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NAC News – Edition K517

NAC News – Edition K517

USS Gerald R. Ford sails in formation with NATO allied ships for Baltic Operations 2023 BALTOPS 23 060523 CREDIT US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  June 9th, 2023

Edition: K517 HMCS Loch Morlich (back into Hull Numbers! WWII Lock Class Frigate)

Quote: “This year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore was an important opportunity to strengthen Canada’s defence relationships with our partners in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. As outlined in our Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canada is increasing its defence presence in the region in support of a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. I look forward to building on our progress, and to developing even stronger ties with our defence partners in the region.  The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence.  3 June 2023

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)


24 June 2023  CNMT AGM The Strategic Plan is available on the website.

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.

6 December 2023  7:30 am – 6:30 pm Ottawa time.  Industrial Participation Association of Canada (IPAC) announced their first ever Industrial Participation Conference, titled The Changing Landscape of Industrial Participation in Canadian Federal Procurements Conference to be held at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.



International Priorities: Defence rises in prominence as majority believes Canada’s military is lagging behind

Submarines: A Strategic Requirement in a Dangerous World

US, Canadian Navies Stage Rare Joint Mission Through Taiwan Strait and VIDEO: Chinese Warship Harasses U.S. Destroyer in Taiwan Strait Transit (Editor – not hard to surmise who took the second video J) then Chinese Defense Minister Li Tells Foreign Militaries, ‘Mind Your Own Business’ CBC article China defends buzzing American warship, Canadian frigate in Taiwan Strait plus As Canadian, allied ships sail to new missions, tensions over Taiwan remain and a 2:26 min Global News video China nearly hitting U.S. warship is ‘clearly provocative’: ex-navy head

Ukraine dam breached, unleashing floods as residents ordered to evacuate appalling repercussions What is Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka dam?



Defence Minister Anita Anand Concludes Productive Trip to Singapore and Canada boosts Indo-Pacific naval deployments, military engagements

Canada’s Arctic – Defend It Or Lose It and New research shows Arctic could see ice-free summers by 2030

Seaspan Cuts Steel on ‘Prototype Block’ for Canada’s New Polar Icebreaker

Babcock, HHI to Collaborate on Canadian Patrol Submarine

Year in review 2022: National Shipbuilding Strategy and Building Ships Indoors: Davie Shipyard’s Ambitious Project

When the Americans landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day, they had help from Halifax and D-Day: Pausing to Remember the Largest Seaborne Invasion in History

Canada’s Federal Fleet Services Installs MARSS CUAS System on Combat Support Ship

Fincantieri Part of the Vigilance Team in Canada (Editor – a pleasant surprise to me)

Richard Shimooka: Canada’s inadequate defence research funding is more than just a security risk

An ’embarrassing’ gear shortage has Canadian troops in Latvia buying their own helmets (Editor – not naval, but disappointing)

Canadian ILWU Calls Strike Vote for West Coast Container Port

No-motor race to Alaska starts Monday, with $10,000 and steak knives on the line and Mass start for Race to Alaska set for noon; two vessels already out of running (Editor – People can track the three Greenwood brothers via the event website at  Their boat is labelled “Team Ship of Fools”.)

PhD Position: BC Green Shipping Corridor Assessment

Lookout: Volume 68, Issue 22, June 5, 2023 (Editor – select language of choice button)

NAC Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note #13 Halifax-Class Frigates (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 5, 2023

General Atomics Wins $1.2B Contract for EMALS, AAG on Future Carrier Doris Miller, French Carrier Study

Makin Island ARG, 13th MEU Deployment Marks Amphibious Shift to the Pacific

USNI: Brent Sadler on 21st Century Naval Power (Editor – 44:21 min podcast)

USTRANSCOM Takes on New Role as DOD’s Sole Fuel Supply Manager (Editor – wars cannot be won without superior logistics)

