NAC News – Edition K404 HMCS Annan
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of April 9th, 2021
Edition – K404 HMCS Annan (WW2 River-class Frigate)
Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News email@example.com (comments welcome to help improve this service)
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- 21 Apr Wednesday – (note time change) 1:30 pm (Ottawa time) – NLOC Maritime Affairs Virtual Speaker Series features RAdm Brian Santarpia, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic/JTF Atlantic, who will provide an update on current initiatives, ops, and future fleet. Limited openings for this event.
- Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Include your name and organization.
- 22 Apr Thursday – 1000 (Ottawa time) – The American Sea Power Project – major Naval Institute initiative to reinvigorate thinking about the role of sea power in U.S. national security. Duration: 90 minutes. Registrationrequired.
- 28 April Wednesday – 1600 (Victoria time) – Maritime Security Challenges Virtual Session 6 – “The Importance and Applications of AI to Naval Operations” Presented by: Captain George GALDORISI (USN, Ret’d) Director of Strategic Assessments and Technical Futures, Command and Control Center of Excellence, USN Free to register
- 15 June 2021 Tuesday 1200 (Ottawa time) – 2021 NAC NATIONAL AGM (Virtual) The 2021 National AGM will be held using GoToMeeting on Tuesday 15 June 20201 at 1200 (Ottawa time). More details will follow in the coming weeks.
- 9-12 May 2023 – Mark your long-range calendars! Citizen Sailors – 100 years Celebrating Canada’s Naval Reserve Centenary. The UNTD board has recently approved plans for a reunion in Victoria, BC.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Naval Associations of Canada’s patron passed away today. Prince Philip: An extraordinary man who led an extraordinary life
- His naval ranks and appointments
- 1940 – 1941: Midshipman, HMS Ramillies, HMS Valiant
- 1941 – 16 July 1942: SLt, HMS Wallace
- 16 July 1942 – October 1942: Lt, HMS Wallace
- October 1942 – 15 August 1950: First Lieutenant, HMS Wallace, HMS Whelp, HMS Chequers
- 15 August 1950 – 2 February 1952: LCdr, HMS Chequers, HMS Magpie
- 2 February 1952 – 15 January 1953: Cdr, HMS Magpie
- 15 January 1953 – 9 April 2021: Admiral of the Fleet, RN
- 10 June 2011 – 9 April 2021: Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom
- Navy submarine suffered long-term damage to ballast tank from errant test: Report (Editor – note this is a ballast tank, not the pressure hull. It is important but repairable)
- Military procurement a success, says DND — MP questions whether the department has lost touch with reality
- Surgeon General’s message on the COVID-19 vaccine
- Public service had ‘no path’ to investigate misconduct claim against Vance, says former top bureaucrat
- Contradictions pile up in the federal government’s approach to military misconduct
- Exhausted and discouraged, victims of military sexual misconduct plead their case to Parliament — again
- NAC Montreal Branch Presentation Mahan and the Strategic Causes of a US-China Pacific War – March 30 2021 (Editor – thought provoking 48:28 min video)
- Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Overview of the Canadian Marine Industry (2018) (Editor – useful 22-page slide deck)
- The little-known story of submarine P-514 and a terrible accident at sea off the coast of Newfoundland (Editor – here is an unfortunate bit of history)
- Ports of Vancouver, BC, Tacoma, and Seattle to phase out maritime emissions by 2050
- Canada hires Resolve Marine to tackle fuel leak from 50-year-old shipwreck
- A Nostalgic Tribute to HMCS QUEBEC (Editor – RCN 3:41 min video)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 5, 2021
- Russian and Chinese Nuclear Threats Pose Problem for U.S. Deterrence, Experts Say
- Report to Congress on Navy Light Amphibious Warship (Editor – what a versatile vessel)
- The Navy’s Future Large Surface Combatant Is A Slow Boat To China. Too Slow.
