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- ★ Go Fund Me for Mark Norman (Editor – read past updates of the plan for the fund from Lee Hammond, and a personal thankyou from Mark Norman) – https://ca.gofundme.com/51lc5d4
- 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. 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”.
- CANSEC 2019 – Canada’s Premier Defence and Security Show – May 29-30 to be held at the EY Exhibition Centre (near Ottawa airport). https://www.defenceandsecurity.ca/events/details&evtID=343
- Navy Bike Ride 2019 – June 8, Ottawa/Gatineau – Check out this fun family event. http://navybikeride.ca
- 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/
- NAC Naval Affairs Niobe Paper – “The RCN in the Arctic: A brief History” by Adam Lajeunesse (Exec Dir Comment – topical given recent US interest in transiting the Canadian Northwest Passage) https://www.navalassoc.ca/naval-affairs/niobe-papers/
- RCN – Your Navy Today – April 2019 Summary http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/news-ynt/2019/04-your-navy-today.page
- Mark Norman tells his story https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/the-fight-of-your-life-in-a-postmedia-exclusive-mark-norman-tells-his-side-of-the-story
- PM pushed for leak investigation –
- Norman was told by Harper cabinet to talk to Quebec shipyard about leasing deal
- Conservatives, NDP call for emergency committee meeting on Mark Norman case
- ★ Vice-Admiral Mark Norman Gets Unanimous Apology In House Of Commons(Editor – this doesn’t happen every day)
- Cooperative engagement in the Pacific https://tridentnewspaper.com/cooperative-engagement-pacific/
- Why Canada’s casualties were so high in Normandy (Editor – useful Jack Granatstein summary)
- The Catastrophe: Assessing the Damage from Canada’s Fighter Replacement Fiasco(Editor – not a naval article but one that has broad repercussions for Canadian warfare writ large. A long read but most informative)
- New skill badges recognize unique naval operations qualifications
- ★ Guest Opinion Piece – Ottawa Citizen “Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship fleet to fully operational in 2025, says DND” by David Pugliese on 22 April 2019 (Editor – an informed and measured response letter from Ian Parker (or Director responsible for Naval Affairs) ref the Pugliese article) https://www.navalassoc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Letter-to-Editor-AOPSfinal24042019.pdf
- Orca-class vessels operate with Cyclone helicopter for the first time
- Ice-capable Canadian Coast Guard ships could be both ‘a blessing and a curse’: expert
- Canadian Armed Forces Announces Top Employers of Reservists
- For whom the ship’s bell tolls
- Photos: Ice Diving with the Royal Navy(Editor – story was included a week ago but better pics here)
- Northern Sea Wolf enters service on central coast route
USA & AMERICAS
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 13, 2019
- Get up close with Raytheon’s SPY-6 radar(Editor – a wow video!)
- Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group in Alaska for High-End, Joint Exercise Northern Edge 2019
- Navy Finalizing Plans for Assistant Secretary for Information Management Office
- Innovative thinking: the role of professional military education
- Here’s how the Navy could make combat system upgrades much cheaper and easier
- Melting Ice Caps Are a National Security Crisis: James Stavridis
- Navy’s Next Tomahawk Missile: Block 5
- First Navy CMV-22B COD Aircraft Delivery Set for Late 2019
- VT Halter Marine Details Coast Guard Icebreaker Bid
- Navy Mk38 Gun Systems Gaining Co-Axial Small-Caliber Machine Gun
- SECNAV Censures 2 Captains as Part of ‘Fat Leonard’ Investigation
- John Lewis-Class Oilers Begin Construction at NASSCO
- Largest Boxship Ever Transits Panama Canal (Editor – Total TEU Allowance (TTA) of 15,313)
- MARAD: U.S. Must Address Military Sealift Vessel and Crew Shortage
- Barge nearly cut in half
- Panama Canal Welcomes Its Largest LNG Tanker to Date
- North Korea demands return of ship seized by US https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48263685
- 4 nations challenge china in South China Sea !! (Editor – a detailed and informative 12 min video) https://youtu.be/Zb1fa_BRGGk
- Leaders downplay divisions at Arctic Circle conference in China
- Former Navy Intel Officer: Chinese Navy ‘Very Competent,’ Getting Better
- ★ Contract cancellation fee and questions about the future of SEA 1000
- South Korea approved plans for future KDX-III Aegis destroyers
- China’s eighth Type 071 in advanced stage of construction
- Conventional deterrence triads – Developing a true ‘joint force’ ADF
- ★ Pacific Island Nations Want More U.S. Engagement
- Navy recapitalisation and is the Navy big enough? (Editor – Australia)
- A man took a submarine to the deepest place on Earth— and found trash
- China to Build Huge Luxury Cruise Ship
- Solomon Trader Refloated, Destined for Scrapyard
- Update: Two Dead, Several Injured after Explosion at Chittagong Shipbreaking Yard
ATLANTIC & EUROPE
- Report: Cost to Repair Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Exceeds $1.4B
- Russia, Ukraine naval dispute lands before sea tribunal in Hamburg
- Admiral Kasatonov and Gremyashchy continue running trials
- Russia launches manufacturing of APR-3M anti-submarine missile
- Royal Navy shadows Russian warship
- Turkey starts its largest military exercise Sea Wolf 2019
- Russia plans to manufacture 12 upgraded Project 22350M frigates
- CAE wins P-8A flight trainer contract for RAF
- New icebreaking tanker chooses southern route for maiden voyage
- Saudi Ship Leaves France Without Arms Cargo
- Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn
- ★ Is the US on a collision course with Iran?(Editor – good pragmatic 10 minute podcast to listen to)
- Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/world/middleeast/iran-war-usa.html
- U.S. pulls diplomatic staff from Iraq amid Iran concerns https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iran-supreme-leader-enrichment-threat-1.5136433
- ★ Spain pulls frigate from U.S. Gulf mission amid differences over Iran
- Iran Guard Rejects Talks as Senior Cleric Threaten’s U.S. Navy Fleet
- U.S. Warns Merchant Ships of Iranian Threat
- Saudi Tankers Among Those Hit off UAE Coast
- US sends missile system and ship to Middle East as Iran tensions escalate
- Israeli Navy deploys HELRAS-equipped Seagull vessel in ASW Exercise
- Boeing awarded contract by US Navy to supply Harpoon Block II missiles to Saudi Arabia
- HMAS Ballarat continues war on drugs in Middle East
- Op Atalanta halts first piracy attempt in seven months off Somalia
- ★ AIS Data: History & Future
- Dozens drown as migrant boat capsizes off Tunisia https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48224793
- Marine Fuel Rules to Disrupt Markets for 1-5 years
- 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.
- Italian Naval Commandos: WW2 Frogmen Raid 1941 https://youtu.be/0uwPH3uRhM4
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – May
(Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN/Maritime events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are welcomed. The list currently draws from 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 Naval 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.