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NAC News – Edition HMC MTB 467

NAC News – Edition HMC MTB 467

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of June 24th, 2022

Edition HMC MTB 467 (WWII 72 feet-type “G” class Motor Torpedo Boat)

Quote of the week: “The United States allocates nearly two-thirds of its discretionary budget (those funds not mandated for paying interest on national debt and entitlements such as social security) to defence.  It spends as much as the next eight spenders combined, even though six are friendly nations or allies – Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, Germany, India and Japan – and only China and Russia, at the moment, can be seen as serious potential enemies.” Margaret McMillian: War, How conflicts shape us, Penguin Canada 2020 pg. 269

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

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27 June 2022 – 1200 (Ottawa time) NAC National AGM – via GoToMeeting.   Supporting information has been posted on the National website as well as on WildApricot where you can register. Note the easiest way to appoint a proxy and vote on pre-meeting motions is to use an email vice mailing me the forms or emailing the forms as attachments. Instructions are on the pages at the links. Let’s keep this as simple as we can.

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. We need your talent and NAC always needs a fresh pool of willing volunteers.  So why not step forward and get more involved in some very worthwhile endeavours.  We need you!

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, join the “Naval Association of Canada” Bike Team. Barry Walker is our “Fearless Leader”!

NEW 28 June 2022  10:00 am (Vancouver time) Live launch of Climate Change Vulnerability of the Canadian Maritime Environment, Clear Seas’ latest research report looking at the effects of climate change and the strategies that the Canadian maritime sector can take to adapt to meet this rising threat.  The webinar will highlight the study’s findings, including the climate hazards that affect Canada’s waterways and users, and the best practices that can help the maritime sector adapt to climate change. To Register.

14-16 November 2022 Registration for Maritime Security Challenges 2022 in Victoria BC is open!  The past two years have seen an explosion of major events and trends that are shaking the world: a once-in-a-century-pandemic; a land war in Europe; international energy and food crises; the rise of authoritarian political movements and governments; more dramatic weather; and decades-high inflation. Many of these issues are playing out at sea, as shipping costs soar, navies modernize to protect their national maritime claims, and state rivalries flourish in the maritime domain.



Kaliningrad: Russia warns Lithuania of consequences over rail transit blockade plus the reality Kaliningrad row: Lithuania accuses Russia of lying about rail ‘blockade’ and a useful summary Why is Kaliningrad at the center of a new Russia-NATO faceoff? (Editor – read or listen to 14 min podcast)

Editor – If you missed the 16 June NAC virtual conference “Submarines: Canada’s Strategic Requirement” here are the recordings of the sessions:

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

All the speakers were excellent, and I particularly liked the last session in the afternoon when VAdm (RCN) Bob Davidson (Retd) gave a submariner’s pragmatic assessment of the requirements.  Enjoy

Video: China’s First 24,000 TEU Containership Delivered to Evergreen (Editor – the world’s largest – a behemoth in a 1 min video) and is part of the Relentless Export Machine: China Doubles its Trade Surplus



Canada spending almost $5B to upgrade continental defence, Anand says

Canada and the Kingdom of Denmark, together with Greenland, reach historic agreement on longstanding boundary disputes (Editor – not just Han Island explained in an article forwarded by NAC Member David Gray as he was involved while working at Cdn Hydrographic Service)

Workshop focuses on design for future Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC)

PAM FRAMPTON: Watch out, Canada’s warship program — there’s a boondoggle dead ahead (Editor – always differing opinions)

HMCS Quadra Alumni 43 min podcast between NAC-VI member Mat Waterman (and NL of Canada national past President) and Commander Bill Conconi.  (Editor – A must for anyone with a Royal Canadian Sea Cadet background)

1st of 2 CC-130 ‘Hercules’ search and rescue planes arrives in Comox

Defence chief Gen. Wayne Eyre reviewing vaccine requirement for Canadian Armed Forces

Who is Frédérick Rolette?

