NAC News – Edition K402 HMCS Giffard
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of March 26th, 2021
Edition – K402 HMCS Giffard (Modified Flower Class corvette)
Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News firstname.lastname@example.org (comments welcome to help improve this service)
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THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- China’s ‘coercive diplomacy’ threatens its relationships with the West, says Trudeau
- NAC March 2021 A Narrative History of the NSS from Conception to the CSC RFP
- Suez blockage is holding up $9.6bn of goods a day (Editor – more articles in the Middle East section)
- Canadian Global Affairs Institute – The Canadianization of the Joint Support Ship: From Mature Design to a Unique Canadian Solution by Douglas Campbell, March 2021
- Campaign to end sexual harassment in Canadian Armed Forces shut down and CAF will ‘re-establish trust’ after sexual misconduct allegations: Eyre
- Key allies watching closely to see how Canada handles sexual misconduct claims against Vance, McDonald
- Former deputy NORAD commander leaving military weeks after report of U.S. affair
- CANFORGEN 027/21 Colonel / Captain(navy) promotions, appointments and retirements
- Acting Sub-Lieutenant Kevin Vuong: Canada’s NATO 2030 Young Leader (Editor – wow, impressive officer)
- New ships mean improvements in quality of life at sea
- Canada extends Babcock’s Victoria class in-service support contract
- Defence Team News | March 24 2021 (Editor – 3:58 min video)
- Ultra invests in Nova Scotia based Canadian sonar centre of excellence
- S1 Jennifer Ringor: A demanding yet rewarding job
- RCN navigator ensures success of dangerous mission in Korea
- Anchors away: Understanding the issues about ships at anchor (Editor – west coast)
- St. Lawrence Seaway Opens for 2021 Shipping Season and Healthy 2020 finish has Great Lakes ports optimistic about 2021 despite lingering Covid-19 fears (Editor – interesting stats)
- International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2021 (Editor – MND in a 3:44 min video)
- Canadian Naval Review Broadsides Discussion Forum (Editor – should you wish to join the debate)
- RCN Digital Navy: A Strategy to Enable Canada’s Naval Team for the Digital Age
- Cruise ships would bypass B.C. under proposed Alaska law, prompting worries for battered tourism sector
- Atlantic Towing and Irving Shipbuilding Commit to Camosun College and BC Coastal Communities; New Technology, Scholarships, and Placements for Students in Marine Studies
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: March 22, 2021
- Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro Returns Home from Final patrol and Coast Guard Offloads More than 19,600 Pounds of Cocaine, Marijuana
- U.S. Coast Guard to send icebreaker through Northwest Passage with Canada’s consent
- Winston S. Churchill Returns to Homeport after 9-Month Deployment
- Why the Navy’s New Aircraft Carrier Might Be the Deadliest Warship Right Now (Editor – awe-inspiring 9:03 min video) and USS Gerald R. Ford Completes Another Independent Steaming Event – Shock Trials Are Next
- Electric Boat Awarded $2.4 Billion for 2nd FY 2021 Virginia-class Attack Boat
- Navy recovers MH-60S helicopter, nearly 20,000 feet underwater, in new record
- 15th MEU CO Removed 8 Months After AAV Mishap that Killed 9 and Investigation: 7-Month-Long ‘Chain of Failure’ Led to 9 Killed in AAV Sinking
- Lockheed Martin Shutters 2 Navy Plants, Heralding New Technology on the Waterfront
- General Dynamics Delivers First Knifefish Surface MCM UUV to U.S. Navy
- China on verge of momentous decisions after Alaska (Editor – not a maritime article, but one can’t help but ask, where is this all going?)
- China is the Biggest Challenge and Taiwan the Biggest Risk: INDO-PACOM Nominee Says
- China’s Aircraft Carriers Are Multiplying. When Will Beijing Be Satisfied?
