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NAC News – Edition 572 (HMCS Dockyard Bay Bulls)

NAC News – Edition 572 (HMCS Dockyard Bay Bulls)

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of July 5th, 2024

Edition: 572 HMC Dockyard Bay Bulls  Quote:  “Sending notices out once is not enough; there needs to be prosecutions of violations [of cross-border fentanyl trade]. They’re already finding out that the heat is gone, and the actors just feel like they can get away with it.”  20 June 2024.  Vanda Felbab-Brown, 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.  If you’re not able to attend in person, all speaker sessions will be live streamed, to permit virtual attendance.



Lt.-Gen. Jennie Carignan chosen as next chief of the defence staff

Meet The River-Class Destroyer – State-of-the-art WARSHIP! (Editor – 1:33 min video)



Our Navy Today Volume 7 Issue 5 (Editor – The RCN is impressively busy!)

Canada assumes command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two and France hands over command of SNMG2 to the Royal Canadian Navy (Editor – 5:17 min video)

Halifax shipyard tests steel-cutting methods as first new destroyer expected by 2035 with Government to begin construction on new warships despite not knowing the final cost or design

CCG opens Hartley Bay Station and dedicated CCGS Cadboro Bay

Defence Minister Bill Blair announces updates on culture change at the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces and an item that I should have included earlier Canadian Military Journal [Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter 2023] Letter to the Editor
by Greg Maddison
and Online Portal Launched for Canadians to Share View on Military Colleges

First year Naval Experience Program participants share their stories

Canada bans use and carriage of HFO by ships in Canadian Arctic with details behind the international ban Stepping into an HFO-free era in the Arctic

‘Large proportion’ of military disliked relaxed rules on personal grooming, survey finds and Military tightens rules around beards, hair length (Editor – 2:26 min CBC news video)

72hrs aboard an ACTIVE NAVY SHIP (Editor – Reporters time aboard HMCS Nanaimo in a 40:29 min video)

‘Canada Alone’: A Stark Warning About a Very Different Future (Editor – not a maritime article but thoughts to ponder)

Why Canada Is Russia’s Biggest Threat  (Editor – more thoughts to ponder, 24:19 min video)

CANADIAN ARMED FORCES: Stonewalling the Media (Editor Esprit de Corps 5:18 min video)

Venture Association A FADING SIGNAL?

Marine shipping in the Great Lakes: What you need to know

Daytime anchorage arrival now protocol for freighters in Southern Gulf Islands

VAC Salute June 2024 (Editor – I always like to see pictures of long-time NAC member Bill Wilson in these articles.  I fondly remember him leading the veterans’ platoon during HMCS Ottawa’s commissioning Freedom of the City parade in 1996)

Lookout: Volume 69, Issue No. 26, July 2, 2024 (Editor – note the Battle of Atlantic Takes Shape article on page 9.  BZ NAC London Branch)

NAC Research paper Understanding China’s Maritime Power  (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: July 1, 2024

Record-Breaking Sea Temperatures Fuel Hurricane Beryl to Early Season Record and The drones looking inside explosively intensifying hurricanes with Royal Navy to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Beryl

Transitioning Away From Carrier Strike Groups to Win Command of the Seas

Will The U.S. Navy Build New Cruisers?

Russian Northern Fleet Ships Arrive In Venezuela

USS Fitzgerald and HMAS Sydney Show Up at RIMPAC 2024 with NSM

Expeditionary Fast Transport to Support SOUTHCOM’s Continuing Promise Goodwill Deployment (Editor – USNS Burlington)

CIMSEC: The Indispensable Ingredient for Victory: Defeating Deadly Sea Mines

Report to Congress on Navy Shipboard Lasers

USNI 2023 Leadership Contest Winners – Lessons in Leadership (Editor – 40:20 min video)

Inside the US Military Testing of Japan’s Super Expensive $160M Seaplane: ShinMaywa US-2  (Editor – 11:09 min video)

Why are No Ultra Large Container Vessels Sailing to the United States (Editor – 16:15 min video.   I suspect not something Canadian ports can fix.)

Why this $17 Billion Treasure is Not Excavated (Editor – 11:29 min video)



RIMPAC 2024 Kicks Off! Global Warships Gather at Pearl Harbor for World’s Largest Maritime Exercise (Editor – international shops arriving 11:37 min video. Max & Van 3:08 min in)

Royal Canadian Navy Frigate HMCS Montreal Visits South Korea

‘Manila’s provocations in South China Sea to be responded with countermeasures’ (Editor – the rhetoric grows) then China Coast Guard Seizes Taiwanese Fishing Vessel at Sea

In a first, China accuses former defence ministers Li Shangfu and Wei Fenghe of corruption (Editor – not something you see every day!)

