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NAC News – Edition K485

NAC News – Edition K485

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of October 28th, 2022

Edition:  K485 HMCS Mimico (WWII Flower Class Corvette) and HMCS MTB 485 (WWII BPB 72 feet-type)

Quote: “It’s ironic that Elon Musk, the man who has been talking about getting us to Mars should be Putin’s messenger for the war in Ukraine, when we’re having a really hard time getting our act together on this planet.”  17 October 2022, Fiona Hill, Politico

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

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The 2023 Centennial of the Naval Reserves is fast approaching.  You can find information on activities planned in all the NRDs on the UNTDA website along with the programme and on-line registration for a major conference and celebration organized by the UNTDA in Victoria 9-12 May 2023.  You will find both at

1-2 November 2022.  NAC is pleased to become a supporting partner of this year’s Deep Blue Forum sponsored by Vanguard Canada.  The 2022 Deep Blue Forum – The Canadian Patrol Submarine Project: 2030 Options for Canada.  National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON.  Reception 1 November 17.30 – 20.00 (Ottawa time) at the National Arts Centre 1 Elgin Street.  On-line agenda.  Keynote speakers: Cdr RCN, VAdm Angus Topshee; President BMT Canada Ltd, Darcy Brytus; and the reception speaker is DG Naval Force Development, Cmdre Jason Armstrong.  Details for attending. (there are a limited number of discounts available for NAC members, contact Nora Kennedy by email for details)  The Summer 2022 Starshell focused on submarine issues.

2 November 2022 7:00-9:00 PM Halifax time.  The RUSI Nova Scotia extends the invitation to join the Zoom presentation by Adam MacDonald of Dalhousie University, titled “The Maritime Domain of the Russian-Ukrainian War: Implications, Considerations and Lessons for Canada and the Royal Canadian Navy.”  To register, email by close-of-business Sunday, 30 October. Instructions will be emailed to registrants by end Monday, 31 October.

8-9 November 2022 Starts 8 Nov @9:00am finishes 9 Nov @4:00pm.  Association of British Columbia Marine Industry’s (ABCMI) Business Opportunities Conference and Trade Show 2022  Impressive panellists in a packed programme.  To register.

Update 14-16 November 2022 Registration for Maritime Security Challenges 2022 in Victoria BC  Apaart from all the other great sessions, Maritime Security Challenges announced the addition of a new panel to the 2022 conference!  MSC will host a special session with the deputy heads of navy of the 5 Eyes intelligence alliance (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States) on November 16th, where they will share their perspectives on security issues in the Indo-Pacific and what their navies are doing to meet the maritime security challenges of today and tomorrow.



Canadian minister in Washington: We need to decouple from China

Estimated cost of warship fleet rises to $84B thanks to delays, inflation: PBO and Canadian Surface Combatant ship to see design review within weeks: Lockheed Martin

Military recruiting issues may be ‘more serious’ than senior ranks letting on: Hillier (Editor – wide ranging 10:03 min video included)



Editor – happened today!  The Royal Canadian Navy commissions HMCS Margaret Brooke

‘Tragically lost their lives’: Federal leaders mark 8-year anniversary of National War Memorial attack

A Huge Nuclear Powered American Aircraft Carrier Is Arriving In Halifax Harbour This Friday and USS Normandy Deploys with the Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group [Image 6 of 20] (Editor – nice pic of HMCS Fredericton)

The Canadian Coast Guard: Enhancing Offshore Patrol Capability in a More Contested Commons

Is China recruiting Canadian fighter jet pilots? Defence department probing reports (Editor – two related subjects, one text the other in a 2:08 min video too)

Ceremony In Honour Of A Local Sailor Who Died In HMCS Kootenay Explosion To Be Held This Weekend and more pics Pictou County brook dedicated to late seaman who died in historical explosion and out west HMCS Kootenay explosion remembered on 53rd anniversary (Editor – 2:07 min video)

Everything else pales in comparison to the fact that our military may only have the equivalent of a CFL stadium full of people to defend a country of 38 million.

From operational flights to deck evolutions: a look at HMCS Winnipeg’s Guardian

Anand names external monitor to oversee military’s efforts to address sexual misconduct

Veterans Class Action Lawsuit Certified By Federal Court

Canada Post announces 2022 Free Delivery to Deployed CAF Personnel

Canadian Armed Forces Purchases New Military Gear

Shipyards pitched to build new marine-based nuclear power plant (Editor – the future?)

