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NAC News – Edition 570 (HMCS Bytown)

NAC News – Edition 570 (HMCS Bytown)

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of June 21st, 2024

Edition: 570 HMCS Bytown (Editor – sadly no more)  Quote:  “[Putin] got what he wanted in terms of undermining Ukraine’s position.  Anything that was being done on Ukraine’s behalf was done in a half-hearted way.” 11 June 2024, Fiona Hill, The Washington Post

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 announced 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.

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.



US attack sub, Canada navy patrol ship arrive in Cuba on heels of Russian warships and Navy sub enters Guantanamo Bay after Russian warships arrive in Cuba with a great pic here Canadian warship sharing an anchorage with Russian vessels in Cuba inevitably Russian warships leave Cuba after five days while Warship’s visit to Cuba was intended to deter Russia, says minister (Editor – I guess they couldn’t invite them over for a cocktail party J )

Anand defends hesitation to further invest in defence as NATO secretary general arrives in Canada then NATO secretary-general urges Ottawa to meet its defence spending target with handy comparison Defence Expenditure of NATO Countries (2014-2024) another wrinkle Rising economic indicators pushing Canada further from NATO spending target, MPs hear



HMCS Charlottetown deploys to become flagship of Standing NATO Maritime Group 2

HMCS Vancouver to Participate in RIMPAC then Op Horizon

Hanwha Ocean signs MOU with 3 Canadian companies in pursuit of Royal Canadian Navy Submarine Project (Editor – Esprit de Corps 4:25 min video…surprisingly no sarcasm.  Given this video and last week’s articles I thought this older 10:39 min video might be of interest. KSS III Submarine at MADEX 2023: Hanwha Ocean, HHI, Canadian Submarine and Li-Ion Battery)

Canada, Germany and Norway discussing a security pact to cover the North Atlantic and Arctic and NATO Studies Effects of Warming on Arctic Ocean’s Sonar Properties

Critical resilience – Russia, hybrid threats, and subsea fibre-optic cables in Canada’s Arctic

The nearly-blind fruit grower who turned into Rambo: Unbelievable stories of Canada’s Victoria Cross winners (Editor – Rowland Bourke is one of only four Canadians in the navy awarded the VC, all were serving with or in the RN, Bourke is interred in Royal Oak Cemetery in Victoria, 5kms from my house.  Hampton Gray and William Hall are included in the article.  Only missing Frederick Thornton Peters)

Norwegian tall ship to travel to Northwest Passage on 2025 expedition

Rescue! Learn about the CH-149 Cormorant Search & Rescue helicopter of the Royal Canadian Air Force (Editor – great tour in a 18:24 min video)

Applications open for the first Women Veterans Council

Legion Calls on Government to implement ACVA recommendations to support women Veterans

Military lacks the power to address many soldiers’ complaints about pay, benefits: report

Lawyer for officer suing federal government calls for outside probe of military police

Burst of seismic activity off the west shore of Vancouver Island focus of joint expedition

Report on the Public Service Pension Plan for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2023

Lookout: Volume 69, Issue 24, June 17, 2024 (Editor – ­Page 13, pics of Peter Chance’s wonderful service)

NAC Research paper Group Up!  A Case For Accelerating Canadian Submarine Procurement by NAC member Norm Jolin  (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 17, 2024 with A look at where the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers are now

V-22 Ospreys Won’t Return to Full Flight Status Until 2025: US Navy Official

USS St. Louis begins its first deployment

Report to Congress on Virginia-class Submarine Program, AUKUS

Life Inside US 13 Billion $ Aircraft Carrier During Deployment at Sea (Editor – the scale of everything is remarkable)

Carrier USS John C. Stennis Overhaul Delayed, Work Will Take More than 5 Years to Complete

US Awards $984M Naval Drone Contract to 49 Firms

Manta Ray, Making Waves in Autonomy (Editor – 56 sec video)

Philly Shipyard Sold to Hanwha for $100 Million

Panama Canal Averts Shipping Crisis With Its Water Plan

First Mega Cruise Ship Built for Short Cruises Delivered to Royal Caribbean (Editor – 236,860 gross tons!)



