NAC News – Edition K409 HMCS Capilano
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 14th, 2021
Edition – K409 HMCS Capilano (River Class Frigate)
Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News firstname.lastname@example.org (comments welcome to help improve this service)
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- * Short Notice Event – Ringing of the Convoy Bells – Saturday 15 May – 1000 Halifax time – a small service to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic which coincides with a visit of RCN ships to Londonderry will be held. The ceremony, which features the ringing of commemorative bells in Halifax, St. John’s, and Londonderry will be shown on the HMCS Sackville’s Facebook page. For those unable to view the ceremony’s live broadcast, it should be available after the event. There is a good description of “The Bells” and their significance on the FB page.
- 10/11-12 June 2021 Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS/SCRN) virtual annual conference – AGM. Note a number of NAC members are presenting and here are the conference details. Participation is free for members of the CNRS, and for $30 non-member gains both membership and access. To receive a link for the virtual conference, please send an email to <CNRSConf2021@cnrs-scrn.org> with “Conference registration” in the subject line.
- 15 June 2021 a Tuesday at 1200 (Ottawa time). The NAC National 2021 AGM will be held electronically using GoToMeeting. Details on how to “join” the meeting will be passed separately in the coming week. Given that the COVID Pandemic prevents a face-to-face meeting the meeting will be limited to addressing the essential AGM requirements of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Over the coming weeks additional reports and information will be posted to this site. Members will be made aware of any information updates through Wild Apricot.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- US approves $1.7 billion Aegis missile defense sale to Canada
- Royal Canadian Navy led task force making an impact on regional smuggling (Editor – impressive results) and Royal Canadian Navy make four drugs busts in three days
- Memphis Bridge Damage Could Take Eight Weeks to Repair
- New commanding officer for future HMCS Margaret Brooke then Canadian Navy’s HMCS Margaret Brooke completes sea trials and Halifax shipyard responds to errors in CBC Nova Scotia story
- PETER ZIOBROWSKI: Ships added to government procurement plan
- CNMT virtual presentation to the Standing Committee on Veteran’s Affairs (Editor – CNMT and NAC members and presenters Bill Woodburn and Wendel Brown)
- VADM Mark Norman, Former Canadian Vice-Chief of Defence, Joins Samuel Associates (Editor – Congratulations Mark)
- HMCS Vancouver eyes return to sea
- Naval Warfare Officer’s course tests knowledge and practical skills
- CSC: Ottawa Opting for a Batch Procurement Approach?
- CAF health care workers committed to our First Nation communities
- HMCS Halifax sailor’s social distancing failure leaves him ashore isolated in England
- Trauma retreat for military sex assault survivors used sex offender as ‘peer mentor’ and Doctor apologizes for letting a registered sex offender into a retreat for sex assault survivors
- Military reports minimal progress in drive to add more women to the ranks
- Defence Team News | 12 May 2021 (Editor – 2:50 min video)
- Gale Force Wins Podcast For this edition, a dual interview conducted aboard HMCS Winnipeg which made RCN history when CPO1 Line Laurendeau was appointed Coxswain. She replaces CPO1 Pascal Harel as the ship’s Coxswain, and is the first female Coxswain, hard sea trade, on the West Coast.
