NAC News – Edition K419 HMCS Kokanee
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of July 23rd, 2021
Edition – K419 HMCS Kokanee (WW2 River Class Frigate)
Rod Hughes, Editor NAC News email@example.com
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- Editor – Our President Bill Conconi wrote a letter of condolence to Her Majesty expressing our sympathies on the passing of The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We recently received thank you note on behalf of The Queen, from Sir Edward Young, Private Secretary to The Queen. The letter posted this here.
- 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 October 2021 – Arctic Workshop/Conference – Halifax. NAC and the Brian Mulroney Institute of Government at StFX, in partnership with the RCN, will host a two-day workshop in Halifax tentatively scheduled for 19-20 October. The theme will be “Arctic Maritime Partnerships – Options and Opportunities for Cooperation in the North American Arctic”. NAC VP, Bruce Belliveau ,and his team from NSNAC is working with Adam Lajeunesse (from the Institute at StFX and our NAC naval affairs research coordinator). This workshop will not be conducted in the more usual NAC conference format. Attendance will be limited by invitation only. A few NAC members who have expertise in this area will be participating and a small number of members may be able to attend. We plan to “broadcast” the plenary sessions to all members, either live or after the event. More details to follow later in the summer.
THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLES
- Starshell Spring-Summer 2021 Issue 92 has been published electronically. It is available for downloading/viewing on the NAC website as a PDF format or you can click on the cover at the link and use the ISSUU flipbook.
- In July 2021, the NAC published a short examination of Canadian shipbuilding options. This work, by University of Calgary PhD Candidate Tim Choi, entitled Strategic and Operational Considerations for Canadian Naval Shipbuilding, was framed as a response to recent media op-eds by former Assistant Deputy Minister (Material) Alan Williams. In order to facilitate debate and promote strategic thinking, the NAC is pleased to offer Mr. Williams’ response to that paper. While we, NAC, do not necessarily agree with Mr. Williams, we feel members should be aware of what he thinks.
- HMCS Halifax hits a snag upon its return to home port (11 photos)
- General and Flag Officer Senior Appointments Announced
- Dany Fortin says his ‘career appears to be over’ after his removal from vaccine campaign
- ‘Defence’ doesn’t fit the job of Canada’s military any more. Let’s create a Department of National Safety instead
- Review of bondage comments by navy officers completed, but recommendations under wraps for now
- Armed Forces Divers Removing Unexploded Ordnance From Around Bell Island
- Plan to replace military’s Second World War-era pistols on hold due to complaint over contract competition
- Seaking Becomes Gate Guardian
- Editor – The NAC team is making steady progress for #NavyBikeRide2021. You can inspire us to greater efforts by making a donation to the team at http://ow.ly/tEvE50FB1b2
- Vessel Review | Harry Dewolf – Canada’s newest icebreaking patrol ship to be deployed in arctic waters
- Minister of National Defence announces reappointment of Rear-Admiral Geneviève Bernatchez’s mandate as Judge Advocate General
- Government of Canada completes dismantling of Cormorant vessel
- The Memory Project Veteran’s Stories: Alex Polowin (Editor – an NAC Member in a fascinating and touching 6:14 min recording)
- Century-Old Sailing Vessel Visiting St. John’s Harbour
- Seaspan’s Vancouver Drydock seeks to expand operations
- Grain Trains To Canada’s Port Of Vancouver Recover As Wildfires Rage
- As sea levels rise, B.C. coastal cities could face flooding from moon’s ‘wobble’
- Cleanup crews tackle gargantuan task of cleaning B.C. beaches inundated with plastic (Editor – series of appalling video included)
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 19, 2021
- Confused Seas: Searching for Maritime Security in an Insecure World
- CNO Gilday Says With Current Budget, Cutting Ships Necessary for Navy Long-term
- SASC’s FY 22 Defense Bill Boosts DoD Topline by $25B; Adds 2nd Destroyer, More Navy F-35Cs
- IKE is Back: USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Wraps Up Back-to-Back Deployments
- Icebreaker Departs for Arctic Deployment, Circumnavigation of North America
- U.S. Navy Christens First John Lewis-Class T-AO Fleet Oiler
- On the Eve of Destruction (Editor – follow on to article in last week’s edition, 13:50 min audio recording included)
- U.S. Navy’s Top Officer Admits “Painful” Teething Issues With USS Ford and US carrier Ford conducts second shock trial, after technical failure halted earlier attempt
- Navy wants to see big uptick in Zumwalt-class destroyer operations over the next year
- U.S. Navy Needs a Corvette: The Badr-Class Would Do
- Lockheed Martin awarded contract to procure more MK41 VLS
- Trailblazing Admiral, Hall of Fame Female Diver Retires After Conquering ‘Fear of the Sea’
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Changes Homeport and Helps Move 3,000 Sailors – and Their Cars
- Navy’s APL 67 Sails Away from Pascagoula, Bound for Japan Base
- Destroyer USS Donald Cook Arrives in Florida After 7 Years in Europe
- Naval Strike Missile: The First 5th Generation Guided Missile of Western Countries
- The U.S. Navy released the 1st photo of USS Stockdale fitted with ODIN laser weapon
- Acting SECNAV Names Future Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship Point Loma
- Flood of Import Containers Disrupts U.S. Intermodal Rail yet Booming US-China Trade Brushes Off Trump Trade War and Pandemic
- U.S. Appeals Court Blocks Florida’s Suspension of CDC Cruise Ship Rules
- Salvors Free Grounded River Cruise Ship on Kentucky’s Lake Barkley
- U.S. leaves the ‘graveyard of empires’: A look at the legacy of the war in Afghanistan (Editor – not a maritime story but one with profound implications) and a Canadian rejoinder Afghanistan veterans frustrated by Taliban resurgence
- Report on U.S.-China Competition in East, South China Sea
- Philippines Considering Addendum to U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement
- Here’s Why China Is Afraid Of An Obscure International Court
- Two Offshore Patrol Vessels Assigned Permanently To Indo-Pacific Region
- HMCS Calgary visits Indonesia, exercises with Indonesian Navy
- HMCS Calgary crew helps protect the environment during visit to isolated island
- Expeditionary Strike Group 7 arrives for Talisman Sabre 21 and China Sends Two Spy Ships To US-Australia Naval Exercise
- British Carrier Group to join anti-sub exercise in Pacific
- CIMSEC: Frigate Bayern in the Pacific: the return of German gunboat diplomacy?
