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NAC News – Edition 540

NAC News – Edition 540

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  November 24th, 2023


Edition: K540 HMCS Beauharnois (WWII modified Flower-class corvette, eventually serving in the Israeli navy)

Quote: ““[Russia-Ukraine and Israel-Gaza] could be global-system-shifting wars, something like World War I and World War II, which reflected and produced major changes in the international order.  In a sense, the Hamas attack on Israel was a kind of Pearl Harbor moment.  It opened a second front.”  29 October 2023, Fiona Hill, The Los Angeles Times

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)


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!

NEW 27 February 2024.  ShipTech Forum 2024.  Advanced notification of the date and venue – the Westin, Ottawa.  Details to follow.

________________________________________________________________THIS WEEK’S SIGNIFICANT ARTICLE

Friends tell friends the truth: Brian Lee Crowley’s CNAPS launch speech (Editor – “It is time for a new era in Canada-US relations,” announced Crowley at the launch of the Center for North American Prosperity and Security (CNAPS) in Washington, DC.  It’s not a maritime article but one discussing items of strategic significance in a 34:09 min video.

The Liberals’ defence policy hits a fiscal wall (Editor – déjà vu)

Facing need to cut some spending, defence minister says more must be spent on ‘right things’

Top general worries about maintaining Pacific fleet on current budget ‘trajectory’



Petition to the Government of Canada to make Battle of the Atlantic Sunday a National Day of Observance – e-4639 (Holidays and observances)  (Editor – Only 43 new signatures up to 696 this week, out of a Canadian population of 40M+.  Signatures are less than the total NAC membership.  If we can’t rally around this idea I’m not sure what would merit our attention.  I am sadly dropping this post after this week as the trending is disheartening and it appears to have been an unsuccessfully…time will tell)

CFB Halifax to get new $188M training facility

The CSC and “Mature Design” Redux

Political concerns rise over Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft procurement process

Reflections on the 2023 Halifax Security Forum (Editor – CGAI 44:51 min podcast)

StrongBow Project – To provide tactical radio direction finding and a signals collection, analysis, fusion, and exploitation strategic capability to the Halifax-class frigates. (Editor – according to Janes installation has begun)

The FIRST Naval Experience Program applicant does his HANDGUN training!

Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces 2022-33 Departmental Results Report

Changing Armed Forces policies is slow and labour-intensive, external monitor says

‘Sense of relief’: Veteran-led lawsuit against feds could mean multi-million-dollar payout

Latest closing date in history of St. Lawrence Seaway

Port of Halifax welcomes two new mega ship-to-shore gantry cranes

Steerprop to supply bow thrusters for Canadian Coast Guard’s polar icebreaker

Canadian Navy veteran remembers Second World War battles (Editor – an entertaining and at times profound 11:57 min video interview with 98 years young Bob Watkins, a NAC Winnipeg member and former branch president, with a bronze and silver NAC medallion.  Got to love the RCNVR blazer badge!)

Recognizing Indigenous veterans: Foundation tracks down lost graves

Half of military sex offence cases never transferred to civilian police, despite government order

Update on the Public Service Health Care Plan Transition

Personal info of Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP stolen in cyberattack

B.C. Ferries planning for seven new hybrid ferries to replace retiring Queens

Seaspan deploys SmartDock autodocking on the first of two ferries

Lookout: Volume 68, Issue 46, November 20, 2023

NAC Naval Affairs Programme Briefing Note #34  Cyber Security and the RCN (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: Nov. 20, 2023

Report to Congress on Gerald R. Ford Aircraft Carrier Program and Meet the Gerald R. Ford-class: US Navy’s $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier

Navy Awards $130M Contract to Ingalls for LHA-10 Big Deck Amphib and Life Inside Gigantic US Amphibious Assault Ship Patrolling the Seas | Documentary

Alaska senator makes new push to get Law of the Sea ratified

America’s Navy Shipyards Not Ready For New Super-Sized SSN(X) Subs

Royal Navy Patrol Ships Trade Places in the Falkland Islands

USCG Marks Milestone with Acceptance of 55th Fast Response Cutter

Research Vessel Finds Mile-High Underwater Mountain

Video: Colombian Navy Seizes 1.8 Tonnes of Cocaine From Narco-Sub

New US-Built Trawler-Processor for Alaskan Pollock Unveiled

More Surcharges Loom as Panama Canal Restrictions Tighten



North Korea Terminates Military Agreement with South Korea

The Era of Total U.S. Submarine Dominance Over China Is Ending​

Indian Defence Minister urges ASEAN to develop Regional Security Initiatives

USS Ronald Reagan wraps what may be its final patrol from Japan before carrier swap

China, Pakistan hold first joint naval patrol to safeguard China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (Editor – the threat is never defined)

Navy Chief Admiral Hari Kumar projects around 165-170 ships and submarines growth by 2035

China’s Envy, India’s Pride: Russia is back in Indian Ocean after decades, docks Warships in Bangladesh, Myanmar with Russian Navy squadron visits Bangladesh for first time in 50 years

UPDATED: Navy P-8A Poseidon Overshoots Hawaiian Runway Splashes in Kaneohe Bay and 3rd Fleet: Aircraft Intact as Navy Prepares to Investigate P-8 Poseidon Mishap in Hawaii

Indian Navy needs more Submarines. Underwater challenge from Rival Navies rising

Japan cleared to purchase 400 Tomahawk cruise missiles

Philippines woos neighbours to craft code on South China Sea

Philippine Navy Strengthens Maritime Defense with New Acero-class Gunboats

Indian Navy successfully tests indigenous naval anti ship missile

Japan to supply four patrol vessels to Bangladesh Navy (Editor – includes 48 sec video)