Canada’s New Oil Spill Response Barges Launched (Editor – wow)

Canada’s Shrinking St. Lawrence Seaway Latest Threat to Shipping Routes

Sailor reflects on a lifetime in uniform

Defence calls for acquittal in sexual assault trial for former military head of vaccine campaign

Naval Reservists compete at Cross-Country World Championship

CAF Story |RMC Cadet Races in high profile Olympic Trials! (Editor – NCdt Hanna Mountfort)

Royal Canadian Legion – Leave the Streets Behind:  Homeless Veterans Assistance and Operational Stress Injury Special Section

Irving Halifax Shipyard – Community and Suppliers Small Business Week 2022: Jastram

Editor – With Remembrance Day approaching National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program – all ages (Editor – 4:52 min video) and for kids National Veterans’ Week Speakers Program – Kindergarten to grade 2 (Editor – 7:54 min video) and other useful programmes The Memory Project and No Stone Left Alone

CDR October 2022 Volume 28 Issue 5 (Editor – Pg 36 & 37 of particular interest)

Lookout: Volume 67, Issue 42, October 24, 2022

PSHCP Bulletin 44

Sage Federal Retirees Magazine



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 24, 2022

Nuclear Sea-Launched Cruise Missile Has ‘Zero Value,’ Latest Nuclear Posture Review Finds

Report on Navy Large Unmanned Surface and Undersea Vehicles

USS Milwaukee Deploys to Support Regional Cooperation and Security

Aerojet Rocketdyne to support production of US Navy’s CRAW torpedo

CIMSEC: Get real, Get better: Revamping Surface Warfare Officer qualification

How INCOMPETENCE Destroyed an American Assault Ship (Editor – 12:26 min video)

Navy Needs to Fill About 9,000 At-Sea Billets in More than a Dozen Ratings, Says Personnel Command(Editor – calm yourself navigators, it’s only a sextant!)

Navy COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal Separations Nears 2,000

LCS Jackson wraps up first deployment, with decommissioning on horizon

NASSCO Lays Keel for Future Expeditionary Sea Base USS Robert E. Simanek

Video: Boston’s Largest Ship Ever Docks After Port Upgrades



North Korea perseveres despite sanctions and South, North Korea say they’ve exchanged warning shots near disputed sea boundary

US plans to jointly produce weapons with Taiwan island in ‘futile attempt’ of obstructing reunification

US software gives China its hypersonic edge and China can now deploy hypersonic nukes on its carriers

Russia’s Pacific Fleet To Field Six Project 636.3 Submarines By 2024

Should Taiwan Worry About Subsea Cable Security?

Japan, US to stage joint drills for remote island defense

Japan starts operations with SeaGuardian drone, receives two Hawkeyes

PM Modi announces 4th ‘Positive Indigenisation List’ of 101 defence items

Indian Navy on Course to Commission Attack Boats INS Vagir in 2023 and INS Vagsheer in 2024

UK Royal Navy Demonstrates Future Minehunting Concept in Korea

Inaugural Submarine Command Course (Editor – 4:09 min video)

SPOTLIGHT: Next-gen mine countermeasure capability, with Gavin Henry and Peter Newnham from Thales, and Neil Hodges from BlueZone Group (Editor – 23:40 min podcast)

France Offers Philippines Two Submarines in Unusual Exchange

Philippines Proposes Maritime Encroachment Law Aimed At China (Editor – it will be interesting to watch enforcement)

Strategic Fleet Taskforce launched

China’s Access to the Indian Ocean Via Myanmar is Almost Complete

Two Exploration Cruise Ships Delivered by Chinese Shipbuilder

Costa Cruises Reorganizes in Asia as China Continues Covid Lockdowns




Russia’s ‘dirty bomb’ claim lights the nuclear fuse yet Russia may prefer sabotage of critical infrastructure over nuclear weapons then Russia doubles down on ‘dirty bomb’ accusation against Ukraine

Flying just outside Ukraine, NATO’s sentinel planes warn of Russia’s battlefield moves

Russian Sea-Based Kalibr Cruise Missiles Part of New Round of Strikes in Ukraine

Russian Navy Moving Back Into Cold War Fortress In Crimea

Ukraine Says Russia Deliberately Delaying Passage of 150 Grain Ships

Possible Mine Sighting Stops Ukrainian Grain Exports for a Day


Russian Aggression in Ukraine Boosts Arctic Security Concerns and The Arctic ice between Russia and the US is melting. What’s at stake at the top of the world?

