NAC News – Edition K346 HMCS Whitby
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of February 28th, 2020:
Edition – K346 HMCS Whitby (WW2 Revised Flower Class Corvette)
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- 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
- 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)
(Editor – for brevity I don’t normally include long texts but as related to this article I think it warranted, “This article, while factually correct, fails to mention a number of points. Specifically, that in the case of the JSS, the Government of Canada initially mandated that the shipyard (Seaspan) build the three CCG Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV) – of which two have been delivered and the third will be delivered summer 2020 – and an Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV) before the JSS for the RCN be constructed. This has now been amended to build the first JSS after the third OOFV and the second JSS will follow the OOSV (not an optimal construction plan for the shipyard). Likewise, in the case of the CSC project, the Government of Canada mandated that the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) project precede the CSC project to give the shipyard (Irving) an opportunity to refine its workforce before commencing construction of 15 very complicated modern warships. Of the eight AOPS (6 for the RCN and 2 for CCG) the first two ships are currently “floating” in the water (scheduled to be delivered to the RCN this year) with construction well underway for the third and fourth ships of the class. Therefore, given the place of the JSS and CSC projects in the NSS shipbuilding schedule, these ships were never to be the first ships to be delivered under NSS and thus one should not be surprised they are not currently “floating”. With regards to monies spent to date on the JSS and CSC projects, yes significant monies have been spent on designs and in the case of the CSC project this will continue as part of total project costs to finalize a design of a ship that will meet Canadian requirements and ensure longevity in service in the RCN for the bulk of the 21st century. One has only one chance to get it right in ship design and the RCN has historically benefitted with Canadian-ized ship designs which have allowed Canada to safely push ships well beyond their designed service life (by a considerable factor). However, in the case of JSS, this figure represents much more than design work, as preparatory contracts have been let for long lead items such as propulsion systems, which typically require five years lead time, as there is no ‘maritime Walmart’ with aisles of ship systems waiting to be purchased at the last minute – in the maritime sector (commercial as well as naval) these types of items (engines, shafts, propellers, etc.) are ordered specifically for each ship build. The JSS design (based on the German Berlin-class replenishment ship) is expected to be finalized very soon and to maintain schedule, Seaspan has commenced construction on a number of modules that are not impacted by any Canadian design changes to the Berlin-class design – so work is proceeding on JSS, with a keel laying ceremony last month for the first JSS, the future HMCS Protecteur. In sum, given that the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) has been underway for less than 10 years, and the Government of Canada has ordered five completely different classes of ship with unique designs, the current state is a considerable achievement in comparison with other Allies. Norman Jolin, Associate Consultant, CFN Consultants, and NAC member”)
- HMCS Fredericton latest ship to deploy on Op REASSURANCE
- New mission for NS Naval Association of Canada (Editor – great news)
- ★ Canada’s CP-140 Aurora MPA Upgraded to Block IV Takes First Flight (Editor – there is an interesting video about the P-8 Poseidon in the US section below)
- Interview with Mario Pelletier, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard
- Canada’s short range (4,000nm!) Victoria Class submarines (Editor – the blog at the link lays out early problems and shortcomings of the Victoria Class. I hasten to add that given the circumstances of the time, it was the Upholders, or in crude assessment Canada could have lost its submarine branch)
- Canada extends deadline for fighter jet proposals
- MAN Energy to supply Tier III engines to power RCN tugs
- Documents on Navy officer who sold secrets to Russia lost or destroyed: feds
- U.S. Navy Deploys Acoustic Sensors to Track Whales in Salish Sea
- Parks Canada Unveils New Artifacts from the Franklin Expedition (Editor – 2 videos included)
- Family Day ceremony to honour sailors 47 years later (Editor – HMCS Terra Nova’s peacekeeping duties in Viet Nam, with 2:24 min video)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Feb. 24, 2020
- Future USS Delbert D. Black Completes Builders Trials
- US Navy Equips ‘USS America’ Amphibious Assault Ship with F-35s
- U.S. Navy Crew Begins Training in Completed Spaces Aboard Aircraft Carrier Future USS John F. Kennedy (CVN 79)
- US Marine Commandant calls for more Lightning Carriers to better counter China
- Austal Launches U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship Future USS Mobile
- Adm. Schultz Delivers State of the Coast Guard Address (Editor 57:53 min video included)
- Adm. Schultz: USCG Needs Funds to Fix $2B Maintenance Backlog
- SECDEF Esper Faced Bipartisan Criticism Over ‘Anemic’ Shipbuilding Plan
- Here’s $5.4 billion of stuff the US Navy says it wants but didn’t fit in its FY21 budget request
- SECNAV Modly: Navy Needs Additional $120 Billion To Build 355-Ship Fleet By 2030
- Why Russia and China Fear America’s P-8 Poseidon Submarine Killer (Editor – really good explanation of this amazing plane in this 10:08 min video)
- USNS Newport (EPF 12) Launched
- U.S. Navy Hunts for $40B in Cost Cuts to Pay for Shipbuilding
- Nuclear Reactor Builder Warns of Loss if Navy Buys Single Virginia Attack Boat in FY ’21
- The US Navy’s new nuclear cruise missile starts getting real next year
- US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System Achieves Milestone C
- $90 Million Upgrade: Is the Navy’s Troubled Zumwalt Class Worth Fixing?
