NAC News – Edition K410
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 21st, 2021
Edition – K410 HMCS Coaticock (WW2 River Class Frigate with a short life and a sad demise)
Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News email@example.com (comments welcome to help improve this service)
Links to keep in touch with the NAC and RCN can be found at the bottom of this email.
- 25 May 2021 – Tuesday – 12:00 PM (Ottawa Time). 4 Jun 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the sailing ketch HMCS Oriole, the RCN’s oldest and longest serving commissioned vessel since 19 Jun 1952. On behalf of VAdm Craig Baines, Commander, RCN (Patron of Honour to RCYC), and the Gooderham family who originally owners, and RCYC you are invited to join LCdr Robert Pelton, current CO of HMCS Oriole who will deliver a “live” virtual presentation & guided tour of via Zoom. Register by email to LCdr Kray.Robichaud@forces.gc.ca Include your full name and professional details (i.e. position/title & organization), Zoom instructions will be emailed by no later than Mon, 24th May 2021.
- NEW – 26 May 2021 – Wednesday – 1100 (Vancouver time) NABC Zoom presentation: Female Naval Officers in Leadership Positions in the RCN. Cdr Nancy Setchell former CO of HMCS Charlottetown, will speak on her tour as CO. She is one of many women furthering the advancement of females in the RCN and is only the second woman to have commanded a major Canadian warship since Cmdre Josée Kurtz commanded HMCS Halifax in 2009. Non NABC members to register at firstname.lastname@example.org Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86984703524?pwd=VUdBME44ZWFZamFjZlpWOEI5R09zdz09 Meeting ID: 869 8470 3524 Passcode: 897581
- 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. 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
- Acting CDS, Wayne Eyre, Announces 2021 CAF General and Flag Officer Senior Promotions and Appointments (Editor – includes two Naval promotions/appointments of note) for the full list
- Production of Canada’s Fifth Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Underway With Cutting of First Steel for the Future HMCS Frédérick Rolette
- Admiral Topshee – A Path to Leadership (Editor – new Commander MARPAC/JTFP)
- Ships return to CFB Esquimalt from counter-narcotic mission and a must see 8:47 min video Someone blew up a narco-sub in the middle of the ocean BZ HMCS Brandon and Saskatoon!
- Meet HMCS Brandon’s Executive Officer deployed on Operation CARIBBE and Meet HMCS Saskatoon’s Executive Officer deployed on Operation CARIBBE
- Military replaces another top officer in wake of sexual misconduct allegations and Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie named new head of Canada’s vaccine rollout plus Quebec prosecutor’s office to decide on possible charges against Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin
- Canadian navy in Derry for Battle of the Atlantic memorial before laying wreath at sea for Laurentic crew and heading to the Baltic for NATO manoeuvres (Editor 2:18 min video imbedded
- Understanding the role of weapon exports in Canadian foreign policy
- WILLIAMS: Canada’s Naval procurement costs are skyrocketing — how did this happen?
- 110 new COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia, including one that shuts Halifax Shipyard
- Former reservist stripped of Order of Military Merit for wearing medals he was never awarded
- Embattled doctor steps down after allowing sex offender to mentor survivors at military trauma retreat
- Millions of Lives Saved by a Canadian Navy Doctor (Editor – in acknowledgement of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin)
- Editor – An initiative of Historica Canada, the Memory Project is a speakers bureau that arranges for past and present members of the CAF to share their stories with school and community groups across the country. The programme operates year-round, and the speakers have reached more than 3 million Canadians since they started in 2001. The presentations are currently being made virtually. They are looking for new speakers to join their team and asked me to help get the word out. If you’re interested click “Become a Speaker”.
- Editor – The Government of Canada is pleased to reveal the five concepts for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan. We are invited to take a moment to view them and complete a short survey before June 9 at Canada.ca/survey-monument-afghanistan. The monument will recognize the commitment and sacrifice of the more than 40,000 Canadians who served there, and the support provided to them by Canadians at home.
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USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 17, 2021
- Mississippi Reopens After Barge Traffic Stacked Up with Ag Products
- U.S. Navy conducts combined ops with Canadian and Mexican assets (Editor – HMCS Saskatoon and HMCS Brandon)
- Navy Issues $554M Contract Modification for Second Navy Frigate
- The cyber threat in Naval Warfare
- Brookings Report: US military options to enhance Arctic defense (Editor – full report available for download)
- Navy to Seek Eight Ships In Next Budget, Cutting a Destroyer
- The U.S. Navy Could Spend Half Its Shipbuilding Budget On Submarines
- Report to Congress on Columbia-class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program
- The Littoral Combat Ship Can’t Fight—And The U.S. Navy Is Finally Coming To Terms With It
- CIMSEC: Sea Control 250 – Dr. Joshua Tallis on Arctic Strategy (Editor – worthwhile and wide ranging 1:05:32 min podcast) and Secretary of State Blinken Criticizes Russia’s ‘Unlawful Maritime Claims’ in the Arctic
- CIMSEC: Sea Control 251 – undersea, out of mind with Dr. Christian Bueger and Dr. Tobias Liebetrau (Editor – enlightening 36:03 min podcast discussing threats to undersea cables, infrastructure, and the overall complexities)
- Data Link Systems and Compiling Recognized Maritime Picture
- BAE Systems awarded U.S Navy contract for the MK 41 VLS
- US Navy Orders 18 Coyote Supersonic Sea-Skimming Targets
- New SEAL Dry Combat Submersible Set for Operational Test in Late 2021 and Navy SEALs’ Third Heavy Combatant Craft Set for Summer Delivery
- US Navy’s JPALS landing system reaches initial operational capability
- The Name Enterprise (Editor – the third Ford-class aircraft carrier is named USS Enterprise. She will be the ninth United States naval vessel to bear the name and is scheduled to be in operation by 2028. Her construction began in August 2017 with a steel-cutting ceremony.
