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Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 11th, 2019
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- BCIT Marine Campus Open House, 265 West Esplanade, North Vancouver, 10 am – 7 pm, Friday 18 Oct 2019
- Are you available for Memory Project speaking engagements around Remembrance Day 2019?
- Vanguard Launches First-Ever Canadian Submarine Event (Editor – The next big challenge! The Deep Blue 2020 Forum, a one-day event, will take place on 29 October 2020, details to follow)
- ★ Analysis: With Canadians tuned out on defence, political parties can safely ignore the topic at election time (Editor – This is why NAC’s naval affairs programme is so vital)
- ★ A Third NSS Shipyard
- Visit highlights Canada-UK partnership
- Seaspan-Built CCG Ship Heads for Sea Trials
- The CGAI Podcast Network (Editor – I will not be including each Podcast as they occur, but these are very useful on a range of issues…something to bookmark)
- Defence Team News – October 9th 2019 (Editor – 1:48 min video)
- Recruiting and Retention in the Canadian Armed Forces (Editor – useful RUSI paper)
- With billions of dollars at stake, all parties promise to fix defence purchases
- First RCAF C295 shows off final livery
- Met Tech keeps one eye on the weather, the other on the horizon
- A Touch of CLaS: Passion, people, and performance on board HMCS Calgary
- Canadian Armed Forces members released prior to February 2016 can now request a Veteran’s Service Card
- Alberta calls on Ottawa to reverse military health funding change
- Mouldy mattresses plague Canadian warships (Editor – comical what the press reports)
- Explore Vancouver Shipyard (Editor – Seaspan gave an excellent tour to the participants in the recent NOABC Conference held in North Vancouver. Really heartening to actually touch the initial hull modules of the new HMCS Protecteur. Enjoy this interactive presentation of the yard)
- Happy Retirement, Bill C-27!
- Alan Doyle Narrates Military Moments | Battle of the Atlantic (Editor – first-rate 5:28 min video, amazing images)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 7, 2019
- SOUTHCOM Will Keep Amphib USS Wasp Busy During Transit
- CBO: Navy’s Next Nuclear Attack Submarine Could Cost $5.5B a Hull
- Report to Congress on Coast Guard Cutter Procurement
- Last Navy F/A-18C Hornet makes final flight
- Watching The USS Gerald Ford Aircraft Carrier Take Shape (Editor – watch the included 2:21 min, a different look with the Island further aft…plus no steam catapult!)
- Meet Project TERN: DARPA’s Crazy Plan to Make Every Ship an Aircraft Carrier
- Carrier Ford Will Likely Have Only Two Weapon Elevators Ready When it Leaves Shipyard
- Golden Ray Pilot Praised for Intentionally Grounding the Ship, Preventing an Even Worse Disaster
- Panama Canal Reports Record FY 2019 Tonnage
- Princess Cruises Vessel Opens Panama Canal’s Cruise Season
- North Korean Fishing Boat’s Crew Rescued After Collision
- Ronald Reagan CSG, Boxer ARG Provide Ready to conduct operations in Indo-Pacific
- Pacific Fleet nuclear submarines hold torpedo duel off Kamchatka coast
- COSCO Tankers Go Dark (Editor – so much for the rule of law)
- South Korea pursuit of nuclear submarines heats up regional competition
- Singapore and US navies conduct live-firing at sea as part of bilateral exercise Pacific Griffin
- Navy launches industry engagement strategy
- Girt by sea: MINDEF’s Sea Power speech reinforces the role of RAN
- Chinese Warship Visit to Japan Part of Growing Military Charm Offensive
- French Marine Industry Group GICAN at PACIFIC 2019 – Day 1 (Editor – 8:05 min video)
- PACIFIC 2019 Day 1 – New designs by Austal, MHI, Whiskey Project, Kongsberg & L3Harris (Editor – 9:27 min video)
- Naval Group at PACIFIC 2019 – Australia future submarine program – Attack-class (Editor – 3:17 min video primarily on the new Australian submarine programme)
- ECA Group at PACIFIC 2019: Mine Warfare & Deperming Solutions (Editor – 5 min video, cool images)
- Build for and with: Discussing the strike capability of the Attack Class
- China Type 055 Destroyers | Asia’s Largest, Most Sophisticated & Most Lethal Combat Ships (Editor – 4:34 min video)
- ★ PODCAST: Common heritage, shared history and moving forward into a contested environment – VADM Paul Maddison, UNSW (Editor – scroll down and click on the arrow/bar to start the inciteful 32:38 min podcast packed with good points)
- Shipbuilding is sexy, but sustainment pays the bills: RADM Wendy Malcolm
- Safran to deliver optronic masts for Australian Attack subs
- South Australia launches plan to build the defence industry workforce of the future
- US blacklists 28 Chinese organizations and companies over Xinjiang camps
- ★ Trade and national security are intertwined
- Overloaded Kiribati ferry where 95 died had drunk crew
- Russian Defense minister Shoigu comments on army and navy rearmament
- Dynamic Mariner multinational maritime exercise begins in Spain
- French minehunter Croix du Sud undertakes operations in the Baltic Sea
- Royal Navy Tracks Russian Task Group
- Royal British Navy’s New OPVs Named
- Nine Dead, 22 Rescued from Migrant Boat off Sicily
- US, Greece hail strategic relationship after signing defence deal
- Russian missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov calls at Greek port
- French Navy Offshore Support and Assistance Vessel “Garonne” (Editor 5:17 min video)
- Shipping on Northern Sea Route up 40% this year
- Norway to open new rescue base in Arctic to deal with rising ship traffic
- Aker Arctic Wins Finnish Navy Supply Deal
- Poland Getting New Shipping Channel (Editor – a decades old dream comes true)
- Ferretti New Order Book Touches $510Mln
- Europe’s Largest Port Now Ready for Larger Ships (Editor – unreal dredging 6:50 min video)
- Hapag-Lloyd Ships Will Not Use Arctic Sea Routes
- Divided UN fails to agree on Turkey’s offensive in Syria
- Israel May Have 300 Nuclear Weapons (Including Submarine-Launched Missiles)
- Operation King Crab عملية “كِينْك كراب” – (يعني “سلطعون الملك”)
- Combined Maritime Forces Demonstrate Full Range of Counter Piracy Abilities and Techniques القوات البحرية المشتركة تثبت مجموعة شاملة من القدرات والتقنيات لمكافحة القرصنة
- Disruptions to Global Shipping Industry Explained (Editor – useful precis)
- Tanker Earnings Top $100,000-a-Day Mark
- Climate change: Polarstern icebreaker begins year-long Arctic drift
- Fast Facts: How do Hurricanes Form?