- China has its eye on a Taiwan Strait rail link
- UK and Royal Navy Shift Focus Towards the Indo-Pacific and HNLMS Evertsen to join UK task group to Japan
- PLA’s Type 055 destroyer enters Sea of Japan for 1st time
- Japan Commissions New Maya-Class AEGIS Destroyer JS Haguro DDG-180
- Japan MOD receives new Soryu class submarine Toryu
- Philippine Navy to partner with French Navy in creating submarine force and French submarine offer to the Philippines – Part 1: Why are submarines getting so popular globally? (Editor – a French submariner’s perspective in a 2:45 min video)
- Philippine Navy commissions second and final José Rizal-class guided-missile frigate
- Defence, Naval Group reach agreement on Future Subs program
- Defence expands Saab’s CMS contract
- HMAS Sydney heads for US trials (Editor – I presume CSC will have to do something like this…)
- Two Chinese Survey Ships are Probing a Strategic Section of the Indian Ocean
- 220 Chinese Vessels Stake Out Another Reef in Spratly Islands
- CSSC delivers 6th LNG-powered giant to CMA CGM
- NATO Foreign Ministers Statement – Issued by the NATO Foreign Ministers Brussels, 23rd-24th March 2021
- Royal Navy’s New Merlin ‘Crowsnest’ Helicopter Enters Service
- Norwegian Officials: Russian Arctic Expansion Making Security Landscape ‘Difficult’
- Norway and Germany Reach Agreement on 212CD Submarine Contract (Editor – here’s a boat to seriously consider)
- UK announces new Type 83 Destroyer
- French armed forces conduct joint maritime counter terrorism exercise RHEA (Editor – interesting look at French kit in a 4:39 min video)
- Turkey Floats Out Its First AIP Submarine “Piri Reis”
- Unmanned Systems Set to Replace All Royal Navy Mine Warfare Vessels
- US Pushes Sub-Hunting Plane Contract on Germany, Berlin Says it Can’t Afford $1.8 Bln Price Tag
- Russian Navy now tracking two US warships in Black sea (Editor – oddly an RN Daring Class destroyer in the picture) and Navy Destroyer and Cruiser Leave Black Sea After Exercising with NATO Allies
- Russian Baltic Fleet naval group fulfilling deployment tasks in Atlantic, says source
- Russian tech firm to start output of new sound-absorbing plating for Borei-A subs
- The largest submersible ships that have ever been built | How big is the submarine? (Editor – 8:11 min video)
- France ready to offer Greece two ships free of charge
- Russian Navy: Which Submarines Will Be Delivered This Year?
- Moscow’s Plans for New Kind of Aircraft Carrier Unlikely to Be Realized
- New radar for HMS Dauntless
- New Royal Navy ship to protect ‘critical’ undersea cables
- Norway Permanently Blocks Sale of Bergen Engines to Russian Company
- Massive container ship stuck in Suez Canal, blocking world’s busiest shipping route and Suez Canal Traffic Snarled After Megamax Boxship Runs Aground plus Ship stuck in Suez Canal disrupting nearly $10B of goods every day as 150-boat backlog grows then Suez Canal Blockage Shows Fragility of Global Supply Chains and finally a 33:45 min video (Editor – a great deal of speculation but points to ponder) Watch: A Naval Historian and Master Mariner Discuss the Ever Given Grounding in Suez Canal
- Report: Israeli Container Ship Targeted in Missile Attack
- CMF submariners recognize a common bond (Editor – Canadian content)
- US, Belgium, France and Japan hold Mideast naval exercise
- USS Makin Island, Sea Base USS Lewis B. Puller Leave Persian Gulf
- Royal Saudi Naval Forces Begin Exercises in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf
- Iran Plans to Equip IRGC with Domestically-built Subs and IRGC to operate ‘semi-heavy’ submarines
- Mysterious Ship In Iranian Shipyard Is Likely IRGC’s New Flagship
- Black Sea Fleet sub to join Russian Navy’s Mediterranean Squadron
- Royal Navy Busts Heroin Smugglers in Arabian Sea
- What Law Applies In International Waters? (Editor – useful explanation/refresher in this 6:52 min video)
- Record Drug Seizure By The French Navy In The Gulf Of Guinea
- The Mozambique Channel May Become the Next Maritime Security Hotspot and Could the Quad’s next challenge lie in Africa?