Steward Occupation (Branch) in RCN to be eliminated

CAF Story | How the CAF helped CPO 2 Stevens find his culture (Editor – 3:30 min RCN video)

CFB Esquimalt a big supporter of Swiftsure Race

Latest Lookout: Volume 67, Issue 24, June 20, 2022



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 23, 2022

HASC’s FY 23 NDAA Authorizes 13 Ships, Establishes Naval Review Committee

Navy Attack Sub PEO Goggins to Lead American AUKUS Effort, Says SECNAV

U.S. Navy Christens Its 72nd Arleigh Burke-Class Destroyer

Constellation-class FFG 62 Ship Brief (Editor – 16:38 min video)

US Navy’s Giant Underwater ‘Orca’ Drone Is Running Years Late (Editor – 3:12 min video included)

Distribute Lethality, One Mine at a Time

SWO Boss: Surface Fleet Reforms See Positive Results Five Years After Fatal Collisions

U.S. Coast Guard Offloads $100M Worth of Cocaine in Miami

Armed Pirates Rob Offshore Platform in Bay of Campeche



China launches EM catapults-equipped 3rd aircraft carrier in Shanghai and Chinese Navy just launched its biggest aircraft carrier ever (Editor – visual perspective in a 5:08 min video) and a useful assessment China’s newest carrier is for regional domination, not contesting the US Navy, experts say

An announcement on Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine program is due “shortly”, according to the chief White House adviser for the Indo-Pacific. yet the debate continues Build the ASTUTE class in Osborne and Barrow for fastest delivery plus Can Australia get nuclear-powered submarines this decade?

In just 20 years, India has built more than 17 large frigates, surpassing the British Navy and Indian Navy performs same-day keel-laying for three vessels

PLA warships circumnavigate Japan in distance sea drills amid US, Japanese provocations

PLA vessels join aircraft in large-scale drills around Taiwan

Disputing Chinese Sea Control Through Offensive Sea Mining (Editor – makes military sense, but with globalization stopping Chinese trade would be horrific…a conundrum)

Australian Amphibious Capabilities Enhanced (Editor – impressive 3:17 min RAN video included)

Japanese Navy launches fifth Mogami class frigate JS Yahagi

Russian Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft conduct exercise in Pacific

Chinese Shipyard commissions Pakistanese Type 054A/P frigate PNS Taimur

Defence eyes anti-radiation missile purchase

Navies of China, Vietnam conduct 32nd joint patrol in Beibu Gulf

Pacific Partnership 2022 officially launched in Phú Yên

US Navy destroys its last Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate in rare sinking exercise

Austal Limited Wins A$300 Million in New Shipbuilding Contracts

ROK Navy to Allow Female Sailors on Submarines

Money the key to control of defence




Ukraine Reports Sinking Russian Supply Ship with Anti-Ship Missiles and then another Ukraine Sinks Russian Vessel Using Harpoon Missiles: UK Intel

New photos show damaged Russian corvette after Ukrainian forces attack

Surviving Moskva Sailors Could Face Redeployment – Novaya Gazeta

Russian navy ordered to lay mines at Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, says US

U.S. Sending 18 Patrol Boats to Ukraine as Part of Latest Aid Package

On Target: the true cost of the war in Ukraine

Russia sends two patrol ships in the Romanian Exclusive economic Zone (Editor – see article in Europe below about canceled building orders)

Ukraine Contests Sea Control Off Odesa With Attack on Snake Island

Half Russian separatist force dead or wounded – UK (Editor – what a mess)

CIMSEC: Sea Control 355 – the war at sea with Dr. Seth Cropsey (Editor – 13:03 min podcast)

Port of Odesa Comes Under Missile Attack As Russians Advance In Eastern Ukraine

Russia Disrupts Kazakhstan’s Oil Exports With Sudden UXO Survey (Editor – Novorossiysk is 60 nm SE of Kerch)

Russian Officials Report Ukrainian Attack on Black Sea Offshore Rigs and Ukraine just attacked the area of occupied Crimea and set stolen oil rigs on fire || 2022 (Editor – 3:17 min video)

