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NAC News – Edition K440 – HMCS Lachute

NAC News – Edition K440 – HMCS Lachute

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 17th, 2021

Edition K440 HMCS Lachute (WW2 increased endurance Flower Class corvette)

Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News  (Comments welcome to help improve this service.)

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NEW 14 January 2022 10-11 (AM Eastern Time): CSIS and USNI present an online presentation in the Maritime Security series – Dialogue: FIFTH Fleet Mission and Operations Update featuring Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, Commander, United States Naval Forces, Central Command / Commander, FIFTH Fleet and Commander, Combined Maritime Forces. Vice Admiral Cooper and Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, USN (Ret.), Chief Executive Officer and Publisher, U.S. Naval Institute, will discuss the priorities and operational imperatives of the FIFTH Fleet area of responsibility.

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Salty Dips Volume 11 – Some things pass. Some things change. Some just stay the same.  by NAC-Ottawa…Christmas gift?  Note you can order a print-on-demand soft/hard copy from Friesen Press and other providers. Soft and hard copy books. An e-book version in a wide-variety of formats is also available (Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Kobo, etc…)

NAC Children’s Books – 3rd in the series “Over the Horizon” now for sale $10 plus $3 for shipping. Special Holiday offer – buy all 3 for $25 (includes shipping) or 2 for $20.



Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the situation in and around Ukraine

Anand, Eyre offer official apology to victims of military sexual misconduct (Editor – MND interview in a 8:55 min video included) and Military culture must change following apology for sexual misconduct, survivors say (Editor – 6:02 min video)

Fall 2021 CNMT Action Stations magazine (Editor – if your considering CNMT membership or a donation[scroll down on the webpage])



Year End Message from General Eyre and CPO1 Grégoire (Editor – 11:25 min video)

Skyrocketing shipbuilding costs continue as estimate puts icebreaker price at $7.25B details in PBO report The Polar Icebreaker Project: a fiscal analysis

Three RCN ships return home in time for the holidays and Dressed up for the holidays plus Families welcome HMCS Winnipeg back from long mission in Indo-Pacific

New Royal Canadian Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel Visits Norfolk After Circumnavigating North America

A military in crisis: Here are the senior leaders embroiled in sexual misconduct cases hence Defence Team News | 16 December 2021 (Editor – a 4:23 min video interview with Danielle Carter, Team Lead of Response and Support at SMRC.  She explains the expansion of services to former CAF members and National Defence public service employees who have been affected by sexual misconduct) and a new interview Changing the military’s culture to end sexual misconduct could take 5 years, senior officer says

Sailors heaped condemnation on their commander after his golf game with Vance, documents show

Minister of National Defence Mandate Letter and Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Mandate Letter

OP Navy Watch – September 2021 (Editor – the first of a new unofficial video series about RCN activities in a pretty good, if eclectic, 12:58 min video)

FMF Cape Scott’s Honorary Captain visits West Coast

Four contracts awarded for life extension work on Coast Guard motorized lifeboats

Winners of the USNI 2021 Naval & Maritime Photo Contest (Editor – congrats to LCdr Colin Dudeck, RCN)

‘Scope’ and cost of software fix to naval helicopters expected in spring 2022 (Editor – despite what the “experts” say, I know three truths: the RCAF has a first-rate flight safety programme with an excellent record, the aircrews are extraordinarily well trained, and Sikorsky, the Cyclone manufacturer, is one of the preeminent helicopter manufactures in the world…after all they built the Sea King that served Canada so well and lasted for so many years.  The RCAF and Sikorsky will solve these new aircraft issues, but as with all things related to flight safety, it takes time to make sure they are resolved properly.)

Judge stays prosecution of man accused of trying to spy for China

Military members challenge vaccine requirement in Federal Court

Davie to create Montreal-based division to invest in Canadian firms and innovation

Maritime search and rescue and shipping risk: how does it work in Canada?

