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NAC News – Edition 532

NAC News – Edition 532

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  September 29th, 2023

Edition: YMR 532 HMCS Ehkoli (WWII Nenamook Class Fisherman’s Reserve vessel)

Quote: “Today we pay homage to our Naval Reserve for a hundred years of dedicated service to Canada.  Chief Petty Officer Tom Lizotte and I are thrilled to see so many Canadians celebrate this milestone alongside their local Naval Reserve divisions and grant them the honour of the Freedom of the City.  Our exceptional “Citizen Sailors” serve their communities proudly and have achieved Admiral Hose’s vision of connecting Canadians across this great country to their Navy” 23 September 2023, Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee, Commander RCN (Editor – see news articles in Canada section)

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)


It’s that time of year again for nominations for the Admirals’ Medal!  Responsibility for the Admirals’ Medal Foundation was transferred from the RCN to the Naval Association in 2021.  NAC Naval Affairs is now responsible for ensuring that the Medal is awarded on an annual basis through a proper solicitation – nomination – selection – award process.  To that end, a committee of Flag/Senior officers has been stood up to carry out the review and selection process.  Nomination instructions.

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. Registration. The $50 ticket discount code for NAC members is DB23_NAC.  All serving navy & government personnel can register for FREE.  Venue – The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive.  Not Able to Attend in Person?  All speaker sessions will be live streamed, to allow for virtual attendance.

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.  Registration is free for public sector!



A messy world once again intrudes on Canada’s tidy partisan debates

Canada needs to ditch the complacency and get serious about national security, experts say yet this is happening Federal government looking to cut $1 billion from National Defence budget

Erdogan: Yes to Sweden in NATO, if US sells F-16 fighter jets



Canadian cities from coast to coast Recognize Naval Reserve Centennial with:

  1. HMCS Carleton repeats Freedom of the City exercise in Ottawa;
  2. Freedom of the City ceremony in Halifax celebrates centennial anniversary of the Naval Reserve;
  3. Montreal naval reserve granted Freedom of the City honour to mark 100 years;
  4. Naval reserve celebrates 100 years with Freedom of the City (Calgary);
  5. HMCS Hunter recognized during Freedom of the City ceremony outside Windsor city hall; and,
  6. PHOTOS: Naval reservists parade in Surrey to celebrate 100 years of ‘bringing the Navy to Canadians’.

(Editor – BZ to the NRDs, please email me if I’ve I missed a city?  HMCS Malahat paraded too, nice pic on the front page of the local paper, but I haven’t found an article to post)

HMCS Glace Bay Deploys to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to participate in the Great Canadian Marine Careers Exp (Editor – fun port visits)

New Command team welcomed to HMCS Kingston

CGAI: Updating Canada’s National Security Systems (Editor – 42:38 min podcast)

Canada Post Offers Free Shipping for 18th-year

MCM Dive Training Operations on HMCS Shawinigan (Editor – great pics!)

Canadian Coast Guard Air Cushion Vehicles To Be Upgraded

‘Resiliency at Sea’: Navy doctor ensures wellness is on deployed sailors’ agenda

Great things ahead for RCN Sail

Hundreds of derelict vessels removed from Canadian waters, Coast Guard says

Military’s former HR head pleads not guilty to charge related to alleged inappropriate relationship

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the war that never ends

Canadian Cement Carrier Aground and Blocking St. Lawrence Seaway

Keeping HMCS Haida Shipshape

Mayor of Delta B.C., raises alarm over ‘rampant’ crime at local port, as expansion approved

Container shipments plummet at Port of Vancouver in step with falling consumer demand

Lookout: Volume 68, Issue 38, September 25, 2023

NAC Naval Affairs Programme Briefing Note #28 Undersea Cables (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge, after all, that’s what our naval affairs programme is all about – educating Canadians)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Sept. 25, 2023

USNI Article: Planning for the Next War Must Be a Mixture of Art & Science

Navy Looking To Operate Air Combat Drones From Wide Range Of Ships

USS San Juan, once cutting-edge attack sub, ends final voyage in Washington (Editor – “The Navy is requesting up to 41 more Virginia-class subs to be built by 2053.”!)

Navy to Decommission Littoral Combat Ships USS Little Rock, USS Detroit This Week

DoD Acquisition Chief Seeking Regulatory ‘Nirvana’ in Crafting AUKUS Deal

The USS Bunker Hill saw action in Operation Earnest Will, Desert Storm, and Desert Shield.



With delay of fleet review, RAN must be prepared to fight with what it has now

Philippine, Canadian Navies Sail Together in the South China Sea

U.S., South Korea conduct joint naval exercise amid mounting North Korean threats

Taiwan Unveils Its First Indigenous Defense Submarine

Russian Pacific Fleet Holds Exercises Off Siberia, Near Alaska and Russia kicks off trans-Arctic navy exercise

PLA ground forces exercise deters Taiwan secessionists as long-range rockets, missiles, amphibious troops join ‘unusual’ drills around island

Hope floats for augmentation of Navy’s underwater assets

Not just Sailors, Indian Navy’s new Fire Suit could help Soldiers with Stealth and Save Pilots from Burns

CIMSEC: Sea Control 465 – China’s floating nuclear power plants with Omar Pimentel and Edward Jenner (Editor – 27:51 min podcast)

First maritime exercise held between India, Australia and Indonesia

China “Ropes Off” Scarborough Shoal to Keep Out Philippine Boats then South China Sea: Philippines removes Chinese barrier in contested area

Vietnam Protests China’s AIS Ground Stations in the Paracel Islands

US to help Philippines upgrade key defence bases amid rising South China Sea tensions

