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NAC News – Edition 522

NAC News – Edition 522

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  July 21st, 2023

Edition: 522 Quote: “The Chinese want to present themselves as a peacemaker on the world stage… But they also want to be seen as the leading economic engine of the global economy in the coming century.” 30 April 2023, Ryan Hass, NPR

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17/18 October 2023 ABCMI’s Annual Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show – Vancouver Conference Centre ABCMI’s Annual Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show.  See the website for developing Event Details including Exhibitor Spaces and Sponsorship Opportunities.

2 November 2023 The Deep Blue Forum 2023 Super Early Bird Registration is Open!  Venue – The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive.

13 November 2023 0900-1600 hrs Vancouver BC Day Sail event on warship for women and girls

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.



NATO’s latest moves could bottle up much of Russia’s naval power

Starshell: Spring 2023 Issue 98 (Editor – a packed edition!)



Canada Awards $450M Contract to Thales Canada for ISS on Minor Warships and Auxiliary Vessels

B.C. port workers resume strike after union rejects tentative deal but B.C. port workers union calls off strike notice hours after issuing it then 2nd tentative deal reached in B.C. port strike: union

Canada’s Arctic Patrol Ships Will Secure the Northern Frontier (Editor – how the USNI sees them in a 3:49 min video)

Families sue U.S. manufacturer over helicopter crash that killed 6 Canadian military members

2023 Captain (Navy) and Colonel Promotions, Appointments and Releases

A vast problem: Coast guard floats new solution to abandoned boat problem

Chinese Canadian sailor liberated POWs in Hong Kong

New Lifeboat Enters Service for the Canadian Coast Guard

Canada’s First Fully Electric Tug Arrives in Vancouver

Canada Post is releasing five new stamps featuring five ferries that are operating in Canadian waters

Naval Experience Program – Recruitment Process  #ytshorts (Editor – short RCN recruiting video)

Replenishment at sea / réussir un ravitaillement en mer #ytshorts (Editor – short RCN PR video)

Lookout Volume 68, Issue 28, July 17, 2023

NAC Naval Affairs Programme Briefing Note #17 Unmanned technology in the RCN  (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 17, 2023

Navy Raises Battle Force Goal to 381 Ships in Classified Report to Congress

U.S. Coast Guard Offloads Five Tonnes of Cocaine in San Diego

Why USS John F. Kennedy will be the worst nightmare for Russia & China? (Editor – 6:06 min video)

US Navy’s LATEST Weapon: Torpedoes that FLY! Sub-Hunter P-8A Poseidon (Editor – wow, tactical flexibility, and a little standoff for MPA’s which is sensible these days)

Senate Bill Sets Up AUKUS Sub Buy as U.S. Industrial Capacity Questions Linger

Heavyweight Torpedo Contributes to U.S. Navy’s Undersea Dominance

LCACs 105-107 Receive Lift of Opportunity aboard USS Gunston Hall

Rapidly Depleting Munitions Stockpiles Point to Necessary Changes in Policy

USMC Adds Loitering Munitions To Its LRUSV Naval Drones

USCGC Legare returns from 69-day safety and security patrol

Smuggler Who Rammed USCG Vessel Sentenced to Five Years in Jail

USNS Burlington Launches Wave Glider USV

Mississippi, Ohio Rivers Drying Up for a Second Straight Year



China Protests U.S. Navy P-8 Flight over Taiwan Strait and a 6:40 min video China irked as #USNavy P-8 Poseidon flies through #TaiwanStrait ! then clear as mud What is the Median Line Between China and Taiwan? (Editor – for perspective the Taiwan Strait is only 10% longer than the Strait of Juan de Fuca and at its narrowest 7 time wider at 70 nmi.  It is almost entirely less than 150 m deep, against the somewhat shallower average depth of the SJD 100 m) and best handy map I could find

USS Kentucky Make Port Call in South Korea, First SSBN Visit in 40 Years

Report: Assessing Military And Non-Military Incidents At Sea In Asia-Pacific

China and Russia to hold joint military drill in strategic waters near Japan and Taiwan reports record number of Chinese warships in waters around the island

Arrival of Austal-built us naval vessel, USS Canberra, in Sydney harbour

U.S. military to use Papua New Guinea naval base for 15 years

Understanding the timeframe for the AUKUS submarine programme

New Zealand Completes Its Full Deck of P-8A Aircraft (Editor – hopefully Canada’s will come soon P-8A Poseidon: Proven Multi-Mission Capability)

First Invincible-Class Submarine Arrives In Singapore

Japan India Maritime Exercise 2023 (JIMEX 23) Concludes

KRI Sultan Hasanuddin Conducts PASSEX with HMCS Montreal

China’s New Type 054B Frigates Break Cover At Two Shipyards

Royal Thai Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy Successfully Conclude THALAY LAUT Joint Exercise

