Strait of Gibraltar; the explosion kills one seaman of her crew of 77; before the ship sinks, all but two depth charges are rendered safe by throwing the detonators over the side; British destroyer HMS Wivern starts to remove the wounded and survivors when twenty minutes later an after bulkhead gives way and the corvette begins to sink; the two depth charges explode, killing 8 more sailors and wounding others in the water; Wivern’s engines and boilers are hit, leaving the ship dead in the water; 84 RCN and RN sailors are wounded in total. Gibraltar.
- 22 February 1945 HMCS Trentonian is torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine U1004 near Falmouth England, six of her ship’s company were lost.
- 24 February 1944 HMCS Waskesiu commanded by LCdr James P. Fraser, RCNR sank the German submarine U-257 in the North Atlantic.
- 27 February 1930 HMCS Thiepval is lost in Barkley Sound, British Columbia.
- 28 February 1946 HMCS Cornwallis is paid off (taken out of service) and new recruit training begins to be conducted at local naval depots.
- 28 February 1991 Operation Desert Storm, the combat phase of the Persian Gulf War ends.