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NAC News – Edition 514

NAC News – Edition 514

The KSS-III Shin Chae-ho / Courtesy of Republic of Korea Navy

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of May 19th, 2023

Edition: 514  “Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy is a communications strategy to hide weakness at home and abroad and the lack of a national commitment to international security in a region of vital economic interest.” RAdm (RCN) Paul Maddison (Retd) and NAC member Tweeted 6 May.  Paul is currently the Director of the UNSW Defence Research Institute.

Rod Hughes: Editor NAC News  (Comments welcome to help improve this service.)  Links to keep in touch with the NAC and RCN can be found at the bottom of this email.  Contact Kevin Goheen if you wish someone to be added to the NAC News email distribution. (Influencer or good candidates to become a NAC member, and note the first year’s NAC/Branch membership dues are waived)


31 May – 1 June 2023 CANSEC trade show will be held at Ottawa’s EY Centre.  A CDR13:46 min podcast speaking with CADSI President and CEO, Christyn Cianfarani gives “the inside scoop” on CANSEC 2023.

2 November 2023 Mark your calendars, the Deep Blue Forum 2023.  Venue – The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive.



Shadow of war hangs over G7 summit as Trudeau arrives in Hiroshima

USNI: China: Growing and Going to Sea (Editor – lengthy but really worthwhile 53:20 min podcast) and China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities – Background and Issues for Congress



Korea eyes submarine deal with Canada

Bombardier teams with Ottawa firm to offer RCAF new surveillance aircraft

Great Lakes Labor: Filipino Mariners Can Now Sail On Canadian Merchant Ships

Canadian Shipbuilder Seaspan Imports Electric Tug

Military referred 93 sexual offence cases to civilian police, 64 under investigation

Former wartime Reservist celebrates Centennial with Naval Reserve

The Navy League of Canada elects new National President (Editor – congratulations to NAC member RAdm (Ret’d) Jennifer Bennett…always a contributor!)

CNMT: Action Stations 2023 Spring Edition

NAC Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note #10 RCN Assets and Platforms  (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge)

Trident: 15 May 2023 Volume 57, Issue 10 with  HMCS Montréal, MV Asterix assist in Sudan region



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: May 15, 2023

Exclusive: Navy Will Spend $200 Billion—Equal to Ukraine’s GDP—on Subs It Barely Uses

US Navy shipbuilding too little, too late to catch China

After a 35-year break, the US Navy is building frigates again, and it has a lot of catching up to do

SUBLANT Completes Exercise Agile Player 23

US Navy to build Modified Virginia class Subsea and Seabed Warfare

Shipyards and shortages hindering US Navy

Bath Iron Works Lays Keel for Shipyard’s First Flight III Destroyer

Austal USA Delivers 34th LCS To The U.S. Navy

Austal USA Wins Detail Design Contract for Navy T-AGOS(X) Ocean Surveillance Ship

Raytheon secures $15.9m for Standard Missile-2 Block IIIC

CIMSEC: The broadening global effort to accelerate unmanned maritime systems development

Navy Finishes Seismic Repairs to Dry Dock 4 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Navy Talks Details on LCS Mine Countermeasures Mission Package

Brazil starts construction of Antarctic support ship

JFD Unveils ‘Shadow Seal’ For Naval Special Forces

Colombia Stops Largest Semi-Submersible Loaded With $100M of Cocaine

U.S. Coast Guard’s Message Migrants: ‘Do Not Take to the Sea’

Record U.S. Crude Exports, Rising Shale Output Boosts Oil Flow to Houston

NOAA Finds Three New Gas Seeps South of Aleutian Islands



China Vows to “Crush” Taiwanese Independence

Chinese, Japanese defense chiefs talk through maritime and air liaison mechanism direct phone line for 1st time

CIMSEC: Winning high-end war at sea: insights into the PLA navy’s new strategic concept

Indra installs Lanza-N 3D radar on Indian Navy’s frontline ship, boosting surveillance capabilities

Five Power Defence Arrangement exercise concludes

High-Seas Search for 39 Crewmembers of Capsized Chinese Fishing Vessel and Two Bodies Recovered as Search Continues for Chinese Fishing Vessel

Philippines Places Buoys In Parts Of S.China Sea To Assert Sovereignty

China verifies far sea capabilities of Type 055 large destroyer in South China Sea, West Pacific (Editor – zero combat experience)

