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NAC News – Edition 569 (HMCS Burrard)

NAC News – Edition 569 (HMCS Burrard)

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of June 14th, 2024

Edition: 569 HMCS Burrard   Quote:  “It is notable that North Korea criticized a joint [nuclear weapons] statement that China had signed onto, even after Beijing helped water down the statement… Beijing continues to shield Pyongyang from international pressure, but longstanding mutual suspicion and disdain limit the depth of their alignment.”

29 May 2024, Patricia M. Kim, FOX News

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)


30 Oct/1 Nov 2024  Seaspan is pleased to announce their upcoming National Shipbuilding Strategy Industry Day, in partnership with the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI).  It will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  More details to come for those who Register.

UPDATED 14 November 2024  Super Early Bird Registration is open for the Vanguard Deep Blue Forum 2024 to be held at The National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa.



Biden rallies support for Ukraine in Normandy speech (Editor – CBC 5:20 min news video)

UN Security Council endorses U.S.-backed resolution for Gaza ceasefire

Canada contributing $5 billion to new G7 deal being finalized to help Ukraine using frozen Russian assets



Canada risks ‘diplomatic isolation’ if it fails to meet NATO spending target, business leaders warn and Canada now ‘a little bit of a laughingstock in NATO’ plus America needs to keep pushing Canada on defense spending

The future HMCS Frédérick Rolette Naming Ceremony (Editor – 2:44 min video)

Minister Lebouthillier highlights 2024 Budget investment of nearly $400 million for Canadian Coast Guard

Gastops Partners with Seaspan for Advanced Propulsion System Analysis

Making soldiers – Can new recruitment measures halt the Canadian Forces’ ‘death spiral’?

Canada’s largest military cemetery is running out of money

Explorer Shackleton’s last ship found on ocean floor (Editor – resting at the  bottom of the Labrador Sea) and a 10:43 news video Explorer Ernest Shackleton’s last ship found off Labrador’s south coast

Deep Dive: Canada’s Naval Future with 12 New Submarines (Editor – 15:52 min video.  Worthwhile content, but the pictures strangely don’t support the dialogue)

Sea Survival Training (Editor – RCN 3:20 min video)

CAF Grooming Standards for Hair and Facial Hair Set to Change formal direction New updates to the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions provide additional clarity

Shadowing trades 🛠️, taking the dive course 🏊‍♂️, and more! (Editor : short RCN “The Navy Experience” video)

Massive Crack Discovered in Hull of Great Lakes Freighter After Flooding (Editor – funny thing about operating old ships)

Race to Alaska a ‘bucket-list item’ for skipper of navy team

Government action could shut down shipbreaking in Union Bay, lawyer says

Editor – The Canadian Naval Memorial Trust (CNMT) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team of Trustee Guides (TGs) for 2024!  Primary Season: Late May/Early June (TBD) to September 4th (Labour Day) – Ship open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Additional Season: May 5th to November 31st (reduced hours).  Please contact Rick Powell via email at or by phone at (902) 434-1528.  Alternatively, you can contact the office at or call (902) 492-1424 by June 15th.

Preparing for the Pensioners’ Dental Services Plan transition to Canada Life

Maritime Engineering Journal – Canada’s Naval Technical Forum Edition 107 Spring 2024 (Editor – packed with good articles.  A great summary in one about the CSC gear)

Lookout: Volume 69, Issue 23, June 10, 2024 (Editor – not NAC-VI tour, and new dress regulation “clarity” article)

Trident: Monday 10 June 2024 Volume 58, Issue 12

NAC Niobe paper No.18  Uncrewed Maritime Systems by Ann Griffiths, PhD (Editor – Please share with anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge, after all, that’s what our naval affairs programme is all about – enlightening Canadians)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 10, 2024

Russia Conducts Naval Drills in Atlantic Ocean then Russian warships in Cuba are no threat, US says plus Northern Fleet nuclear-powered submarine makes historic port call in Havana

Raytheon scores $677M deal to continue producing SPY-6 radars for US Navy

Anduril to Develop Solid Rocket Motor for US Navy’s SM-6 Missile

US Navy Christens Second Navajo Vessel in Louisiana

U.S. Navy’s Cruiser Countdown

Navy Relieved 12 Commanders in 6 Months — Including 3 Firings that Were Never Publicly Announced

Navy explores how to get ‘forever chemicals’ out of sailor uniforms

Panama Canal Continues to Ease Drought Restrictions as Rainy Season Kicks Off



RIMPAC to begin June 27

Are we sure China views sea power the same way the West does?

