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NAC News – Edition 516

NAC News – Edition 516

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Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  June 2nd, 2023

Edition: 516  “The real foundation of a nation’s airpower, it was reasoned, lay in the widespread development of civil aviation, including extensive commercial operations and a health aircraft manufacturing industry.” W.A.B. Douglas The Creation of a National Air Force, The Official History of the Royal Canadian Air Force Volume II, University of Toronto Press in co-operation with DND… 1986, Introduction

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)


NEW 24 June 2023  CNMT AGM It is intended to have the Strategic Plan available on the website by June 9.

Navy Bike Ride 2023 (Editor – Navy Bike Ride 2023 is open to participants of any age and ability from across the country and the world, as well as sailors deployed around the globe.  Four in-person events will take place throughout the month of June, spanning from both coasts: Ottawa – Saturday, June 17; Quebec – Saturday, June 3; Halifax- Saturday, June 3; and Colwood – Saturday, June 3.  A virtual event has been made available for those unable to attend in-person to include as many remote riders as possible.  This year you will see the return of our exclusively virtual Admiral’s Challenge in the form of a 100km ride that must be completed in one day.)

20 June 2023 at 1200 (Ottawa time) The NAC National 2023 AGM will be held electronically using GoToMeeting.  To participate email the Executive Director and indicate your intent to participate and he will “invite” you (it’s a software thing!) – no need to inform him if you are not attending. (Email

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



Malaysia Detains Chinese Ship Linked To Suspected Illegal Salvage Of British WW2 Wrecks

Bombardier calls for ‘fair competition’ as Ottawa eyes sole-source contract for surveillance planes but Boeing’s Canadian partnership positions P-8 well for CMMA (Editor – this week’s quote is timely…time will tell)



Poland is rearming itself at high speed — could Canada take a lesson from Warsaw? and Ukraine takes plea for more weapons directly to Canada’s defence sector  (Editor – not naval articles but pertinent

HMCS Edmonton contributes to narcotics seizure during Operation Caribbe

Ottawa lacks an ‘overall strategic plan’ to tackle military sexual misconduct, report says

Canada Receives First Tranche of Sig Sauer P320 Handguns

RCN Digital Leadership Series: Jennifer Hunter, CPO2

Veteran reservists refresh knowledge during base tour

Editor – get your hot off the press edition of the latest NAC graphic novel Hunter and Hunted: On Board a Canadian Corvette in the Battle of the Atlantic. Written by Ann Griffiths.  Illustrated by C George-Hill

Appeal for information on Canadian sailor’s grave

Tough talk: Advocates mince no words delivering inclusion message to Legionnaires

Port of Windsor Gets Funding for Infrastructure Upgrades (Editor – part of $4.6 billion over 11 years (2017-2028) that has been allocated to the National Trade Corridors Fund)

Canada’s Oldest Laker Towed to Port with Uncertain Future After a Fire (Editor – you won’t believe how old she is?!)

Lookout: 29 May 2023 Volume 68 Issue 21 (Editor – French version available too)

Trident: 29 May 2023 Volume 57, Issue 11

NAC Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note #12 RCN Capabilities (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 1, 2023

#USSGeraldRFord starts prowling the oceans! (Editor – 7:44 min video)

U.S. turns to private Japan shipyards for faster warship repairs

Navy finds ‘perfect storm’ of problems in elite Seals course

CIMSEC: Sea Control 433 – climate change and military operations in the arctic with Marisol Maddox (Editor – 39:35 min podcast) and correspondingly Coordinated action urgently needed to face rapid polar changes, says WMO

Report on Navy TAGOS-25 Ocean Surveillance Shipbuilding Program

US increases MK41 vertical launching system production

Bollinger Launches Navajo-Class Salvage Ship for U.S. Navy

UK’s Type 45 destroyer deploys to the Caribbean after major overhaul



The Australian Defence Strategic Review 2023 with Paul Maddison (Editor – a 43:03 min podcast [included as my penance for getting his rank wrong])

Strategic value of Luzon Strait must not be overlooked

Nimitz Carrier Strike Group Now Near Guam, Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group Heading East

China places buoys in Nansha Islands in South China Sea, ‘demonstrating sovereignty, jurisdiction’ (Editor – with area overlapping with the Philippines!)

