NAC News – Edition K345 HMCS Smiths Falls
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of February 21st, 2020:
Edition – K345 HMCS Smiths Falls (WW2 Revised Flower Class Corvette)
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- Changes to the 2020 UNTD Board
- 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
- 2020 NAC BOA Gala, Conference and AGM – 30 April – 3 May 2020 in Ottawa. Details on registration and hotel accommodations will be announced very soon!
- 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
- Navy Outlook 2020 – Sponsored by CADSI: Wednesday 8 April 2020 – Ottawa – Your Navy’s update on operational requirements, projects, and the RCN’s current and future strategic outlook
- 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)
- Obituary – Cdr (ret’d) Michael Page – see “Scuttle Butt” below for a link to his obituary and corrected information in regard donations
- Fifty years after Canada’s last foreign-policy review, our identity is more precarious than ever
- Barbara Kay: The Canadian Forces’ failed recruitment policy (Editor – some plain talk in this article)
- Rail blockade forces ACL to reroute shipments away from Halifax
- ABS, the Royal Canadian Navy, and Defence Research & Development Canada Launch Digital Asset Framework Pilot
- Naval Museum officially opens new exhibit
- Bell Let’s Talk 2020 (Ottawa) (Editor – 2:32 min video emphasizes the requirement for an altitudinal shift about mental health)
- More than 60 shipping vessels stalled off B.C. coast due to rail blockades
- Rolls-Royce expanding marine division plant in Peterborough
- Canada nearly lost 2018 UN mission because it didn’t have enough women in uniform
- Canada Supports Ban on Heavy Fuel Oil in the Arctic
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 18, 2020
- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Deploys Upon Completion of COMPTUEX
- US Navy takes delivery of its 21st littoral combat ship
- US Navy doubles down on development of its next-gen large surface combatant
- Navy Budgeting $1.1B for 2nd Frigate as Timeline Slows
- US Navy to Roll Out ‘Strategic Review’ of $40 Billion in Cuts in Six Weeks
- Navy Confirms Global Strike Hypersonic Weapon Will First Deploy on Virginia Attack Subs
- Revealed: This Is Why You’ll Never See The Navy’s Stealth Ships Coming
- U.S. Navy Awards $1B in Contracts for Unmanned Surface Vessel Program
- Report: U.S. Sealift Lacks Personnel, Hulls, National Strategy
- Ships to Face 30% Higher Costs at Panama (Editor – well if climate change doesn’t resonate with people from an environmental aspect; the economic implications will)
- USCG Cutter Tampa Seizes $150 Million in Cocaine
- Smart sea gliders improve ocean observation and ocean prediction
- Costa Rica seizes five tons of cocaine bound for Holland in largest ever drug bust
- Hurricanes have wreaked havoc on land and sea for centuries.
- Canada is waking up to China’s quest for a ‘new world order’, says Japanese observer (Editor – interesting and informative article; makes one wonder why the CBC hasn’t published more articles by our own Canadian experts)
- ★ Undeclared Submarine Arms Race Takes Hold In Asia
- Two Russian Tu-142 anti-submarine aircrafts performed training over Japanese Sea
- Australia Accepts 3rd & Final Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer
- Nuclear sub debate continues to gain traction in strategic policy community
- Ships Are Skipping China and It’s Causing Turmoil for Trade
- Guided-Missile Cruiser USS Chancellorsville Transits Taiwan Strait
- U.S. Navy Los Angeles-Class SSN to Participate in JMSDF Submarine Competition
- Bang for buck: Offsetting sub program costs and building the fleet we need? (Editor – the debate continues, will Canada have some of same issues?)
- Ahead of Trump Visit: India Clears Procurement of 24 MH-60R Seahawk Helicopters
- Russia To Upgrade All Pacific Fleet’s Project 1234 Nanuchka III-Class Corvettes
- Goa Shipyard Completes Sea Trials of Indian Coast Guard’s First CGOPV Vessel, ICGS Sachet
- U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Paul Hamilton Visits Singapore
- Tech and the Navy-Marine team
- HMNZS Manawanui Heads to Sea for First Time since Commissioning Last Year
- The Australian Defence Force’s domestic role (part 2): Time for dedicated disaster response units? (Editor – not specifically a naval issue, but perhaps every country should have this discussion as globally there seems to be increasing demand on a finite resource)
- Japanese Doctor Blasts Ship Quarantine
- What went wrong on the Diamond Princess? Why cruise ships are a hotbed for viral outbreaks
- ★ Why the benefits of building British go beyond sovereign capability (Editor – it would be nice to have someone in our parliament with this understanding…)
- Libya conflict: EU agrees new patrols to stop arms flow
- Theodore Roosevelt and America Strike Groups Conduct Operations in U.S. 7th Fleet
- U.S. Navy Destroyer USS Ross Joins French Carrier Strike Group
- Marine F-35 cross-decking with HMS Queen Elizabeth proves operational tactic
- Royal Navy’s Surface Combatant Fleet Set to Decline to 15 Vessels
- Is Putin Turning the Mediterranean Into a Russian Lake?