In a First, Indian Navy Submarine Periscope Refurbished indigenously with CSIO in Chandigarah executing the Project and ‘Stealthy and fast’: All about the Scorpene submarines that India is set to acquire more of from France then Naval Group Working on Qualifying DRDO-developed Air Independent Propulsion System for Installation on Scorpene Subs

Heatwave in China boosts Coal imports

China’s Worse-Than-Expected Exports Deal New Blow to Economy




Russia Lays Mines in Black Sea to Block Ukrainian Ports, NSC Says and Ukraine’s Black Sea Ports Coming Under Fierce Russian Attacks

Blasts on Crimea bridge kill 2, threaten Russian war supply lines (Editor – two Ukrainian sea drones) with more details Analysis: Ukraine Naval drone attack on Kerch Strait in Crimea and then Russia Strikes Ukraine Grain Ports After Pulling out of Export Deal

Crimean Bridge Unsafe: Russian Navy Amphibs for Kerch Strait then Russia Blocks Cargo Vessel Transits Through the Kerch Strait

Russia Says All Ships in the Black Sea Heading to Ukraine are ‘Potential Carriers of Military Cargo’ and either just ugly or desperate Russia to Treat Ukraine-Bound Ships and Their Flag States as Combatants but Russia Says It Has No Plans to Attack Civilian Ships in Black Sea

Russia says it won’t renew wartime deal allowing Ukraine to ship grain then Last Ship Leaves Ukraine Port Ahead Of Black Sea Grain Deal Deadline and Why the Expiration of the Black Sea Grain Deal Matters and inevitably Wheat Prices Spike as Russia Issues Warning to Ships with explanation Planes, Trains & Automobiles Can’t Move Ukraine Grain, Here’s Why


Royal Navy admiral becomes Nato’s second most senior officer as new Deputy Supreme Allied Commander

NATO Allies Wrap Up Neptune Strike 2023-2 Large-Scale Exercise

No Russian nuclear-powered submarines will be taking part in Navy Day

Babcock and HII partner up on naval nuclear decommissioning and construction

Russia Sends Oil Through the Arctic Again to Speed Up Delivery to China

Russia Upgrading Naval Fleet’s Counter-Drone Capabilities

BAE Systems achieves landmark moment as HMS Cardiff components unite

Germany sends Berlin class ship Frankfurt am Main to Aegean Sea (Editor – a navy can never have too many AORs…they have strategic, operational, and tactical benefits)

Eastern European Navies Expand as Russian Occupation of Ukraine Drags On

France Navy to receive 1st replenishment vessel Jacques Chevallier

Amsterdam bans cruise ships to limit visitors and curb pollution

Gorch Fock Completes Anniversary Training Cruise



France Assumes Command of Multinational Naval Task Force Patrolling Middle East

U.S. Sending Destroyer, F-35s, F-16s to Protect Merchant Ships in Middle East

As PM Modi touches down in Abu Dhabi, INS Trikand remains mission-deployed in Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman

US Navy cargo ship runs aground in Bahrain



IMO Elects Panama’s Dominguez as Secretary-General

Three Chinese Navy ships to visit Cape Town next week

China Expands its Expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic Regions

World Has Hottest June On Record As Ocean Temperatures Soar with How Marine Heat Waves Affect the Ocean – And What Can Be Done and Corals Are Beginning to Bleach as Oceans Hit Record Temperatures

Report: Fuel Discrepancies Disabled Over 600 Ships Costing Supply Chain $5B

The Map of Oil 2023 Update | Peter Zeihan (Editor – 8:08 min video [not sure how credible this guy is but much of what he says makes sense?])



The Man Who Won World War 2 (Editor – 12:20 min video)

The Crazy Evolution of Propeller Systems Moving World Biggest Ships (Editor – 16:09 min video)

German Parachute Mines – WW2 Killers Still Found Today (Editor – 12:34 min video) and topical German Butterfly Bombs – The First Cluster Bomb Attacks in History (Editor – 12:14 min video)

The Mariner’s Mirror HMS Captain: Victorian Catastrophe (Editor – 47 min podcast)

The Nuclear Submarine with the Most Insane Mission (Editor – 10:53 min video)

Underwater Aircraft Carriers: Imperial Japan’s Secret Weapon (Editor – 13:02 mi video)

Divers Find Lost Convoy of World War II LCTs off Cornwall



23 July 1951  The RCN (Reserve) begins recruiting women for service with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (the Wrens) for the first time since the Second World War.

24 July 1917  The Military Service Act is passed allowing for conscription of single men.

24 July 1942  HMCS St. Croix, one of the former American destroyers, commanded by LCdr A. Hedley Dobson, DSC, RCNR sank the German submarine U-90 while on patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean.  The submarine was sighted on the surface several miles away and was successfully engaged with repeated depth-charging.

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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