- Ordinary Seaman Demers was a 21-year-old RCNVR serving in HMCS Prince Henry during World War II. He died of accidental drowning on January 17, 1944 and was buried at the Corozal American Cemetery, Cristóbal Panama)
- The Battle of the St. Lawrence (Editor – WWII on our doorstep)
- Former reservist stripped of Order of Military Merit for wearing medals he was never awarded
- Bringing comfort to Canada’s ill and injured Veterans, one quilt at a time
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 10, 2021
- Cyberattack Shuts Down America’s Most Important Energy Pipeline and Oil Traders Work to Avert Shortages After Cyberattack on Major U.S. Pipeline and New York Needs Tankers ASAP After Pipeline Cyber Attack(Editor – infrastructure is more fragile than one expects!) and finally US fuel pipeline ‘paid hackers $5m in ransom’
- Despite Promises, USS Ford Heads To Shock Trials With 4 Broken Elevators
- To reach 355 ships, Navy must revamp shipbuilding, recruitment and retention, advocacy group says
- USS Harry S. Truman Out of Maintenance After 10 Months; Material Challenges Caused 3-Month Delay
- Wittman: Navy Needs Money in its Budget for Modernization, But Not From Cutting Cruisers and Cruiser Modernization a Struggle for the Navy, NAVSEA Commander Says
- Royal Navy’s HMS Audacious test fires upgraded Spearfish torpedo and Navy’s Upgraded Spearfish Torpedo Declared Ready For Frontline
- U.S. Coast Guard seeks to expand Seattle base with bigger focus on Arctic
- Cannibalized parts, systems that sailors can’t fix: LCS maintenance woes could get worse, watchdog warns
- Huntington Ingalls Industries Begins Fabrication of National Security Cutter Friedman (NSC 11)
- MTU Gensets Chosen for US Navy Frigate Program
- The America Series Conference Report (Editor – The Americas Series is a project by the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK) – note the nice concise Canadian contribution by Tim Choi)
- U.S. Navy Chief hosted First Sea Lord and Royal Navy Head Visits New NATO Command Ahead Of Its First Major Test
- Mississippi Closed at Memphis Due to Giant Crack in Bridge Beam
- Whales found dead under Australian Navy ship at Naval Base San Diego
- USS John C. Stennis arrives at HII facilities for maintenance
- Argentine’s Third OPV – ARA Storni – Launched By Naval Group
- U.S. Navy Commissions Expeditionary Sea Base USNS Miguel Keith ESB 5
- US Senate Approves Act Permitting Large Ships to Cruise to Alaska
- China Extends its Domestic Navigation Laws Beyond Coastal Waters
- To Counter China, Philippines Plans Bigger Base in Spratly Islands
- RAN, French Navy rendezvous in South China Sea and Interview: French Asia Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Jean-Mathieu Rey plus Japan launches first joint military drill with United States, France
- U.S. Begins Joint Exercise in Japan with French and Australian Navies
- Why China’s Type 075 warship is more than it seems – the secret is in its hull number
- Chinese shipyard laid keel of 3rd Type 054A/P class frigate for Pakistan Navy
- New Zealand is seeking industry info to build Antarctic patrol vessel
- China bolstering its submarine ocean surveillance capabilities (Editor – Type 927 twin-hulled acoustic surveillance ship)
- Image May Reveal a New Type of Submarine for the Chinese Navy
- Indian Navy Expresses Requirement For Six Nuclear Powered Attack Submarines
- Indonesian Navy Conducts PASSEX with Chinese and Indian Navies
- Austal Australia delivers 10th Guardian-class patrol boat
- Austal Delivers Two Cape-Class Vessels to Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard
- Why Is the Philippines Suddenly Standing Up to China
- Philippine Navy signs deal with Israel Shipyards for procurement of 8 SHALDAG MK V class patrol boats.
- PNS SAIF participates in Naval exercises with US, Canada (Editor – HMCS Calgary)
- CIMSEC: A tale of two seas: the Caribbean and South China Sea in great power perspective (Editor – attractive perspective)
- Taiwan’s First Upgraded And Modified Catamaran Corvette Started Sea Trial
- What Are the “Internal Waves” That May Have Sunk the Sub Nanggala? (Editor – greater detail than previous articles)
- Call for submarine conference papers
- CIMSEC: Improve NATO’s Black Sea maritime posture through operation Sea Guardian
- Britain sending 1,000 sailors and Royal Marines to Baltic
- HMS Glasgow ‘jigsaw’ comes together in namesake city
- Admiral Golovko frigate of project 22350 to join the Russian Navy in 2021
- Defender Europe 21 Exercises Multinational Interoperability, Readiness, Transparency
- SNMCMG1 conducts exercise with Finnish Navy
- Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth launches helicopters’ first sorties at sea ahead of international exercise
