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NAC News – Edition 539

NAC News – Edition 539

Uyghurs processing fish

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  November 17th, 2023


Edition: AGSC539 HMCS Cedarwood (Survey vessel)

Quote: “For Canada, multilateralism is an article of faith and a cornerstone of our foreign policy.  We see it as the means by which nations can preserve peace, create prosperity and solve global problems.  At a time of rising economic and geopolitical tensions, the world faces major transformational challenges and increasingly frequent shocks.  Figuring this out depends on collective action by all nations.”  12 September 2023, Colin Robertson, Policy Magazine

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!



US and China agree to resume military communications after summit

Canadians gather for Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa, as top soldier warns of global security threats

Why do Canadians struggle to talk about war?



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 a disappointing  increase of only 26 signatures to 653 this week.  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, and now the Legion is running it in their social media.)

New Recruits FIRST TIME at Sea! (Editor – 4:58 min RCN video)

Ship Safety Bulletin – Recognition of Royal Canadian Navy

Anti-vax reservist gets $4,000 fine, reprimand in B.C. court martial

North America’s LNG Export Capacity Expected to Double by 2027

Trudeau takes first official flight on new VIP federal government jet

On Target: We need to do more than simply ‘remember’ Afghanistan veterans

The Memory Project Archives

Lookout: Volume 68, Issue 44, November 6, 2023

Trident:  Monday 13 November 2023 Volume 57, Issue 23

NAC Naval Affairs Programme Briefing Note #33 Naval Tactical Operations Groups  (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. 16, 2023

Jacques Chevallier Refuels US & UK Aircraft Carrier for First Time

End of an Era: Navy Completes Dismantling of Nuclear Ships Refueling Barge

Report to Congress on SSN(X) Next-Generation Attack Submarine

Navy Accepts Delivery of Ship to Shore Connector, Landing Craft, Air Cushion 108

Soaring Fees At Panama Canal Have LNG Shippers Taking Long Route

Amazon Drought Hits River Grain Shipments Harder Than Expected



Water Cannons and “Boxing”: Chinese Flotilla Tries to Block Convoy with Chinese ships block, pursue Philippine vessels as U.S. renews warning it will defend its ally then After PCG Convoy Dodges Blockade, China Claims It Was Allowed to Pass

Japanese Izumo-class Warship Headed to East Coast for F-35B Trials as U.K. Carriers Expand JSF Capabilities

HMAS Toowoomba supports sanctions on North Korea

Construction of China Navy fourth Type 075 LHD progressing well

Here’s when the US Navy plans to sell subs to Australia under AUKUS

China, Pakistan hold largest-ever joint naval drills

Russian naval ships call at Bangladeshi port for first time in half a century

PLA Navy’s newly commissioned Type 055 large destroyer holds drills in South China Sea

Chinese Navy’s Suspected New Overseas Base in Cambodia Now Even Larger

India & Bangladesh navies undertake CORPAT & Ex-Gongosagar

Military base India built in Mauritius ready for asset deployment; Indian Navy ship visits Port Louis, space deal likely

Indonesia partners with German firm Anschutz to modernize 41 ships

Japan’s MHI Launches ‘Yubetsu’ 「ゆうべつ」Eigth FFM Mogami-Class Frigate For JMSDF

Hanwha Systems to build ultra-large UUV for ROKN

BAE to Equip RAN’s Hunter Class Frigates With Mk 45 Naval Guns (Editor – formalizing a difference, the CSC to be equipped with the Italian Leonardo OTO 127/64 LW Vulcano)

South Korea cleared to buy 38 air defense Standard Missile 6 SM-6 Block I missiles

Japan Provides Aid to Philippines for Five New Coast Guard Patrol Boats

Albanese Government signs information security agreement with European partners

Thailand Pitching $28 Billion Malacca Strait Bypass Plan

Australia Says Ports Operator Cyber Incident ‘Serious’ then DP World: Australia sites back online after cyber-attack however Australia Cyberattack Leaves 30,000 Containers Stuck at Ports

Vietnam ramps up Spratly Island dredging




Russia’s Growing List Of Naval Losses and then Ukraine Blows Russian LCUs With Kamikaze USV and more Video: Ukraine Strikes Another Two Russian Navy Vessels in Sevastopol

