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NAC News – Edition 537

NAC News – Edition 537

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  November 3rd, 2023

Edition 537: Quote: “Rather than conducting operations as discrete, reactive, episodic and relatively static activities, campaigning orients the CAF towards a holistic, proactive and sustained approach,” (Editor – CDS recent released a document called a pan-domain force employment concept to CAF members, which he says will form the foundation for changing the military’s operations…this part was tortuous to me. 🙂  The article, Chief of defence staff says military must switch gears in increasingly chaotic world

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  9 November 2023, at 1:00pm  – 2:00 pm Ottawa time, with live French translation. Join “The Project Memory Remembrance Panel – Reflections on Service: Peacekeeping” podcast for a free panel discussion on military service past and present, the Canadian Forces, peacekeeping, and the importance of remembrance.  Their distinguished panelists have served on peacekeeping missions in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

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!



Report: Chinese Jets Made “Unsafe” Passes at Canadian Navy Helicopter and the lead up US-Canada naval partnership asserts freedom of navigation in Taiwan Strait and US, allies hold naval exercise in South China Sea (Editor – HMCS Ottawa) with PLA says US and Canada ‘hyped’ warships’ passage through Taiwan Strait



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 516 signatures so far.  NAC members need to sign on.  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.  To their credit CNMT already has.)

Readout of Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti’s Meeting with Commander, Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Angus Topshee

How we talk about war and remembrance

Seaspan Shipyards Hosts Ceremonial Keel Laying for Second Joint Support Ship

F-35 fighter jet to cost Canada $74 billion, says PBO

Canada’s early naval struggles (Editor – HMCS Galiano sank 30 Oct 1918.  The only Canadian warship lost during the First World War.)

Naval Large Tug and first boat CFAV Haro

Favourite Photo October 6, 2023

Sask. government’s poppy protection bill passes

Why I Joined the RCN: Lt(N) Thomas Bernier (Editor – RCN 2:07 min video)

Environmental Hazard as Cargo Ship Loses Containers in Canadian Far North

Directives to military chaplains urge expunging God, religion from Remembrance Day, public ceremonies

Despite opposition and environmental violations, major B.C. pipeline project nearly complete (Editor – not a maritime article but one with shipping implications)

Unifor reaches tentative agreement with St. Lawrence Seaway management and Efforts Underway to Clear Backlog of Ships in St. Lawrence Seaway however damage done The 8-day St. Lawrence Seaway strike results in significant loss for Canada and the U.S

Baffinland sets new shipping record in Nunavut

Halifax On Track For Record-Breaking Cruise Season In 2023

HaiSea Wamis completes first job in Vancouver Harbour marking the world’s first tanker escort by full electric power

BCIT Receives Major Donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation To Invest in Expanding Skilled Trades Opportunities for Young People in BC

Seaspan Vancouver Drydock Water Lot Expansion (Editor – “if you build it they will come!”)

Technology aims to sequester carbon deep in the ocean off B.C. coast

Lookout: Volume 68, Issue 43, October 30, 2023

Trident: Monday 30 October 2023 Volume 57, Issue 22 with Naval community, survivors reflect on legacy of HMCS Kootenay disaster

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: Nov. 2, 2023

Lisa Franchetti Becomes First Woman to Lead US Navy

Opinion – Complacency and neglect weaken the Navy amid growing threats

U.S. Coast Guard Offloads $450 Million Worth of Drugs in Florida

U.S. Coast Guard Reduces Active Cutter Fleet Due to Personnel Shortage

U.S. Carries Out High Seas Fishery Enforcement off Peru

CIMSEC: Simulating global naval warfare: Capt. Chris Narducci on large scale exercise 2023

US Navy Concludes JDAM-Based Littoral Mine Countermeasures Development

Second Set of Australian Sailors Graduate from U.S. Navy Nuke School and Report on Virginia-class Attack Submarine Program, AUKUS Proposal

CIMSEC: Warfighting culture starts with the CO

What Aircraft did Gerald R. Ford Class carry? #shorts (Editor – 45 sec video)

Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Embarked with Team to Test Future of Navy Medicine

VAW-120 participates in final flight of C-2A Greyhound, signifies end of Squadron’s training mission for carrier onboard delivery and for clarification U.S. Navy Has a Fancy, Improved Osprey to Replace the C-2A Greyhound, Calls It CMV-22B

USCG’s Lead Offshore Patrol Cutter ‘USCGC Argus’ Launched

Military Sealift Command christens its newest ship, USNS Robert F. Kennedy

Mexico says four more sunken boats found in Acapulco bay after Hurricane Otis (Editor – 33 boats in total, and 47 dead)

El Nino drought: Panama Canal cuts ship numbers further



US Willing to Fight China on Behalf of Philippines following Ship Collisions near Disputed Island: Prez (sic) Biden and PLA blocks Philippine warship trespassing in waters off China’s Huangyan Island

Aegis weapon system successfully intercepts two short-range ballistic missile targets

Chinese Carrier Shandong Deploys, Operating Near Taiwan and Japanese Warships Keeping Tabs on Chinese Carrier Strike Group

