NAC News – Edition K328 Swansea (WW2 River Class) J328 Middlesex (WW2 Algerine Class)
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 25th, 2019
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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!!!
- 20 Nov – Ottawa ; Shaw Centre – The Navy League of Canada maritime affairs program presents MOMENTUM – Women in Security and Defence (This event features some very impressive and talented speakers, a great program and forums). Your NAC Executive Director hopes to see some of you there!
- Vanguard ShipTech Forum (Editor – The Westin, Ottawa, ON 25 February 2020, 7:30 – 17:00)
- 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)
- Trapped in the ‘bubble’: Why has the 2019 campaign ignored foreign policy? (Editor – sadly, it wasn’t just Defence Policy that wasn’t talked about during the election)
- Landing Craft for Canada’s DeWolf Class Complete Sea Trials
- Today’s letters: The anniversary of a naval disaster
- Ceremony commemorates 50th anniversary of HMCS Kootenay explosion
- Damage Control Training Facility Kootenay (Editor – timely RCN 2:34 min video)
- Ottawa Naval Staff move to new modernized headquarters
- Elbit Systems to Supply Electric Counter Measure Payload for Canadian Navy’s NOMAD Program
- Ship Arrivals – Last Updated 19 October 2019
- HMCS Regina dons new ‘dazzle’ paint aheaof RIMPAC 2020 exercise
- Coldwater man builds replica Haida destroyer (Editor – 1:54 min news story video)
- Sea Cadets sailing towards national competition (Editor – please send me your Sea Cadet news stories!)
- Junior sailor plots course for success
- Canada’s New Shipping Shortcut (Editor – not a new video but a good 1:16 min video refresher on the Northwest Passage)
- Sea urchin explosion decimates kelp forests off Pacific coast
- B.C. government to study proposal to build LNG ship-refuelling facility
- PSA sees new opportunities for Halterm
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 21, 2019
- Navy, Marines Wargaming New Gear to Support Emerging Warfare Concepts
- Report to Congress on U.S. Navy Frigate FFG(X) Program
- The Next America Class Amphibious Assault Ship : USS Bougainville (LHA-8) Begins Big Mission (Editor – 5:44 Min video)
- ★ Marines Test ‘Lightning Carrier’ Concept, Control 13 F-35Bs from Multiple Amphibs
- Carrier Ford May Not Deploy Until 2024, 3rd Weapons Elevator Certified
- Ford Completes Five-Day Fast Cruise Ahead of Sea Trials
- The Navy’s Fearsome SM-6 Missile Is a Frankenstein’s Monster
- Textron-Built Ship-To-Shore Connector Ready For Navy Acceptance Trials
- USS Mount Whitney LCC-20 – The Brain Of The US Navy
- Unmanned Solutions for the U.S. Navy’s Mine Warfare Renaissance
- Report: 377 Vessels Could Operate in the U.S. Arctic by 2030
- Gibbs & Cox: Historic Ship Designer Turns 90
- The Long Blue Line: America’s first ice ships and icebreakers
- China’s growing blue water naval capabilities raise questions
- ★ China May Not Be As Strong As You Think (Editor – 3:22 min useful video for perspective)
- Japan Releases Video of Collision with North Korean Trawler (Editor – 13:04 min video enclosed)
- Chinese Ship Exits Vietnam’s Waters After Disputed Surveys
- HMAS Parramatta joins international North Korean sanctions efforts
- Japan, China conduct 1st goodwill drill in 8 years
- Two Russian Tu-95MS bombers perform flight over Sea of Japan, Yellow and East China Seas
- Pacific Fleet’s ships arrive in Thailand from Russia
- Latest Chinese military rhetoric raises eyebrows
- Russia offers Philippines help building submarine force
- Implications for maritime trade – a NZ perspective
- Coast Guard planning to base three fast-response cutters on Guam, commandant says
- China steps up Pacific ambitions with plans for Solomon Islands infrastructure
- PLA’s J-20 fighters use stolen US tech: report
- Royal Malaysian Navy first KD Keris LMS 111 Undergoes Sea Trials
- Australian public being ‘left in the dark’ on national security: Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Kevin Scarce (Editor – not a naval article, but sage words too ponder)
- Navy Task Group staff achieve a first in Korea
- MADEX 2019 Day 1 – DSME, KSS III, LIG Nex1 USV, Poongsan (Editor – 12:40 min video)
- MADEX 2019 Day 2 – HHI, HCX-19, LPX-II, KDDX, Lacroix, Hanwha (Editor – 11:07 min video)
- Sunken Japanese Aircraft Carrier Kaga Discovered
- Second Japanese Aircraft Carrier Wreck Discovered
- Winner of the Inaugural MacDougall Prize
- Container Ship Capsizes Near Ho Chi Minh City
- Oldest, Most Strategic U.S. Base for Deterring North Korea Shuts Down | WSJ (Editor – 7:45 min video about the US Base in Korea)
- Iraqi man charged over deaths of migrants heading for Australia
- CSSC Cuts Steel for First Chinese-Built Cruise Ship
- World’s Largest LNG Bunkering Vessel Launched in China
- US destroyer ventures above Arctic Circle to monitor Russian Navy
- Turkey launches homemade submarine program
- Russian nuclear subs launch ICBMs in military drill
- Airbus Helicopters delivers first NH90 Sea Lion to the German Armed Forces
- Finnish and German Navy hone EOD skills in Gulf of Finland
- First Sea Lord on how new frigates offer international interoperability
- F35 launched from the ski ramp of HMS Queen Elizabeth (Editor – 41 sec video)
- Vasco da Gama Class Frigate – The Backbone Of The Portuguese Navy (Editor – 9:49 min video)
- Russia and Egypt in talks on Ka-52 deliveries for Mistral helicopter carriers
- Retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Arrive in Odessa to Join Ukrainian Navy
- Russian Navy maps large area of Arctic seabed
- Safety Concerns for Hybrid & Electric Ships
- Retractable Bow Foils Installed on Ferry
- Japan’s SDF to head for Mideast waters, but Tokyo steers clear of U.S.-led coalition
- Meet the Ships That Would Be on the Front Lines of an Iranian War
- ADF deploys Poseidon to support Middle East maritime security
- US approves second frigate for Bahrain
- Republic of Korea Navy hands over command of CTF 151 to Kuwait Naval Force – القوات البحرية للجمهورية الكورية تسلم قيادة قوات الواجب المختلطة -١٥١ (CTF-151) للقوات البحرية الكويتية
- International Maritime Exercise 2019 begins in Middle East
- ★ A Flag Under Siege: Security or Loyalty?
- Total Submarine Strength by Country – Military Power Comparison (Editor – useful for seeing the scope of boats in the world, it isn’t comprehensive, but doesn’t it differentiate between nuc and conventional, nor mention quality of boats or importantly crews)
- Zero Net Emissions: Alcohol, Biomethane & Ammonia a Good Start
- Training for a revolution in ship fuel
- Damen Patrol Vessels for Offshore Nigeria
- Tankers Defer Retrofits to Cash In on Record Freight Rates
- GE Powers World’s Largest Crane Vessel
- Aircraft Carriers – From Kite Carriers to Conversions (1800-1928) (Editor – amazing pictures in this 47:39 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”.