Putin: Ukraine Would Have ‘One Week Left’ If West Cut Off Aid

UK Says Likely Errant Missile Struck Bulker in Ukraine

Report: Russian Oil Exports Routinely Exceed G7 Price Cap hence US Alarms Tanker Owners With Russian Price Cap Letters and US Investigating 30 Ship Managers Over Suspected Russia Oil Sanctions Violations then U.S. Sanctions Three Shipping Companies for Russian Oil Price Cap Violations

Bulker Departing Ukraine Collides with Russian Cargo Ship off Bulgaria


North Atlantic Council statement on the Allied response to Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (Editor – not a maritime article but one with meaningful implications)

First Sea Lord answers questions about Royal Navy readiness levels and MOD shifts to reporting ‘Readiness Days’ over ‘Sea Days’

Russian Oil Tankers Not Targeted in EU Sanctions Proposal -Diplomats (Editor – a new twist in the wake of Russian Oil articles above)

After suspicious incidents, NATO works to protect undersea infrastructure

First New Greek FDI Frigate Receives PSIM Integrated Mast

TKMS Unveils New MEKO A210 Frigate

Admission to Active Service of FREMM-DA Frigate Lorraine

In focus: CETUS the Royal Navy’s next XLUUV

Revolutionary diving suit redefines deep sea military operations (Editor – a wow 2 min video included)

Babcock signs £750 million contract to deliver future submarine capability at Devonport

Poland holds steel cutting ceremony for 2nd Delfin class spy ship ORP Henryk Zygalski

SEA launches Ancilia, a new countermeasures system for surface platforms

EW Programme for Royal Navy Warships Achieves Major Milestone

What is Russia’s ship-killing missile and why does it scare navies around the world? (Editor – 1:26 min video included)

Sweden’s Gotland-class Subs: AIP pioneers of the Baltic Sea

West’s contradictory information makes their investigation on Nord Stream pipeline less credible (Editor – note, a Global Times article)

Northern sea route in the Arctic: the last convoy before the big freeze

Cocaine Found Tied to Anchor on Berge Bulk Ship in Turkey



USS Thomas Hudner Repels Drone Launched from Yemen

USS Stethem, Task Force 59 put more eyes in the sky, expanding maritime domain awareness

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Sailing Just Outside Persian Gulf, Ford Strike Group Nearing 200 Days Deployed

Houthi Leader Threatens to Attack Israeli Ships in Red Sea

The Stealth Submarine-Sailboat Drone the U.S. Navy Is Using Near Iran | WSJ Equipped (Editor – 6:48 min video)

Naval Group Delivers First Gowind Corvette to United Arab Emirates Navy

Iranian Navy intends to equip ships submarines & autonomous vessels with AI



Signal: missiles market will grow by 50% over next decade – report

The Uyghurs Forced to Process the World’s Fish

Shipping Shifts From Jackpot To Job Cuts After $364 Billion Boom

Japan Navy sends icebreaker AGB Shirase on Antarctic expedition and America’s Only Heavy Icebreaker Gets Under Way for Antarctic Mission



Lost Battleship HMS Prince of Wales Honored off Malaysia

Seasoned Sailors: RAdm Desmond “Debby” Piers (Editor – 6:25 min video)

Marins chevronnés : Vam Harry George DeWolf (Editor – 11:38 min video)

Unseen, Unheard, and Utterly Devastating – Ramjet Artillery Shell (Editor – 8:21 min video – must be naval applications!)



18 November 1940  HMC MTB 1 commissioned.

20 November 1943  HMCS Snowberry commanded by A/LCdr James A. Dunn,  RCNVR, HMCS Calgary commanded by A/LCDR Henry  K. Hill,  RCNVR, and HMS Nene commanded by sink U-536 near the Azores.

20 November 1957  HMCS Labrador, an Arctic patrol vessel, is paid off and later transferred to the Department of Transport.

21 November 1953  HMCS Labrador arrived in Halifax, having circumnavigated the North American continent.

23 November 1809  Convicted in Canada’s first piracy trial, Edward Jordan is hanged in Halifax.

24 November 1944 HMCS Shawinigan while on independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, was torpedoed and sunk by U1228.  All 91 of the crew perished.

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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