Chinese Fighter Jets Approached Dutch Ship ‘Unsafely’, Netherlands Says and of course

China warns Netherlands to show restraint with military actions on East China Sea

U.S. Carriers Reagan and Roosevelt Join Pacific Valiant Shield 2024 Drills

China’s third aircraft carrier’s reported second sea trial attracts media attention

US submarine may have made detectable wakes before South China Sea mishap, study suggests

Group of three Type 055 large destroyers drill in South China Sea

China unveils new 6,200-ton Type 093B nuclear submarine model with 18 Vertical Launch Units.

Vietnam’s South China Sea island building sets record in 2024: report (Editor – I wonder what an environmental impact study would say?  These reefs must have had marine life)

Australian Navy Arms Hobart Class Destroyer With Naval Strike Missile

China gives 6 patrol boats to Myanmar’s military junta

Philippines Rejects ‘Absurd’ Beijing Demand Over South China Sea and Chinese Small Boats Attempted to Block Philippine Medical Evacuation, Scientific Mission in the South China Sea

Russian Oil Transfer Near Singapore Reveals Moscow’s Efforts to Dodge U.S. Sanctions




Giving Ukrainians Weapons to Strike Inside Russia is the ‘Right Thing to Do’, Says NATO Official (Editor – the “NATO official” is Adm. Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO military Committee!)

Battles in the Black Sea Changing the Character of Naval Warfare, Experts Say

Russia Now Uses Submarines to Patrol Black Sea Following Naval Losses: Report


Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) Trains Protecting Critical Undersea Infrastructure

NATO Kicks Off Largest Ever BALTOPS Exercise with 24th MEU (SOC) Deploys Aviation Detachment to Sweden for BALTOPS 24

Norway doubles up on missile defence as Russia flexes its ballistic arsenal

Dutch Naval programs: Renewing the entire Royal Netherlands Navy Fleet (Editor – a wow 8:00 min video) and Netherlands selects Naval Group for new Barracuda-class submarines to replace Walrus Fleet.

Denmark Is Looking At A New Long-Term Naval Strategy and Denmark increases defense spending in view of Russian long-term war

The UK Royal Navy Wants To Refit Its New Super Carriers With Catapults

German Navy buys Mk 54 torpedos and operating infrastructure

Muratreis: Türkiye’s third Reis class submarine floated at Gölcük Shipyard.

Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, 24th MEU Deploy to Europe.

Russian Navy to receive 50 ships and support vessels in 2024. with Russia launches final Buyan-M class corvette Stavropol.

Norway bolsters patrol in Arctic waters with new Coast Guard ships

Harland and Wolff – the revival of a UK shipbuilder

Exail conducts sea trials of its new USV DriX O-16 (Video) (Editor – dimensions)

The UK Navy is Building a 3,7000 ton Ship! It will be The Second Largest After its Aircraft Carrier (Editor – 3:37 min video)

Kazan Yasen-M (Project 855M) Sub Brief (Editor – 25:16 min video)



Red Sea:

Houthis Say They Targeted Two Vessels in the Red Sea then Two Vessels Catch Fire After Missile Strikes Off Yemen’s Aden and another Bulk Carrier Flooding After Surface Drone Attack in Red Sea then Greek Bulker Hit and Taking On Water After Multiple Houthi Attacks resulting in One Seafarer Missing on Disabled Ship and Second Injured in Houthi Attacks

CENTCOM: Houthis Hit Merchant Ship with Multiple Missiles in Gulf of Aden (Editor – hard to keep all the ships getting hit straight but this next article helps) DIA Report on Houthi Attacks and Pressure on International Trade (Editor – 12 pg report incuded)

Forty-nine die after boat capsizes off Yemen – IOM

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions Over Illicit Houthi Oil Trade

Red Sea Attacks Dominated the Indian Ocean Region in 2023 (Editor – introspective USNI 8:32 min video)


Sea Corridor Reopens, Supplies Flowing to Palestinians

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Two Captains for Smuggling Iranian Oil



Cargo Integrity Group Identifies ‘Cargoes of Concern’ to Boost Global Supply Chain Safety



The Insane Escape of the Polish Navy (Editor – 15:25 min video)

The Norwegian Navy in WW2 (Editor – 16:33 min video)



15 June 1920  The demobilization of the wartime RCN is completed with the disbandment of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve (RNCVR).

