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NAC News – Edition HMC MTB 464

NAC News – Edition HMC MTB 464

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of June 3rd, 2022

Edition HMC MTB 464 (72 feet-type “G” class Motor Torpedo Boat)

Quote of the week: “The fact that [President Joe] Biden has kept engaged in diplomatic outreach with Asia, hosted the ASEAN summit, and will visit South Korea and Japan and have the Quad leaders summit shows that the focus on the Indo-Pacific will remain.” 19 May 2022,  Mireya Solís, Financial Times

Rod Hughes – Editor NAC News  (Comments welcome to help improve this service.)

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Job Posting – Executive Director NAC

Naval Reserve 100th Anniversary 2023.  The UNTD Association of Canada has started a list.  Please inform David Soule if you know of other events as they develop.

Time to Get Involved in Your National and Branch Organizations.  If you have an interest in becoming more involved with your Branch or with National level programmes either as a potential member for the Board of Directors, part of our naval affairs team or can offer other talents such marketing our “products” and brand to increase our membership numbers please contact me or your branch president/representative. So why not step forward and get more involved in some very worthwhile endeavours.  We need you!

NEW 6 June 2022 19:00-2100 (Ottawa time) A Flock of Black Swans: The Changing Nature of Maritime Incidents.  The guest speaker is Capt(N)(Retired) Derek Moss, currently the Assistant Commissioner, Western Region for the Canadian Coast Guard. Derek’s topic is the need to adjust the CCG’s capability and posture based on the broadening and deepening of incidents due to climate change and other factors.  To register.

16 June 2022  0900-1500 (Ottawa time) Submarines: Canada’s Strategic Requirement.  The conference will examine the strategic factors influencing a future Canadian submarine procurement project.  We’re happy to announce the one of the panelists at our June 16 conference on Canada’s Strategic Need for Submarines is RAdm Christopher Robinson, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific.  This event is open to the public and NAC welcomes everyone with an interest in maritime security.  Registration is limited to 240 participants, filling fast. Register now

Monday 27 June 1200 (Ottawa) NAC National AGM – postponed from 15 Jun. Preliminary information has been posted with additional information/reports and ballot forms to be added by 11 June.

Navy Bike Ride 2022  (Editor – Great Jerseys!  This virtual edition is open to all.  Registration is open for this free event, which will run from 12 June – 7 August.  If you’re keen, the “Naval Association of Canada” Bike Team is reforming under Barry Walker’s direction.



Russia won’t use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, says ambassador to UK (Editor – 1:39 min video interview)

New report calls for major changes to military over sexual misconduct (Editor – news report in a 1:10 min video) and Military should give up control of sexual assault cases permanently: former Supreme Court justice(Editor – 2:49 CBC video included) and CDAI Key Points from the Arbour Report and if you request by email the report itself Independent External Comprehensive Review but Military has tried to transfer 62 sexual offence files to civilian police — but half were rejected and Reforming Canada’s military colleges will be a ‘Herculean task,’ experts say

Vice Admiral Angus Topshee: Farewell Message and then New Commander for the Royal Canadian Navy

Canada says Chinese warplanes harassed its patrol aircraft on North Korea sanctions mission



Why Canada should respond to global threats (Editor – wake up call)

When Is Canadian Armed Forces Day?  Next On Sunday, June 5, 2022 and should you wish Support our Troops (and Sailors) & Soldier On

New leader at the helm of HMCS Saskatoon

New Royal Canadian Navy pin marks steps toward command

Royal Canadian Navy’s two AOPS named in Halifax the beautiful badge of HMCS Max Bernays

HMCS Harry DeWolf busts add to smugglers’ blues

Halifax shipyard warns warship schedule contingent on more federal funding   (Editor – there is also an incongruent 1:51 min video of HMCS Halifax’s departure for Europe)

Boeing partners with Canadian firms to answer Canada’s need multi-mission aircraft

Vice CDS announces new Promotions, Senior Appointments, and Retirements

Irving Shipbuilding and Acadia University Announce Certificate in Maritime Security at CANSEC Canada’s Global Defence and Security Trade Show

This new course could mean better care for traumatized veterans, first responders

Cellula Robotics Ltd. partners with Trusted Autonomous Systems and the Royal Australian Navy on the SeaWolf XLUUV Project and just for a bit of perspective for those that remember DRE(P) Canada’s Secret Cold War Submarine Drone Is Still Relevant Today

Underwater drone ‘no small thing’ for Patrol Craft Training Unit

UPDATED: HMCS Oriole delayed indefinitely

CPO1 Lyne Edmondson finds courage to be her true self

All The Maritimers Banned From Russia

Ottawa struggling to deliver benefits to disabled veterans, vulnerable populations: AG report

Senior officer faced with sexual misconduct allegations retiring from Canadian Forces

Former Canadian navy officer found guilty of sexual assault aboard historic navy tall ship

Vessel slow zones expanded to protect whales

Alberta man charged after U.S. authorities find 650 kg of meth on boat headed for B.C. waters

Meet the new school: The latest crop of Canada’s Best Managed Companies (Editor – first up, a look at Logistik Unicorp that supplies the RCN’s uniforms)

CNR Current Issue Volume 17, Number 3, 2022 is available for those with a subscription, or for those who might like to subscribe.

