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NAC News – Edition 536

NAC News – Edition 536

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  October 27th, 2023

Edition: 536 Quote: “I am delighted to see another Royal Canadian Navy ship off to sea for what I am convinced will be another successful mission on behalf of Canada.  Today’s departure not only represents the dedication of the Atlantic Fleet to regional stability, but also highlights the close collaboration we enjoy with our American partners.  HMCS Moncton is in all respects ready to build on the success of previous deployments in the Caribbean.  We wish them fair winds as they work to strengthen security at sea.”  Rear-Admiral Josée Kurtz, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic & Joint Task Force Atlantic (Editor – see Op Caribbe article 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)


NEW 3 Nov 2023 11:00 – 11:45 am Ottawa time.  US Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): Canada’s Role in Global Maritime Security (Editor – Free video interview, you just need to register at link.  Dr. Seth Jones and VAdm Angus Topshee [Cdr RCN] will discuss a range of issues, including ongoing implementation of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, operations to support increased commercial traffic in the Arctic, and the Royal Canadian Navy’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.)

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!



Russia and China at war with Canada, says Gen. Wayne Eyre and Chief of defence staff says military must switch gears in increasingly chaotic world

While war rages in the Middle East and Europe, Canada’s military is less capable than ever: Richard Shimooka in the Hub



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 197 signatures to date.  Where are our 853 NAC members that receive NAC News?  Do we not value our RCN heritage?  Sign the petition at the bottom of the linked page.  It only takes a minute – sign the petition and spread the word!  For those NAC members who are members of other associations/organizations please pass the word to them too.)

His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Moncton departs for Operation CARIBBE

Construction Milestone in September on Future HMCS Protecteur

Why I Joined the RCN: PO2 Eric Fox (Editor – RCN 3:32 min video)

Canada’s Prince Rupert Starts Build for New Rail-to-Container Terminal

Canadian Coast Guard’s wraps up season at Arctic Response Station in Rankin Inlet

Air force will have to wait even longer to get armed drones, Defence Department says (Editor – do any major Crown projects ever come in on time and within budget?)

St. Lawrence Seaway workers begin strike action, union says then Ships Stack Up Amid St. Lawrence Seaway Closure then Striking St. Lawrence Seaway workers, management called back to negotiation table (Editor – quick action compared to Vancouver’s strike)

Ontario government unveils first-ever marine transportation strategy (Editor – read the quick facts at the end.)

Government of Canada announces construction of the Canadian Coast Guard’s first-ever hybrid vessel in Gaspé

Treasury Board Approves Amendments Service Benefits for Ill and Injured Members

105 years since BC’s worst-ever sinking happened en route to Victoria (Editor – Vanderbilt Reef is roughly 30 nm south of Skagway Alaska)

Record Year for Cruise Ship Visits and Passengers at Port of Vancouver and Ogden Point sees record number of cruise-ship passengers

LOGISTEC sold to U.S investment firms

Lookout: Volume 68, Issue 42, October 23, 2023

NAC Naval Affairs Programme Briefing Note #32 Ship Modernization (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: Oct. 23, 2023

USS Marinette Stuck in Lake Erie as St. Lawrence Seaway Workers Strike

HMS Prince of Wales crosses the Atlantic and begins developmental flying trials

The sinking submarine industrial base and White House Calls for $3.4B Boost in Submarine Industrial Base Funding

AUKUS Sub Sale Will Cause 10-Year Dip in U.S. Attack Boat Inventory, Says CBO

How long does it take to make a Destroyer Ship (Editor – 3:40 min video)

US Navy USS Savannah (LCS 28) Successfully Completes Live-Fire Demonstration

U.S. Navy Awards Bollinger Shipyards Contract to Build 4 Additional Mine Countermeasures Unmanned Surface Vessels

Repairing US Largest 13 Billion $ Aircraft Carrier After Deployment (Editor – 16:15 min video)

American Maritime Unions Protest Foreign-Crewed U.S. Registry Proposal and Reintroduced House Bill Would Close Jones Act Loopholes



South China Sea: China coast guard hit Philippine ship, Manila says yet China Says It ‘Lawfully’ Blocked Philippine Ships

Li Shangfu: Chinese defence minister sacked (Editor – what does this shake up portend?)

US sends drone ships to navy bases in Japan, signalling new role for driverless vessels in deterring China

Discover Korean Jang Bogo III KSS III Batch II submarine design by Hanwha Ocean

Life of Collins submarines to be extended and Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines will be worth the wait—and the cost

Frigate Victoria to Integrate Into Operation Atalanta

Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization

Japan Marine United Launches Fourth Awaji-Class Minesweeper

South Korea Commissions Final Daegu-Class FFX Batch II Frigate

OPT Sells Unmanned Vessels for Use in Mine Detection off Taiwan

Thailand Shelves Attack Submarine Purchase Plans

U.S. Coast Guard Sets Up Anti-Illegal Fishing Center for Indo-Pacific

Colossal 24K TEU MSC Mette christened in France

China Hires Thousands of People to Solve a Seaweed Problem

U.S. Files Suit to Confiscate Russian Megayacht




Canadians want Ottawa to maintain current spending levels on Ukraine, survey suggests

