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- ★ GoFundMe for Admiral Norman’s Legal Defence – After 10 months1,860 people have contributed $243,875 towards the $250,00 goal. (Editor -approaching $250,000; one last push, tell your friends!)
- C4ISR and Beyond 2019 Rear-Admiral Jeffery Zwick, Chief of Force Development would deliver the keynote address. 30 Jan 2019 7:30-17:00 Ottawa ON
- MARITECH Full Speed Ahead: Firing on all cylinders (Call for papers opportunity) Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa ON April 23-25 2019
- 2019 Maritime Gala Ball – Saturday, June 15, 2019: This event, supported by the Commander of the RCN and Commissionaire of the CCG, will be held at the Hilton Lac to celebrate the many successes of our Canadian Maritime community. This event will commemorate the past, celebrate the present, and confirm their commitment to the future. Tickets will be on sale early March 2019 so mark your calendars.
- NOABC 100th Anniversary Celebration 2-6 Oct 2019 Vancouver BC (Mark your calendar, details to follow!)
- Canada assumes command of multinational naval task force
- ‘Near total power failure’: Questions about propulsion system on new Canadian warship Editor – commentary from National Post inserted “David Pugliese’s article Near total power failure: Questions about propulsion system on new Canadian warship (December 2018) seems to be based on a government document that incorrectly equates the British Type 26 propulsion system with that of the failure plagued Type 45 RN destroyer. The Type 45 propulsion system is an Integrated Electric Propulsion System based on two WR-21 gas turbine alternators and two Wartsila diesel generators. Essentially, the Type 45 has an all electric prime mover system. The Type 26, on the other hand, is fitted with a Combined Diesel-Electric or Gas propulsion system build around the MT-30 gas turbine prime mover to balance both high speed transits and acoustic quieting for anti-submarine operations. One wonders how government officials could confuse two completely different propulsion systems?
- The article also implies that the Type 26 should not be considered for the CSC project, which is also incorrect as the government qualifying requirement stipulated “ at a minimum, a preliminary design for a Surface Combatant of at least 90 meters overall length”, a requirement that the Type 26 obviously met as it was qualified and accepted by the government.
- The CSC project is too important to Canada and her navy to be the subject of continued inaccurate information.
Ian Parker, Director Naval Affairs, Naval Association of Canada”
- Feds given green light to award warship contract after tribunal reverses course
- Why does Canada Need a Navy? (Editor – it is with great delight that NAC News highlights one of NAC’s new “Briefing Notes”). Other notes can be found at the Naval Affairs section of the NAC web site)
- ★ HMCS Edmonton breaks record of total illicit substance disruption on Operation CARIBBE
- HMCS Calgary charts a series of firsts at sea
- Royal Canadian Navy – Year in Review 2018 (Editor – short RCN PR video)
- ★ RCMI Sitrep – The Royal Canadian Navy II: Serious Second Thoughts in the Pacific (Editor – Jim Boutilier’s sweeping article is a must read, equally is Ian Parker’s on being a Maritime Nation)
- Canadian submarines conduct successful deployments
- Quebec pushing for more federal shipbuilding work – wants second naval supply ship from Davie
- Military assessment shows a second supply ship from Davie is not needed, says Trudeau
- Vice-Admiral Norman leaked cabinet secrets for more than a year, Crown alleges
- Government staffer named in Mark Norman document leak case suspended from job
- Nova Scotia Government Making Repairs to CSS Acadia
USA & AMERICAS
- US Navy Aircraft Carriers Are Getting a Big Firepower Boost(Thanks to the F-35) (Editor – 10 min video of F35 flight deck ops)
- Second Zumwalt Destroyer Arrives in San Diego; Third Launches in Maine
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 10, 2018
- The Navy’s Long Overdue Smart & Deadly Patrol Boat Has Arrived (Editor – wow, further amplification)
- GAO: Navy Surface, Sub Repair Backlog Grew in 2018; 3 Attack Boats Now Not Certified to Dive
- How the Fleet forgot to fight, Pt. 7: Strategy and Force Development
- Then what? War Gaming the interface between strategy and operations, Pt. 1
- US heavy icebreaker arrives in Pearl Harbor ahead of Antarctica mission
- 5,000th Neopanamax Ship Transits Panama Canal
- How many more migrants and refugees can we expect out of Venezuela?
- Paul R Tregurtha arrived Duluth 12/02/2018 (Editor – slow but interesting video as she is the largest ship in the Great Lakes)
- Oasis of the Seas Headed to the Big Apple
- Susie Goodall: Golden Globe Race sailor rescued by 40,000-tonne cargo ship
- US, China sleepwalking into a conflict at sea
- A Chinese Military Official Suggests Ramming US Warships in the South China Sea (Editor – not great reporting, but interesting pics)
- South China Sea’s challenges for Australia’s Defence Force
- China’s Naval Future: 6 Aircraft Carriers?