In data: Korea reinforce ties with APAC allies through P-8A Poseidon purchase

China’s Strengthening of Nuclear Submarine Capabilities Alters Power Dynamics.

Across the Indo-Pacific, militaries scramble to put more submarines in the water

DRDO takes up preliminary study on development of indigenous conventional submarine

Russian Navy upgrades Pacific Fleet’s Project 20385 Gremyashchiy-class corvettes with Zircon hypersonic missiles

‘Hellscape’ Swarms Could Be a Cost-Effective Taiwan Defense, Says Report

Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark enters Indian Ocean

Indian Navy bids farewell to UH-3H helicopter after 17 years of service

RFA Argus heads to Australia for major multinational exercise involving Royal Marines




Black Sea Mine Removal Initiative Aims to Secure Ukraine Exports Path and Türkiye, Bulgaria And Romania Activate MCM BLACK SEA Task Group

Ukraine calls them meat assaults: Russia’s brutal plan to take ground (Editor – how can Russia sustain these staggering casualties without some sort of internal revolt?)

Defector Aboard Russian Navy Corvette Set Fire to His Own Ship


Russian Navy’s new Ivan Papanin Project 23550 combat icebreaker begins sea trials with Kalibr missiles.

Fincantieri to build fourth U212NFS submarine for Italian Navy

Exercise Nordic Warden protects undersea infrastructure

Portuguese attack submarine completes NATO North Atlantic deployment

Kyiv claims Russian warship Admiral Levchenko was on fire. Northern Fleet says it was exercising with hypersonic missiles

Greece considers participation in U.S. frigates program

Should The UK’s Two aircraft carriers be fitted with her own missile defences (Editor – 8:04 min video)

Here’s Why the UK Navy’s Bofors Naval Gun Combination is Superior to the Phalanx CIWS in Any Case (Editor – 5:05 min video)

Saab to produce ten combat boats for Sweden based on the CB90 Next Generation design.

Fincantieri Receives Order for 4th U212NFS Submarine

Why Rotterdam Is the Biggest Port In Europe (Editor – 8:54 min video)

Moscow hoists Soviet flags at Svalbard



Red Sea:

British warship escorts U.S. supercarrier and assault ship

Houthi Explosive Drone Boat Attacks Escalate Red Sea Danger

US military destroys Houthi drones that were seen as an imminent threat in Red Sea

US military destroys Houthi radar site posing threat to coalition forces and merchant ships


The situation in the Middle East – a Royal Navy perspective

US removes Gaza aid pier again due to weather and may not reinstall it

U.S. Sanctions UAE Companies and Vessels in Response to Iran Nuclear Activities



Three new members join Nuclear Energy Maritime Organization and Nuclear propulsion brings emissions-free, longer-lived ships into play

Nigeria Seizes Massive Cache of Weapons Smuggled in Container from Turkey

Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force ships visiting Cape Town

Ultra Large #Containerships Have Changed the Way We Ship Cargo Around the World (Editor – 45 Sec video)



SS Jasper Park sunk: A Canadian Merchant Navy tale

German WWII Type XXI Submarine Walkthrough & Tour – The Wilhelm Bauer/U2540 (Editor – extraordinary boat for its time in a 30:19 min video)

The Amazing Engineering of the Largest Vessel Ever | Shell’s Prelude (Editor – 10:55 min video)



6 July 1944  HMC Ships Ottawa commanded by Cdr James D. Prentice, DSO, RCN with HMCS Kootenay commanded by A/LCDR William H. Willson, RCN, along with HMS Statice, sank the German submarine U-678 while on patrol in the English Channel.

8 July 1760  The final Battle of the French-British war for Canada between the RN and Acadian militia and Mi’kmaq (Mi’gmaq) militias was fought in the mouth of the Restigouche River.  It was not on land but at sea that the French lost the battle for Canada.  It was because of French naval weakness that the outnumbered French and Canadians in North America were unable, indefinitely, to deny Acadia, the Ohio, Lake Champlain, Quebec, and Montreal, to the invading British and Americans of Amherst, Wolfe, and Johnson.

8 July 1944  Canadian MTB 463 was lost to a mine in the English Channel.  No crew was lost, although 5 men were wounded.

8 July 1954  Canada’s first icebreaking arctic patrol vessel, HMCS Labrador, is commissioned.

9 July 1914  HMCS Rainbow begins preparations for the international seal patrol in the North Pacific Ocean.

10 July 1943  Canadian landing craft drop soldiers of the 1st Canadian Division off on the coast of Sicily during the Allied invasion known as Operation HUSKY

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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