Chinese Ships Ignore Vietnam Demand To Leave Area Close To Russian-Run Gas Fields

Philippines, U.S., Japan To Hold First-Ever Joint Coast Guard Exercise

Japan Self-Defense Forces Participating in Second Iteration of U.S. Large Scale Global Exercise

Ship Zhanjiang enhances interactions with foreign navies during LIMA 2023 trip

USAF Test Launches Long-Range Guided Sea Mine From B-52 Bomber

PLA aircraft carrier Shandong sails through Taiwan Strait, island’s defence ministry reports

INS Vikrant will be fully operational by Nov, 2023: Navy chief and Navy’s Anti-Submarine Chopper lands for 1st Time on INS Vikrant

Philippines Navy Commissions Two More Fast Attack Interdiction Craft – Missile Boats

PLA Navy’s Type 055 10,000 ton-class large destroyer leads intensive drills in South China Sea amid rising tensions

Taiwan’s Navy set to take delivery of second homemade corvette next month

Marcos says government plans to acquire Philippines’ first-ever submarine

How India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Ties are Deepening and will help the Defence Industry

India Developing Submarine-Launched & Long-Range Land-Attack Cruise Missiles: Report




Time to End Russia’s Black Sea Piracy and Status of Sea of Azov, Kerch Strait

New Videos Add Complexity to Claims of Drone Attack on Russian Warship (Editor – two short videos – hard to determine the reality) more details 3 Ukraine’s USVs strike Russia Navy’s intelligence ship Ivan Khurs

Russia Claims to Have “Destroyed” Ukrainian Landing Ship

For the Global Oil Market, Russia’s Output Cut Isn’t Happening

Nord Stream Sabotage Clues Point to Ukraine: Reports

Ukraine Wants to Deepen Danube to Expand Grain Export Routes


‘Absolutely brilliant’ Battle of the Atlantic events conclude in Liverpool and New memorial unveiled as Battle of the Atlantic anniversary events begin

HMCS Fredericton is Jacques Chevallier’s First Allied Ship Refuelled

NATO completes Operation Sea Guardian maritime patrols in Central Mediterranean

More than 30 NATO warships will arrive in Estonia

HMS Duncan ready for duty at head of Nato Maritime Group

Navy ship begins its mission under NATO in Lithuania tomorrow

MoD confirm aircraft carriers may be fitted with catapults

Despite War, Russia Going Ahead With Annual Naval Parade and Sixty two naval ships under construction, repair — Russian defense minister

China’s Nascent Aircraft Carrier Fleet (Editor – but 4:36 min video) but The Deck of Fujian Aircraft Carrier Cracked? Google Earth Caught It!China VS US Aircraft Carrier (Editor – not sure of the validity of this second 16:54 video)

Beginning of the Sea Trials of the Nuclear Attack Submarine Perle

Poland’s ORKA program: advancing Naval capabilities with stealth submarine procurement

The Royal Navy’s ocean survey vessel HMS Scott life extended until 2033

Royal Navy and Imperial College London Team Up to Work on New Navigation System

Norway to Retire P-3 Orion Fleet after 54 Years

Data reveals number of days warships spent at sea last year and HMS Westminster refit suspended and her return to service in doubt

Turkish Navy Launches the 2nd Reis-Class (Type 214TN) AIP Submarine

Fincantieri Will Build The 3rd U212 NFS Submarine For Italian Navy

New Russian storage vessel for spent nuclear fuel designed for Arctic sea-ice

Norwegian Ship Completes 160-Mile Autonomous Navigation Demonstration

Royal Navy Completes Conversion of PSV into Minehunting Mother Ship

Second U.N.-Facilitated Shipment Of Russian Fertilizer From EU Reaches Africa



Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Hands Over Second MEKO A-200 EN Frigate Al-Qahhar for Egyptian Navy

Israeli Navy Successfully Tests C-Dome Defence System

UAE withdraws from US-led maritime coalition

Video: UN-Backed Salvage Team Arrives at FSO Safer off Yemen



Three killed as government drone strikes hit Libyan ports

Container Shipping Industry Faces Unprecedented Slump in Long-Term Rates

Shipping Losses Hit Record Low in 2022, But New Challenges Emerge



Top 10 Largest Shipbuilding Companies In The World (Editor – useful insight in a 10:22 min video) and The Rapid Rise of Korean Shipbuilding (Editor – 17:47 min video)