Risch, Hagerty Introduce TORPEDO Act and How Australia’s New Submarines Fuse Western Military Tech to Counter China | WSJ (Editor – 4:24 min video) but Budget reveals pressures on Defence for savings to fund nuclear-powered submarines

Navies of India, Indonesia begin 6-day exercise

KiwiRail Signs On to Inflatable-Lifeboat Revolution




CBC news documentary:  What is Putin’s endgame? (Editor – 43:48 min video)

European leaders approve “Register of Damage” to document damages caused by the Russian forces (Editor – Interesting twist in a 5:33 min news video)

Ukraine war: Kyiv not attacking Russian territory – Zelensky

Ukraine war: Russian navy launches ‘scarce’ land attack cruise missiles

Turkey Reports Progress on Freeing Ships Blockaded by Russia and Black Sea Grain Corridor Nearly Void of Ships as Russia’s Exit Looms

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to meet 240th anniversary without parade, festivities – source


NATO Steps Up Response to ‘Clear and Present’ Undersea Infrastructure Risk and Ireland likely to join Nato project to protect undersea cables

US Navy Chief Calls for RIMPAC-Style Exercise in Euro-Atlantic Region

Russia’s new Navy icebreaker steers clear of Arctic waters

HMS Glasgow: Investigation launched into ‘act of sabotage’ on frigate

Huge fleet of NATO warships gathers off Scotland

MoD to procure deep-water ‘Remotely Operating Vehicle’

Royal Navy’s Type 31 frigates to be fitted with Mk41 vertical launch system

Watch Officer From Lost Norwegian Frigate Sentenced to Probation

British aircraft carrier sets sail from Portsmouth

Wallace: HMS Prince of Wales not being mothballed

Italy’s new warships will boast bigger bellies for landing forces

MSC sets record as 1st ocean carrier to hit 5 mil TEU in fleet capacity

Germany inks deal with China’s COSCO on Hamburg port

HMS Mersey illuminated in Ukrainian colours docked at home in Liverpool



Syria’s Assad tells Arab leaders to take ‘historic opportunity’ to remake Middle East (Editor – not a maritime article but interesting implications)

US Will Bolster Posture in Persian Gulf as Iran Seizes Third Tanker and Could Iran’s Tanker Seizures Bring Navy Convoys Back to the Gulf?

Seven more Swiftships coastal patrol craft for Egypt

IRGC vessels now equipped with new long-range cruise missile: top commander (Editor – one wonders how they would do targeting at these ranges)

Fincantieri delivers final Al Zubarah-class corvette to Qatar



South Africa says US ambassador apologised for alleging country supplied arms to Russia

Trifecta of Challenges

The melting Arctic and raising tensions among Arctic nations

BIMCO: Scrapping Volumes to Double, Driven by Emission Regulations



History Briefs: Captain John Walker RN – Britain’s Greatest Fighting Naval Commander since Nelson

Lost British warship set to be investigated 150 years after sinking

Survey explores underwater battlefield in western Pacific

The Mariner’s Mirror – Elizabeth II’s Navy 1952-2022 (Editor – 34 min podcast)



20 May 1941 – The unescorted SS Rothermere (Newfoundland registry) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-98 southeast of Cape Farewell, Greenland.  The ship sank by the stern after being hit for a second time.  Rothermere had 18 crew members and three gunners killed.  32 crew members, one gunner and one passenger were picked up by the Icelandic steam merchant Bruarfoss and landed at Reykjavik.

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 Christopher Norman (Victoria BC), Francis Jones (Revelstoke BC), Thomas Beard (Victoria BC), serving in the battle cruiser are killed.  All three midshipman were sons of RCN and Canadian Army officers.

24 May 1963   Sea King helicopters enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy.

25 May 1941  The first seven corvettes for the Newfoundland Escort Force arrive in St. John’s.

25 May 1945   HMCS Ontario was a Minotaur-class light cruiser built for the Royal Navy as HMS Minotaur, but transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy.  HMS Minotaur was laid down on 20 November 1941 by Harland & Wolff of Belfast and launched on 29 July 1943.  She was transferred to the RCN in July 1944, and completed and commissioned as HMCS Ontario on 25 May 1945 at Belfast.

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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