Smoke Closes Container Terminals at U.S. East Coast’s Busiest Port

Groningen Makes First Drug Bust in Current Caribbean Deployment

Panama Canal’s Continuing Draft Reductions Pose Threat to Trade and Panama Canal Draft Restrictions Could Halt Coastal Shift ((Editor –  more detailed explanation in a 10:49 min video)



Li Shangfu: War with US would be unbearable disaster, says China defence minister

Indonesian Warship Catches Fire and Evacuated thankfully Indonesian Frosch I navy warship on fire, no casualties reported 

Navy destroyer practices electronic warfare with allied ships after Taiwan Strait incident

Japan’s New ASEV Ships Will Boast An Impressive 128 VLS Cells

China Sends Ships Near to Taiwan and Okinawa and Chinese newspaper accuses Canadian press of ‘hyping up’ PLA ship’s ‘very scary’ move near Taiwan

Germany’s TKMS signs submarine construction pact with Indian shipyard

Taiwan’s Navy Caught Between Two Strategies to Counter Chinese Threat

EUNAVFOR Atalanta, a maritime security provider driven by the commitment of the contributing nations

Germany To Send Two Warships To Indo-Pacific In 2024

CIMSEC: Sea Control 434 – can Indonesia stop the transit of AUKUS subs with Dita Liliansa (Editor – 18:24 min podcast)

Weighing the risks in naval ship procurement

These may be the world’s best warships. And they’re not American

Why ‘Varunastra’ Torpedo Packs a Deadly Knockout Punch

Germany’s Thyssenkrupp Keen on Manufacturing Stealth Submarines for India under $5.2Bn

Grey ship technology: AUKUS and beyond

Japan Maritime Aircraft to Receive Magnetic Anomaly Detection System (editor – CAE gear)

Indigenous heavy weight torpedo hits bull’s eye in live test by Indian Navy

Hanwha Ocean Unveils Combat XLUUV

Austal splashes 6th evolved Cape-class patrol boat for RAN

Third P-8A arrives and New Zealand To Field Mark 54 Torpedoes Aboard P-8A Poseidon (Editor – will Canada follow suit?)

Taiwan Orders Next-Gen Indigenous Frigate Construction for $295 Million

HHI Seeks To Export Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) To Malaysia

Drug traffickers smuggling crystal meth past South East Asia security – UN and

Australian Police Seize 900 Kilos of Cocaine From Bulker

China Exports Drop More Than Expected, Fueling Growth Risks




Explainer: Blood, treasure and chaos: the cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine

Russia Escalates Military Presence in Black Sea with Fourth Kalibr Missile Carrier Vessel

Russian Navy fortifies Sevastopol with underwater rocket system in response to Ukrainian drone threats

Russia-Ukraine Tensions Rise as Ports are Shelled and Ships Blocked

Ukraine’s New FPB 98 MKI Boats Pass Istanbul Strait Onboard Cargo Vessel

Russian Crude Exports Stay High as OPEC+ Partners Call for Clarity


Finland expels nine Russian diplomats

World’s biggest warship USS Gerald R Ford dwarfs ally ships on Nato exercise and

Carrier USS Gerald Ford is now operating inside the Arctic Circle

Faroe Islands Restricts Russian Fishing Vessels on Spying Accusations

Exercise Baltic Operations 2023 kicks off in the Baltic Sea

Norwegian Defence Chief Advises Procuring More Type 212CD Subs

RNLN Looks At Low-Manned Platform to Augment Frigate Fire Power

Italy’s Navy displays Cabrini-class patrol boat Tullio Tedeshi

Seafuture 2023: Drass showcases its DG550 midget submarine

Italian Navy displays its HUGIN 1000 AUV

Seafuture 2023: Italian aircraft carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi on display

Arctic Port of Tiksi Opens to Foreign Vessels To Spur Investments along NSR



Vessel Issues Distress Call as it is Harassed by Iranian Speed Boats

Task Force 52 Welcomes New Commander

Royal Navy Conducts Drug Seizures and Assists with Iranian Incident

Iran, S. Arabia, UAE, Oman to form joint naval force under China support: website (Editor – they won’t be using ATP’s or MTI’s!)