US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrives in Philippines

Indian Navy’s Requirement for 3rd Carrier tops Agenda during Defence Acquisition Council Meeting and India officially requests France to acquire 26 Rafale M combat aircraft

UK assists Japanese Navy with F-35 operations

BrahMos test success paves way for induction in Navy

AUKUS raises questions that go to the heart of Australian strategic policy

Australia urged to cut back $45bn Hunter-class frigate project as part of ‘bold revamp’ and Aussie Hunter-class Frigate Program Facing Cuts? and for the BAE perspective Hunt down real ‘trouble’ in world-class frigate build

Indian Navy casts Training Net in Indian Ocean

New Zealand Contemplates How to Best Manage a Small Fleet of Ships

Unmanned Surface Vessel Division Arrives in Sydney

Indonesian Navy Receives New Special Mission Combat Boat




Ukraine army chief says war with Russia moving to ‘stalemate’ phase

Opinion: What are the takeaways from Ukraine’s fight in the Black Sea?

Russian relocating base from Crimea ‘priceless’ for Ukraine

Germany transfers Sonobot 5 Unmanned Surface Vehicles to Ukraine

Ukraine Says Russia Dropped Explosives on Black Sea Shipping Lanes

Ukraine Boosts Grain Deliveries to Black Sea Ports as New Export Route Working


Making sense of the Baltic cable incidents

Why aircraft carriers are still the go-to system for projecting power (Editor – 3:35 min video)

Turkish Navy deploys Reis class submarine TCG Piri Reis in Bosphorus Strait

NATO Showcases Unprecedented Maritime Cooperation and Readiness during Exercise Dynamic Mariner 23

With message to NATO neighbors, Russian corvette sails White Sea Canal and launches Kalibr cruise missile (Editor – Russian White Sea – Baltic Canal)

Royal Navy failing to get enough recruits into basic training

Bundeswehr Gets New Underwater Reconnaissance Drones

Belgian Navy minehunter Crocus intensifies patrols after cables damaged in Baltic Sea

Type 32 Frigate again omitted from list of future ships

French Navy’s VSR 700 Unmanned Aircraft System successfully completes trials aboard FREMM frigate Provence

World’s Largest Cruise Ship Icon of the Seas Begins Final Trials

UK Police Seize $12M in Cocaine From Boxship’s Sea Chest

Video: Drug Smugglers Dive from Boxship into the Ocean with Cocaine Bundles (Editor – idiots)

World’s First Hydrogen-Fueled Tug Enters Final Commissioning Phase



US military directs Israeli operations from underground base in Tel Aviv — Iranian general (Editor – note TASS article, sigh)

Israel Navy fast patrol boat eliminates Hamas combat swimmers in Zikim

First Details Of Hamas’ New Submarine Drone Weapon

Chilling moment Iranian gunboat heads towards the Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan | Warship: Life At Sea (Editor – 2:46 min video)

Israel Navy deploys Sa’ar 5-class corvette INS Hanit in Red Sea against Yemeni Houthis

U.S. 5th Fleet Conducts Unmanned Exercise in the Arabian Gulf

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Now in the Mediterranean Sea, Bataan ARG in the Red Sea

The story behind Qatar sentencing eight Indian ex-Navy officers to death



China Sends Fleet to Build Antarctic Research Station

Gulf of Guinea: EU and India carry out joint naval exercise

Report: Containership Overcapacity Could Last to 2030 or Beyond

Will China Win The Race For Seabed Riches?

Dearsan launches first offshore patrol vessel for Nigeria

Increasing Melting of West Antarctic Ice Shelves May Now Be Unavoidable



The Mariner’s Mirror – Great Sea Fights 11: Leyte Gulf (1944) (Editor – 29 min podcast)



5 November 1962  A fire heavily damages the prototype hydrofoil HMCS Bras d’Or under construction in Quebec.

6 November 1940  HMCS Ottawa (I) commanded by Cdr E. Rollo Mainguy, RCN with HMS Harvester sank the Italian Submarine Comandante Faà di Bruno after it attacked Convoy HX-84 in the North Atlantic.

6 November 1990  CAF establishes a headquarters under Commodore Kenneth J. Summers in Manama, Bahrain, part of Canada’s contribution to the Persian Gulf War.

8 November 1942  British Fleet Air Arm pilots in North Africa conduct the first operational use of anti-gravity suits, developed at the University of Toronto.

8 November 1910  HMCS Rainbow arrives in Esquimalt for the first time.

8 November 1942  The first German agent is landed from a U-boat off New Carlisle, Quebec and is promptly arrested by the police.

9 November 1910  His Majesty’s Dockyard, Esquimalt, is transferred to Canadian ownership and forms the basis for Pacific Command

9 November 1940  HMCS Collingwood, the first corvette built in Canada for the RCN, is commissioned.

9 November 1940  The Canadian Pacific Steamships Line passenger liner Empress of Japan (26,032 GRT) was heavily damaged in the North Atlantic, when she was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft.

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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