China is Leading the World in Naval Sensing and Navigation R&D




Ukraine hits HQ of Russia’s symbolic Black Sea navy and Ukraine bombards Russian Navy HQ in occupied Crimea city of Sevastopol (Editor – 1:07 min news video included) then Ukraine claims Black Sea fleet commander has been killed but wait Russia’s Black Fleet Commander Shown on Video Call After Reports He Was Killed

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet remains capable despite damaging Ukrainian attacks, MOD warns

Good guys versus bad guys: The nuance of history (Editor – a WWII minefield)

Neptune Missile How it Works | Ukraine Missile Vs Russian Cruiser Moskva Ship (Editor – great graphics in a 8:51 video)

SH Defence, partners join forces on minelaying tech

Russia temporarily bans fuel exports to most countries in response to shortages yet Russia Still Relies on Europe for Shipping its Oil 


CEPA: Sea Change: Nordic-Baltic Security in a New Era (Editor – a hornets nest)

British carrier jets train for counter-air and strike missions

Irish Forces Raid Bulk Carrier and Find ‘Significant Quantity’ of Cocaine

Frigate to deploy with USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in Mediterranean this fall, Italian officials say

Thales demonstrates mine neutralisation capability of remotely operated underwater vehicle on maritime mine countermeasures (MMCM) programme

Successful Firing Of New Exocet Missile From French Frigate

Two retired Royal Navy minehunters sold to Romania

West promotes absurd versions of Nord Stream sabotage — Russia’s envoy to UN

NATO Exercises in Portugal Focus on Unmanned Maritime Systems

Germany Hands Over Six P-3C ORION MPA To Portugal

Svalbard very important part of Norway, says Lieutenant General

Fincantieri delivers the third PPA “RAIMONDO MONTECUCCOLI” in Muggiano

Turkiye Delivers Corvette To Pakistan, Launches 2 OPVs For Turkish Navy

British drone releases torpedo at sea for first time (Editor – an echo of the Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH) and Israel Aerospace Industries BlueWhale autonomous submarine joins NATO exercise

Russia’s Fire-Damaged Provorny Corvette May Be Restored In 2026

Russia Increases State Subsidies for its Struggling Shipyards



Royal Navy task force gears up for landmark deployment (Editor – 3:41 min video)

US Navy and Air Force showcase coordination in Gulf of Oman joint exercise

In Pics | Iran claims development of drone that can land on water

No U.S. Injuries Following IRGC Navy Lazing Incident at Sea

Iranian Navy Reiterates Plans for a Base in Antarctica

CTF Sentinel Commander visits USS Indianapolis



Antarctic sea ice hits ‘record-smashing’ low coverage area, new data show

Inmarsat: Secrecy and Siloed Data Slow Down Progress on Maritime Safety

French frigate seizes 2.4 tonnes of cocaine off West African coast

ITF Secures Pay Increase for 250,000 Seafarers

UNCTAD: Up $28 bln extra required to decarbonize shipping

The High-Tech Drones Tracking the World’s Most Dangerous Storms | WSJ (Editor – impressive 5:46 min video) and Sofar Ocean’s Superior Weather Forecasts Minimize Voyage Costs

Maritime Security: UK Navy Warship Departs Nigeria For Ghana

Hidden Under the Sea: the Earth’s Greatest Mountain Range (Editor – USNI 6:37 min video)

Life Inside the World’s Largest Cruise Ships Ever Built (Editor – 9:38 min video)



The Sudden Explosion of HMS Vanguard at Anchor in Scapa Flow (Editor – 13:30 min video)



30 September 1994  Halifax-class frigate HMCS Regina is commissioned in Saint John, New Brunswick.

1 October 1910  Captain E.H. Martin, RN (Retd.), is appointed Officer-in-Charge, Halifax.

2 October 1952  A tunnel near Songjin on the main rail line carrying war supplies from Russia to North Korea was frequently shelled and under constant repair.  It was the target for about two hours as HMCS Iroquois worked to keep repair crews from bringing the line back into operation.  During a lull, Iroquois was hit in “B” gun turret by shore artillery batteries.  LCdr John Quinn was killed, as were AB’s Elburne Baikie and Wally Burden.  PO’s Emilien Fortin, Gerald Jamieson, and Edward Moslin, plus AB’s Adam Aimee, Waldo Berggrenn, Gilbert Dynna, Joseph Gaudet, Edwin Jodoin, Eugene Riley, Walter Wrigley were seriously wounded or suffered splinter wounds.  These were only battle casualties suffered by the RCN during the Korean conflict; however, it should be mentioned that five other sailors were lost at sea during the War.

3 October 1914  The First Canadian Expeditionary Force, numbering 30,000 sails from Quebec to join the war efforts in Europe.  The convoy consisted of 32 merchant ships in three columns labelled X,Y, and Z. The ships embarked and carried: 1,547 officers, 29,070 men, 7,679 horses, 70 guns, 110 motor vehicles, 705 horsed vehicles. and 82 bicycles.  The convoy escorts generally maintained the formation of: HMCS Magnificent in the lead (Majestic class pre-dreadnought); HMShios Eclipse and Diana both old cruisers (both Eclipse Class), and Charybdis an old cruiser (Astraea Class) leading each column; HMS Princess Royal on the port wing (Lion class battlecruiser); HMS Glory on the starboard wing (Canopus class pre-dreadnought); and HMS Talbot bringing up the rear another old cruiser (Eclipse Class).

4 October 1944 HMCS Chebogue (River Class frigate) is torpedoed by U -1227 800 miles west of the British Isles.  The ship is towed 1,400 kilometres to Wales.

5 October 2004  HMCS Chicoutimi a diesel-electric submarine during its maiden voyage under command of the RCN, a fire caused severe damage, resulting in the death of Naval Technical Officer Lt(N) Chris Saunders, and eight other crewmembers being injured.  Chicoutimi would not sail again for almost 10 years

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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