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- Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund- A fund for a memorial in honour of “Hammy” Gray to grace a newly designed entrance to the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, B.C. is underway. $25,000 is needed to make the plan a reality. The NAC Endowment Fund has already donated $2,500 but your support is needed. NAC-VI has agreed to accept donations on behalf of the project. Should you wish to donate, a cheque made payable to NAC-VI, can be mailed to the: Naval Association of Canada – Vancouver Island, Box 5221, Victoria BC V8R 6N4. Please write Lt Gray Memorial on the memo line and include a return address as tax receipt and thank you letter will be forwarded. You can find more detail below in “Scuttlebutt”.
- ★★ GoFundMe for Admiral Norman’s Legal Defence – After 15 months 3670 people have contributed $406,853 towards the $500,000 goal https://ca.gofundme.com/51lc5d4 (Editor – from Lee Hamond “Hello Everyone! Victory! Today, we learned that the Crown has dropped the charges against VAdm Norman! This is a total vindication of our efforts, and was only possible thanks to the generosity and faith of over 3670 Canadians. We raised, as of today, over $405,000! I will be making some further updates regarding the fund once I have talked to VAdm Norman. Thanks everyone for your support!”)
- Navy Bike Ride 2019– June 8, 2019 – Ottawa/Gatineau – Check out this fun family event (and yes for the serious racer, there is a competition as well!)
- CANSEC 2019– Canada’s Premier Defence and Security Show – May 29-30 to be held at the EY Exhibition Centre (near Ottawa airport).
- 2019 Maritime Gala Ball– Saturday, June 15, 2019 Hilton Lac Leamy Gatineau QC – This event, supported by the Commander of the RCN and the Commissioner of the CCG, will 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 100thAnniversary and 2019 NAC Conference–2 – 6 October in Vancouver. Details for travel arrangements and a broad programme overvieww can be found below. A detailed daily schedule is forthcoming. https://www.navalassoc.ca/occasions/noabc-100th-anniversary-and-nac-special-meeting-2-6-october-2019/
- Canadians gather to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic
- Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s Breach-Of-Trust Case Stayed (Editor – note Go Fund Me above)
- Former Harper ministers MacKay, Kenney and O’Toole helped Vice-Admiral Norman’s defence
- Explainer: Why The Mark Norman Saga Isn’t Quite Over Yet
- HMCS St. John’s crews recognized for exceptional service
- Construction Begins for Canada’s Next Icebreaking Naval Vessel
- U.S. cold-shoulders Canada as superpowers square off over Arctic riches
- US climate objections sink Arctic Council accord in Finland
- Canada’s claim to Northwest Passage is ‘illegitimate’: Mike Pompeo
- A ship’s journey – Deployment to Deployment
- Scheer rolls out an ambitious defence agenda, but critics ask: Where’s the money?
- Andrew Leslie set to testify for the defence in Mark Norman’s breach of trust trial(Editor – OBE, but perhaps the tipping point?)
- Trump administration claims Ottawa’s jet procurement plan is unfair to F-35, says report(Editor – another puzzling big-money defence procurement)
- Royal Navy divers experience ice-diving in Canada
- Canada Cuts Retaliatory Tariffs on Boats
USA & AMERICAS
- Pompeo Warns of New Geopolitical Contest in the Arctic
- Two U.S. Destroyers Challenge China’s Claims in Spratly Islands
- ★ The potency of contemporary aircraft carriers and their strike groups(Editor – useful 101 on Carrier capabilities)
- ★ Editorial: Admiral, I Am NOT Ready For War(Editor – mariners are practical people)
- Report to Congress on Gerald R. Ford-class Aircraft Carrier Program
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 6, 2019
- What’s killing the US Navy’s air wing?