- New Photos Reveal Details of Cuba’s Tiny, Lethal Attack Submarine
- Ghost Fleet Ship ‘Nomad’ Transited Panama Canal, Headed to California
- Congress Passes Act to Restart Alaska Cruises and Lines Plan for July
- Video: Fire Breaks Out During Golden Ray Salvage Operations
- Destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur Transits Taiwan Strait, China Protests and U.S. 7th Fleet Denies Chinese Claim American Destroyer Was ‘Expelled’ from South China Sea Island Chain
- Berger: War With China Not ‘An Inevitability,’ But Competition Will Endure (Editor – included is a 1:01:02 hr video interview with USMC General David H. Berger
- Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Leaves Japan Ahead of Spring Patrol
- China’s navy in live-fire drills across three theatre commands, hinting at moves to counter US
- Why China wants the Spratlys and CIMSEC: no ordinary boats: cracking the code on China’s Spratly maritime militias
- Chinese Maritime Militia Unit Releases Video Celebrating Military Role
- US, South Korea to expand ASEAN, Indo-Pacific co-operation
- Officials: Jeanne D’Arc Exercise Tests How Allies Can Work Together in Indo-Pacific
- Royal Australian Navy’ Second Supply-Class AOR Sails Home
- Australia to build facility to test combat systems for future Hunter-class frigates
- US, China in a new no-rules nuclear race and Report on Chinese Nuclear and Missile Proliferation
- Philippines to Acquire Israeli Missile-Capable Patrol Boats for $209M
- HMAS Ballarat joins Operation Argos
- ECA GROUP and TMT team up for Australia’s MCM program
- Chinese navy helps lift sunken Indonesian submarine’s life raft
- India scours sea after barge sinks, 2nd adrift after cyclone then 26 Dead, 49 Missing in Indian Offshore Barge Sinking
- Japan to get LNG-fueled icebreaker for Arctic research and Japan Launches $3 Billion R&D Project for Hydrogen Transportation
- Science drill ship sets depth record off Japan
- Navy’s Queen Elizabeth-Class Carriers Meet at Sea for First Time
- UK launches Fleet Solid Support Ship competition (Editor – every carrier TG always needs logistical support!)
- Which cruise missile is more powerful, Tomahawk or Kalibr?
- Two Major North Sea Maritime Exercise, Strike Warrior and Ragnar Viking, Converge
- Exercise At-Sea Demo/Formidable Shield 2021 kicks off
- Russian spy ship shadowing carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth
- Portugal Approves Six New OPVs For Marinha Portuguesa
- Russia Could Go Beyond Planned Series of 10 Borei-Class Nuclear-Powered Subs, Government Says
- Russia flexes muscles in challenge for Arctic control
- Iconic Osprey aircraft operates with RFA Mounts Bay in historic first
- BAE Systems floats out Astute-class submarine HMS Anson
- New ‘Inspiration Class’ Type-31 warships named
- German Navy takes delivery of third F125 frigate
- Thales Delivers First Sea Fire Next Gen Radar For France’s New Frigates
- Russia’s Baltic Fleet to carry out seven long-distance missions in 2021
- What’s Next For The Navy’s Vessels?
- EU Tightens Ship Recycling Rules Again and How $300 Million Cruise Ships Are Demolished | Big Business (Editor – 8:03 min video)
- Two Israeli Ports Closed After Rocket Attacks
- Hamas’ underwater drones a wake-up call for Israel
- China sends a new naval fleet to the Gulf of Aden for escort mission (Editor – I suspect that “Fleet” gets eschewed in translation)
- UAE Navy Orders Falaj 3-Class Offshore Patrol Vessels From ADSB
- India And Oman Renew MoUs On Military Cooperation, Maritime Issues
- Suez Canal Starts Dredging Work to Extend Double Lane
- Iran to Start Oil Exports From New Port that Bypasses Strait of Hormuz
- New Kidnappings as Efforts Grow to Stop Gulf of Guinea Piracy (Editor – note Gulf of Guinea Declaration) and Fishing vessel attacked, 5 crew kidnapped, Gulf of Guinea
- North African Maritime Exercise Phoenix Express Set to Begin
- Liberian Registry Reaches 200 Million Gross Tons
- World’s biggest iceberg breaks off from Antarctica and Study: Antarctic Ice Sheets May Begin Irreversible Decline by 2060
- Yes, it’s true, the world is running out of sand (Editor – another resource challenge and issue for potential conflict)
- Modular Molten Salt Nuclear Power for Maritime Propulsion
- The Epic History of the Echo II SSGN Submarine (Editor – amazing pics and some astonishing stories in a 1:47:51 hr 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, in 1911 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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