Lookout Volume 67, Issue 19, May 16, 2022

Trident Newspaper Volume 56, Issue 11 30 May 2022



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 2, 2022

Change of Command: Admiral Linda Fagan Becomes 27th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Need to Read: Valuing the Chief of Naval Operations Reading List

U.S. Navy Announces 28th RIMPAC Exercise

USS Oregon officially joins Navy fleet after pandemic delays

Bollinger Delivers 49th Fast Response Cutter to U.S. Coast Guard 

Northrop Grumman inducts US Navy’s first E-6B for Block II modifications

Report to Congress on Anti-Drone Weapons

US Navy to Order Harpoon Coastal Defence Missiles from Boeing

Gilday proposes selling LCS to South American countries

FS Germinal makes Port Call in Cartagena, Colombia

Brazilian Navy’s Type 209 submarine Tikuna visits United States

Former Carrier Kitty Hawk Arrives in Brownsville for Scrapping

Get An Inside Look At Jenna Bush Hager’s Stay On The USS Bataan (Editor – a look at an amphib in a 8:32 min video)



Will Australia’s nuclear submarine procurement program fundamentally reshape the RAN’s identity?

China keeps close eye on US dual carrier drills after PLA exercises

Japan Announces Indo-Pacific Warship Deployment Ahead of U.S.-led RIMPAC Exercise

Japan to Export Lethal Weapons to Partner Countries

U.S. and South Korean Cooperation on Nuclear Technology Positive Sign for K-SSN

Shanghai-based shipyard in full swing as Omicron abates, ‘ready for launch of 3rd aircraft carrier’

Chinese Aircraft Carrier Seen With A Fleet Of Drones On Its Deck

India to Buy 26 Fighters for INS Vikrant on G-2-G Basis but How will American Super Hornet compete with French Rafale for multi-billion Indian Navy deal

Ship-borne helicopters carry out flight training in rainy days (Editor – amusing what the Chinese navy thinks if wet weather…)

Indian Navy’s MQ-9B Drones seen in Satellite Imagery for First Time were leased after Clashes with China in Ladakh

Taiwan Test-Fires Anti-Ship Missile from Coast Guard Vessel

Austal delivers 15th Guardian patrol boat

ONE Orders Ten Large Containerships in South Korea and Japan




Ukraine Will Make ‘No Deals’ To Cede Territory to End War With Russia, Says Ambassador

Black Sea Convoys…Odesa, We Have a Problem! and Russia’s naval food blockade to ponder Admiral Stavridis Calls For Black Sea Ship Convoys.

Russia Loads Cruise Missiles Onto Submarines Amid Threats Of US Attack On Black Sea Fleet

Russia to Guard Berdyansk and Mariupol Ports with Ukrainian Navy’s Armored Gunboats

Russia scraps age limit for new troops in Ukraine push

Putin’s War Marchine Continues to Thrive Off Russian Energy Sales but European Council Agrees to Ban Seaborne Imports of Russian Oil

Ship To Take Metal From Mariupol To Russia; Kyiv Decries Looting and Russian Media Confirms Extraction of Grain, Steel From Ukraine’s Ports


US creates alliances in preparation for future conflicts, Russian Foreign Ministry says tho

Russian admiral sees no challenges requiring use of military force in Arctic (Editor – TASS articles)

NATO concludes vigilance activity Neptune Shield 22

Zircon Missile is Better Than We Thought (Editor – 11:34 min video)

U.S. Warships Now in the Baltic Ahead of BALTOPS as Sweden, Finland Move Through NATO Membership Process

Russia pauses nuclear safety cooperation with Norway in the North

Turkey postponed NATO exercises in Black Sea amid Ukraine crisis

Russia outlines militarization of fishing fleet and icebreakers

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 2022

Russian Naval Shipyard starts up nuclear reactor on Ural icebreaker

Navantia Completes Initial Sea Trials of Isaac Peral (S-81) Submarine

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 Performs Maritime Survellience in Romania

Turkey’s MILSAR Radar Used To Detect Drifting Mines

Expensive enough, Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyer main weapon gets a serious £300 million upgrade (Editor – a bit more info and pics in a 2:16 min video)



Iran Seizes Two Greek Tankers After U.S. Confiscates Oil Cargo and US, France, and EU Call for Tankers’ Release While Iran Renews Threats plus Iran’s Seizure of Greek Tankers Adds Risk to Key Oil Trading Routeand naturally Shipping Industry Calls for Safe Passage of Ships in Persian Gulf After Iran Seizes Tankers