The birth of the Maple Leaf

Cruise ships returning to Victoria after two-year absence

Editor – Two book were brought to my attention by an NAC member as they relate to the outcome of the sinking 30 April 1941 of the troopship S.S. Nerissa.  The first is S.S. Nerissa, the Final Crossing: The Amazing True Story of the Loss of a Canadian Troopship in the North Atlantic that covers the sinking with the loss of 207 souls: 73 Cdn Army, 10 RCN, 81 Merchant Navy, 12 British forces, 11 American ATA pilots, 3 Royal Norwegian Air Force, and 17 civilians; the second pertains to the general impact of all the sinkings that took place off the shores of neutral Ireland during WW2: Mayo and the Battle of the Atlantic (1939-45)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 13, 2021

US defense bill could open way to Taiwan joining RIMPAC naval exercise

Navy’s USS Savannah to be commissioned outside namesake city

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush Launches and Recovers F-35s for First Time

Navy Relieves Destroyer XO For ‘Failing to Abide By Lawful Order’ then Navy to Begin Processing Separation for Sailors Refusing COVID-19 Vaccination

and Pentagon Discussing Potential For COVID-19 Booster Mandate

USS Connecticut Pulls Into San Diego After Surface Transit From Guam then Damaged Attack Submarine USS Connecticut Leaves San Diego

Document: U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments and Issues

USS Iwo Jima Arrives in New Homeport at Naval Station Norfolk

Littoral combat ships in Mayport make the most of a year of restricted operations

Report to Congress on Navy SSN(X) Next-Generation Attack Submarine

Caribbean naval forces receive new boats to expand capabilities

US Navy Opens $23M Facility for Laser Weapons Testing

Navy starts building hub for surface, subsurface drones

Hearing Begins for Junior Sailor Charged in USS Bonhomme Richard Fire

USS Oakland installs Naval Strike Missile

Report to Congress on DDG(X)

Navy Down-Select for Compact Rapid Attack Weapon Expected in February (Editor – something new

USMMA Set to Resume at Sea Training

HMS Protector honours legendary Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton

Four More Sentenced in Coast Guard Test-Fixing Scheme

Construction Begins on Mississippi River’s Largest Oil Terminal

Vanishing Ships Underscore Supply Woe: Crisis Peak Is a Mirage are Mercedes-Benz Reroutes to Baltimore to Avoid West Coast Congestion

How was the Biggest Ship Wreck in US History Removed? (Editor – 15:10 min video)



US supply 400 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and 100 truck-mounted launchers Arrive in Taiwan (Editor – wide ranging video on Taiwan’s defensive posture in an 8:01 min video)

Russia stepping up its Pacific military presence (Editor – noteworthy map)

German frigate enters South China Sea on 1st Indo-Pacific deployment in two decades

South Korea’s First Nuclear Submarine Looks Closer

New sea trials for the third Chinese Type 075 LHD

What AUKUS Means to North Korea

Naval News Monthly Recap – November 2021 (Editor – 6:29 min video)

India Test Fires Supersonic Missile-Assisted Torpedo (Editor – see Russian system in European section)

Standing Committee on Defence recommends three aircraft carriers for Navy

US arms embargo symbolic shot across Cambodia’s bow

First Arafura Class offshore patrol vessel launches in Osborne

China to build its third icebreaker

U.S. Coast Guard Helps Palau Track Chinese Research Vessel in its EEZ

New U.S. Navy Sea Base Sucks Up Volcanic Stone, Clogging Engineering Systems

Defence eyes Black Hawks to replace troubled Taipans (Editor – note more Sea Hawks included) then Analysing the timing of Defence’s Taipan decision

Philippine Navy commissions former South Korean landing craft into fleet

Sinpo SSK Sub Brief (Editor – historical look at North Korea submarine ballistic missile programme in a 36:48 min video)



UK Parliament’s Latest Report Calls For A Bigger Royal Navy and for report “We’re going to need a bigger Navy” – Report Summary

What did the 2021 Carrier Strike Group deployment achieve? then UK Carrier Strike Group to return in 2022

Royal Navy launches poignant Christmas film (Editor – 1:54 min video)

US State Dept. Approves $9.4 Billion in Deals to Sell Greece Littoral Combat Ships, Upgrade Frigates and France confirms the acquisition of three FDI HN or Belharra-class frigates by Greece

Russia Says Monitoring French Warship in Black Sea

Blog – Russia’s nuclear Arctic?

