NAC News – Edition 287

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(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, and more modern significant dates are welcomed.  The list draws from LEGION magazine, and the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”)


  • 1 January 1923  The National Defence Act, which was passed in June 1922, takes effect, creating the Department of National Defence.
  • 1 January 1946  The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve together become the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve).  From this date officers of the Regular Force and Reserve wore the same sleeve lace.
  • 4 January 1943 HMCS Prince Henry is re-commissioned as Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).
  • 8 January 1944  HMCS Camrose and HMS Bayntun sink the German submarine U-757 in the North Atlantic.
  • 9 January 1945  HMCS Ehkoli, a former Royal Canadian Navy patrol boat, is re-commissioned in the RCN as a survey vessel.
  • 11 January 1957  HMCS Magnificent arrives in Port Said with the main body of the Canadian contribution in troops and materiel to the United Nations Emergency Force controlling the Israeli-Egyptian border.
  • 13 January 1943  HMCS Ville de Quebec sinks the German submarine U-224 in the western Mediterranean Sea.
  • 14 January 1952  HMCS Uganda is renamed Quebec.
  • 17 January 1957  HMCS Bonaventure is commissioned at Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is the first aircraft carrier to be owned outright by Canada and incorporates several post-war technical developments: an angled deck, mirror landing aid, and steam catapult.
  • 19 January 1911  The Royal Naval College of Canada opens in Halifax.
  • 19 January 1943  HMCS Port Arthur sinks the Italian Submarine Tritone in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • 22 January 1942  The Canadian Naval Board is established.
  • 24 January 1932  HMC Ships Skeena and Vancouver land armed parties at Acajutla, El Salvador, to protect British subjects threatened in a revolution.
  • 24 January 1946  HMCS Warrior, the Royal Canadian Navy’s first aircraft carrier, is commissioned and Nos.803, 825, 826 and 883 Squadrons (already manned by Canadians) are transferred from the Royal Navy.
  • 26 January 1955  Cabinet approves the entry of members of the Womens’ Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as members of the Royal Canadian Navy Regular Force.
  • 30 January 1991  At the Battle of Babiyan a CF-18 Hornet attacks and causes irreparable damage to an Iraqi warship. It was the only CF-18 credited with an official victory during the Gulf War.
  • 31 January 1923  The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve are established.

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