South Korea To Upgrade KDX-III Batch-I Ships To Operate SM-3 And SM-6

Leonardo DRS Hybrid Electric Drive Propulsion System Successful in Republic of Korea Navy Sea Trials of First Ulsan-Class Frigate

Austal Australia to build an additional two evolved Cape-class patrol boats for the Royal Australian Navy

Royal Navy: Portsmouth ship HMS Tamar tests latest “astonishing” undersea technology with allies in Australia

Luerssen Australia launches Arafura class OPV Nuship Eyre for Australia Navy

Newly Sanctioned Tankers Supplied Russian Oil to India

China navy used sonar pulses against divers, Australia says then Experts refute Australian charge claiming PLA destroyer’s use of sonar ‘unprofessional,’ question Australian frigate’s location, purpose in incident (Editor – Chinese military article)




Shoigu reveals Ukrainian losses, speaks of Kiev’s failure on Dnieper, Navy development (Editor – absurdly inflated{I hope}Ukrainian casualty stats in a TASS article)

Bulker Chartered by Cargill Lightly Damaged by Likely Black Sea Mine

Ukraine Tallies Russian Naval Vessels Destroyed in Black Sea During War

Russia equips landing ships with Tor-M2KM surface to air missile system

Canada’s aid for Ukraine set to surpass $800 million this year


Northern Fleet eyes six Yasen submarines as Russia approves largest ever defence spending

Admiral Nakhimov Reactors to be Activated This Month

Türkiye Romania & Bulgaria want to find an agreement on mines in Black Sea

Huge drop in ‘Militarily Useful’ British vessels

Sweden orders MBDA missiles for its Visby-class fleet

Germany Buys Three More Poseidon, Increasing Question Marks On MAWS (Editor – MAWS explanation)

Nuclear-armed submarine suffered malfunction

Divers and engineers recognised after complex repair to HMS Audacious

Mojave uncrewed air system successfully flown from HMS Prince of Wales (Editor – 1:26 min video included)

In chilly return to past, Putin names new icebreaker “Stalingrad”

Up Up and Away: Airships Used to Fly Large Cargo from Ships to Remote Areas (Editor – I wonder if this would work well in the arctic?)



USS Thomas Hudner Downs Multiple Drones Launched from Yemen

International Security Warning Issued for Ships in the Red Sea and then Yemen’s Houthi rebels hijack cargo ship in Red Sea more details Yemen’s Houthi rebels seize Israeli-linked ship in Red Sea, Iran denies involvement (Editor – a 3:03 min Global news video) and this must see 12:51 min video Helicopter Assault on MV Galaxy Leader in the Red Sea by Houthi/Yemeni Forces and then Two Ray Car Carriers Ships Divert After ‘Galaxy Leader’ Seizure and if your addicted to this event Galaxy Leader Arrives in Yemen | What Could The Ship Have Done | What’s Next for the Ship & Crew?

Jordan Assumes Command of Combined Maritime Forces’ Multinational Maritime Training Task Force



How America is pushing China out of the internet (Editor – enlightening 24:10 min video)

New Atalanta Commander in office ahead of 15th anniversary

A23a: World’s biggest iceberg on the move after 30 years

Nautical charts of the future will make shipping safer and more sustainable (Editor – wow)

Arctic litter-monitoring project launches northernmost GPS capsule in Arctic Ocean

Best practice & recommendations for the safe carriage of electric vehicles (EVs)



Don Walsh: The man who made the deepest ever dive

The Submarine that Sank the MOST Warship Tonnage (Editor – 23:24 min video)

Canadian Corvettes in the Second World War – A General History (Editor – a great precise summary by NAC member Rich Gimblett)

The USS Recruit: A Wooden Dreadnought in Manhattan’s Union Square (Editor – extraordinary!)

Preservation of the submarine SAS Assegaai as a museum of technology – a prospectus



25 November 1950  HMCS Nootka leaves Halifax for the first of two tours of duty in Korea.

25 November 1953  HMCS Cayuga sails for duty off Korea for the third and final time.

28 November 1945 The first Allied convoy sailed up the Scheldt and discharged its cargo at the port of Antwerp.  Given the Canadian army’s efforts of liberation, it was fitting that the first vessel in the convoy was the Canadian-built SS Fort Cataraqui.

28 November 1953 The first group of 48 RCN volunteers left Montreal by air for submarine training with the Royal Navy.  In March 1962, the RCN got the go-ahead to buy three British Oberon-class submarines.  These were the first newly built submarines we bought since the unconventional purchase of CC 1 and CC 2 in 1914.  These new submarines formed the Halifax-based First Canadian Submarine Squadron: HMC Submarines Ojibwa, Onondaga, and Okanagan.  When they arrived in the mid-1960s, the Oberons were among the quietest submarines in the world.

29 November 1957  HMCS Kenora and Kentville, two paid off minesweepers, are transferred to the Turkish navy as Bandirma and Bartin.

30 November 1829  Two schooners pass from Port Dalhousie to Port Robinson in Upper Canada symbolically opening the Welland Canal and directly linking lakes Erie and Ontario.

1 December 1940 Destroyer HMCS St Laurent (ex HMS Cygnet), a Crusader or C-class destroyer known in the RCN as a River-class destroyer, was dispatched to escort convoy HX-90 in the Western Approaches, which was under heavy attack by seven U-boats.  The attacking U-boats were commanded by some of the most successful aces of the war including Kretschmer, Prien, and Schepke.  Between 1-3 Dec, they sank ten ships for a total of over 69,000 tons.

1 December 1948  HMCS Shearwater, RCN Air Station, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, is commissioned.  Named in recognition of the Condor-class sloop named HMCS Shearwater.  Shearwater is the second-oldest military aerodrome in CanadaEdition: AGSC539 HMCS Cedarwood (Survey vessel)

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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