Russia Drops Mines as It Renews Efforts to Disrupt Ukrainian Shipping

Ukraine Insists Black Sea Shipping Corridor Remains Open

Russia strikes three Ukrainian unmanned motor boats in Black Sea

Russia’s State-Sanctioned Bigotry Comes With Costs (Editor – not a maritime story but one with significant implications) and if that isn’t enough! Ukraine war: Russia executing own retreating soldiers, US says

Russia terminates cross-border agreement with Finland


Baltic Sea Pipeline: Finland Questions China & Russia and NATO Ups Baltic Sea Patrols after Underwater Damage and then Finland Says Damaged Pipeline Caused by Ship’s Dragged Anchor and here is an Unclas analysis I couldn’t resist. NewNew Polar Bear Had an Anchor Fall Off | Finland-Estonia Gas and Telecommunication Cables Severed in a 14:31 min video)

The UK Type 31 Frigate Will Be Equipped With Two Deadly Advanced Weapons | The Gigantic Bofors Mk110 (Editor – 8:25 min video. A must for gunners!)

Type 212A class | The submarine that is changing the underwater warfare concepts (Editor – amazing boat in a 14:37 min video)

First for Ukrainian navy as it takes part in UK-led Exercise Joint Warrior

German Brandenburg-Class Frigates To Receive RBS-15 Mk.3 Antiship-Missiles

Launching of the First Phase of the European Patrol Corvette Project

Ireland welcomes second Airbus C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

First new MCM vessel for Dutch navy launched

S-80 Plus class submarine Isaac Peral successfully sails at its maximum operational depth

Second mine countermeasure vessel of Belgian-Dutch rMCM program launched

Socarenam Christens Second POM Vessel for the French Navy

Russia and DP World to Develop Arctic’s Northern Sea Route (Editor – see DP in Africa below in Global Interests)

Russia Plans Shipbuilding Partnerships With China



Israel to Pay for Ships Damaged in War

France Deploys One LHD, Two Frigates to the Eastern Mediterranean with France sends Mistral-class amphibious assault ship Tonnerre to help Gaza

China’s Middle East Warship Flotilla Compared to US Carrier Strike Groups

24 U.S. troops injured in attacks since Gaza war began, officials say

Baden-Württemberg Making First in Class Deployment

US Navy destroyer shot down missiles, drones over nine hours



NATO Admiral Says Growing China-Russia Ties Raise Risk in Arctic and Arctic Remains Essential to NATO’s Deterrence and Defense Posture

UK Deploys HMS Trent on Anti-Piracy Mission in Africa

DP World in Tanzania: The UAE firm taking over Africa’s ports

Ethiopia’s Sea Access Ambitions Leave Neighbours Uneasy

Mexico Asks China For Help Stopping Fentanyl Shipments

Australian Court Finds Carnival Liable in First Class Action COVID-19 Suit

APMT, DP World: Port electrification is the fastest lane to impact. Hydrogen solutions an outlier, not the norm.

How LNG Carriers (Gas Tankers) Work – Design Types, Loading & Discharge (Editor – 9:02 min video)



World’s Most Famous Warship Was Turning Into “Potting Compost”

The Mariner’s Mirror Admiral Lord Nelson, Trafalgar and Heroic Death at Sea (Editor – 46 min podcast)

The Real Battle of the River Plate (Editor – excellent pics in a 14:11 min video)

359 years at the sharp end | Royal Marines (Editor – 4:54 min RM video)



28 October 1955  HMCS St. Laurent (second of name) is commissioned as the first warship of all-Canadian design and construction.

29 October 1952  HMCS Athabaskan leaves Esquimalt, B.C., on its third tour of duty in Korea.

30 October 1918  HMCS Galiano was lost, with all her crew of 39 and one female passenger, in Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island.  HMCS Galiano and her crew of Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reservists was the only Canadian Naval vessel lost during WWI – only 12 days before the armistice to end the “war to end all wars”.

30 October 1942  A RCAF Hudson of No. 145(BR) Squadron destroyed U658 with a salvo of depth charges 320 miles out of St. John’s Newfoundland.  Later that same day, a Digby of No. 10(BR) RCAF Squadron sent U520 to the bottom far out in the Atlantic.

1 November 1914  Battle at Coronel A brass plaque at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Esquimalt, BC, is dedicated to the four ex-cadets of the Royal Naval College of Canada and men of Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Good Hope who were killed in action in 1914.  Four cadets of the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada, were the first Canadian Navy casualties in WWI. Midshipman Malcolm Cann, Midshipman John V.W. Hatheway, Midshipman William Archibald Palmer, and Midshipman Arthur Wiltshire Silver, died when the British warship HMS Good Hope went down with no survivors, sunk by the German navy.  These casualties were avenged 8 December at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

1 November 1920  Three British ships, Aurora, Patriot and Patrician are officially commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy at Portsmouth.

1 November 1941  Reserve Divisions are commissioned as HMCS, local names chosen for each.

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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