NATO frigates shadowed outside Russia’s Arctic submarine bases

Could the Nord Stream Pipelines be Repaired? (Editor – 5:09 min video included) and the reality of Pipeline Blasts Leave Nord Stream in Insurance Limbo

Spain, US to Discuss More Destroyers on Base: Foreign Minister

King takes on Royal Marines role once held by Harry

First batch of new electric torpedoes ET-1E delivered to Russian Navy

Mission CALLIOPE: First Seabed Control Operation

UK Spearhead plans accelerated capability insertion for Sonar 2087

Two US Destroyers Participate in Mare Aperto 22-2

HMS Enterprise completes Arctic research mission

FGS Hessen Joins Gerald R Ford Carrier Strike Group

Damen Shipyard Launches Netherlands’ Future Combat Support Ship

Fincantieri Delivers Second PPA to Italian Navy

Euronaval 2022 – Day 3: EMALS, Seaguardian, S-300, TKMS and Seaexplorer

HHI at Euronaval 2022: New OPVs and Corvettes for the Philippine Navy (1:44 min video)

Euronaval 2022 – Day 4: French Navy programs (Editor – 12:26 min video)

German Frigate Sachsen Engages Drones with Laser Weapon

Dutch frigate conducts missile firings off Scottish coast

First Exocet MM40 Block 3c Missiles Set For December Delivery

France joins Belgian-Dutch designs for naval demining tech

Airbus Showcases ‘Cargo Copter’ Prototype in Portugal

DGA Selects Kongsberg’s Hugin AUV for the French Navy

Sweden Finds 17th Century Warship, Sister to the Famed Vasa

World’s largest LNG-fuelled cruise ship delivered



Top US general in Middle East on rare visit to nuclear-armed sub

Tanker Avoids Two “Drone-Driven Explosions” at Port in Yemen

With Israeli-Lebanese Accord Complete, Karish Produces First Gas



Grain Giant Warns Globalization Is Over (Editor – gloomy prediction)

Survey Finds “Unacceptable” Discrimination Against Female Seafarers

South Africa May Provide a Safe Haven for $500M Sanctioned Megayacht



Admiral Jackie Fisher – A Most Incomparable Individual (The Man) (Editor – 1:04:54 hr video)

HMS Calypso – Guide 306 (Editor – amazing technical changes in a 6:11 min video)

HMS Victory – An Audio Tour Part 1: The Hold (Editor – 29 min podcast)

HMS Victory – An Audio Tour Part 2: The Gundecks (Editor – 37 min podcast)

HMS Victory – An Audio Tour Part 3: The Weather Deck and Visitor Book (Editor – 34 min podcast)



29 October 1942 – On 10 June 1940, Canada declared war on Italy. Later that same day, the minesweeper HMCS Bras d’Or seized the Italian freighter Capo Noli in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The war prize became the SS Bic Island (Merchant Marine Ltd, Ottawa). On 20 October 1942, she departed Halifax in convoy HX-212 (54 ships) bound for Liverpool.  The Bic Island was one of the five ships sunk in the mid-Atlantic. At 00:15 (GMT+2) on 29 October, she was torpedoed by U-224 and sank (55°05’N 23°27’W) about 460 nm West of Ireland. The master, 35 crew members, eight DEMS gunners and 121 rescued survivors (from the torpedoed SS Gurney E. Newlin and SS Sourabaya) were casualties.

29 October 1952  HMCS Athabaskan leaves Esquimalt, B.C., on its third tour of duty in Korea.

30 October 1918  HMCS Galiano was lost, with all her crew of 39 and one female passenger, in Barkley Sound, Vancouver Island.  HMCS Galiano and her crew of Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reservists was the only Canadian Naval vessel lost during WWI – only 12 days before the armistice to end the “war to end all wars”.

30 October 1942  A RCAF Hudson of No. 145(BR) Squadron destroyed U658 with a salvo of depth charges 320 miles out of St. John’s Newfoundland.  Later that same day, a Digby of No. 10(BR) RCAF Squadron sent U520 to the bottom far out in the Atlantic.


