NAC News – Edition K418 HMCS Joliette
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of July 16th, 2021
Edition – K418 HMCS Joliette (WW2 River Class Corvette)
Rod Hughes, Editor NAC News email@example.com
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- NEW 21 July 2021 (8PM Halifax time) You are invited to this virtual book launch on the Nimbus Publishing YouTube channel of Dusty Dreams and Troubled Waters: a story of HMCS Sackville and the Battle of the Atlantic by Brian Bowman. The launch event will include a Q&A with Brian Bowman by CNMT Life-Member Doug Thomas. Plus, Susan Tooke will display some of the art pieces from the books and talk about the process of their creation.
- NEW 22 July 2021 12:00 (Ottawa time) On behalf of the “The Watch” Command Magazine, United States Northern Command, United States European Command, United States Indo-Pacific Command and the Center for Arctic Security and Resilience – you are invited to register for the next upcoming Zoom Arctic eTalk “A View from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: Joint Task Force North: Enabling North American Arctic Defense” by BGen Pascal Godbout, Commander, Canadian Joint Task Force North, Yellowknife. To register: https://www.uaf.edu/casr/activities/etalks_jul_2021.php
- 8 Aug 2021. The dedication ceremony for the new Lt Gray memorial will take place at North Saanich’s BC Aviation Museum. Regrettably due to Covid-19 not all the many donors (and guest) can attend. The invitations to those selected should be in the mail by mid-July for RSVP by end of the month. If anyone has a connection to the Gray family that desires attendance please contact Stan Brygadyr at 250-727-2243 for special consideration. Here is a previous news article New monument honours B.C.’s final fallen World War II hero
- 19-20 Oct 2021 in Halifax, the NAC Fall Conference, is starting to take shape as the pandemic wanes. The conference will focus on how Canada can prepare for and deal collectively with maritime security in the North and discuss the concept of operations of the RCN’s new AOPS. Mark your calendars, more to follow.
- Irving Shipbuilding has launched a new campaign to generate support for the Shipbuilding industry and build awareness around the important role it has in Canada. Shipbuilding in Canada is creating jobs, driving innovation, and fueling local economies across the country, revitalizing Canada’s ability to build the ships we need – here at home. Irving would appreciate your support and help amplifying the campaign and reaching your followers through your social channels. NAC encourages you all to sign up here: https://www.supportshipbuilding.ca/
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- WILLIAMS: Defence procurement has been so botched, Canadian lives are now at risk
- and an excellent rebuttal Strategic and Operational Considerations for Canadian Naval Shipbuilding
- Navy begins push to replace Canada’s submarine fleet and in conjunction our Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note # 5 Canada’s Submarine Assets
- College Math Professor Assumes Command of the Naval Reserve
- Royal Military College’s first female commander says no immediate plans for radical changes
- Defence Team News | 14 July 2021 (Editor – Cmdre Peats, Commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group One is interviewed in a 3:17 min video) Canada assumes command of Standing NATO Maritime Group One
- Canadian Submarine Force: Victoria-Class Submarines (Editor – latest RCN pic packed 5:57 min video)
- Former chief of the defence staff Jonathan Vance charged with obstruction of justice
- HMCS Margaret Brooke crew ready to receive second Arctic vessel
- More delays expected on new navy ships, DND report warns
- Military hopeful new Arctic port will open in 2022, but ‘significant’ uncertainty remains
- Two sailors aboard HMCS Winnipeg describe their experiences during Intermediate Multiship Readiness Training as a Bridge Watch Keeper under training.
- New Hon Capt (N) says Anishinaabe teachings and RCN background helped her become a leader
- Military sexual misconduct class action claims up 170 per cent over last 6 months
- Canadian military’s new plan to fight misconduct includes culture officers, training
- Raven Program blends Indigenous cultures with military training
- Sailor Profile: Lieutenant (Navy) Michael Vuongphan
- Innovation at Seaspan Shipyards seeks to advance digitally-enabled solutions that build competitive advantage within domestic and international markets.