- Japan plans to purchase nearly 150 F-35 stealth fighter jets from the US
- Japan Calls For STOVL Fighters, Plan For 42 F-35Bs Reported
- Japan’s new aircraft carriers fail to make waves
- ★ Where India quietly watches China at sea
- Full steam ahead for SEA 5000
- Future submarine class named
- Decisive action needed to avoid a submarine capability gap
- Chinese evacuations and power projection (part 1): overseas citizen protection
- Chinese evacuations and power projection (part 2): a movie genre is born
- New e-newsletter from Naval Shipbuilding College – building a sovereign workforce (Editor – useful concept)
- Meet China’s First Nuclear-Powered Submarine (It Was a Total Disaster)
- Malaysian navy outlines domestic shipbuilding target
- HMS Dragon visits India for war games
- Rescue Diver Recognized with IMO Bravery Award
- Taiwan to upgrade second-hand destroyers from US
- Lessons from UK shipbuilding: On Point with Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Bob Love
- DSME gets $400m to build ASR-II submarine rescue ship for Korean Navy
- Successful Australian submarine rescue tests
- Australia Becomes No.1 LNG Exporter
ATLANTIC & EUROPE
- S. Forces aggressively respond to Russia’s military (Editor – 5 min of useful video, then 5 mins of USN ship weapons firing)
- Russian Navy to acquire 12 new Lada-class submarines
- Norwegian frigate sinking has far-reaching implications
- Truman Strike Group Headed Home After ‘Dynamic’ Deployment
- Fossil fuels drive shipping boom along Northern Sea Route
- Russia launches upgraded nuclear-armed sub from northwestern base
- Russian cutting-edge frigate live-fires cruise missiles in Barents Sea drills
- Russian Black Sea Fleet’s coastal missile systems conduct drills in Crimea
- Caught in Russia-Ukraine storm: a cargo ship and tonnes of grain
- World’s First Fully LNG-Powered Cruise Ship Delivered in Germany
- Rhine River Shipping Returns to Normal as Water Levels Rise
- Stadacona Band marks armistice centenary in Belgium
- The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier: Cyprus Dispute Explained (Editor- a 15 minute video history)
- USS John C Stennis headed for Persian Gulf as Iran commissions new frigate
- USS John C. Stennis, USS Essex Conduct Joint Operations In Arabian Sea
- History of the Persian Gulf explained, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE (Editor – 7 min educational YouTube video)
- Global Exports Could Reach $19.6 Trillion in 2018
- Global Fishing Watch, USCG Examine Illegal Fishing
- Transformation in Maritime Industry Training
- ‘The Guardians’ are Time Person of the Year in 2018 (Editor – “52 journalists have been murdered in 2018”)
- Maersk Aims to Cover Itself with Alternative Cargo Insurance
- How a fleet of wind-powered drones is changing our understanding of the ocean | Sebastien de Halleux (Editor – mintriguing and thought provoking 12 min TED video)
- Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative Launched
- Somalia piracy: How foreign powers are tackling it
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES
(Trial portion of NAC News. Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, suggested modern significant dates are welcomed. January out shortly. The list grows from the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”)
- 01 December 1948 HMCS Shearwater, RCN Air Station, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is commissioned.
- 02 December 1946 HMCS Middlesex goes aground on Shut-in Island near Halifax and becomes a total loss.
- 04 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.
- 06 December 1917 Halifax Explosion. A huge explosion in Halifax harbour destroys the naval facilities and much of the city.
- 07 December 1941 Canada declares war on Romania, Hungary, Finland and Japan.
- HMCS Windflower is lost after a collision with SS Zypenburg on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
- 08 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 sails for Britain escorted out of Halifax by HMC ships Ottawa, Restigouche, Fraser and St. Laurent
- 13 December 1940 HMCS Royal Roads is commissioned as a training establishment for Probationary Sub-Lieutenants.
- 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 1943 HMCS Prince David is re-commissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
- 24 December 1944 HMCS Clayoquot is torpedoed by a U-boat and sinks in the Halifax approaches.
- 26 December 1954 HMCS ships HURON and IROQUOIS leave Korea for their home base in Halifax.
- 27 December 1944 HMCS St. Thomas sinks the German submarine U-877 in the North Atlantic.
- 28 December 1940 HMCS Prince David is commissioned as an Armed Merchant Cruiser.
- 29 December 1942 HMC Ships St. Laurent, Chilliwack, Battleford, and Napanee sink the German submarine U-356 in the mid-Atlantic.