Strait talking from Royal Navy as it patrols the ‘gateway to the Gulf’

Charting The Course Towards Maritime Security



Ship Officer Shortage Worsening, Drewry Says and Seafarer Labor Shortage Reaches 17-Year High Reports Drewry



Chinese Vessel Illegally Salvaged HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse | What is the Law? (Editor – useful background ref HM Ships Repulse and Prince of Wales)

The Only American Submarine to Sink an Enemy Battleship (Editor – 11:52 min video)



10 June 1803  Warship HMS Dart carries the so-called Garrison clock (“old town clock”) to Halifax, N.S.; ordered by Prince Edward, it will be installed October 20 in a building built for it on the eastern slope of Citadel Hill.

10 June 1878  Fort Rodd Hill built to protect Esquimalt in the event of a war with Russia.

10 June 1910  Rear-Admiral Charles E. Kingsmill, RN (Retired), is appointed the Director of the Naval Service.

10 June 1931  HMCS SKEENA commissioned at Portsmouth-one of the first ships built for the RCN.

10 June 1940  The Canadian government declares war on Italy.  The Italian owned S.S. Capo Noli, with Canada now at war with Italy, was trying to escape down the St. Lawrence river below Rimouski, pursued by the slower HMCS Bras d’Or (Lt. C S Hornsby, RCNR).  She was sighted by Fl.Lt. Leonard J. Birchall (later Air Commodore) in his Stranraer, who threatened to bomb her.  Her Master then ran her ashore and set fire to his ship. Shortly Bras d’Or caught up, told the crew to re-board & put out the fire and took command.  Re-named Bic Island, the ship was later sunk in the Atlantic by U-224 on 28 Oct. 1942.

11 June 1813  Nova Scotia privateering vessel, Liverpool Packet, owned by Enos Collins and associates, is captured by American privateer schooner Thomas; the schooner is re-named the Portsmouth Packet, until it is regained by HMS Fantome and HMS Epervier after a 13-hour chase, in October 1813.

11 June 1940  While evacuating personnel from le Havre, France, destroyers HMCS St. Laurent and Restigouche engage German artillery and fire the first shots of the war by Canadian warships.

11 June 1940  HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Restigouche evacuate military personnel from Le Havre, France, exchanging gunfire with German artillery batteries in the process.

11 June 1944 HMCS Sioux commanded by A/LCdr Eric E.G. Boak, RCN with Polish destroyers sank (schnellboot) S-136 off Normandy.

11 June 1999  The United Nations sets up peacekeeping mission, including 600 Canadians consisting of HMCS Protecteur, an infantry company, and transport planes to support the mission in East Timor.  Operation Toucan will help organize elections, support the new government and establish the rule of law; Canadian participation ends February 23, 2000.

13 June 1941  Newfoundland’s sea defences are brought under Canadian control with the appointment of Commodore L.W. Murray, RCN, as the commander of Newfoundland Force.

14 June 1941  Warships of the Newfoundland Escort Force begin convoy escort operations in the North Atlantic Ocean.

14 June 1957  HMCS Magnificent, Canada’s second aircraft carrier, was decommissioned and returned to the RN in Plymouth UK.

15 June 1920  The demobilization of the wartime RCN is completed with the disbandment of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR).

15 June 1938 – HMCS Ottawa is commissioned at Chatham, England.

15 June 1940  The Erik Boye is sunk by submarine U38 in passage off Land’s End thereby becoming the first Canadian flagged merchant ship to be sunk as a casualty of the Battle of the Atlantic.

16 June 1921  The Royal Naval College of Canada is closed.

16 June 1943  HMCS Waskesiu is commissioned into the RCN, becoming the first of sixty RCN frigates built in Canada.

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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