NAC News – Edition K401 HMCS Louisbourg
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of March 19th, 2021
Edition – K401 HMCS Louisbourg (II) (WW2 modified Flower Class corvette) The first HMCS Louisbourg K143 also a Flower Class was sunk 6 Feb 1943 by Italian aircraft east of Oran, Algeria, while escorting a convoy from Gibraltar to Bône; 38 of her ship’s company were lost.
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THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- Former PM Stephen Harper says Canada caught in new Cold War between U.S. and China and Macdonald-Laurier Institute Expanding opportunities for Canada-US coordination on China
- US remains top arms exporter and grows market share
- Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (2013-2020)
- Seaspan Exceeds $1B in Contracts to Canadian Companies for JSS
- Ultra Awarded Canadian Surface Combatant Subcontract to Provide Hull-Mounted Sonar
- CDR Articles: Building Canada’s New Naval Fleet – Shipbuilding Executives Speak Out
- A new MLI paper titled, “Facing the Authoritarian Challenge: The Sino-Russian Alignment and what to do about it,”
- A harder line against China is needed
- Parts of Canada’s military culture permit ‘racism, discrimination, harassment,’ says acting chief
- It’s time for a new defence minister
- Broken honour: Sexual misconduct in the military (Editor – enough is enough in this 21:26 min video)
- Canada’s former top female officer on the shock, anger of military’s sexual misconduct allegations and in an interesting interview Women in military feeling ‘seething undercurrent of rage’ over allegations: senior female officer and a follow on Army officer who quit military over widespread sexual misconduct asked to meet with generals
- Senior female officer quits Canadian Forces, says she’s ‘sickened’ by reports of sexual misconduct
- Military leaders protected from sexual misconduct allegations by an ‘old boys network,’ committee hears
- Two women command ships on Operation CARIBBE
- Royal Canadian Navy divers ready for Ukraine training mission
- Navy brothers lean on each other through tough times
- RUSI-NS recording of their 17 March 2021 presentation by Cora Pictou, Transport Canada, titled “Marine Security Operations Centre – East.”
- New NAVGEN provides updates to Sea Duty, Submarine and Hardship Allowance payments
- CDR Article: BluMetric Environmental – Keeping the CAF Awash in Fresh, Clean Water
- Adrift in the Bay of Biscay (Editor – horrific tale of St. Patrick’s Day in 1945)
- The Goodwill of Sailors – The Work of a Warship II – Series II Episode 3 (Editor – RCN 4:22 min video)
- A Great Tour – The Work of a Warship II – Series II Episode 4 (Editor – RCN 4:47 min video)
- Change of Command – The Ceremony
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 15, 2021
- Schultz: Coast Guard Units Remain in High Demand as Forces Stretches to Meet Needs
- NAC Ottawa Speaker’s Evening March 2021 (Editor – 8 March 25:31 min USCG Presentation recording)
- First SEWIP Block 3 Electronic Attack System Set for Land Testing Later This Year
- Navy’s Orca XLUUV to Have Mine-Laying Mission
- US Navy set to receive latest version of the Tomahawk missile
- Raytheon wins contract for more Tomahawk
- U.S. Navy Unveils its Long-Range Plans for Unmanned Systems
- The U.S. Navy’s Submarine-Launched Aerial Drone Capacity Is Set To Greatly Expand
- USS Louisville (SSN 717) Decommissioned
- USS Gerald R. Ford takes another step in its long and expensive journey
- Los Angeles Achieved Record February Despite Worsening Trade Imbalance
- Japan, U.S. agree on joint exercises for Senkaku contingency
- China’s parliament remakes Hong Kong in its own image (Editor – not a maritime article but one with unsettling implications)
- JL-3: China’s Third Generation Nuclear Missile Sub Is a Killer
- Is China selling stolen weapon designs? (Editor – useful perspective in a 3:35 min video)
- First Indonesian-built Submarine Handed Over to TNI AL (Editor – interesting that Indonesia has created the capability to build its own boats)
- China Seizes 11 Ships in $770 Million Oil Smuggling Bust
- JMSDF Commissions Third Awaji-Class Minesweeper “JS Etajima”
- PLA Navy conducts naval exercise in 3 different areas
- PCG to build stations in Calayan Island Editor – the Island is in a strategic location)
- Should Australia opt-in to the Orca program?