15 June 1938 – HMCS Ottawa is commissioned at Chatham, England.

15 June 1940  SS Erik Boye is sunk by submarine U38 in passage off Land’s End thereby becoming the first Canadian flagged merchant ship to be sunk as a casualty of the Battle of the Atlantic.

16 June 1921  The Royal Naval College of Canada is closed.

16 June 1943  HMCS Waskesiu is commissioned into the RCN, becoming the first of sixty RCN River Class frigates built in Canada.

17 June 1913  The Canadian Arctic Expedition ship HMCS/DGS/CGS Karluk (Alutiiq for “fish”), originally a tender for the Alaskan salmon fishery industry sailed from Esquimalt harbour after undergoing repairs and refitting at the dockyard.  The Karluk eventually became trapped in the artic sea ice north of Alaska and after drifting around she was eventually crushed on 11 January 1914.  After months of heroic efforts, the crew was eventually rescued by a rescue expedition of two ships and returned to Nome Alaska 13 Sept 1914.  Of the 25 crew that safely evacuated Karluk before she went down, 11 died and 14 survived.

17 June 1991  The Government of Canada announces the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea and the Gulf and Kuwait medal.

18 June 1940  French cruiser Emile Bertin arrives in Halifax with $305 million in gold from the Bank of France; gold released after the war.

19 June 1812  The United States formally declares war against Great Britain.

19 June 1951  HMCS Cayuga begins the second of three tours to Korea.

20 June 1923  HMCS Brunswicker, a current day Naval Reserve Division, was raised as an RCN Volunteer Reserve half-company in Saint John, NB.

20 June 1942 Japanese submarine I-26 shelled Estevan Point BC lighthouse and radio-direction-finding station and marking the first enemy attack on Canadian soil since the Fenian Raids of 1866 and 1871.  I-26 fired 25–30 rounds of 5.5-inch (140 mm) shells at the lighthouse but failed to hit its target.  Although the attack resulted in no damage or casualties, the subsequent decision to turn off the lights of outer stations caused difficulties for coastal shipping.  Five RCN patrol vessels and a RCAF Supermarine Stranraer flying boat were dispatched to search for the submarine but failed to locate I-26 which had fled north and then returned to Japan.

20 June 1942  HMCS Edmundston (corvette) rescues 31 crewmembers from the SS Fort Camosun that had been disabled by a Japanese submarine near the Washington coast.

21 June 1749  A military expedition led by Colonel Edward Cornwallis arrives at the harbour at Chebucto, NS and establishes the Halifax military base.

21 June 1940  HMCS Fraser evacuates from France some Free French troops, and the then Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to France, who became subsequently the Canadian Ambassador to France, and even further in the future, the Canadian Governor-General, Lieutenant-Colonel G.P. Vanier.

21 June 1940  The National Resources Mobilization Act is passed provides for conscription for home defence and registration of all adult males and females.

21 June 1942  HMS P-514 left Argentia, bound for St. John’s to join a convoy.  She was under the escort of three Canadian corvettes; but in a rough day with poor visibility became separated from her escort for a few fatal hours.  Although its normal crew contingent was listed as 33, there were 42 on board.  It was thought some may have been catching a ride to rendezvous with other vessels.  In the middle of the night, with heavy fog, the Bangor class minesweeper HMCS Georgian sat just off Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, waiting to escort a convoy bound for Sydney, N.S.  In a case of mistaken identity HMCS Georgian, which was also there waiting, picked up the unmistakeable sound of diesel engines from a submarine on its hydrophone.  The minesweeper’s captain, Lt. Alfred George Stanley, closed in on the signal.  Still, there was no reply from P-514.  At 3:05 a.m., the submarine was rammed amidships on the port side, broadside on.  Her navigation lights were seen to flick on.  The submarine then disappeared, there were no survivors.  A Board of Inquiry ruled that Gregorian’s CO had acted correctly.  P-514’s story reflects many aspects of the Battle of the Atlantic – she had sailed from a newly established USN Argentia Base established as part of the lend-lease process.  She was originally USS R-19 (SS-96) a WW1 era boat completed in 1918 then transferred/commissioned 9 March 1942 into the RN as P-514 to serve as an ASW training target to help training the Canadian convoy escort ships operating out of Newfoundland, still then British Colony.

21 June 2001  Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson unveils the National Aboriginal Monument, Ottawa, to commemorate the sacrifice of aboriginals in both world wars and Korea.

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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