Russia’s Otvet anti-submarine missile successfully hits target in Sea of Japan (Editor – anyone know if CSC will have VLA ASROC? Shame if they don’t)

Putin Takes A Look At New Aircraft Carrier (Editor – 8:06 min video)

Turkish Company Unveils New SDV Project For Special Forces

MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile aces final firing

French And Greek Frigates Conduct Joint Drill Off Crete Island

State-of-the-art seaborne platform in the works to carry deck-based drones

Denmark, Norway join European corvette program

Dutch minehunter returns home early after Covid outbreak on board

Royal Navy Takes Delivery of First Anglo-French Minehunting Drone Boat

This is How Cargoes Are Moved on Europe’s Narrow Canals (Editor – 10:29 min video)

Portugal Creates Europe’s Largest Marine Protected Area

Video: Bulker with Cargo Fire Arrives in Gothenburg

Drunkenness Suspected After Ship Capsizes in Baltic Sea Collision and Two Officers Accused of Drunkenness After Fatal Collision in Baltic



Carrier USS Harry S. Truman Now Operating in the Mediterranean; USS Essex in Gulf of Aden in addition Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Departs on Deployment (Editor – frigate HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen with the Carrier Strike Group)

Israeli Prime Minister Bennett in first trip to UAE as Iran threat looms (Editor – not a maritime event but one with regional implications)

Shultz: Two FRCs Soon to Depart for Basing in Persian Gulf

US Navy Saves Five Iranians from Burning Boat and Seizes $14M in Drugs

US NAVCENT begins testing of Saildrone USV in Gulf of Aqaba

US Navy tests high-energy laser weapon in Gulf of Aden



Crew Reported Kidnapped in New Incident in Gulf of Guinea

Nigerian Navy commissions large number of new vessels

IMO Designates May 18th as ‘International Day for Women in Maritime’

Ballast water management: stopping the spread of invasive species by ships

The Insane Amount of Power a Ship Propeller Requires to Spin (Editor – 10:15 min video)

Study: Deep-Sea Mining Could Wipe Out Multiple Rare Species

More Arctic Shipping is Leaving Trash in Its Wake, Scientists Warn



How a small town built 50 Aircraft Carriers in 16 months. (Editor – a wow video of Vancouver Washington’s WW2 Kaiser Shipyard in a 5:46 min video)

Steam Turbine Ship Gate-crashing the Queen 1897 | Season 1 Episode 42 (Editor – 3:02 min video)

Typhoon SSBN Sub Brief (Editor – 41:26 min video)

Scorpene SSK Sub Brief (Editor – 45:37 min video)

Han SSN Sub Brief (Editor – 37:26 min video)


(If you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and more modern significant dates are also welcome.  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”, Roger Litwiller’s excellent website, the encyclopedic guidance of NAC member and author Fraser McKee, and anywhere else I can find credible information.

