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NAC News – Edition 475

NAC News – Edition 475

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of August 19th, 2022

Edition:  475  “Navies exist to protect their nations, their coasts, people, and shipping, and to project their power abroad.  By landing troops on enemy coasts, acting as floating gun and aircraft platforms in more recent times to bring firepower to bear on land targets, destroying enemy capacity to wage war, whether by sinking or seizing enemy and sometimes neutral shipping or blockading ports so that needed resources, including soldiers, cannot move in or out, a powerful navy can make it difficult, even impossible, for the enemy to wage war on land or on sea.” Margaret McMillian: War, How conflicts shape us, Penguin Canada 2020 pg. 36

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

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1-2 November 2022 Deep Blue Forum – The Canadian Patrol Submarine Project:
2030 Options for Canada.  National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON.  Mark your calendars, details to follow.

14-16 November 2022 Registration for Maritime Security Challenges 2022 in Victoria BC is open!  The draft program of the topics to be discussed can be found at this link.



Editor – NAC President Bill Conconi’s Celebration of Life was held last Sunday at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.  It was a great send off as he would have liked it!  The celebration was well attended with a multitude of family members, friends, teaching colleagues, and representatives from all sorts of groups and organizations that Bill was involved with over the years.  I spoke on behalf of the NAC and at the end thanked his wife Ellie Conconi at the end for sharing such a wonderful guy. Bill’s obituary from the Victoria Times Colonist is at this link.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to:

Victoria Foundation RVYC Fund for purchasing of RS Quest dinghies for use by families; or the Princess Louisa International Society:  or the Canadian Student Leadership Association:

During the speeches I couldn’t help but notice the influence that his time as a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet and as an RCN Cadet Instructor List officer how it shaped his approach to all his future endeavours. This link is to the Navy League of Canada’s 43 min podcast of a recent interview with Bill.  BZ Bill for a life well lived, you are already missed.



HMCS Vancouver and HMCS Winnipeg in Indo-Pacific region for Operations PROJECTION and NEON

MLI: Webinar panel video: Why Russia’s war in Ukraine matters to Canada and the Indo-Pacific (Editor – 1:33:55 hr video)

Maritime Security Challenges Virtual Session 11 – Dr. Michael Petersen on the Russian Navy (Editor – 58:45 min video recording of 10 Aug presentation)

Canadian sovereignty exercises kick off around Nunavut

Sailor Third Class Kaleb Vivier– From Campbell River to Hawaii and onward

Is Canada’s Navy properly equipped for its main mission?

Editor – NAC member Alex Polowin has crossed the bar in his 99th year.  Alex served during the Battle of the Atlantic and on the Murmansk Convoy run.

Assisted dying incident puts Veterans Affairs’ mental health supports in doubt: advocates

Coast guard monitoring oil spill off southern Vancouver Island but sadly Oil spill off San Juan Island ‘pretty well impossible to clean up,’ expert says and worse Sunken fishing boat shifts into deeper water in Salish Sea, leaks fuel in key orca habitat

Irving Shipyards announced steel being cutting steel for the 6th AOPS – the future HMCS Robert Hampton Gray.  Honouring Robert Hampton Gray: Hometown Hero (Editor – 9:55 min video tribute to Lt (RCNVR) Gray, VC, DSC)

New Oceans Protection Plan funding will bolster Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Hydrographic Service in Arctic

Wrens attend tea in celebration of WRCNS 80th anniversary / Des « Wrens » participent à un thé pour célébrer le 80e anniversaire de WRCNS

An experience like no other: sailing with HMCS Oriole

Petition created day to recognize Service and Sacrifice of Military Partners

Abandoned asylum-seekers ship barged to Campbell River for deconstruction

Canada invests in new technologies to reduce underwater noise from ships

VIDEO: Canadian Naval ship arrives in Port Alberni to water salute, Indigenous welcoming and Tours of naval vessel HMCS Ottawa offered in Port Alberni plus Naval crews do some volunteer work in Port Albert