Hard constraints – The supply and demand of NATO in the Indo-Pacific: Alexander Lanoszka, Balkan Devlen, and Jonathan Berkshire Miller

Overall maritime strategy lacking (Editor – Australian – but a familiar situation)

Philippines Files UN Claim to Extended Continental Shelf in South China Sea while Exclusive: China Coast Guard repels Philippine vessels attempting to land on Xianbin Jiao in SCS with the inevitable he said she said China Coast Guard: Philippine Supply Ship Bumped Chinese Ship

China Coast Guard Impounds Philippine Navy Boats, Seizes Firearms in Latest Second Thomas Shoal Incident (Editor – escalation?)

Australia Cuts Steel On Its First Hunter-Class Frigate

U.S. Sinks Ship in Valiant Sheild Live Fire Exercise (Editor – HMCS Montreal)

Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Arrives in Guam After Valiant Shield Exercise

Taiwan keeping watch after Chinese submarine surfaces in Taiwan Strait

Philippines builds first Brahmos Anti-Ship Missile Base facing South China Sea

Exclusive: Photos show CCG boarding, inspecting, restricting Philippine vessels intruding into Ren’ai Jiao

ROK Navy’s New P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft Arrive In South Korea

China deploys amphibious assault ship to Nansha Qundao for first time: media

PLA Navy’s new submarine makes official debut and PLA Navy’s submarine force makes historic breakthroughs

Chinese Submarine’s Torpedo Destroys Amphibious Landing Ship During Exercise

Japan Coast Guard Plans Construction of Largest-Ever Patrol Vessel as Deterrence to Chinese Incursions in South China Sea

HD Hyundai launches first of two corvettes for Philippine Navy

HII and Babcock launch new company H&B Defence to accelerate Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine program

Russian Surveillance Ship Operating off Northern Japan

Chinese carrier is more than a big ship

Poking the dragon over a sea’s name

India Approves New Deep Sea Port to Boost Trade with Europe (Editor – Vadhavan Port – Information & Status Updates)

Fiji’s New Patrol Boat Evacuated After Grounding on First Patrol




China should pay for propping up Putin’s war – Nato chief

New sat images show Russian vessels fleeing Black Sea ports

Ukraine to Consider Any Russian Target Within 800 Km for Magura Drone Strikes

Ukraine Shrinks its Suicide Drones to Match Smaller Russian Targets

Russia Rushes to Complete Huge New Defenses of Kerch Bridge


Moscow’s new multipurpose cruise missile submarine starts sea trials in White Sea

Will Russia’s Navy get the 50 ships it expects this year?

Eyes On Mediterranean And Black Sea: U.S. Navy MQ-4Cs Expand Operations In The 6th Fleet Area Of Responsibility

Royal Navy seeks Long Range Anti-sub Weapon for Type 26 (Editor – Sadly I haven’t seen any form of VLA mentioned for the CSC.  Canada already has the torpedoes.)

Norwegian Coast Guard Christens 3rd And Final Jan Mayen-Class OPV

European Commission selects MMPC program for development phase

Crude Oil Shipments Return to Arctic as Russia Sends Tanker To Asia

What the Titan failure has taught us about exploring the deep ocean

Greece To Cap Number Of Cruise Ships At Its Most Popular Islands



Red Sea:

New MV Tutor Video Released | Shows 2nd Uncrewed Surface Vessel and Scuttling Charges (Editor – This 4:06 min video says it all)

Bulk Carrier ‘Tutor’ Abandoned After Houthi Attack with Two Bulkers in Danger of Sinking After Houthi Attacks and US Naval Forces Rescue Crew From Bulk Carrier ‘Tutor’ and finally M/V Tutor Sinks After Houthi Attack in Red Sea

Shipping Industry Calls for Action After Tutor Sinking in Red Sea

Report: After Months Battling Houthis, Navy Wants to Bring Eisenhower Home

Dutch commander is in charge of the mission in the Red Sea from Karel Doorman

U.S. Dishes Out New Sanctions Targeting Houthi Weapons Network

US Has Spent $1B on Houthi Attacks But Militants’ Arsenal Unfazed: Intel

‘Galaxy Leader’ Crew Held Hostage for 200 Days by Houthi Militants


Canada to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as terrorist group after years of pressure

Russian, Egyptian warships to hold joint drills in Mediterranean — defense ministry

Israeli Navy receives second of new US-built landing craft

Denmark Seeks to Stop Shadow Tanker Fleet Carrying Russian Oil

Dolphin-class Submarines: Israel’s Undersea Arsenal (Editor – 3:48 min video)