- Cruise Ships Back to Canadian Waters from November
- Half-century-old shipwreck leaking oil into B.C. marine park now cleaned, coast guard says
- Royal Canadian Legion – Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy
- VAC Commemorative Partnership Program (Editor – note two available funds)
- CDA Statement on Afghan Interpreters
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 12, 2021
- As NATO command in Norfolk reaches full standup, Milley warns of ongoing need for alliance to prevent ‘great power war’
- CIMSEC: a new U.S. maritime strategy
- USMC MV-22B Osprey Test New Electronic Warfare Weapon System
- U.K. Welcomes Chance to Put British F-35Bs on American Warships
- Navy Adjusts F-35C Squadron Size to End Fighter Shortfall by 2025
- These Subtle P-8s Are The U.S. Navy’s Most Secretive Spy Planes
- First Female Navy Special Operations Sailor Graduates from Training
- Lawmakers Survey: 94% of Sailors Say ‘Damaging Operational Failures’ Related to Navy Culture, Leadership Problems
- U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class Submarines To Get 76% More Firepower (Editor – wow)
- After Delays, the Navy Takes Delivery of First Improved Nuclear Warhead
- Navy Investigating Shipyard ‘Hot Work’ Fire Aboard USS Gettysburg and Ticonderoga and the Shield of the Fleet #shorts (Editor – 57 sec video)
- General Atomics Continues On-Time Delivery Of EMALS & AAG For CVN 79, CVN 80
- USN turns to Austal USA for later T-ATS vessels
- U.S. Coast Guard Seizes $15M in Cocaine After Pursuit off Puerto Rico
- Navy Details 2022 Ship Retirement Schedule
- US Navy Trials Vessel-Mounted Counter-Drone System
- Greenland bans all oil exploration
- American Jazz Grounding: Evacuation of Passengers Completed in Kentucky and Planning Process Under Way for Refloating Grounded River Cruise Ship
- Low River Water Levels Choke Argentine’s Ag Exports
- More Panama Canal Transits Highlight Rebounding Global Trade
- USS Benfold’s deployment near Paracel Islands arises tensions between the U.S. & China and Navy Denies Chinese Forces Chased Away Destroyer During FONOP
- Opinion: What Happened to the South China Sea Ruling?
- U.S. Recommits to Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty in S. China Sea
- Chinese intelligence ship approaches Qld coast
- The U.S. Navy Needs Some Way Of Sneaking Supplies Through Chinese Defenses
- China’s New Unmanned Attack Sub May Not Be What It Seems
- Type 039A Yuan Sub Brief (Editor – incredible detail and background in a 35:28 min video…basically the Chinese “acquired” all the technology!)
- Indian Navy’s six new indigenous submarines won’t have indigenous AIP for prolonged underwater stay
- Boeing delivers 10th P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to Indian Navy
- Indonesia Commissions Third Teluk Bintuni-Class LST
- Pakistan detains five Chinese trawlers for alleged illegal fishing
- Oil Spill After Containership and Bulk Carrier Collide in Strait of Malacca
- Skyborne unveils new Gannet Glide Drone and a closer look Introducing the Gannet Glide Drone (Editor – Click on the lean more button bottom of article)
- Wallenius Orders Up to Six LNG-fueled Car Carriers
- NATO’s military activity leads to increased military threats for Russia — Security Council
- The EU countries ‘pushing back’ asylum seekers at sea (Editor – 4:51 min video)
- Standing NATO Maritime Group One completes Exercise Dynamic Mongoose 21
- U.S. Navy, Royal Navy and Marine Nationale: Interoperability and Cooperation (Editor – three national Admirals interviewed in a 14:15 min video)
- EU’s operational headquarters looks set, finally, to declare FOC by end of 2021 (Editor –how does this meshes with NATO?)
- Russia Warns Britain: Sail Near Crimea Again and Your Sailors Will Get Hurt and Russian Navy frigates hold drills off Crimea amid NATO’s warships in Black Sea
- MBDA at DEFEA 2021: Exocet MM40 Block 3C and Coastal Defense System (Editor – 4:20 min video)
- Naval Group at DEFEA 2021: FDI Frigate and Underwater Weapons (Editor – 9:05 min video)
- DEFEA 2021: Naval Ship Designs, Themistocles corvette, Trident SDV and Greek USV (Editor – 8:56 min video)
- Royal Navy’s Gold Dolphin Badge Marks 50 Years Of Pride For Submariners
- Why Queen Elizabeth Carriers Have Twin Islands? (Editor – enlightening 3:55 min video)
- Royal Navy’s Type 26 Frigates to be equipped with cruise missiles by 2028
- HMS Shoreham’s crew become first to convert to new autonomous minehunters
- A Nuclear Battlecruiser with “Amenities” #shorts (Editor – 59 sec video)
- Admiral Golovko frigate to become first carrier of Tsirkon hypersonic missile – source
- Babcock ups preparations for Hellenic frigate programme
- Italian Cabinet Approves Ban on Cruise Ships Docking in Venice
- Russian Navy Beriev Be-200 Amphibious Plane Flies to Turkey to Help Extinguish Wildfires
- Banyans: How Navy Crews Enjoy BBQs On The Beach In Centuries-Old Tradition
- Three Aircraft Carriers Meet Up in the Gulf of Aden and HMS Queen Elizabeth: Covid outbreak on Navy flagship then Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond suffers ‘serious defect’ and detaches from HMS Queen Elizabeth strike group
- Iran’s Navy Chief Admits Tehran Sent Warships to Atlantic Partly to Annoy Americans
- British carrier group exercises with Japanese warship
- Suez Canal Revenue Hits Record $5.84 Billion
- Ever Given bids adieu to Egyptian waters and Ever Given’s Owner Braces for ‘Thousands’ of Legal Claims
- Container Rates to U.S. Top $10,000 as Shipping Crunch Tightens
- How To Combat Dark Oil Transfers At Sea
- IMB: Piracy and Armed Robbery at 27 Year Low in 2021
- Ocean Microplastic Pollution Can Now Be Tracked By Satellite (Editor – depressing)
- Advice For A Young Ship’s Officer (Editor – note part 2 available at link in article)
- What Kind of Sea Ice is That? Thanks to AI, There’s an App for That
- Navy Releases Latest Round of USS Thresher Inquiry Documents
- Two by Moonlight (Editor – they sank two U-boats in twenty minutes…in the dark of night!