- The U.S. Navy Is About To Buy A Whole Lot of Frigates — It Matters Who Builds Them
- Navy ‘Struggling’ to Modernize Aging Cruiser Fleet As Tight Budgets Push Pentagon to Shed Legacy Platforms
- USS Abraham Lincoln finishes seven months of maintenance, upgrades
- Navy Installing More Directed Energy Weapons on DDGs, Conducting Land-Based Laser Testing This Year
- US Navy welcomes Seahawk autonomous vessel
- Armada of Drones Sent to Spy on US Warships Off California and Navy Still Has No Clue Why
- US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups
- Rare earth quandary: China has US by the throat (Editor – Canada rare earth elements)
- Why US Navy Detonates Large Bombs Next to its Ships? #shorts (Editor – 59 sec video)
- Navy target mine, which shut down Florida beach, is latest military device to wash ashore
- MSC Spends $100 Million on Security Upgrades After Cocaine Mega-Bust
- Panel: Japan Needs More Offensive Firepower to Counter Chinese Ambitions
- “Illegal Structures” Spotted at Contested S. China Sea Reefs (Editor – Union Banks)
- Chinese fishing vessels moored at Whitsun Reef disperse to nearby areas
- China Drills for Core Samples in Dispute South China Sea (Editor – resources is what it’s all about)
- Filipino TV crew chased by Chinese ships armed with missiles
- China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier leads naval exercise off Taiwan and PLA carrier, warplanes surround Taiwan in drills, in show of capability to cut off foreign intervention
- Chinese Type 055 destroyer joins aircraft carrier group for first time
- Chinese Navy hold exercises with minesweepers
- Destroyer USS John McCain Transits Taiwan Strait as Chinese Carrier Strike Group Drills Nearby
- American Carrier Strike Group enters South China Sea
- Destroyer USS John Finn completes busy maiden patrol of Indo-Pacific
- A Milestone in History: Birth of first China-made Aircraft Carrier Shandon (Editor – 2:37 Chinese video)
- French submarine offer to the Philippines – Part 2: Creating a Submarine Force (Editor – interesting explanation in this 4:43 min video)
- Naval Group CEO on Australia’s Attack-class submarine program (Editor – 4:03 min video)
- Proceedings Podcast Episode 216: China’s Dual Command at Sea (Editor – 36:32 min podcast)
- Japan sends destroyer after China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier group spotted passing Okinawa
- Japan could deliver eight Mogami-class stealth frigates to Indonesia
- Belgorod nuclear submarine carrier with Poseidon nuke drones to serve in Pacific — source
- CIMSEC: Sea Control 237 – Sansha City in China’s South China Sea strategy with Zachary Haver & dr. Ketian Zhang (Editor – extraordinary subject 52:35 min podcast and the report being discussed)
- CIMSEC: China’s maritime militia and fishing fleets: a primer for operational staffs and tactical leaders, pt. 2
- French Ships Reach India for Quad-Plus Naval Exercise and Australia France India Japan And The United States Take Part In Exercise La Pérouse
- Indonesian Navy successfully fired C-705 missiles
- One European country will be involved for construction of Taiwanese-made submarines
- CSSC collects largest boxship order yet
- DRDO develops Advanced Chaff Technology to safeguard naval ships from missile attack
- 17 Fishermen Lost After Bulk Carrier Collision
- Russian ‘troop build-up’ near Ukraine alarms Nato and Ukraine conflict: Moscow could ‘defend’ Russia-backed rebels
- SNMG1 and SNMCMG1 exercises together in the Baltic Sea (Editor – HMCS Halifax)
- Turkey detains admirals who criticised giant Istanbul canal
- USCG Cutter Deploys for Rare European Tour with NATO Allies
- 5 Ways the Russian Navy Could Target Undersea Internet Cables
- Handover of Admiral Nakhimov battlecruiser to Russian navy postponed — source (Editor – see “Kirov” Class video in Scuttlebutt)
- UK considering carrier based drones for aerial refuelling
- SNMCMG2 participates in Greek Exercise “Ariadne”
- Repair works of Russia’s AS-31 submersible may take up to four years
- Italian Navy San Giorgio amphibious assault ship is new flagship for operation IRINI
- Interview with Admiral de Beurme on Belgian Navy MCM and Frigate programs
- Russia wants to make the Northern Sea Route alternative to the Suez Canal and MSC doubles down on avoiding Arctic shipping routes
- Spain drug bust: ‘Speedboat smugglers’ arrested
- Poland Denies “Provocative” Naval Maneuvers Near Nord Stream 2
- Ships that Install Wind Turbines #shorts (Editor – great précis in a 59 sec video)
- Iranian Ship Targeted by Mine in Red Sea -Reports
- Iran, Pakistan hold joint maritime exercise in Persian Gulf
- Suez Canal backlog officially over as last stranded ships pass through and GAC: Two tankers run aground in Suez Canal
- Eisenhower CSG deploys Mid-East after passing Suez Canal
- Saudi and US Navy Conduct Joint Exercise in the Arabian Gulf
- Qatar’s New Musherib-Class OPV Starts Sea Trials
- South Korea says tanker and captain detained in Iran released
- A Record 45 Ultra-large Containerships Were Ordered in March
- Pakistan Navy Ship NASR pays goodwill visit to Mombasa, Kenya
- France’s Ufast delivers patrol boat Taouay to Senegal
- Nigerian Navy records substantial number of recent acquisitions
- Companies back moratorium on deep sea mining (Editor – note rare earth metals in USA & America’s section. Interesting 1:53 min video incorporated)
- Watch: The Insane Logistics Of Shutting Down The Entire Cruise Industry (Editor – 16:41 min video embedded)
- Antarctic Supply Vessel Diverts to Closest Port After Engine Room Fire
- Maritec: Over 65% of all ships contain asbestos
- Mozambique’s Growing Insurgency May Pose Threat to Shipping
- Sir Sean Connery, Manchester United And The Royal Navy (Editor – couldn’t resist)
- A Brief History of Trafalgar SSN (Editor – a 11:47 min video)
- Advanced Azipod propulsion system. How giant ship propellers are manufactured. Unbelievable (Editor – a wow 10:05 min video)
- Royal Navy Falklands War HMS Cardiff (Editor – 4:23 video, you may have to pause to read the narrative)
- Sinking HMS Sheffield D80 BRIEF – No.23 (Editor – great overview, and some interesting/shocking details in a 26:05 min video)
- Kirov Heavy Nuclear Battlecruiser Live Event (Editor – 1:19:41 hr video brief)
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
- 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 12 Atlantic crossings from June 1940 until her final (13th) crossing, and was the only transport carrying Canadian Amy 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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