Historica Canada – 2022 marks the “Year of the Canadian Rangers” that celebrate sits 75th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, the Memory Project created a new 6:05 min video as part of our Canadian Military History: In Their Own Words series.  Who Patrols Canada’s North? The Rangers on the Northern Frontier

National Naval Reserve Monument – The @NavalReserve centennial is just around the corner and you can be a part of helping revitalize the National Naval Reserve Monument!  Located along the historic Rideau Canal facing @HMCSCarleton, Ottawa’s Naval Reserve Division, the monument was unveiled in 1973 for the Naval Reserve’s 50th anniversary. It is now nearly a half century old and is in need of some TLC. Find out more about how you can help preserve this tribute to Canada’s Naval Reservists – or #NNRM #NavResCentennial #WeTheNavy

The NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will travel to Canada from Wednesday 24 August to Friday 26 August 2022.  Mr. Stoltenberg will be hosted by the Prime Minister of Canada. Together, they will visit one of the North Warning System sites, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station and Operation Nanook-Nunakput in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on 25 August.  On 26 August, they will visit the Canadian Armed Forces base in Cold Lake, Alberta. During his visit, the Secretary General will also meet with other senior Canadian officials, as well as members of the Canadian Armed Forces and civil society.

She’s the captain now: Brynn Forness’s life-changing summer trip

Lookout  Volume 67, Issue 32, August 15, 2022

VAC Salute! – August 2022



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Aug. 15, 2022

HII Set to Install First Hypersonic Missiles on USS Zumwalt, USS Michael Monsoor During Repair Period

Navy Moving Ahead on Combining Gear Fix on Freedom Littoral Combat Ships Marked for Decommissioning

USS Indiana Returns from Deployment

Keel laid for US Navy’s new Flight III Arleigh-Burke-class destroyer

Why US Navy Retire the $9.7 Billion USS Nimitz Aircraft Carrier (Editor – impressive ship explained in a 8:10 min video)

Lockheed Martin Delivers HELIOS Laser Weapon System to U.S. Navy (Editor – the future is here)

Navy Wants to Decommission 39 Warships in 2023

CIMSEC: a new DESRON staff – beyond the Composite Warfare Commander concept

CIMSEC: Sea Control 372 – the problem with autonomous ships (Editor – 34:34 min podcast)

Fire at Cuban Oil Terminal is Out, But Disruption is Just Beginning

Famed U.S. Presidential Yacht Sequoia Prepares for Restoration

New Buoys to Help Protect North Atlantic Right Whales from Ship Strikes



Japan’s New Defense Minister Looking to Improve Country’s Defense Posture Amid Chinese Aggression

Economist 5:33 min video Taiwan: will there be war?

China Eyes 4 Unsecured U.S. Marine National Monuments In The Pacific

China’s Navy Could Have 5 Aircraft Carriers, 10 Ballistic Missile Subs by 2030 Says CSBA Report

China Redeploys Top Naval Leaders for the Taiwan Strait

China deploys latest attack sub for a Taiwan standoff

ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho Deploys For The First Time (Editor – impressive)

Naval forces from US and 21 Indo-Pacific nations begin SEACAT 2022

Submarines and Carriers? Upcoming French Deployments to the Pacific

Missile-defense exercise off Hawaiian island includes first live-fire intercept and U.S. Joins South Korea, Australia, Japan, Canada for Missile Defense Exercise Following RIMPAC

China’s food insecurity (Editor – not a naval article but points out a significant issue)

Six-month delay in delivery of two stealth frigates by Russia due to war in Ukraine

US, Indonesia and Singapore conduct Garuda Shield 2022

PT PAL Launches 2nd Hospital Ship For The Indonesian Navy

China Develops Flying Unmanned Submarine: Report

Pakistan’s warship PNS Taimur to take part in ‘war games’ with Sri Lanka

Minehunters KRI Pulau Rengat & Pulau Rupat Visit Singapore

Indian Navy Saryu-class Offshore Patrol Vessel INS Sumedha (P58) Arrives in Perth, Australia