- Damen Shipyards Cape Town launches first SA Navy Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel
- World Water Day 2021 highlights dire predictions of growing scarcity (Editor – not a naval article, but a resource challenge with the potential for conflict)
- How China is Winning the Subsea Internet Cable Competition in Africa
- IMO: Number of seafarers awaiting repatriation halved, but no room for complacency and Chief Mate Stranded on Abandoned Freighter for Four Years
- America’s Biggest WW2 Plane – The Martin Mars (Editor – Canadian connection)
- Japanese pagoda mast/towers. (Editor – an excellent example of how tactics and weapons drive ship design)
- France’s Farfadet Submarine Disaster 1905
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – APRIL
(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”, historical website “The Second World War – A Day by Day Account”, and Roger Litwiller’s excellent web site, encyclopedic guidance from Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information)
- 1 April 1733 Canada’s First lighthouse lit for the first time, using coal from nearby Morien and Spanish River; the round 200 metre tower, made with cement from limestone burned in local kilns, is the first fireproof concrete structure in North America at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, and it is the only other on the entire eastern coast of North America is in Boston.
- 1 April 1873 Wreck of luxury liner SS Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool to New York; the ship was turning into Halifax Harbour to get coal, but struck a reef in the foggy night near Mars Rock, Meagher’s Island, near Terrance Bay – 546 people drown in heavy seas, while local fishermen manage to save 300. Prospect, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1941 RCN armed merchant cruiser Prince Henry intercepts two German ships off Peru; ships scuttled.
- 1 April 1959 New St. Lawrence Seaway opens for business; will be officially dedicated June 26 by the Queen and US President Dwight Eisenhower.
- 2 April 1887 US seizes Canadian sealing ships in North Pacific; other seizures on the 9,12, and 17th. Juneau, Alaska
- 3 April 3, 1935 Lt(N) J. P. Connolly appointed Commanding Officer, charged to raise a RCNVR unit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 3 April 1996 Members of the Canadian Forces ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry. Ottawa, Ontario
- 3 April 2007 Royal Assent given to the Veterans’ Bill of Rights; PM Harper says Ottawa will establish an ombudsman for veterans, so the government can respond quickly and fairly to any concerns of veterans. Ottawa, Ontario
- 4 April 1949 Canada signs the North Atlantic Treaty with Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.S.; becomes founding member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization; NATO members pledge to defend each other in event of Soviet attack. NATO is Canada’s first peacetime military alliance. Washington, DC
- 5 April 1958 Ripple Rock blown up with 1.2 tons of Nitramex, in world’s largest non-nuclear explosion to date; the reef was a shipping hazard just below the surface of Seymour Narrows near Campbell River that had sunk or damaged 119 vessels and caused the death of over 100 people. Captain George Vancouver called the narrows “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.” Campbell River, BC
- 6 April 1954 HMCS Magnificent, Canada’s second aircraft carrier, sails from Halifax on her last voyage; she will be replaced by HMCS Bonaventure. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1948 RCN’s aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent commissioned to replace HMCS Warrior. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1991 HMCS Athabaskan, Terra Nova and Protecteur arrive home from Gulf War; ships left in early August; Huron leaves for the Gulf to help enforce the embargo against Iraq. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1995 HMCS Nipigon supports Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard ships during a dispute with Spain over illegal overfishing of Greenland turbot on the Grand Banks.
- 8 April 1945 cruiser HMCS Uganda joins British Pacific Fleet. Hong Kong, China
- 9 April 1929 – Canadian Ambassador Vincent Massey protests against sinking of Canadian schooner I’m Alone; crew released; case of rum-runner to go to arbitration. Washington, DC
- 10 April 1836 Hudson’s Bay Company steamship Beaver arrives at Fort Vancouver and has her boilers and paddles connected; left London August 29, 1835 under the command of Captain David Home under sail alone; rounded Cape Horn and called at Juan Fernandez and Honolulu en route; SS Beaver will be used to service trading posts between the Columbia River and Russian America (Alaska); 1862 chartered by the Royal Navy to survey and chart the coast of the Colony of British Columbia. Portland, Oregon
- 11 April 1940 Burrard shipyards begin building corvettes and minesweepers for action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Vancouver, BC
- 11 April 1962 The Government of Canada announces plans to build eight frigates and buy three submarines.