- French Warship Docks in Vietnam: Foreign Powers Step Up Presence in South China Sea
- CIMSEC: China’s maritime militia and fishing fleets: a primer for operational staffs and tactical leaders, Pt. 1
- India Commissions Secretive Missile Tracking Ocean Surveillance Ship
- Indian GRSE commissions IN LCU-L58 Yard 2099
- Key US components for Taiwan’s indigenous submarine approved for export
- Brazil’s newest submarine Riachuelo flooded with saltwater
- Austal Australia delivers 9th guardian class patrol boat
- Australia Seizes $70M in Cocaine Smuggled Aboard MSC Boxship
- CIMSEC: Sea Control 232 – Free & open Indo-Pacific vs. Belt and Road (Editor – worthwhile 37:03 min podcast)
- Panama Calls for IMO to Mediate Crew Change for Ships Caught off China
- China Cracks Down on Illegal Yangtze River Sand Dredging
- Moscow protests Norwegian exploration in Svalbard waters
- UK Reportedly Set to Commit £200 Bln for Nukes, Tanks, Jets and Drones to Fight ‘Wars of the Future’
- MiG-29K fighters go on combat duty on Russian Arctic archipelago for first time
- Russian Black Sea Fleet ships performed over 40 long-distance voyages in 2020
- Russian Navy tracking Spanish warship in Black Sea
- Bangladesh shipbreakers win right to sue UK owners in landmark ruling (Editor – a game changer)
- French Navy Frigate Normandie Fires Aster 30 Long Range Surface to Air Missile (Editor – an interesting look at a FREMM Frigate in a 6:27 min video)
- Royal Navy to have 24 frigates and destroyers by 2030
- Turkish Navy’s UCAV Engages Sea Target For The First Time
- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has released his Annual Report for 2020
- French Navy New Rafale M F3-R Achieves Full Operational Capability
- Leonardo delivers 10th search and rescue helicopter to Norway (Editor – Merger of Westland and Agusta formed AgustaWestland in 2000. The EH101 was re-branded as the AW101)
- NATO OSG assets return Central Mediterranean
- Standing Nato Mine Countermeasures Group 2 holds drills with the Ukrainian Navy
- Italian Navy, French Navy To Increase Cooperation In Mediterranean, Gulf Of Guinea And Horn Of Africa
- Italian Navy’s Third PPA “Raimondo Montecuccoli” Launched By Fincantieri (Editor – an interesting looking bulbous bow)
- Italian Navy Commissions New Logistics Support Ship
- MBDA To Supply New Teseo Mk2/E Anti-Ship Missile To Italian Navy
- Israel, Greece, Cyprus hold naval drill as they deepen ties
- Possible FMS of P-8A MPA to Germany: P-3C Stop-Gap Solution or MAWS Alternative?
- Turkish Navy ATR-72 TMPA (P-72) Maritime Patrol Aircraft – MELTEM III (Editor – a follow on to last week’s article, a 2:40 min video)
- Spanish police seize 30ft narco-submarine designed to stealthily carry two tons of illegal drugs at sea
- Navy Lookout shared rendering of secret Russian submarine
- Royal Navy Revives Tall Ship Training for the First Time in Decades
- Russia to grant subsidies for Far North-bound newbuilds
- Report: Israel Has Been Attacking Iranian Tankers Since 2019
- Iranian Investigator Says Israel Likely Behind Containership Attack
- US, British, French and Omani warships team up and Royal Navy Warships Hone Gulf Security Skills 0ff Oman
- USCG commissions 2nd PATFORSWA Sentinel-class cutter
- Russian Navy ships visit Oman in long-distance deployment
- Admiral Lauds Iranian Navy’s Smart Missiles, Says Further Efforts Needed to Strengthen Capabilities
- Why are diesel-electric submarines quieter than nuclear submarines? Are they quieter in both diesel and electric mode, or just electric? (Editor – useful if simplified explanation, plus AIP Submarines: The Warship of the Future?)
- Why pirates attack: Geospatial evidence
- Crew kidnapped in chemical tanker hijacking off Nigeria
- International exercise Obangame Express set to begin with Ghana Navy note RCN participation OBANGAME EXPRESS 19: The Royal Canadian Navy contributes to African maritime security
- Antarctic seafloor exposed after 50 years of ice cover
- Zero-emission fuels need to make up 5% of the fuel mix by 2030
- Singapore 1st to ratify marine aids to navigation treaty
- Panel: ‘Navy Has Done Itself a Major Favor’ in Releasing Thresher Investigation (Editor – first-rate 42:48 min video included)
- USS Tang: The Most Successful American Submarine of the Second World War (Editor – a very busy boat with an unlucky end in a 17:33 min video)
- The Mothball Fleet (Editor – Ever wonder what happened to the vast number of American warships built during WW2 – 3:17 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – MARCH
(If you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and more modern significant dates are also welcome. 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”, Roger Litwiller’s excellent website, the encyclopedic guidance of NAC member and author Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information.)
- 1 March 1928 HMC Ships Champlain and Vancouver are commissioned into the RCN, replacing HMC Ships Patriot and Patrician.
