NAC News – Edition K327 Stormont (WW2 River Class Frigate)
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 18th, 2019
Edition – K327 Stormont (WW2 River Class Frigate, of note, she was converted to Aristotle Onassis’s famous yacht Christina O)
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- Are you available for Memory Project speaking engagements around Remembrance Day 2019?
- ★ NAC Naval Affairs – need a Christmas gift for someone in your family or do you want to donate a book to a local school library – NAC Naval Affairs will be launching a children book soon – “Mom’s in the Navy” – more details coming soon!!!
- 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)
- ★ HMCS Kootenay (Editor – October 23rd, 1969 at 8:21am HMCS Kootenay suffered a devastating gearbox explosion. It is the worst peacetime accident in the history of the RCN. A touching 1:25 min memorial video)
- Irving Shipbuilding Hands Over HMCS Montreal to Royal Canadian Navy
- COMMENTARY: Canada needs to plan ways to meet China’s military challenge (Editor – a bit of a hodgepodge of ideas, but some thoughts worth consideration)
- ★ The magnetic lure of strategic geography (Editor – an Australian article. but worthy of consideration by many nations)
- The Demise of the National Shipbuilding Strategy: Is it Inevitable?
- CP bulletin, Oct. 16, 1942: U-boat sinks SS Caribou in Cabot Strait
- Naval Cadets enjoy USN exchange
- Analysis: Bloc Québécois push for more shipbuilding contracts for Davie, cancellation of AOPS
- Cruise ship industry responds to Victoria’s motion to reduce emissions
- Photos: Through the Northwest Passage with the Manhattan in 1969 (Editor – I recall when I was a young lad seeing her in Halifax with a large hole in her side from the ice. I’ve not seen that mentioned anywhere…)
- Future Arctic Navigation and Northwestern Atlantic Ports (Editor – interesting read)
- Courtenay’s refurbished HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial hosting grand re-opening celebration
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 15, 2019
- CNO Gilday: Navy Needs Partnerships to Remain Strong as it Moves to Higher-End Warfare
- The US still needs aircraft carriers
- Report to Congress on Navy Amphibious Warship Programs
- The American crackdown on Chinese intelligence
- ★ How to Make Sure the U.S. Navy Can Beat China in a War: Diesel Submarines?
- Coast Guard Seeks To Bring New Bidders Onto Modified Offshore Patrol Cutter Contract
- U.S.Navy’s Newest Expeditionary Sea Base Ship Completed Sea Trials
- HMAS Brisbane prepares for combat system trials off the west coast of US
- ★ US Crude Exports Expected to Double by 2022
- Japan cancels maritime fleet review after typhoon: spokesman
- North Korea’s New Nuclear Missile – Pukguksong-3 (Editor – useful explanation, excuse the included commercial unless you think you need it J)
- ★ South Korea doubles down with new, expanded aircraft carrier plans
- South Korea Navy to acquire two Nuclear Power Submarine
- Malaysia Readies for the Worst in South China Sea
- China’s new carrier doing its last sea trial
- Exclusive: Satellite images reveal China’s aircraft carrier ‘factory,’ analysts say
- INS Kamorta – One Step Closer To Making The Indian Navy A True Blue-Water Navy (9:16 min video)
- China Is Leasing an Entire Pacific Island. Its Residents Are Shocked.
- White House Asks COSCO Dalian to Keep AIS Turned On
- Minehunters proudly display their skills in Korea
- The command and replenishment ship Somme (A631) takes part at Corymbe Mission
- Ensuring a capable Navy (Editor – interview with Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mike Noonan)
- Chinese warship banners at the Tokyo dock to encourage Japanese people
- North Korea demands Japan pay compensation for sinking fishing boat – KCNA
- Bangladesh Warships for first Naval Drills with Indian Navy
- Chinese send officers to Sea Power meeting
- South Asian Shipbreaking Yards Claim 19 Lives So Far in 2019
- India to Develop 204 Minor Ports
- PACIFIC 2019 Day 3 – Navantia JSS, Submarine Cabin Concept, MTU Engine, Serco RSV Nuyina (Editor – exhibit’s final 8:20 min video)
- Russia announces massive trans-Arctic nuclear war games
- British Navy’s HMS Sutherland shows her flare during night shoot (Editor – useful ammo types)
- Russian patrol ship transits Black Sea Straits in deployment to Mediterranean
- Guided-missile Destroyer USS Porter Operates Black Sea, Visits Ukraine
- World’s First Hypersonic Missile Submarine: The Zircon Missile by Russian Navy (Editor – 5:11 min video)
- Polish Navy Launches “Albatros” Mine Hunter
- Watch This Crazy Video: UK F-35s Will Use Strange Rolling Carrier Landings in HMS Queen Elizabeth (Editor – for you aviators, an entertaining 10:07 min video)
- HNLMS Karel Doorman – Incredibly, This Warship Has Dual Nationalities: Netherlands and Germany (Editor – impressive 8:55 min video)
- NATO RV Alliance is not just quiet, it’s ice-capable
- Unmanned ship to go on 400-year-old journey across the Atlantic
- World’s largest air-cushion amphibious assault ship to undergo repairs at Baltic shipyard
- Ukrainian Captain to be Charges over Danube Disaster
- MSC Rules Out Using the Northern Sea Route
- Video: Cruise Ship Sets New Record for Transit of Corinth Canal (Editor – not something you see every day)
- Trump authorizes sanctions on Turkey as Syrian army moves into Kurdish-held territory
- Iranian Tanker Reportedly Hit by Missiles Off Saudi Coast, Iran Media Reports
- First Photos of Damaged Iranian Tanker Released (Editor – strange place for missile hit)
- Royal Navy, French Navy Team Up for Arabian Sea Drug Bust
- Pentagon Hasn’t Extended Carrier Lincoln Deployment as More Troops Headed to Saudi Arabia
- U.S. Sanctions Hit Global Oil Fleet as Traders Shun Nearly 300 Tankers
- Global Piracy on the Decline, IMB Report Indicates
- Ships are illegally dumping plastic trash at sea, study suggests
- Ballast Water Management Convention Amendments Enter Into Force
- Midget U-Boats: Germany’s Tiny Submarines (Editor – I knew about the Japanese, British, and Italian midget submarines…the German story is truly bizarre. A 10:30 min video)
- HMCS Ontario – Guide 148 (Editor – a follow on after Quebec last week)
- The Drydock – Episode 001 (Editor – WARNING, this is the first of a series of lengthy naval history videos that are highly addictive and should only be viewed by someone who can spare the time! Not to induce addiction, I will only give you the first edition and you may “search” YouTube for the remaining 66 editions J )
- Story of HMS Queen Elizabeth and Westlant 19 deployment August-September 2019 (1:46 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”.