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NAC News – Edition 523

NAC News – Edition 523

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Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  July 28th, 2023

Edition: 523 Quote: “That [invasion of Europe] would require a million ground troops, a quarter million air force crewmen, and another quarter million personnel in supply and services.  But the delivery of that eventual invasion depended on first winning the Battle of the Atlantic.  Secure the sea, military strategists said, and you may hope to win on land.” Battle of the Atlantic – Gauntlet to Victory, page 10, Ted Barris, 2022

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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.



Canada pledged to spend 2% of GDP on its military. Would that transform it? Is it affordable?

Record high officer supply shortfall threatens manning costs, warns Drewry

Fincantieri, RINA team up with newcleo to test feasibility of nuclear naval propulsion



Prime Minister announces changes to the Ministry (Editor – note new Defence Minister Bill Blair and Ginette Petitpas Taylor as Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.) and the politicking begins…Minister of defence is no easy job — is Bill Blair ready for it?

‘I hope the Canadians are watching’: U.S. senator tees off on Canada’s military spending and Trudeau defends Canada’s military spending against U.S. senator’s scolding (Editor – a series of news videos)

CDAI: Canada’s Future Submarine Capability

Canada orders more Airbus A330 tankers, hires firm to convert planes

Risky N.L. adventures ignite debate over who should pay for search and rescue

HMCS Ottawa boatswain defies odds and receives Top Sailor award

National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan

‘Historically low water’ in the Mackenzie River forces northern cargo on 4,000 km detour

Canada Charters a PSV to Carry Out a Long-Range Fishery Patrol

Another milestone for LNG Canada (Editor – I wish we could economically build things like this in Canada, or at least North America)

Cruise-ship slowdowns good for environment, but not great for Victoria businesses

Public roundtables begin on Baffinland’s latest request to ship more ore from Nunavut

B.C. port strike cost Canadian Pacific’s newly amalgamated railway $80M, exec says

‘We take pride in what we accomplished’: Canadian veterans remember the Korean War

RCN 2023 Captain Postings, Promotions and Retirements and a more comprehensive list 2023 Captain (Navy) and Colonel Promotions, Appointments and Releases

Canadian Divers Find WWII Bombs on US Shipwrecks Off Newfoundland Coast

‘For Abbigail.’ Sailor uses music to commemorate friend lost in Stalker 22 helicopter crash

Telegraphist Reynold Joseph Jeannotte, MiD, V-11421 and Able Seaman Lawrence James Jodoin, V-57427

Lookout:  Volume 68, Issue 28, July 17, 2023

Trident: Monday 24 July 2023 Volume 57, Issue 15

NAC Naval Affairs Programme Briefing Note #18 The Law of the Sea and Canadian Maritime Security (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: July 24, 2023

Franchetti chosen to become the first woman to lead the US Navy and Flag Officer Announcements 21 July 2023

Senate Passes NDAA Authorizing Navy to Buy 10 New Ships

Senate NDAA Bans Allied Manufacturing Base From U.S. Navy Shipbuilding

SECNAV Del Toro Names Next ESB After MoH Recipient Hector Cafferata Jr.

U.S. Navy Stages Global Exercise With Six Carriers and 25,000 Personnel

Marines Activate First Tomahawk Battery

Time to Recalibrate: The Navy Needs Tactical Nuclear Weapons . . . Again

US Navy Sets Out Plan for HALO Hypersonic Missile EMD

USSOCOM Has Declared IOC With Dry Combat Submersible

Problems with Austal USA’s First Steel Ships Results in $40M Write Down for Aussie Parent

Bollinger Shipyards delivers 54th fast response cutter to US Coast Guard

US Navy Commissions New Independence Littoral Combat Ship in Australia

USS Little Rock: Back with a Vengeance

US Navy ‘operationalizes’ drones in 4th Fleet exercise

US N-sub’s damage revealed

BAE Systems to deliver next-gen digital IFF Identification Friend or Foe interrogator for US Navy

Severe Drought Forces Panama Canal to Restrict Number of Daily Vessel Transits

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock to Proceed with Largest Project in its 133-Year History



A Strategy of Denial for the Western Pacific

Second US submarine arrives in South Korea amid North Korea tensions

Chinese military snubbed invite to defence conference, says senior US admiral

Chinese Spy Ship Off Coast of Australia as Talisman Sabre Exercise Begins and Japan Shoots Type 12 SSM Off Australia’s East Coast

South Korea’s Sophisticated KSS-III Submarines (Editor – USNI 3:44 min video… impressive boats)

Eastern Naval Command set to expand its Fleet, grows mightier

US to Deploy Coastguard Ship to Papua New Guinea

Chinese naval vessels visit Vladivostok, Russia

Australia to get replacement for navy’s sail training ship Young Endeavour (Editor – I wonder if an HMCS Oriole replacement would ever happen)

GRSE to launch Hugin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Survey Vessels

China’s Large Naval Base In Cambodia Nears Completion In Challenge To US Naval Power well sort of China’s Cambodian navy base project makes US wary, but fears it will host aircraft carrier are unfounded, analysts say