- The Shipbuilding Monument (Editor – a project of the Vancouver Naval Museum and Heritage Society)
- ★ One Russian Submarine Nearly Caused the Cuban Missile Crisis to Go Nuclear
- HMCS Quebec – Guide 145 (Editor – 4:53 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – OCTOBER
(Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN/Maritime events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are welcomed. The list draws primarily from the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, the “Canada Channel”, and “Legion Magazine”)
- 1 October 1910 Captain E.H. Martin, RCN, is appointed Captain-in-Charge, Halifax, thus establishing the Atlantic Command.
- 2 October 1952 HMCS Iroquois is hit in action by shore artillery batteries. Three men are killed, and ten wounded, becoming the only battle casualties suffered by the RCN during the Korean conflict.
- 4 October 1944 HMCS CHEBOGUE (frigate) is torpedoed by U -1227 800 miles west of the British Isles but is able to reach port.
- 8 October 1944 HMCS Mulgrave strikes a mine off Le Havre, is beached and becomes a total loss.
- 8 October 1992 The Governor-General, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries unveil the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa.
- 8 October 2001 Minister of Defence Art Eggleton announces the details of Canada’s contribution to the campaign against terrorism. Canada’s initial commitment involved 2000 personnel from the Canadian Forces and included the deployment of ships, aircraft and a small contingent of soldiers. It is the biggest mobilization of the armed forces since the Korean War.
- 13 October 1710 The defenders of Port Royal surrender to a British naval expedition.
- 13 October 1910 Her Majesty’s Dockyard, Halifax, is transferred to Canadian ownership by a British Order in Council.
- 14 October 1944 HMCS MAGOG (frigate) is torpedoed and badly damaged by U-Boat 1223 in the St. Lawrence River off Pointe des Montes.
- 16 October 1915 An Order-in-Council gives the Hospitals Commission authority to provide retraining and rehabilitation for disabled veterans.
- 16 October 1944 HMCS Annan sinks the German submarine U-1006 south of the Faeroes.
- 17 October 1944 HMCS Prince Henry and HMCS Prince David engage in landing liberation forces in Greece (17-18 Oct).
- 20 October 1940 HMS Windflower, the first corvette built in Canada, is commissioned into the Royal Navy with a Canadian crew. She is turned over to the RCN in 1941.
- 21 October 1910 HMCS Niobe arrives in Halifax, the first Canadian warship to arrive at her base in Canada.
- 21 October 1942 HMCS Royal Roads becomes the Royal Canadian Naval College and commences training cadets.
- 21 October 1943 HMCS CHEDABUCTO Sunk after night collision with the cable vessel LORD KELVIN, 30 miles from Rimouski, Quebec. She is later beached and becomes a total loss.
- One officer was lost.
- 21 October 1944 HMCS Uganda (later Quebec) is commissioned, becoming Canada’s first cruiser since Aurora was paid off in 1922.
- 22 October 1914 HMCS Niobe makes her first operational patrol off the Strait of Belle Isle.
- 22 October 1940 HMCS MARGAREE (Destroyer) lost in the North Atlantic, after collision with the freighter PORT FAIRY, while escorting the five-ship convoy OL.8. 142 of her ship’s company were lost, many of which were survivors of FRASER’s tragic sinking.
- 23 October 1939 HMCS SAGUENAY (Destroyer) intercepted the German tanker Emmy Friederich which scuttled herself.
- 23 October 1969 on board HMCS Kootenay: an explosion occurred. The blast and intense engine room fire would become known as one of the worst peacetime accidents in the history of the RCN, with nine of her crew killed. Three years later, six crew members received medals honouring their bravery during the incident. Chief Petty Officer V.O. Partanan was posthumously awarded the Cross of Valour.
- 25 October 1940 HMCS Bras D’Or an auxiliary minesweeper founders in the North Atlantic, she sank with all hands (5 officers and 25 crew).
- 25 October 1944 HMCS SKEENA Wrecked in a storm, and grounded near Reykjavik, Iceland. Fifteen lives were lost.
- 26 October 1952 HMCS CRUSADER destroys a North Korean supply train near Songjin: RCN gunners account for the destruction of eight enemy trains during the conflict.
- 28 October 1955 HMCS St. Laurent (second of name) is commissioned as the first warship of all-Canadian design and construction.
- 30 October 1918 HMCS Galiano was lost, with all her crew of 39 and one female passenger, in Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island. HMCS Galiano and her crew of Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reservists was the only Canadian Naval vessel lost during the First World War – only 12 days before the armistice to end the “war to end all wars”.