Chinese spy vessel to dock in Sri Lanka

Royal Navy ship trains with Australian patrol vessels

China’s Yangtze River Also Reports Falling Water Threatening Shipping




Russian Black Sea Fleet ‘hiding from a Ukrainian navy that doesn’t exist’ (Editor – two great videos)

Russian Air Strikes on Odesa Raise Concerns for Grain Shipments

Over 50 foreign ships still blocked in Ukrainian ports — Russian Defense Ministry

Details of EU Ban on Russian Coal and Fertilizers Jolts Ship Insurers


UK Policy paper – National maritime security strategy

Assertive Moscow outlines push into central Arctic Ocean

Denmark to Invest $5.5B in Navy, Build Own Ships

Russian Udaloy class destroyer Admiral Levchenko starts Arctic voyage

Russia Reveals Radical New Stealth Missile Submarine and Russia’s next-gen nuclear sub designed for Arctic war

Defense firm to develop naval version of Su-57 fighter for Russian Navy

BrahMos ready to equip small-size craft with its missiles — developer

Polish Navy receives second Kormoran II minehunter

Turkish Barbaros class frigate TCG Kemalreis visits Greek Naval Base

UK Navy’s Newest Frigates Are Coming, While The Australian Navy’s New Type 26 is Ready to Build (Editor – despite the naysayers)

USS Forrest Sherman arrives in Souda Bay, Crete for port visit

Scotland Charters Second Cruise Ship to House Ukrainian Refugees

Rhine River Shrinks Further Halting Some Barges



HMS Lancaster sails for three years forward-deployed in the Gulf and a bit of trivia Why the Queen’s Frigate is named after a duke when the monarch is a woman

Video: New Record for Daily Transits of the Suez Canal

MetalCraft to deliver multimission vessel to Kuwait

International Maritime Security Construct Holds Change of Command



New delivery dates for SAN patrol vessels

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) Arrives in Tanzania

Leaders make fifth attempt to pass UN Oceans Treaty

The Soviets Hunted Whales To The Brink Of Extinction But Its Scientists Secretly Tracked Its Toll

Fire Fighting Device for Container Fires to be Added to Maersk Fleet



The British Seaplane That Terrorized U-Boats | Battle For The Skies | War Stories (Editor – 48:18 min video documentary.  Lots of lessons here!)

Editor – and a follow up from last week’s video about an attack on Australia ‘Suppressed scandal’ of Sydney 1942

The Regia Marina – Submarines, Souda Bay and the Black Sea (Editor – 1:07:24 hr podcast)

Aboard HMS Belfast | Britain’s Last Surviving WW2 Cruiser (Editor – another great look at her in a 14:17 min video)

The Mariner’s Mirror 35 min podcast Maritime Disasters: Vasa



19 August 1942  Early 1942, 50 officers and 300 ratings proceeded to Britain to form two flotillas of landing craft.  On 19 August 1942, 15 officers and 55 ratings from this group were with British landing craft flotillas that participated in Operation Jubilee, the ill-fated raid on Dieppe that cost the Canadian army nearly 3,000 casualties, or about 65 percent of the troops that took part.  Four members of the RCN would lose their lives because of the raid.

20 August 1942  HMC Ships Prince Robert, Prince Henry, Prince David, Dawson and Vancouver leave Esquimalt, British Columbia, to commence operations in the Bering Sea.  Operating under orders of the USN, and designated as Force “D”, they escorted convoys between Kodiak and Dutch Harbor (now Unalaska), Alaska as part of the Aleutian Islands campaign. (Editor – see last week’s Scuttlebutt for video)

20 August 1944  HMC Ships Ottawa commanded by CDR James D. Prentice, DSO, RCN, HMCS Kootenay commanded by A/LCDR William H. Wilson, RCN, and HMCS Chaudière commanded by A/LCdr C. Patrick Nixon, RCN sank the German submarine U-984 while on patrol in the English Channel – their second combined victory in three days.

21 August 1872  Chebucto Head Lighthouse starts operations, Halifax, Nova Scotia

21 August 1940  The Permanent Joint Board of Defence is established to co-ordinate Canadian and American activities relating to the defence of North America.