- Interview: Vice Adm. Phillip Sawyer, head of 7th Fleet, on righting the ship
- 6 Littoral Combat Ships to be Commissioned This Year
- U.S. to Deploy Hospital Ship to Venezuela
- US could lose a key weapon for tracking Chinese and Russian subs
- Boeing to Retrofit Existing EA-18G Growler Fleet
- Create an unmanned experimental squadron and learning system
- Northrop Grumman releases SeaFIND next-gen maritime inertial navigation system
- VT Halter Reveals New Coast Guard Icebreaker Details
- Coast Guard Hopes to Have 3 Polar Security Cutters Fielded by 2028
- Watch: Maritime Administrator Buzby Discusses Need for Larger U.S. Merchant Fleet
- Upper Mississippi River Breaks 1993 Flood Record
- Photos: The First Cruise Ship Purpose-Built for the Galapagos
- Japan redoubles power projection focus to secure Indo-Pacific interests
- South China Sea’s challenges for Australia’s Defence Force (Editor – note HMCS Ottawa in the photo)
- On Point: Future-proofing the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the Hunter
- US jittery about Chinese subs in Arctic
- The U.S. Navy Should Watch Out: China’s Submarine Force Is On the Rise
- Warship names show Navy’s growth
- Russian border guards may resume joint exercises with US in Pacific
- Report: China Can’t Execute Major Amphibious Operations, Direct Assault on Taiwan
- ★ India, UK in talks to build copycat Naval supercarrier: Report
- Regional flat top race continues to heat up
- China’s carrier ambitions grow as new satellite imagery shows shipyard progress
- RAAF Poseidon aircraft sharpen trident in AUSINDEX 2019
- Run silent, run deep: Understanding the regional sub rivalry
- Russia Kicks Off Work on 2 Guided Missile Frigates for Indian Navy
- Indo-Pacific Endeavour 19 task force builds ties with Vietnam
- U.S. authorities seize North Korean coal ship, accuse Pyongyang of violating international sanctions
- Australian troops have been ordered not to use slang so they don’t confuse US Marines(Editor – because I just couldn’t resist)
- Russia plans to manufacture 12 upgraded Project 22350M frigates– source
- South Korea to build 3 more Aegis destroyers able to thwart ballistic missiles
- South Korea responds to growing regional tensions with focus on power projection
- India Launches 4th Scorpene Class Submarine Vela
- WA budget to boost defence and shipbuilding opportunities
- Sharpening the thinking and fighting edge
- Shipbuilding announcements are about more than jobs
- Cultural challenge for French Naval Group
- Type 26 Frigate tech ‘could be compromised’ if moved to France
- INS Ranjit Decommissioned(Editor – cold warriors would recognize a Kashin!)
- A bridge too far? Time to ask questions about sub delivery timing
- ★ Report: China Ranks Worst on Global Illegal Fishing Index
- The Danger to Taiwan’s High Seas Fishermen
- Indonesia Sinks 51 Confiscated Fishing Vessels
ATLANTIC & EUROPE
- USS Abraham Lincoln joins major Italian exercise Mare Aperto
- Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships link-up during sea trials
- Could unmanned underwater vehicles undermine nuclear deterrence?
- Exercise Formidable Shield 19 started off Scotland
- Royal Canadian Navy frigate to take part in missile firing exercise off coast of Scotland
- Russia to begin developing its first nuclear aircraft carrier 2023
- Arctic Russia: Chinese-built tanker tests ice in remote waters
- Arctic oil field could be Russia’s biggest discovery in 30 years
- TKMS submits binding offer for Norwegian, German Type 212 submarine construction
- Ballistic missile submarine becomes first Royal Navy ship to be named after King George VI
- Russian K 139 Belgorod – world’s largest submarine is launched! (Editor – I wonder what the real Intel says)
- Autonomous boat makes oyster run https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48216966
- UPDATED: USS Abraham Lincoln Operating in Middle East After ‘Expedited’ Transit
- Iran announces partial withdrawal from nuclear deal https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iran-nuclear-deal-us-1.5127341
- Four Qatari Sailors Released After One Week in UAE Custody
- RCN frigate makes fourth drug bust since departing Vancouver Island
- Third Egyptian Type 209 submarine S43 launched in Germany
- ★ The Arctic Shipping Route No One’s Talking About
- Global wrap-up: South Korea to build new Aegis destroyers; UAE to acquire upgraded Patriot missiles
- 800bln Undiscovered Barrels of Oil and Gas Exist Globally
- Blue Marlin Freed After Pirate Hijacking
- Photos: Spanish Navy Rescues Heavy Lift Ship from Pirates
- Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund – A place for Hammy Gray (Editor – details drawn from Starshell) A retired RCN sailor Joe Buczkowski felt strongly that we must erect a memorial to Hammy here in Victoria so that young Canadians in the future may know of Hammy Gray’s bravery and sacrifice. The memorial cairn will be black marble with etchings of Hammy and his Corsair aircraft. The memorial will be set in a landscaped area of quiet reflection at a newly designed entrance to the BC Aviation Museum in Sidney, B.C. $25,000 is needed to make the plan a reality. The Naval Association of Canada (NAC) Endowment Fund has donated $2,500. NAC-VI has agreed to accept donations on behalf of the project, and the NAC-VI Treasurer (Diana Dewar) is holding the funds donated to the Lt(N) Hampton (Hammy) Gray Memorial Fund. Should you wish to donate, a cheque should be mailed to the: Naval Association of Canada – Vancouver Island, Box 5221, Victoria BC V8R 6N4. The cheque should be made payable to the NAC-VI and write Lt Gray Memorial on the memo line. Please include a return address as tax receipt and thank you letter will be forwarded.