- Raytheon, US Navy test First SM-2 Block IIIB missile from restarted production line
- US Navy deploys new anti-drone laser
- The baton in the struggle against drug runners and ravages of nature in the Caribbean has been passed to new patrol ship HMS Medway
- MSC Cruise Ship Heads to Mexico After Being Turned Away at Caribbean Ports
- Polaris VLOC Aground and Listing Off Brazil
- Chinese Destroyer Lases U.S. Navy P-8A Plane Operating Near Guam
- US think tank highlights need to restructure allied surface forces
- GRSE delivers fourth Kamorta-class ASW corvette to Indian Navy
- US ships arrive for Cobra Gold 2020
- Blue Ridge, 7th Fleet Staff Arrive in Thailand
- Chinese naval fleet wraps up far sea exercise deep in Pacific Ocean
- Shipping lines face troubled waters as oil tankers, container carriers and cruise lines stop calling on China for fear of catching the coronavirus
- ★ Procurement transparency under the spotlight (Editor – lessons abound here)
- Strike Fast! Japan Develops a Mach-5 Aircraft Carrier-Killer Missile
- Statement by the Secretary General after Article 4 consultations
- NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants leave Turkey
- Denmark OKs Naval Deployment In Support Of French Carrier Strike Group
- Russia’s Navy tracks movements of US guided-missile destroyer in Black Sea
- Fourth Batch 2 River-class OPV – HMS Tamar – Accepted by the UK MoD
- This is the progress made by shipwrights on the Clyde building the first of eight new Type 26 frigates since the end of January
- Russia conducts first ship-based hypersonic missile test: TASS
- Pentagon reveals deal with Britain to replace Trident
- Russia Unveils Laika, Its Next-Gen Nuclear Attack Submarine
- Naval Group’s 2019 Results, Future Outlook, Next Gen Aircraft Carrier and European Patrol Corvette (Editor – Impressive corporate 3:32 min video)
- Royal Navy: HMS Defender( D36 ) Air Defense/Guided Missile Destroyer Warship (Editor 7:07 min video)
- Russia’s top brass to sign deal for two more Borei-A strategic nuclear-powered subs
- Russian Navy could acquire ten more project 20380 corvettes
- Russia’s MoD To Sign Contract For Two LHDs By Late April
- Russian nuclear-powered cargo ship en route around Scandinavia
- RFA Wave Knight Returns from Six Month Mission in Middle East
- Europe’s Operation Agénor Reaches Full Operational Capacity
- Dutch Navy patrols Strait of Hormuz for European security mission
- Fincantieri Launches Corvette for Qatar
- Red Sea Attack Foiled
- Exercise Falcon Response 2020
- Japan assumes command of Combined Task Force 151
- US Navy completes pier project at Bahrain base to boost operational readiness
- Report: Iran to Acquire 158 New Ships
- ★ Coronavirus and the death of Xi’s ‘China Dream’ (Editor – not a naval article, but an interesting perspective an issue with huge implications)
- 105 Sailings from Asia to North America and Europe Blanked in February
- ★ Rothera Research Station Modernisation (Editor – something unique, a great explanatory 14:41 min video included. Similarity on a larger scale with the challenges involved with the Nanisivik Naval facility.)
- MS Roald Amundsen Sets Southern Record
- How Radar for Merchant Ships Developed
- Global Container Demand to Grow by 1-3% in 2020
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.