Missile-armed Walo arrives home

Video: Philippine Ferry Boat Capsizes in High Winds, 26 Drowned (Editor – 25 sec video included)

Deep Dive Into China’s Move To Build Shadow Fleet Tankers

Asia Buys Near-Record Volumes Of US Crude, Replaces MidEast Oil

Video: Containership Sinks in Taiwan Anchorage (Editor – include 1:26 min video)




Russia raises maximum age for military conscription to 30

Moldova expels 45 Russian diplomatic staff in spy row

NATO Convoys Can Protect Ukraine’s Grain Says Stavridis

Russian Diplomat Accuses Ukraine of Using Black Sea Grain Corridor for Attacks

Russia used anti-ship missiles in attack on Odessa and laid mines in Black Sea

Nearly 30 Ships Stop Around Ukraine’s Izmail Gateway After Russian Danube Strikes (Editor – so close to Romania a NATO member)

Royal Navy’s divers train Ukrainian counterparts to disarm Russian mines because UK Believes That Russia is Mining Approaches to Ukraine’s Black Sea Ports

Crimea bridge closed after fuel depot hit – Russia

Why the New Package of Sanctions on Russia is a Game-Changer for Europe

Russian Navy Holds Live Fire Exercise in Black Sea as Threats to Shipping Escalate and

Russian corvette Ivanovets fires supersonic missile on Ukrainian corvette Ternopil

Is #Russia preparing to drag the #Ukraine war into the #BlackSea? #shorts (Editor – short intel video)

Russian patrol ship destroys drifting Ukrainian mine northeast of Bosporus Strait


Iceland to suspend embassy operations in Moscow as of August 1

BAE Systems joins two main sections of HMS Cardiff (Editor – type 26 rolling along!)

Several Countries Have Recognized The UK Type 26 Frigate as The Most Successful Surface Combatant (Editor – interesting linkage in a 8:32 min video)

Aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales ready to resume her mission and Better than before now Britain’s biggest warship HMS Prince of Wales is ready to resume her mission (Editor – and a 1:59 min video)

Naval Group Rolls Out 3rd Barracuda Type Submarine

Turkey’s Istif-class frigates will integrate GE’s gas turbine engines (Editor – a welcome step forward in relations)

Video: Deploying An Aerial Drone (UAV) From A Submarine (Editor – 3:49 min video included)

Meet Türkiye’s New Kamikaze Drone Boat: ULAQ KAMA

IDEF 2023: Sonitus presents cutting-edge underwater vehicle NARVAL 504-P

Italy Captures 5 Tons of Cocaine Transferred from Cargo Ship to Trawler

The Netherlands Select Leonardo’s New Sovraponte Guns for ASWF

French Defence Procurement Agency unveils naval electromagnetic railgun project

Ameland rescue: Crew jump off ship ablaze with cargo of 3,000 cars (Editor – includes 24 sec video) Fremantle Highway Fire Lessens as Vessel Continues to Drift off Dutch Coast and A Brief Look Back at Recent Car Carrier Fires

Floating LNG platform : big advance for Russia’s expansive Arctic industry



USS Bataan, USS Carter Hall in Mediterranean on Way to Middle East

Iran reveals ‘Abu Mahdi’ naval cruise missile amidst strengthened US Gulf presence

Iran Denies Owning Oil Cargo While Demanding US Release Another Tanker

Inside the UN’s $143 Million Race to Avoid a Massive Oil Spill | WSJ (Editor – interesting 4:09 min video)

Royal Navy completes record-breaking drug-busting mission in Gulf



Will the Gulf Stream really collapse by 2025? (Editor – even the thought is scary)

SA Navy submarine SAS Manthatisi’s presence off the Cape explained



The Rescue of the Submarine USS Squalus

Russia’s Unstoppable Supercavitating Torpedo (VA-111 Shkval)

Why the Largest Submarine in the World Wasn’t Big Enough (Editor – 11:50 min video)



29 July 1948  HMCS Royal Roads is transformed into a Canadian Service College and begins training flight cadets, as well as naval cadets.

29 July 1972  HMCS Iroquois, the first of the DDH 280 class destroyers, is commissioned.

31 July 1940  HMCS Prince Robert, after conversion from a merchant vessel, is commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser.

31 July 1942  HMCS Skeena commanded by A/LCdr Kenneth L. Dyer, RCN with HMCS Wetaskiwin commanded by LCdr Guy S. Windeyer, RCN sank U-588 in the North Atlantic.

31 July 1942  The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRENS) is authorized, by war’s end nearly 6,500 will have joined up.

1 August 1959  The RCN is presented with Queens Colours by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II in Halifax.

4 August 1910  The Rainbow was commissioned as an H.M.C. ship at Portsmouth as the first warship in the RCN.  She was manned by a nucleus crew supplied by the Royal Navy and the Royal Fleet Reserve.  The Rainbow was a light cruiser of the Apollo class, and the Canadian Government paid £50,000 for her and assigned her to the west coast.

4 August 1914  War is declared between Great Britain and Germany.  Canada is automatically at war with Germany as well.  HMC ships placed under Admiralty operational control.

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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