1 November 1914  Battle at Coronel. A brass plaque at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Esquimalt, BC, is dedicated to the four ex-cadets of the Royal Naval College of Canada and men of Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Good Hope who were killed in action in 1914.  Four cadets of the first class of the Royal Navy College of Canada, were the first Canadian Navy casualties in WWI.  Midshipmen Malcolm Cann, John V.W. Hatheway, William Archibald Palmer, and Arthur Wiltshire Silver, died when the British warship HMS Good Hope went down with no survivors, sunk by the German navy.  These casualties were avenged 8 December at the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

1 November 1920  Three British ships, Aurora, Patriot, and Patrician are officially commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy at Portsmouth.

1 November 1941  Reserve Divisions are commissioned as HMCS, local names chosen for each.

2 November 1942   Since December 1940, the ore carrier SS Rose Castle (Rose Castle SS Co Ltd., Sydney) had transported 46 loads of iron ore from Wabana (near the Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation (DOSCO) iron mines on Bell Island in Conception Bay, Newfoundland), to the DOSCO steel refinery in Sydney NS.  On 1 November 1942, she returned from Sydney and anchored (47°36’N 52°57’3”W) about 650 meters east of the already anchored ore carrier SS P.L.M. 27, just off shore from the DOSCO loading pier.  At about 02:00 GMT+2, 2 Nov (19:00 local, 1 Nov), the surfaced U-518 entered Conception Bay.  At 04:00 the U-boat log records “On both sides ashore many lights (driving automobiles).  Searchlights over [the sea from] the [Bell] island.”  The U-518 at about 06:19, slowly proceeded up the channel along the south-east coastline of Bell Island.  At 06:53 a scanning searchlight almost but did not illuminate the surfaced U-boat, however three anchored merchant ships were clearly illuminated for targeting.  At 07:02, two of the three torpedoes, which were fired at the Rose Castle, exploded into the ship. “The steamer settles aft, lays over on its port side and is shrouded in a cloud of smoke.”  Twenty-two crew members and one gunner were killed.  The master, 17 crew members and two gunners were rescued by an RCN Fairmile motor launch.

2 November 1942   After France capitulated to Germany in June 1940, ships of the puppet Vichy France regime were subject to ‘requisition’ by the allied nations.  On 17 July, the French ore carrier SS P.L.M. 27 (Paris Lyon Marseille 27) was seized at Glasgow. On 25 June 1942. She was “transferred … sublet [by UK government]… to DOSCO for Canadian Coastal trade incl. Newfoundland”.  The P.L.M. 27 transported nine loads of iron ore from DOSCO iron mines on Bell Island in Conception Bay, Newfoundland, to the DOSCO steel refinery in Sydney NS.  On 1 November, the P.L.M. 27 arrived from Sydney to receive another load.  She anchored (47°36’N 52°58’W) less than a half nautical mile offshore from the DOSCO loading pier in Wabana.  Two minutes after U-518 sank the SS Rose Castle, the U-boat fired a torpedo into and sank (07:04 GMT+2) the SS P.L.M. 27.  The U-boat log recorded “This one settles aft immediately, forward slowly deeper.”  Seven crew members from P.L.M. 27 were killed.  Thirty-five crew and six gunners were able to swim to shore.

3 November 1942   On 2 November 1942, the SS Christian J. Kampmann (Merchant Marine Ltd, Ottawa) with a cargo of sugar and rum from Demerara, British Guiana, departed Port of Spain, Trinidad, in convoy TAG-18 (37 ships) northbound for Guantanamo, Cuba.  At 00:00 (GMT+2, 3 Nov) (17:00 local, 2 Nov), the U-160 sighted the convoy.  The surfaced U-boat maneuvered ahead of the convoy and at 02:02 fired two torpedoes (Firing solutions of both were set to “target speed = 8 knots, target angle = 81°, range = 2000 meters, depth 4 meters”) into the Christian J. Kampmann.  The U-160 log records that 90 seconds later “Heavy detonation, high flare up of the cargo, sank quickly over the after stern” (12°09’N 62°33’W) about 45 nm West of Grenada.  The master and seven crew members were picked up by the destroyer USS Lea.  Seventeen crew members and two DEMS gunners were casualties.  Later on the 3rd, the U-160 sank three more ships in the convoy: SS Leda (Panama), SS Melton (US) and SS Thornshaver (Norway).

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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