- 14 April 1828 The 18-gun sloop Acorn sinks off Halifax with the loss of 115 men.
- 14 April 1944 HMCS Swansea commanded by A/Cdr Clarence A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR with HMS Pelican combined to sink the German submarine U-448 in the North Atlantic. Swansea’s second kill in less than six weeks.
- 15 April 1814 Kingston Navy Dockyard launches two warships, the Prince Regent and the Princess Charlotte; under Commodore Sir James Yeo, they will blockade the American fleet in Sackett’s Harbour and capture Oswego, restoring Canadian control of Lake Ontario in the War of 1812 and ending the threat of US invasion. Kingston, Ontario
- 16 April 1945 German U-Boat U-190 torpedoes and sank the Bangor Class minesweeper HMCS Esquimalt 5 miles off Chebucto Head near the Halifax lightship; 44 of her ship’s company are lost in the last major naval loss of the War; U-190 will surrender May 11; will be sunk ceremonially on October 21, 1947 where she had destroyed the Esquimalt.
- 22 April 1944 HMCS Swansea commanded by A/Cdr Clarence A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR with HMCS Matane commanded by A/Cdr A. Frank C. Layard, DSO, RN using depth charges sink U311 south of Iceland. Cdr Kings third submarine in 7 weeks.
- 23 April 1947 HMCS Malahat re-commissioned as Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division; originally commissioned as naval recruiting centre January 15, 1944. Victoria, BC
- 25 April 1945 Canada one of 50 nations attending founding United Nations Conference on International Organization, opening in San Francisco; will approve United Nations Charter on June 26. San Francisco, California.
- 25 April 1967 Commons passes Bill C-243, “The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act,” unifying the RCN, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into one service, the Canadian Armed Forces, with common uniform and rank designations; act comes into effect February 1, 1968.
- 26 April 1778 Captain James Cook sails from Nootka Sound, tracing the coast of British Columbia.
- 26 April 1945 HMCS Ontario, a cruiser, is commissioned.
- 26 April 1944 HMCS Huron commanded by LCdr Herbert S. Rayner, DSC, RCN, with HMCS Haida commanded by Cdr Harry G. DeWolf, DSO, RCN, and HMCS Athabaskan commanded by A/LCdr John H. Stubbs, DSO, RCN fought two German destroyers off Ile de Bas, France, and drove a flaming German warship T-29 aground.
- 28 April 1818 S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Convention, signed April 28 and 29, 1817, making it a lawful treaty of the United States; limits naval forces on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Washington, DC
- 29 April 1941 Lt A.G.S. Griffin appointed C.O. of HMCS Pictou, first RCNVR of an operational escort warship.
- 29 April 1944 German torpedo boat T-24 sinks HMCS Athabaskan commanded by A/LCdr John H. Stubbs, DSO, RCN who was killed in action; 128 lose their lives and 86 are captured.
- 30 April 1884 Victoria coal baron Robert Dunsmuir starts building the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, later known as the Vancouver Island Railway, to support the coal and lumber industry, and the Royal Navy Base at Esquimalt Harbour; on August 13, 1886 John A. Macdonald will drive home the last railway spike at Cliffside near Shawnigan Lake.
- 30 April 30, 1941 The troopship S.S. Nerissa was torpedoed by U-552 which resulted in the 3rd largest loss of life (207) for a ship sunk by U-boats in the approaches to the British Isles – including 73 Cdn Army, 10 RCN, 81 Merchant Navy, 12 British forces, 11 American ATA pilots, 3 Royal Norwegian Air Force, and 17 civilians. S. Nerissa made 39 passages during the war, and was the only transport carrying Canadian troops to be lost during WW2.
- 30 April 1943 The Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, RCN, takes over control of all shipping movements in the western North Atlantic under the title of Commander-in-Chief Canadian North West Atlantic.
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