NAC News – Edition K343 HMCS St Lambert
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of February 7th, 2020
Edition – K343 HMCS St Lambert (WW2 Revised Flower Class Corvette)
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- Vanguard ShipTech 2020 Forum Keynote Speaker: Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, The Westin, Ottawa, ON 25 February 2020, 7:30 – 17:00
- Robert Hampton Gray VC. DSC. RCNVR memorial fund raising
- CDA Institute Conference – Ottawa 4-5 March 2020 – STICKHANDLING THROUGH ROUGHING AND INTERFERENCE:HOW TO POSITION CANADA IN A WORLD OF GREAT POWER PLAYS
- 2020 NAC BOA Gala, conference and AGM – 30 April – 3 May in Ottawa.
- 30 Apr (Thursday) – Evening – 2020 BOA Gala Dinner at Canadian War Museum
- 1 May (Friday) – Day – NAC National Conference
- 2 May (Saturday) – Morning – NAC National 2020 AGM
- 3 May (Sunday) – 1000-1400 – National RCN BOA ceremony/parade and associated social gathering
- Vanguard Launches First-Ever Canadian Submarine Event (Editor – The next big RCN procurement challenge! The Deep Blue 2020 Forum, a one-day event, will take place on 29 October 2020, details to follow)
NAC National Board of Directors – “Seeking Expressions of Interest” Our AGM this year will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Ottawa. In preparation for the election of Directors, the Nominating Committee is soliciting “expressions of interest” from members interested in serving on the Board of Directors.
If you are interested, please send your name and contact information, including a statement of your reasons for wanting to serve on the Board, to Nominating Committee Chair Michael Hoare, via the Executive Director no later than Friday, March 6, 2020
- David J. Bercuson: Why we’ll see more and more carriers on the high seas
- Canada’s front-line frigates have suffered 10 fire and smoke incidents since 2018
- Canadian warship nears completion of $5M upgrade
- HMCS Ottawa ready to fight
- Your Navy Today – January 2020
- Highlights from Canada’s Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged (June – November 2019) (Editor – 2:29 min CAF video)
- Senior Naval Architect Ravi Kumar to give keynote at ShipTech Forum (Editor – details of Conference above in notices)
- Taxpayers spent $537 million upgrading NDHQ Carling but it’s listed as being in poor condition
- Canada Boosts Marine Surveillance
- BC Ferries Orders Its 6th LNG-Fueled Ship
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 3, 2020
- Report on U.S. Role in the World (Editor – not a naval report, but implications)
- As Russian Submarines Lurk, 2nd Fleet Conducting Tougher Training of East Coast Ships
- U.S. Navy Swaps Sub for Destroyer in 2021 Budget Request Shift
- America’s Nimitz-Class Nuclear Aircraft Carriers Are Amazing, But Their Replacement Is Even Better
- USS Fitzgerald Returns to Sea After Repairs Caused by Fatal 2017 Collision
- Lockheed Martin, FMM Deliver Littoral Combat Ship Future USS St. Louis to U.S. Navy
- How a Revolutionary “Electric Drive” Could Make America’s Nuclear Missile Submarines Even Stealthier
- Navy, Marines Prioritizing Manning, Maintenance After Fatal Pacific Mishaps
- SECNAV Modly Wants Navy ‘All Ahead Full’ on Hypersonic Weapons in 2020
- Navy To Greatly Expand P-8 Poseidon’s Mission With New Missiles, Mines, Bombs, And Decoys
- Coast Guard, U.K. Royal Navy Ships Seize $46.2 Million in Cocaine in the Caribbean
- Will U.S. Navy Submarines Be Armed With Laser Weapons?
- US Navy fly two remotely controlled EA-18G Growlers in test flights
- U.S. Coast Guard Releases RFP for USCGC Polar Star Service Life Extension Program
- Falklands includes a new island in its EEZ with UN support
- Argentina eyes Norwegian SSKs and plans to modernise military
- Lima Charlie: What Is The Future Of HMS Forth In The Falkland Islands?
- The 75th Anniversary of the Loss of USS Serpens
- In challenging China’s claims in the South China Sea, the US Navy is getting more assertive
- Low defense budget hits India’s power ambitions
- HMAS Parramatta sails on SE Asia deployment
- Expert call for RAN corvettes presents an opportunity for ‘high-low’ force development
- We’re now pursuing a ‘son-of-Collins’ to prevent submarine capability gap?
- New Hibiki-class SURTASS / Ocean Surveillance Ship Launched for JMSDF
- Shunkō Large Patrol Vessel Handed Over To Japan Coast Guard
- DefExpo 2020: Japanese amphibious plane back on track for the Indian Navy?
- Coronavirus: China’s Oil Demand Drops for 1st Time since 2009
- 251 Canadians among cruise ship passengers quarantined in Japan after coronavirus outbreak
- USS Blue Ridge Arrives in South Korea for Port Visit
- JFD Delivers Two Sets of Life-Saving Equipment for Indian Navy Submarine Rescue System
- Singapore Navy Commissions Final Three Littoral Mission Vessels
- Naval Group Proposal for Indian Navy P-75I Submarine Project
- 2nd Fleet, NATO Joint Force Command Norfolk Seek Further Integration of Allied Navies
- France to send warships to support Greece in Turkish standoff
- First Royal Air Force P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft arrives in UK
- Russian Navy ships hold live-fire exercise in Norwegian Sea
- Keel Laying of the New “Emden” Corvette for the German Navy
- British warships shadow Russian task group
- Thales will provide the Royal Navy with advanced mission systems
- Russian Navy Project 12700 Minesweeper Vladimir Yemelyanov Begins State Trials
- Photo Reveals Turkish Submarine Is First With New Capability
- UK MoD acquires MANTAS T12 USV for further study
- Capesize Index Turns Negative for the First Time Ever
- Moscow outlines €210 billion plan for Arctic oil
- Zamakona Yards Launches Siuana Arctica (Editor – useful vessel)
- Ship Repair: How to Foil Well-laid Plans
- Qatar To Acquire Submarines In New Twist In Gulf States’ Big Naval Expansion
- HMS Defender Seizes 2.5 Tonnes of Hashish in Indian Ocean
- Advances in Battery Safety and Technology (Editor – useful explanation for a layman, read me)
- World’s biggest iceberg makes a run for it
- Coronavirus Hammers Bulk Shipping
- Record Cocaine Haul from Ship Off Ivory Coast
- NGO Shipbreaking Platform: Shipping Companies Still Favor the Worst Scrapyards
- Fast Facts: What is a Rossby Wave?
- The Great Iron Ship
- Gunnery, Guns & Ammo in the Age of Sail (1650 -1815) (Editor – handy 12:33 min video explanation)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – FEBRUARY
(It’s been a year for this “month-to-month” calendar – if you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are also 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 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.
- 2 February 2003 HMCS Regina joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the international anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf.
- 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 sinks the Italian submarine Avorio in the Mediterranean Sea.
- 11 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 of the Canadian 29th Flotilla burn in Ostende harbour. 26 Canadians are lost.
- 15 February 1965 The Maple Leaf becomes Canada’s official flag.
- 16 February 1945 HMCS St. John sinks the German submarine U-309 off the northeast coast of Scotland near Moray Firth.
- 18 February 1942 Newfoundlands rescue 185 from USN ships driven onto the rocks in a storm, 203 perish.
- 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 begin 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 sinks 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.