- USS New Mexico docked in Tromso on Monday as Norway, US bolster Arctic military ties and ‘I Fear That Our City Will Become a Bomb Target’: US Sub Greeted With Protests in Norway
- Russian submarine agency hacked, attackers allegedly Chinese backed (Editor – In guess “no honour amongst thieves” still applies)
- Greece Overhauling Military With New Helicopters and Frigates, Updating U.S. Defense Pact
- French Navy’s Commandant Birot F796 returns to the Black Sea
- Northern Fleet gets first Yasen-M class submarine (Editor – an awkward history of development)
- Crowsnest to be retired by decades’ end
- NATO MCM Group clear mines in the Baltic Sea during Open Spirit Ops
- USCGC Hamilton conducts joints exercises with Ukrainian Navy
- Russian Navy To Receive About 30 Project 12700 Minehunters Through 2050
- Russian cruiser Moskva successfully fired Vulkan missile for first time
- French Navy Fires Exocet SM39 Submarine-launched Cruise Missile
- CIMSEC: Sea Control 248 – Russia’s Baltic fleet with Jonas Kjellén and Anders Larsson (Editor – detailed and insightful interview of Swedes in a 52:13 min podcast)
- Future of the Royal Navy
- Boeing outlines offset commitment on Indian P-8I programme
- Turkish company unveils the 1st image of TCG Anadolu carrying drone
- Turkey’s 1st indigenous USV ULAQ completes sea acceptance tests
- Europe’s largest shore power plant opened (Editor – impressive to see just how much shore power a cruise ship draws)
- VIDEO: US Fires Warning Shots as Iranians Approach in Strait of Hormuz (Editor – 1:49 min video included) and UPDATED: U.S. Ships Fired Shots to Warn Off 13 Iranian Fast Boats Harassing U.S. Guided Missile Sub, Warships
- U.S. Navy Cruiser Seizes Giant Shipment of Weapons in Arabian Sea (Editor – a Wow 14 sec video included)
- EU-Japan-Djibouti Conduct Joint Naval Exercise
- Ever Given Grounding Spurs Suez Canal Expansion Plans
- Egypt Offers to Cut Ever Given Compensation Claim to $600 Million and Lessons From the Ship That Nearly Destroyed 12 Percent of World Trade
- “Russia will not talk militarization during its chairmanship in Arctic Council”
- Panel Warns of Economic and Military Impacts from Russia’s Plans for Arctic
- The Race is On to Pioneer Hydrogen Shipping (Editor – note reference to Ballard)
- World’s largest civilian hospital ship wraps up sea trials
- Where does the plastic in our oceans come from? (Editor – worth opening the enclosed “Plastic Pollution” link for greater detail)
- Satellite Startup Tracks Ships’ Radars and Radios From Space
- Crew Change Crisis 2.0 Shows Signs of Worsening Amid India Virus Surge
- Ohio class submarines – the American nuclear hammer (Editor – 12:31 min video)
- List Of Submarine Incidents Since 2000 (Editor – a surprisingly long list, but missed noting HMCS Chicoutimi)
- CIMSEC: Sea Control 249 – revelations from the USS Thresher with Capt. Jim Bryant (Ret.) (Editor – latest update in a 30:28 min podcast)
- Shore Bombardment – We’re in the re-landscaping business now! (Editor – an educational historical look in a 37:08 min video)
- The NR-1 | The US Navy spy submarine hidden in plain sight. (Editor – 8:26 min video)
- Inside the 5 Most Gigantic Ships Ever Produced – Documentary (Editor – 10:30 min video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – MAY
(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 May 1961 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is reformed at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, flying Argus maritime patrol aircraft.
- 1 May 2002 HMCS St. John’s joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the multinational anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf.
- 3 May 1937 A Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) half-company was authorized in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur at the time) and later developed into HMCS Griffon, the current local Naval Reserve unit.
- 4 May 1910 The Canadian Navy, later re-designated as the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), is authorized after Royal assent is given to the Naval Service Act of Canada.
- 4 May 1911 Her Majesty’s Dockyard Esquimalt is transferred from British to Canadian authorities.
- 4 May 1945 The cruiser HMCS Uganda sails with an American task force to bombard Japanese airfields as part of the Okinawa campaign.
- 6 May 1944 HMCS Valleyfield, a frigate, is torpedoed and sunk by the U-548 in the Atlantic Ocean with a loss of 123 sailors.
- 7 May 1945 SS Avondale Park SS Ltd., was Canadian registered, the last merchantman lost in the Battle of the Atlantic, off Firth of Forth, to U-2336 while in convoy EN-91. 9 crew were lost, including her Chief Engineer, 1 donkeyman, 4 RN DEMS gunners & 3 Maritime Reg’t RA gunners.