Cargo from ‘most ancient’ shipwreck found off Israel



Regional Disruptions Drive Changes in Global Container Port Performance Ranking (Editor – “182,000 vessel calls, 238.2 million moves, and about 381 million twenty-foot equivalents (TEUs) for the full calendar year of 2023.  More than 80% of merchandise trade is transported by sea”)

Industry Mixed on Duration of Prolonged Red Sea Crisis

Houthi Attacks Causing More Damage in the Red Sea, Merchant Traffic Through Suez Canal Down More than 50%

Transhipment Hubs Hit Hard By Red Sea Reroutings



King Charles’ Military Career EXPLAINED (Editor – 8:04 min video)

The Miraculous Story of Captain William Bligh’s Survival | Mutiny on HMS Bounty (Editor – 24:33 min video.  )

The Laws of the Navy – Admiral Ronald A. Hopwood, RN (ret.) (Editor – timeless advice)

HMCS Bonaventure – Canada’s Last Aircraft Carrier (Editor – 3:40 min video)

Genius Techniques US Coast Guard Found to Clean Gigantic Buoys at Sea (Editor – 15:04 min video)



22 June 1940  The last class of RCN Volunteer Reserve officers graduate from HMCS Stone Frigate.

22 June 1967  HMCS Onondaga (submarine) commissioned at Chatham Dockyards.

23 June 1919  The Air Board is formed in Canada to control all aspects of aviation, including military.

23 June 1940 Destroyer HMCS Restigouche engaged in French evacuation operations off St Jean de Luz engaged in French evacuation operations.

23 June 1940 Sgt. Henry A. Larsen leaves Vancouver on the RCMP schooner St. Roch bound for Halifax via the Northwest Passage; ship will take southerly route through Arctic islands, and after two winters trapped in the ice, will reach Halifax Oct. 11, 1942; first ship to make the voyage from west to east, and in both directions, and to circumnavigate North America; St. Roch declared national historic site in 1962; berthed at Vancouver Maritime Museum.

23 June 1961  The Antarctic Treaty comes into force.  The continent is declared a scientific reserve and military activity is banned.

23 June 1968  HMCS Okanagan (submarine) commissioned at Chatham Dockyards.

23 June 1995  HMCS Winnipeg Commissioned at Esquimalt BC.

24 June 1762  A French fleet commanded by Chevalier de Ternay captures Bay Bulls and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

24 June 1943  HMCS Sault Ste. Marie is commissioned as the first Algerine-class minesweeper produced for the RCN.

24 June 1944  A Canso from RCAF Squadron 162 sank U-1225 north of the Shetlands.

24 June 1944  HMCS Haida commanded by Cdr Harry G. DeWolf, DSO, RCN, with HMS Eskimo and a Royal Air Force patrol aircraft sink the German submarine U-971 in the English Channel.

25 June 1940 HMCS Fraser is lost with 47 crew lost after colliding with a British warship, HMS Calcutta in the Bay of Biscay.  She has the dubious honour of being the first RCN ship sunk during the Second World War.

25 June 1965  RAdm Walter Hose is buried at Windsor, Ont.  Considered the founding sponsor of the RCNVR & Naval Reserves, post-RNCVR.

25 June 1950  North Korean forces cross the 38th Parallel and invade South Korea and the Korean War starts; nearly 27,000 Canadians serve, 1,558 are wounded, 516 die.

25 June 1963  HMCS Assiniboine is recommissioned as the RCN’s first helicopter-carrying destroyer.

25 June 1994  HMCS Saguenay is sunk off Lunenburg as a diving park.

26 June 1923  HMCS Queen, a current day Naval Reserve Division, was raised as an RCN Volunteer Reserve half-company in Regina.

26 June 1959  Canadian warships assigned to Atlantic Command participate in the opening ceremonies of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

27 June 1918  Fourteen nursing sisters are among the 234 who die when the Canadian hospital ship HMHS Llandovery Castle is torpedoed by a U-boat.

28 June 1922  The National Defence Act is passed, incorporating the Department of the Naval Service, the Department of Militia and Defence and the Air Board as a new Department of National Defence.

28 June 1977  HMCS Huron (2nd) represents Canada at the Silver Jubilee naval review at Spithead.

28 June 2001  Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson officially dedicates the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa.

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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