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NAC News – Edition K327 Stormont (WW2 River Class Frigate)

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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(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”.