- 8 May 1942 U Boat 553 is the first enemy submarine to enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence to attack Canadian shipping.
- 8 May 1967 The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act is given Royal assent and begins the process of unification of the previously-separate RCN, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force.
- 9 May 1918 Lieutenant Rowland Bourke Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was commanding Motor Launch 276 when the events that would earn him a Victoria Cross occurred. The British had attempted an operation to block the port of Ostend, Belgium so it could not be used by the Germans who were occupying it. In the aftermath of the overnight daring but bloody naval assault, Bourke took his ship into the enemy harbour to look for any remaining survivors of the raid.
- 11 May 1898 Canadian brothers Harry and Willard Miller born in Noel Shore, Nova Scotia. while serving as USN sailors on board the U.S.S. Nashville in Cuban waters, both earned the US Medal of Honour. During a ship’s boat undersea cable-cutting operation and facing the heavy fire of the enemy they both displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout the action.
- 12 May 1940 HMCS Ypres while operating the harbour entrance “gate” was accidently rundown by HMS Revenge. She was the first loss of the RCN during WW2. No casualties. Ypres was a one of 6 Battle-class trawlers built during WWI that were employed as gate vessels in the Halifax area. The gate was back in operation by the 16th. Another old Battle-class trawler, HMS Arleux, replaced Ypres. She was also rammed later in the war by the giant liner RMS Queen Mary, although she was not sunk.
- 12 May 1942 The German submarine U-553 sinks the steamers Nicoya and Leto between Gaspe and Anticosti island.
- 12 May 1945 HMCS Victoriaville (frigate) escorts the surrendered U-Boat 190 into Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
- 13 May 1943 HMCS Drumheller commanded by Lt Leslie P. Denny, RCNR, HMS Lagan, and an aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 423 Squadron combine to sink the German submarine U-753 in the Atlantic Ocean.
- 13 May 1945 German submarine U-899 officially surrendered to the RCN near Shelburne, N. S. becomes the only German sub to surrender in Canadian waters during Second World War.
- 14 May 1917 Lieutenant R. Leckie, Royal Naval Air Service, flying a Curtiss H-12 flying boat shoots down the German Zeppelin L.22 over England.
- 15 May 1940 HMCS Prince Henry (ex-North Star, ex-Prince Henry) purchased from Clarke Steamship Company for $606,740, and preparations were begun to convert her to an Armed Merchant Cruiser (AMC). The Washington and London Naval Treaties placed limits on the number of cruisers that could be built by the participating nations. Canada was governed by the limits placed on the Royal Navy. An important role of heavy cruisers was service on distant stations and as the ‘patrolman on the beat,’ keeping watch over the trade routes of the world. By late ’42 to early ’43, the AMC’s were being withdrawn from escort service and converted to troopships, a vastly less costly and complicated process as well as a more important role.
- 15 May 1941 Ten corvettes in UK shipyards are formally commissioned as RCN ships.
- 16 May 1945 HMCS Matane is sent to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll.
- 17 May 1963 Approval is given for the RCN to begin work on the first Canadian military hydrofoil, HMCS Bras D’Or.
- 18 May 1914 The Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) is authorized as part of the RCN.
- 21 May 1917 The Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) is established by Royal Charter.
- 21 May 1939 King George VI unveils the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
- 22 May 1931 HMCS SAGUENAY is commissioned at Portsmouth-one of the first ships built for the RCN.
- 24 May 1941 HMS Hood is sunk by the Bismarck in the Denmark Straits: three Canadian Midshipmen Christopher Norman (Victoria BC), Francis Jones (Revelstoke BC), Thomas Beard (Victoria BC), serving in the battle cruiser are killed. All three midshipman were sons of RCN and Canadian Army officers)
- 24 May 1963 Sea King helicopters enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 25 May 1941 The first seven corvettes for the Newfoundland Escort Force arrive in St. John’s.
- 29 May 1982 The National War Memorial in Ottawa is rededicated to include dates of the Second World War and Korean War.
- 30 May 1939 King George VI presented his Color to the RCN in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC
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