- SEA 5000 Future Frigate Program: continuous shipbuilding under the spotlight
- Indian MoD Issues A Request For Proposal For The Construction Of Six P-75(I) Submarines (Editor – another submarine project to follow with interst)
- India’s new indigenous Special Operations Submarine design: SOV-400
- Thai Navy to Pay in Yearly Instalments for Chinese Submarines
- Video: Japan’s Latest And Future Naval Defense Equipment (Editor – holistic look at JDF in a 10:02 min video)
- Managing risk in the submarine transition: the latest on the Collins life-of-type extension
- First Two MH-60R Maritime Helicopters Delivered To Indian Navy
- COSCO Shipping Places $1.5 Billion Order for 10 Containerships
- Two Iranian Warships Spotted Near English Channel and Iran’s Largest Warship, Frigate Now in the Baltic Sea Bound for Russia
- Report: Turkish Coast Guard Fires Warning Shots Inside Cypriot Waters
- Funding allocated for next batch of Type 26 Frigates
- Was the Angled Flight Deck Missed on HMS Queen Elizabeth? (Editor – useful explanation in this 8:24 min video)
- NATO Submarine Command changes Command
- French Navy Conducts Evacuation Exercise From Submerged Submarine Suffren
- Royal Navy’s Type 45s: Only One Of Six Destroyers Operationally Available
- Meet the Laika-Class: Russia’s Mighty Fifth-Generation Submarine
- Russian Shipbuilder Unveils Export-Oriented Missile Corvette Project 22160E
- Russian’s Hypersonic Missile Tsirkon Hit For The First Time A Ground Target
- Russia, India to extend BrahMos supersonic missile’s range to 800 km
- First Leonardo AW101 naval helicopter for Polish Navy has achieved its first flight
- Naval Group to provide maintenance of the French nuclear attack submarines
- DEFEA 2021: Israel Shipyards displays Reshef class vessel
- DEFEA 2021: Lockheed Martin showcases the Multi-Mission Surface Combatant
- Mine Warfare: Thales MMCM milestones and Pathmaster unmanned MCM solution (Editor – impressive 5:54 min video)
- Thales Mi-Map: AI-assisted Mine Warfare (Editor – 3:55 min video)
- Saab MuMNS: The mine-killing ROV of MMCM (Editor – 4:11 min video)
- Vietnamese naval ships arrive in Vladivostok for Russia’s Navy Day celebrations
- The Ukrainian Navy’s Killer Drone Has Arrived
- U.S. and Germany Strike Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal
- Last Remaining UK Coastal Patrol Boat From WWII Finds New Home
- Flooding in Germany: Rhine River Re-opens to Shipping as Water Levels Drop
- Opinion: Israel and Iran Run Risks With Their “Shadow War” at Sea
- Royal Canadian Navy hands over command of CTF-150 to Royal New Zealand Navy
- Sailor Profile: Meet Lieutenant(Navy) Devin Matthews
- Royal Navy and U.S. Navy minehunting forces train together
- COVID: HMS Diamond Crew Members Test Positive For Coronavirus
- Iran Opens Gulf of Oman Oil Terminal to Avoid Hormuz Strait
- Stranded and Shattered Seafarers Threaten Global Supply Lines
- CCPC Found Moving Iran, Venezuela Oil To Chinese Refineries
- Defence Intelligence lays out maritime security threats in Africa
- 82 Percent of S. Korean Destroyer’s Sailors Test Positive for COVID (Editor – quite a contrast between this destroyer and HMCS Halifax’s handling of Covid-19)
- Scientists Aim to Build a Detailed Global Seafloor Chart by 2030
- Five Lessons to Learn on Hydrogen as a Ship Fuel
- What are the Different Types of Shells that the 16in Guns Fire? (Editor – for the gunners a 30:23 min video) and Nuclear: Project Katie (Editor – 26:09 min video)
- Iconic Ships 6: USS Constitution (Editor – 24 min podcast)
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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