  • 1 December 1948 HMCS Shearwater, RCN Air Station, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is commissioned.
  • 2 December 1946 HMCS Middlesex goes aground on Shut-in Island near Halifax and becomes a total loss.
  • 2 December 1968 The Canadian submarine HMCS Rainbow is commissioned; purchased from the United States, it was originally the USS Argonaut launched in 1944.
  • 3 December 1969 As the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure is decommissioned, the aviation fuel tanks are emptied and cleaned, but on of the tanks does not vent properly; two sailors are overcome by the fumes and another two lose their lives during the rescue attempt.
  • 4 December 1940 HMCS Prince Henry is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
  • 4-6 Dec 1950 A United Nations task force under Captain J.V. Brock, RCN, in HMCS Cayuga, and consisting of HMC Ships Athabaskan and Sioux, His Majesty’s Australian Ships Warramunga and Bataan, the USS Forest Royal, covered the seaborne withdrawal of civilians and elements of the 8th Army (US) threatened by enemy advances in the Chinnampo area, Korea.
  • 5 December 1950 HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Cayuga bombard the port of Chinnampo, Korea (04-05 Apr).
  • 6 December 1917 Halifax Explosion.  A huge explosion in Halifax harbour destroys the naval facilities and much of the city.
  • 7 December 1941 Canada declares war on Romania, Hungary, Finland, and Japan.
  • 7 December 1941 HMCS Windflower is lost and 23 of her crew perish after a collision with a Dutch freighter SS Zypenburg on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
  • 8 December 1918 The Royal Canadian Naval Air Service is discontinued and the cadets being trained are demobilized.
  • 10 December 1939 The first Canadian troop convoy of 7,400 soldiers sails for Britain escorted out of Halifax by HMC ships Ottawa, Restigouche, Fraser and St. Laurent.
  • 12 December 1969  RCN retires aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure after 12 years of service; “Bonnie” never saw combat, but was scram­bled dur­ing the Octo­ber Mis­sile Crisis; later sold for scrap. Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 13 December 1940 HMCS Royal Roads is commissioned as a training establishment for Probationary Sub-Lieutenants.
  • 14 December 1915 Flight Sub-Lieutenant A.S. Ince, RNAS while flying as observer in a Viewpoint aircraft shot down in flames a German two-seater.  The victory, the first confirmed success credited to a Canadian airman, won for Ince the DSC, the first decoration awarded a Canadian in the RNAS.
  • 17 December 1944 HMCS MONTREAL (frigate) rescues survivors of U-Boat 1209 wrecked on Wolf Rock southwest of Land’s End.
  • 19 December 1945 The Government of Canada approves in principle the formation of a naval air branch.
  • 20 December 1941 HMCS Adversus, ex-RCMP patrol ship, while on patrol was lost at sea when caught in a blizzard and run aground on McNutts Island near Shelburne, NS.  All 16 crew survive.
  • 20 December 1943 HMCS Prince David is re-commissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
  • 24 December 1944 HMCS Clayoquot is torpedoed by a U806 and sinks while taking station on convoy XB.139, in the approaches to Halifax harbour.  Eight of her crew were lost.
  • 26 December 1954 HMCS ships HURON and IROQUOIS leave Korea for their home base in Halifax.
  • 27 December 1942 HMC Ships St. Laurent commanded by LCdr Guy S. Windeyer, RCN, with HMCS Chilliwack, commanded by LCdr Clifton P. Coughlin,  RCNVR, with HMCS Battleford commanded by Lt F.A. Beck, RCNVR, and HMCS Napanee commanded by Lt L.S. Henderson, RCNVR and other escorts in a melee sank the German submarine U-356 in the mid-Atlantic.
  • 27 December 1944 HMCS St. Thomas commanded by LCdr Leslie P. Denny, RCNR in company with HMCS Sea Cliff commanded by LCdr J.E. Harrington, RCNVR directed St. Thomas onto her ASDIC contact and sank the German submarine U-877 in the North Atlantic.
  • 28 December 1940 HMCS Prince David is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
  • 29 December 1837: Canadian ‘volunteers’ under Captain Andrew Drew (ex-RN) cross upper Niagara River, seize supply schooner Caroline, supporting W.L. Mackenzie’s rebellious force on American Navy Island above the Falls.  1 US citizen killed, the ship is cut loose, strands on rocks above the Falls, breaks up and goes over.  Canadians row home.
  • 31 December 1990 The crew of HMCS Preserver flies to the Persian Gulf to relieve HMCS Protecteur’s crew.
  • 31 December 1992 New Canadian military honours are created: The Victoria Cross, Star of Military Valour, Medal of Military Valour and Mention in Dispatches.


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