21 August 1944  HMCS Alberni is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-480 in the English Channel.  59 of her ship’s company are lost.

22 August 1711  The RN expedition against Quebec is wrecked on reefs north of Anticosti island.

22 August 1940 – The SS Thorold (Quebec & Ontario Transportation Co. Ltd., Montreal) departed Montreal on 20 July 1940 and sailed independently (no escort) with a cargo of timber to Bristol, England. On arrival (6 August), she was “allocated” to the UK Ministry of War Transport. She had become a collier and would be transporting vital coal to UK ports.  Later on 20 August she sailed from Cardiff, Wales, with her first load of coal, bound for London.  On the 22nd she was sunk (51°41N 05°40W) by German aircraft 2 nm south of The Smalls lighthouse in the St Georges Channel between Wales and Ireland.  The Master and nine of his 23 crew members were casualties.

22 August 1944  HMS Nabob, a British aircraft carrier but with a RCN crew, is torpedoed off Norway and severely damaged.  21 ship’s company are lost.  Returns to harbour under tow.

23 August 1944 – On 8 August 1944, the Canadian built (Burrard Dry Dock Company, Vancouver) but British crewed SS Fort Yale struck a mine while in a “military service… operation” ETC-72 convoy in the English Channel.  Her engine was damaged, but hull integrity was intact.  Two weeks later, two naval tugs (USS Farallon and HMS HMS Hudson) were towing her to a repair facility. At 17:58 (GMT+2) on 23 August 1944, the Fort Yale was torpedoed and sunk (50°23’N 0°55’W) about 25 nm south of Portsmouth by U-480.  One naval signalman was killed.  The master, 57 crew members and eight DEMS gunners were picked up by three Landing Craft Infantry boats and landed at Portsmouth.

23 August 1953  HMCS Caribou is commissioned as a Naval Reserve Division in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland.

24 August 1949  North Atlantic Treaty goes into effect, with the parties agreeing that an armed attack against one country would be considered ‘an attack against them all.’ NATO created by Canada, the US and 10 European countries.

24 August 1957  US Wind class icebreaker HMCS Labrador under RCN Capt O.C.S. “Long Robbie” Robertson the first deep draught vessel to navigate Bellot Strait; will become the first ship to circumnavigate North America in a single voyage; transferred to the Department of Transport on 22 November 1957, and re-designated the Canadian Government Ship (CGS) Labrador; later CCGS Labrador.

24 August 1969  US oil tanker Manhattan leaves Chester on trial voyage through Northwest Passage; helped by Canadian Coast Guard ice-breaker CCGS John A. Macdonald, the Manhattan will reach Sachs Harbour, NWT, on September 15.

24 August 1990  HMC Ships Athabaskan, Protecteur, and Terra Nova with 934 personnel sail from Halifax to participate in the United Nations to participate in the blockade of Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait three weeks earlier, Operation Friction.

26 August 1939  World War II – The British Admiralty transmits the single word ‘funnel’ – the agreed-upon signal transfers control of Canadian merchant ships from the owners to the RCN.

26 August 1940  US President Franklin D Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister W. L. MacKenzie King signed the Ogdensburg Agreement calling for a permanent board for the defence of Canada and the US 8-days ago and The Permanent Joint Board on defence holds its first meeting in Ottawa, Ontario.

SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – If you see any omissions or errors please inform me, and any more modern significant dates are also welcomed.  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”, The Naval Service of Canada, Its Official History Vol 1-3, NAC member Roger Litwiller’s excellent web site, encyclopedic guidance from NAC member Fraser McKee, the site, and anywhere else I can find credible information.  For the merchant ship history, a special thanks to NAC member Bill Dziadyk for his able assistance and detailed work.  The RCN lost 1,965 men and 24 ships during the War, most of them in the Atlantic.  A comprehensive list of the staggering merchant losses – sunk, damaged, or lost – Canadian Merchant Ship Losses of the Second World War, 1939-1945 by Rob Fisher {Revised June 2001}, and for the loss of individual personnel RCN Ship Histories, Convoy Escort Movements, Casualty Lists 1939-1947)

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