NAC News – Edition K344 HMCS Sea Cliff; J344 HMCS Border Cities
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of February 15th, 2020
Edition – K344 HMCS Sea Cliff (WW2 River Class Frigate); and,
J344 HMCS Border Cities (WW2 Algerine Class Minesweeper)
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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
- CDA Institute Conference – Ottawa 4-5 March 2020 – STICKHANDLING TICKHANDLING THROUGH ROUGHING AND INTERFERENCE: HOW TO POSITION CANADA IN A WORLD OF GREAT POWER PLAYS
- Robert Hampton Gray VC. DSC. RCNVR memorial fund raising
- 2020 NAC BOA Gala, conference and AGM – 30 April – 3 May 2020 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
Details in regard event registration and accommodation will be forthcoming soon!
- 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)
- Canadian warships depart Vancouver Island for Central American drug operation
- HMCS Fredericton deploys
- CNO Meets With Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
- HMCS Ottawa Change of Command
- ★★ HMCS Protecteur Feb 27 2014 – engine room fire interviews (Editor – incredibly detailed and amazing 1hr video. What unbelievably heroic sailors.)
- Canada’s submarine fleet spent ‘zero days’ at sea last year: government documents
- Irving to receive $58 million for ‘minimal’ changes to new Coast Guard ships
- Breaking Up Former Canadian Warships
- Hospitals threatened to not see troops after military cut reimbursement rates
- More Veterans Than Ever Waiting To Learn If They Can Get Disability Benefits
- Legion offers free memberships
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 10, 2020
- ★ ‘The intelligence coup of the century’ (Editor – time to rewrite all the history books)
- Canada, U.S. have lost military edge over Russia in the Arctic: NORAD commander
- Inside Navy Strategies (1) – Aircraft Carrier USS Harry S. Truman | Full Documentary (Editor – excellent 49 min video documentary explaining a USN carrier battle group with allied integration…as Canada does periodically)
- Protecting US ship-building plans
- The Navy is expected to buy its first next-generation frigate (Editor – 3:33 min video)
- As China expands navy, US begins stockpiling ship-killing missiles
- U.S. Navy Submarine USS Maine Test-Launches Trident II D5LE SLBM
- Titan Acquires HII’s San Diego Shipyard
- Navy Cuts Super Hornet Production to Develop Next-Generation Fighter
- First delivery of F/A-18 service life modification jet to US Navy
- ★ Bell Boeing Delivers First V-22 for U.S. Navy’s Aircraft Carriers
- Fixing first four littoral combat ships not worth it, US Navy says
- 2021 Coast Guard Budget Seeks Second Polar Security Cutter
- US Navy Names Cherokee Nation
- EMALS & AAG Green Lighted For All CVN 78 Aircraft
- The US Navy is learning how to operate in the Arctic, and more ships may not be the answer
- Wanted: About 9,000 US Navy sailors
- Mexican Navy welcomes new POLA-class vessel
- US Seaborne Crude Oil Exports Up 51%
- Judge Orders Navy to Release USS Thresher Disaster Documents
- World’s First Nuclear Ship Exits Drydock
- USCG Cutter Munro Offloads 20,000 Pounds of Cocaine
- Faller: Navy Deployments to SOUTHCOM About More Than Just Drug Trafficking
- Duterte delivers deathblow to US-Philippine ties
- JMSDF Sōryū-Class Submarine Kenryū To Take Part In RIMPAC 2020
- Russia offers India to build latest minesweepers on Indian soil
- US approves a sale to Australia for 200 AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles LRASM
- Boeing plans trials of its Super Hornet jets on ski-jump ramp to meet Indian requirements
- US, Indonesia in digital counter to China’s BRI
- India Readying $2.6 Billion US Naval Helicopter Deal Ahead Of Trump Visit
- Russia waits for India’s order to supply MiG-29K fighters for Vikrant aircraft carrier
- Australia Becomes World’s Largest LNG Exporter
- Coronavirus Outbreak Cuts China’s Container Volumes
- Shipbuilders to deliver advanced nuclear-powered sub to Russian Navy in 1.5 months
- Romania assumes Command of NATO Standing Naval Group for first time
- Submarine Game Changer: Russian Atomic Drones?
- RN Type 31 Frigate in-service date slips by four years
- French Navy SSN ‘Suffren’ Floated For The First Time
- USS Normandy Seizes Illegal Weapons in Arabian Sea
- USS Cole bombing: Sudan agrees to compensate families
- Russian Navy ship on anti-piracy mission in Indian Ocean visits Oman
- Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, 26th MEU Transit Strait of Hormuz
- HMS Montrose escorts RMS Queen Mary 2 in the Gulf
- HMAS Toowoomba arrives in Middle East area of operations
- ★ Preventing the Death of the World’s Rivers
- New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries
- Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents
- Explained: propeller fouling and ‘the power penalty’
- ★ The Mark 14 Torpedo – Failure is Like Onions (Editor – first-rate 33:26 min video with lessons for anyone involved with weapons. The lessons are timeless and apply to all types of weapon systems not just torpedoes!)
- Wild: Nuclear-Powered Submarines Have Only Ever Sunk 1 Ship in Combat
- The last of the U-boats is scuttled (Editor – the commerce raiding of the German and USN submarines was staggering and, in many ways, decided much of the course of WWII. It is incomprehensible to think of the destruction that modern submarines could do in a future conflict)
- Meet the Infamous Graf Zeppelin: The Only Aircraft Carrier the Nazis Ever Built
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.