- How Ottawa seized a golden opportunity to help defeat the Nazis in the Second World War
- Iconic Ships 5: HMS Belfast (Editor – 25 min podcast)
- World’s First Nuclear Warship #shorts (Editor – 53 sec video)
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – JULY
(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 July 1923 The RCN barracks in Halifax, known as HMCS Stadacona, is commissioned.
- 1 July 1934 Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained Chief of the Naval Staff.
- 2 July 1944 Canadian MTB 460 (Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat) struck a mine in the English Channel. The commanding officer and 9 men were lost.
- 2 July 1940 861 German and Italian prisoners of war are rescued by HMCS St. Laurent after their transport ship was torpedoed on its way to Canada.
- 3 July 1944 Four Canadian motor torpedo boats sink two German merchant ships and damage other vessels in the English Channel.
- 4 July 1943 Canadian vessels of the 29th and 65th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotillas conduct raids on the French coast near Cherbourg.
- 5 July 1940 First Canadian registered merchant ship sunk in Battle of the Atlantic, CSL’s S.S. Magog, by U-99 (KL Otto Kretschmer) SW of Ireland. No casualties.
- 5 July 1950 HMC Ships Athabaskan, Cayuga, and Sioux sail from Esquimalt, BC, to join the United Nations naval forces operating in Korean waters.
- 6 July 1944 HMC Ships Ottawa commanded by Cdr James D. Prentice, DSO, RCN with HMCS Kootenay commanded by A/LCDR William H. Wilson, RCN, along with HMS Statice, sank the German submarine U-678 while on patrol in the English Channel.
- 8 July 1944 Canadian MTB 463 was lost to a mine in the English Channel. No crew was lost, although 5 men were wounded.
- 8 July 1954 Canada’s first icebreaking arctic patrol vessel, HMCS Labrador, is commissioned.
- 9 July 1914 HMCS Rainbow begins preparations for the international seal patrol in the North Pacific Ocean.
- 10 July 1943 Canadian landing craft drop soldiers of the 1st Canadian Division off on the coast of Sicily during the Allied invasion known as Operation HUSKY.
- 15 July 1920 RNCVR is disbanded.
- 15 July 1958 The first review of the Royal Fleet ever held in Canadian waters takes place under the eyes of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret off the coast of Vancouver Island at Royal Roads.
- 16 July 1914 First RNCVR seaman taken to sea in HMCS Rainbow to augment the RCN crew for a Bering Sea Fur Patrol; but diverted to assist her participation in the ‘Kamagata Maru Incident’ at Vancouver.
- 17 July 1940 HMCS Skeena rescues 64 crewmembers of a torpedoed merchant ship, the SS Manipor, in the waters north of Scotland.
- 19 July 1943 HMCS HURON (Destroyer) is commissioned at Newcastle on the Tyne, England.
- 20 July 1944 HMCS MATANE (frigate) is hit by a German glider bomb off Brest and badly damaged.
- 23 July 1951 The RCN (Reserve) begins recruiting women for service with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (the Wrens) for the first time since the Second World War.
- 24 July 1917 The Military Service Act is passed allowing for conscription of single men.
- 24 July 1942 HMCS St. Croix commanded by LCdr A. Hedley Dobson, DSC, RCNR sank the German submarine U-90 while on patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean.
- 29 July 1948 HMCS Royal Roads is transformed into a Canadian Service College and begins training flight cadets, as well as naval cadets.
- 29 July 1972 HMCS Iroquois, the first of the DDH 280 class destroyers, is commissioned.
- 31 July 1940 HMCS Prince Robert, after conversion from a merchant vessel, is commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser.
- 31 July 1942 HMCS Skeena commanded by A/LCdr Kenneth L. Dyer, RCN with HMCS Wetaskiwin commanded by LCdr Guy S. Windeyer, RCN sank U-588 in the North Atlantic.
- 31 July 1942 The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) the Wrens is authorized, by war’s end nearly 6,500 will have joined up.
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