- Russian Baltic Fleet ships set off for Atlantic deployment
- Russian Navy to focus on frigates, submarines – part 1
- Russian Navy to focus on frigates, submarines – part 2
- Russian Navy to focus on frigates, submarines – Part 3
- Russia’s USC Unveils Commissioning Timeline For Cutting-Edge Admiral Kasatonov Warship
- Russia’s First Upgraded Borei-Class Boomer to Be Commissioned in March
- Russia’s Project 22800 Corvette ‘Odintsovo’ Undergoing Dock Trials
- Damen: More than 100 companies to work on Dutch combat support ship
- $2.9m Industry 4.0 research to drive digital manufacturing in Hunter Class
- Spanish naval vessel involved in Gibraltar incursion
- Russian Icebreaker Delivery Delayed by Electrical Failure
- Ghost Ship Washes Ashore in Ireland
- CTF 150 reaches halfway mark, celebrates success
- ★ Spin-Offs from Future Twin Channels at the Suez Canal
- MARAD: Drifting Naval Mines Reported Near Port of Jazan
- Russian Baltic Fleet ship leaves Oman in anti-piracy deployment to Indian Ocean
- Chinese Navy ships conduct real combat training in Gulf of Aden
- Ships Evacuated After Missile Strike Near Tripoli Port (Editor – see earlier article in Europe section about establishing EU maritime patrols)
- These 5 Submarines could Destroy the World in 30 Minutes (Editor – for perspective, amazing imagery is a 10 min video)
- Captain Livingstone: All Person Errors
- Ten Seafarers Kidnapped from Tanker off Cotonou
- SEA\LNG: 175 LNG-Fueled Ships in Operation, 203 on Order
- Icebreaker Polar Star Heads Home After Successful Antarctic Season
- Oil Firms to Spend $53Bn at Stabroek Block
- Maersk Tema Boarded by Pirates off Guinea, Crew Safe
- How AI is Identifying Illegal Trawlers in Africa
CDR (Ret’d) Michael Page. – Obituary – Note the obituary contains incorrect information on where to make donations. The correct address for the NAC Endowment Fund is:
NAC Endowment Fund
PO Box 42025 Oak Bay
2200 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, BC V8R 6T4
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – FEBRUARY
(I have added more events. 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 now defunct “Canada Channel”, “Legion Magazine”, and Roger Litwiller’s excellent web site)
- 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 Armed 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 1943 – Italian aircraft attack with torpedoes 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, 40 survive.
- 8 February 1943 – HMCS Regina sinks the Italian submarine Avorio in the Mediterranean Sea.
- 8 February 1943 – HMCS Weyburn mined and sunk. As the ship sank the two depth charges whose pins had not been removed exploded, killing those in the water and killing and severely injuring members of the HMS Wivern’s crew who were conducting the rescue. HMS Wivern herself was severely damaged and had to be towed back to port.
- 11 February 1942 – HMCS Spikenard while escorting Convoy SC-67 in the North Atlantic is torpedoed and sunk by U136. There were only 8 survivors and 57 perish.
- 13 February 1859 – Royal marines called in to keep order during the BC gold rush.
- 14 February 1945 – 29th Canadian MTB Flotilla is destroyed in a catastrophic fire at Ostende Harbour, Belgium. 26 RCN sailors are killed & boats 459, 461, 462, 465, & 466 are lost.
- 15 February 1965 – The Maple Leaf becomes Canada’s official flag. The white ensign is lowered in RCN ships at 1200. Effective May 5, 2013 (Battle of the Atlantic Sunday), the two flags switched roles: the white flag with the maple leaf canton became the ensign, and the national flag became the jack.
- 16 February 1945 – HMCS St. John sinks the German submarine U-309 off the northeast coast of Scotland near Moray Firth following a persistent attack with Depth Charges & Hedgehog.
- 18 February 1942 – Newfoundlanders 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 – RCN Flower Class corvette HMCS Weyburn strikes a mine laid by U-118 off the Strait of Gibraltar during Operation Torch; 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.
- 25 February 1955 – Women become part of the RCN.
- 27 February 1930 – HMCS Thiepval is lost in Barkley Sound, B.C.
- 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.