- WW2 – The Battle of the Atlantic [Real Footage in Color] (Editor – not a documentary, just amazing real film footage) https://youtu.be/ZXF1sHkHAZc
- Why was the Carrier Graf Zeppelin built & never finished? (Editor – China should see this video) https://youtu.be/fC6bqeOkzjQ
- DKM Graf Zeppelin (Editor – more pics and details) https://youtu.be/kRpxNu1SqFk
- RM Aquila (Editor – and the Italian equivalent) https://youtu.be/inH-lXVVtnw
- Victoria’s evolution from passenger liners to cruise ships
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – May
(If you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform the editor. Many, more modern significant dates are welcomed. Sources: LEGION magazine, the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, and the “Canada Channel”)
- 1 May 1961 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is reformed at Summerside, Prince Edward Island, flying Argus maritime patrol aircraft.
- 3 May 1937 A Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve half-company was authorized in Thunder Bay (Port Arthur at the time) and later developed into HMCS Griffon, the current local Naval Reserve unit.
- 4 May 1910 The Canadian Navy, later redesignated as the Royal Canadian Navy, is authorized after Royal assent is given to the Naval Service Act of Canada.
- 4 May 1911 Her Majesty’s Dockyard Esquimalt is transferred from British to Canadian authorities.
- 4 May 1945 The cruiser HMCS Uganda sails with an American task force to bombard Japanese airfields as part of the Okinawa campaign.
- 7 May 1944 HMCS Valleyfield, a frigate, is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-548 in the Atlantic Ocean with a loss of 125 sailors.
- 8 May 1942 U Boat 553 is the first enemy submarine to enter the Gulf of St. Lawrence to attack Canadian shipping.
- 8 May 1967 The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act is given Royal assent and begins the process of unification of the previously-separate Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force.
- 10 May1918 For his actions at Ostend, Belgium, Rowland Bourke of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve earns the Victoria Cross.
- 12 May 1942 The German submarine U-553 sinks the steamers Nicoya and Leto between Gaspe and Anticosti island.
- 12 May 1945 HMCS Victoriaville (frigate) escorts the surrendered U-Boat 190 into Bay Bulls, Newfoundland.
- 13 May 1943 HMCS Drumheller, HMS Lagan and an aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 423 Squadron combine to sink the German submarine U-753 in the Atlantic Ocean.
- 13 May 1945 German submarine U-899 officially surrendered to the Royal Canadian Navy near Shelburne, N. S. becomes the only German sub to surrender in Canadian waters during Second World War.
- 14 May 1917 Lieutenant R. Leckie, Royal Naval Air Service, flying a Curtiss H-12 flying boat shoots down the German Zeppelin L.22 over England.
- 15 May 1941 Ten corvettes in UK shipyards are formally commissioned as RCN ships.
- 16 May 1945 HMCS MATANE is sent to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll.
- 17 May 1963 Approval is given for the Royal Canadian Navy to begin work on the first Canadian military hydrofoil, HMCS Bras D’Or.
- 18 May 1914 The Royal Navy Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR) is authorized as part of the Royal Canadian Navy.
- 21 May 1917 The Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) is established by Royal Charter.
- 21 May 1939 King George VI unveils the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
- 22 May 1931 HMCS SAGUENAY is commissioned at Portsmouth-one of the first ships built for the RCN.
- 24 May 1941 HMS Hood is sunk by the Bismarck in the Denmark Straits: three Canadian midshipmen serving on the battle cruiser are killed.
- 30 May 1939 King George VI presented his Color to the RCN in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, B. C.