How Fast Can a Foiling Sailboat Actually Go?!?!? (Editor – fun 5:20 min video) and then something further! How Did Vestas Sailrocket 2 Smash the Sailing Speed Record?!?! (Editor – 3:15 min video for the Greenwood brothers and their race to Alaska J)

The Hunt for Bismarck (Editor – The Mariner’s Mirror 52 min podcast)



3 June 1910  The Honorable Louis P. Brodeur is appointed the first Minister of the Naval Service.

3 June 1944   Flight Lieutenant R.E. McBride, flying an RCAF Canso aircraft, sinks U-477 with four depth charges.

3 June 1963  Canada declares 12 Mile Limit; (19.3 km) exclusive fisheries zone off the Canadian coast; effective May, 1964. Ottawa, Ontario

3 June 1991  Letters Patents are published for an insignia denoting Mentions in Despatches.

4 June 1742  The first warship built in New France called the CANADA is launched.

4 June 1812  US Congress votes for war against Britain; the conflict will begin June 18, 1812, when President James Madison officially proclaims the United States to be at war.

4 June 1976  Canada declares it is extending its 12-nautical-mile coastal fishing zone to 370 km (200 nautical miles) offshore fisheries jurisdiction zone, effective January 1, 1977; mature northern cod were estimated at 75 million, down from 900 million in 1962; Canada to set numbers of fish harvested and quotas for foreign fleets, because fish stocks are being depleted by new technologies such as sonar and freezing facilities which let the ships stay at sea longer.

5 June 1741  Vitus Bering sails from Kamchatka Peninsula to explore North America.

5 June 1792  Spanish navigators Dionisio Galiano and Cayetano Valdés leave Nootka Sound and sail into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, reaching Puerto de Núñez Gaona (Neah Bay, Washington), where a Spanish post is being built by Salvador Fidalgo.

5 June 1944  Sixteen RCN minesweepers help clear the English Channel in preparation for the D-Day landings.

6 June 1943  HMCS Prince Robert is recommissioned as an anti-aircraft cruiser.

6 June 1944  Approximately one hundred and ten Canadian warships participate in the Allied landings in Normandy.

7 June 1942  The US merchant ship Coast Trader torpedoed by Japanese Navy submarine I-26 in the Strait of Juan de Fuca inside Canadian waters; the vessel had set off from Port Angeles, Washington, bound for San Francisco with a cargo of 1,250 tons of newsprint in its hold; wreck discovered in 2013 survey by the Canadian Hydrographic Service, organized by Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard, using a remote-controlled robotic submarine; the same Japanese submarine will shell the Estevan Point lighthouse a few days later.

7 June 1958  HMCS Restigouche is commissioned as the first of a class of destroyer escorts meant to replace the St. Laurent class.

7 June 1965  Department of National Defence replaces navy, army, and air force commands with six functional commands. Ottawa, Ontario

8 July 1760  The final Battle of the French-British war for Canada between the RN and Acadian militia and Mi’kmaq (Mi’gmaq) militias was fought in the mouth of the Restigouche River.  It was not on land but at sea that the French lost the battle for Canada.  It was because of French naval weakness that the outnumbered French and Canadians in North America were unable, indefinitely, to deny Acadia, the Ohio, Lake Champlain, Quebec, and Montreal, to the invading British and Americans of Amherst, Wolfe, and Johnson.

8 June 1893  Steamship Mower arrives in Victoria B.C. from Sydney, Australia; first steamer of the Canadian Australian Line.

9 June 1789  Spanish captain Estebán José Martínez captures trader John Meares’ schooner Northwest America in Nootka Sound near Vancouver Island.

9 June 1944  HMCS Haida commanded by Cdr Harry G. DeWolf, DSO, RCN, HMCS Huron commanded by LCdr Herbert S. Rayner, DSC, RCN, and other destroyers from the 10th Destroyer Flotilla sank the German destroyers ZH1 and Z32 in the English Channel.

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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