Ukraine war: Russia becomes China’s biggest oil supplier and China and India Keep Russia’s Oil Exports Afloat

Sovcomflot Fleet Fully Covered By Russian Insurers


Russia sends year’s first vessel east on Northern Sea Route

Naval Group lays the Keel of the First Dutch MCM Mothership (Editor – one for you Fraser, great plain language justification from a Dutch RAdm at the start of this 3:25 min video)

NVL Group Lays Keel Of 1st Corvette For The Bulgarian Navy

NATO combined air operations centre UEDEM controls largest BALTOPS air play

UK’s HMS Prince of Wales meets up with Spanish aircraft carrier in “a display of force”

Dutch LPD Karel Doorman to Receive 76mm Gun and RAM Upgrade

Russia has given up buying 6 new corvettes for its Black Sea fleet after ships failed during the war

Frigate Reina Sofía Joins Operation Sea Guardian

Participation of the HN in the Multinational Exercise ADRION LIVEX 2022

UDT 2022: Walrus-class Submarine replacement program with Saab, Naval Group, TKMS (Editor – after the 16 June NAC Submarine Conference a topical 10:26 min video)

Turkiye’s Drone Carrier TCG Anadolu Starts Official Sea Trials

Solving the Royal Navy’s lethality problems

Royal Navy and JMSDF Conduct Drills in English Channel

RAF Calls for More Sub-Hunter Aircraft as Russia Increases Presence: Report

All-electric ferry sails 90 km on single battery charge, setting world record

Giant Cruise Ship’s Maiden Voyage May Be To A Scrapyard plus Swan Hellenic’s Second Cruise Ship Put Up for Auction due to Sanctions



U.S. warship fires flare to ward off Iranian military boat in “unsafe” encounter amid soaring nuclear tension and VIDEO: 3 Iranian Fast Attack Craft Harass U.S. Navy Ships in Strait of Hormuz

Navy’s RQ-4A BAMS-D UAVs End 13-Year Mideast Deployment 



US Naval Forces Africa conducts exercise African Lion 2022

Endurance wreck: Nations look to protect Shackleton ship from damage

Survey Shows Worrying Increase in Number of Containers Lost at Sea

The Sticky Problem of Biofouling



Export Oberon SSK Sub Brief (Editor – recollections for some in a 40:11 min video)

The unfortunate fate of convoy HX-49  (Editor – “The Battle of the Atlantic was not won by any navy or air force,” said Rear Admiral Leonard Murray, wartime commander of the Canadian Northwest Atlantic theatre, “it was won by the courage, fortitude and determination of the British and Allied Merchant Navy.”

How Helicopters Land in Rough Seas? (Editor – note Cdn content in a 10:09 min video)



  • 25 June 1940  HMCS Fraser is lost with 47 crew lost after colliding with a British warship, HMS Calcutta in the Bay of Biscay.
  • 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 a 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 1942  The two-masted schooner SV Mona Marie (Built in Shelburne, NS and registered in La Have NS) was sailing independently from Barbados to Trinidad with a buoyant cargo of empty oil drums. At 18:25 local time on 28 June 1944, and about 125 nm NE of Trinidad, the Mona Marie was attacked with machine-gun fire from U-126 (Ernst Bauer). After the crew of eight abandon ship into a lifeboat, the U-boat continued firing at the schooner, but it would not sink. It was abandoned as a floating wreck.
  • 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.
  • 29 June 1992  HMCS Halifax is commissioned as the first of the new Canadian Patrol Frigates
  • 30 June 1921  HMC Submarines CH-14 and CH-15 are paid off.
  • 30 June 1941  HMCS Wasaga is commissioned, becoming the first Canadian-built Bangor-class minesweeper.
  • 30 June 1950  The Canadian Parliament supports the government motion to assist the United Nations in its position on the Korean situation.
  • 1 July 1923  The RCN barracks in Halifax, known as HMCS Stadacona, is commissioned.
  • 1 July 1934  Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained Chief of the Naval Staff.

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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