USS Sioux City Makes Historic Arrival to U.S. 5th Fleet

Israeli Navy’s submarine and corvettes conduct drills in Red Sea



Nigerian Navy to acquire a second tank landing ship

The Port Congestion Index. Visualize current congestion levels for the world’s top ports.  (Editor – a useful industry tool, and a macro window into port activity)



Maritime Disasters: Empress of Ireland (Editor – fact filled 30 min podcast)

(Editor – looks at the WW2 merchant ship production) Merchant Ships Built in Canada in World War Two, Fort Class Ships from WWII with Twenty-eight ships were lost due to enemy action and a further 25 due to accidents

Russian Nuclear Battlecruiser – Pyotr Velikiy (Editor – 11:27 min video)



29 May 1982   The National War Memorial in Ottawa is rededicated to include dates of the Second World War and Korean War.

30 May 1939  King George VI presented his Color to the RCN in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC

30 May 1942 – The freighter SS Liverpool Packet (Markland Shipping Co Ltd, Liverpool, NS) departed New York on 28 April 1942.  She was sailing without escort and was northbound for St. John’s Newfoundland via Halifax with a cargo of US government supplies needed by US bases in Newfoundland.  On 30 April, at about 7:45 pm local time, the freighter was torpedoed and sunk by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze).  The sinking occurred about 15 nautical miles west of Seal Island near the southern tip of Nova Scotia.  Two crew members were killed and nineteen (including the Master) abandoned ship in a lifeboat and landed at Seal Island.

1 June 1758  Vice Admiral Edward Boscawen of the Royal Navy arrives at Gabarus Bay, 10 km west of Louisbourg, just after midnight in dense fog from Halifax, Nova Scotia; with thirty nine warships, supply ships and ten transports, crowded with 13,000 regular troops, Highlanders, light infantry, rangers, and colonial militia. The expedition is commanded by Maj Gan General Jeffery Amherst, with his field commander, Brig Gen James Wolfe; the British do not attempt to land troops until June 8 because of heavy surf.

1 June 1759 – A British fleet, under Admiral Saunders, leaves Louisbourg for Quebec carrying James Wolfe and his army.

1 June 1813  HMS Shannon, Captain Philip Broke, captures USS Chesapeake, Captain James Lawrence, in a 15 minute fire fight off Boston harbour; tows her to Halifax; naval battle sees 48 American sailors killed, 23 British. Boston, Massachusetts

1 June 1831  Sir James Ross first discovers the position of the North Magnetic Pole on the west coast of Boothia Peninsula; takes possession of the North Magnetic Pole and adjoining territory in the name of King William IV, and erects a cairn; spends his third Arctic winter in Victoria Harbour. Boothia, Nunavut

1 June 1840  Samuel Cunard navigates his 700 ton wooden paddlewheel steamer Unicorn to Halifax; after two week trip from Liverpool with 27 passengers. Halifax, Nova Scotia

1 June 1876  The Royal Military College of Canada opens in Kingston, Ontario, with a class of eighteen cadets.

1 June 1941 HMCS Bytown is commissioned as a depot ‘ship’ created to allow RCN personnel in Ottawa, to be paid.  All uniformed personnel needed to be borne on the books of a ‘ship’ for accounting purposes, even if they were serving at a shore establishment.  This is a tradition held over from the Royal Navy, and these ships are often referred to as “Stone Frigates”.  Bytown served in this role for the Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ), and the Ottawa Half-Company, the Naval Reserve Division that became HMCS Carleton on 1 November 1941.  Two years after Bytown was established, the HMCS Bytown Naval Officer’s Mess would open.  HMCS Bytown was paid off 7 December 1964.

1 June 1943  HMCS Conestoga is commissioned in Galt, Ontario, as the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service training establishment.

1 June 1943  The first German mines are swept in the approaches to Halifax harbour.

1 June 1968  Canada signs Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty along with the US, Britain, USSR and 57 other countries.  United Nations, New York

1 June 2004  United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti assumes responsibility for supporting transitional government and reforming national police force; Canadian police and military personnel to play a major role.  Port-au-Prince, Haiti

2 June 1891  RMS Empress of Japan is the second of the Canadian Pacific Steamships “Empress” ships to arrive at Vancouver harbour, via the Suez Canal and Hong Kong; Canadian Pacific Steamships had signed a contract for subsidized mail service between Britain and Hong Kong via Canada. Vancouver, BC

3 June 1910  The Honourable Louis P. Brodeur is appointed the first Minister of the Naval Service.

3 June 1944   Flight Lieutenant R.E. McBride, flying an RCAF Canso aircraft, sinks U-477 with four depth charges.

3 June 1963  Canada declares 12 Mile Limit; (19.3 km) exclusive fisheries zone off the Canadian coast; effective May, 1964. Ottawa, Ontario

3 June 1991  Letters Patents are published for an insignia denoting Mentions in Despatches.

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, I thank NAC member Bill Dziadyk for his able assistance and detailed work.  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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