- 3 March 1921 HMC Submarines CH-14 and CH-15 are commissioned into the RCN.
- 4 March 1943 HMC Ships Shediac commanded by Lt John E. Clayton, RCNR with St. Croix commanded by LCdr A. Hedley Dobson, DSC, RCNR sank the German submarineU-87 in the North Atlantic.
- 6 March 1944 HMC Ships St. Catharines commanded by LCDR Herbert C.R. Davis, RCNR, HMCS Chilliwack commanded by LCDR Clifton P. Coughlin, RCNVR, HMCS Gatineau commanded by LCdr Harold V.W. Groos, RCN, HMCS Fennel commanded by A/LCdr William P. Moffat, RCNVR, and HMCS Chaudière commanded by A/LCdr C. Patrick Nixon, RCN, assist Royal Naval warships in the sinking of the German submarine U-744 in the North Atlantic.
- 7 March 1945 HMC Ships La Hulloise commanded by LCdr John Brock, RCNVR, with HMCS Strathadam commanded by LCdr Howard L. Quinn, RCNVR, and HMCS Thetford Mines commanded by LCdr John A.R. Allan, DSO, RCNVR sank the German submarine U-1302 in St. George’s Channel.
- 9 March 1945 HMCS Uganda arrives in Sydney, Australia, to join the British Pacific Fleet.
- 10 March 1944 HMC Ships St. Laurent commanded by LCdr George H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR with HMCS Owen Sound commanded by A/LCdr John M. Watson, RCNR and HMCS Swansea commanded by A/CDR Clarence A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR assisted RN warships sink the German submarine U-845 in the North Atlantic.
- 12 March 1918 Lieutenant (RCN) William McKinstry Heriot-Maitland-Dougall (RCNC 1911–1914) at age of 23 years of age was in command of HMS D3 and was killed with his submarine’s crew of 29 off Le Havre, France. HMS D3 was sunk in error by French dirigible AT-9, which could not see D3’s insignia because of the sub’s reflection off the waves and took her to be a U-boat firing upon it. The French hadn’t been informed that D3 was assigned to their waters in the English Channel and were not aware that British submarines were identifying themselves with rockets as opposed to flashing lights.
- 13 March 1943 HMCS Prescott commanded by LCdr Wilfred McIsaac, RCNVR sank U163 off Cape Finisterre, the kill was originally credited to the submarine USS Herring.
- 13 March 1944 HMCS Prince Rupert commanded by LCDR Robert W. Draney, RCNR in a combined effort of multiple allied ships and aircraft sank U575 off Cape Finisterre.
- 14 Mar 1923 Lt Frank Meade appointed C.O. of English Half Company in Montreal, the first RCNVR unit appointment; also A/Lt Alexandre Brodeur for the French Half Company, and on 15 Mar. Lt R.H. Yeates for the Hamilton Half Company. During 1923 & ’24, 11 Units had C.O.’s appointed, although it took a while to establish the actual units in some cases.
- 17 March1945 HMCS Guysborough is torpedoed and sunk by U878 off Ushant. 51 of her crew were lost.
- 19 March 1941 Lt R.J.C. Pringle, RCNVR, appointed C.O. of HMCS Suderöy V, first RCNVR officer in command of an HMC Ship, a requisitioned Norwegian trawler.
- 20 March 1943 – World War II – UK destroyer commissioned into RCN as HMCS Griffin; 3 weeks later, renamed HMCS Ottawa; second of name. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 20 March 1945 HMCS New Glasgow commanded by LCDR Ross M. Hanbury, RCNVR was rammed by accident by U-1003 while snorkelling. The boat severely damaged her snort and conning tower, and part of New Glasgow’s hull plating and her port propeller. U-1003 limped seaward, but by the next morning of 21March had to abandoned and the crew took to the life rafts, where they were found the next day.
- 23 March 1965 Fifteen RCAF aviators are killed when their Argus patrol plane goes down in a night exercise off Puerto Rico.
- 24 March 1941 The Rush-Bagot Agreement of 1817, which restricted the number of naval vessels allowed on the Great Lakes, is modified to allow both American and Canadian naval vessels to operate on the Great Lakes in greater numbers.
- 26 March 1941 RCN armed yacht HMCS Otter off Halifax was destroyed by an accidental explosion and fire; two Officers and 17 men lost.
- 29 March 1945 HMCS TEME (frigate) is torpedoed by U Boat 246 in the English Channel off Falmouth and declared a total loss.
- 31 March 1945 HMCS Conestoga, the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service training establishment, is paid off.
- 31 March 1991 The Gulf War between Iraq and the United Nations coalition ends.
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