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NAC News – Edition K487

NAC News – Edition K487

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 11th, 2022

Edition:  K487 HMCS Long Branch (WWII Flower Class Corvette built in Scotland)

Quote – “The Canadian [WW1] contribution was no small one: 628,462 men were enrolled of whom 424,589 went overseas.  Over 5,000 men went into the Royal Canadian Navy and 24,095 into the British Air Services.  In all 60,661 Canadians gave their lives for the Allied Cause.  For a country whose greatest military effort for over 150 years had not exceeded 10,000 and whose population had only reached eight million this was truly a staggering effort.” Canada’s Soldiers 1604-1954  The Military History of An Unmilitary People, pg. 313, George F.G. Stanley, 1954

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

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2022 NAC Endowment Fund Campaign -You will receive a letter in the coming weeks inviting you to donate to the EF. Please consider a donation to our Fund as it supports a wide range of maritime related activities. You can even donate using cryptocurrency (Yes – the NAC EF accepts cryptocurrency!!! –  who knew). Check out the donation form at this webpage.

14 Nov 2022 19:00 (Ottawa time)  Naval Association of Canada – Ottawa Branch’s November Speaker’s Evening “The RCN Personnel Picture” with Commodore Jeffrey Murray, Director General, Naval Strategic Readiness (His biography can be downloaded from the NAC-O website) discussing the RCN’s immediate and mid-term approaches to attraction and retention for both the Regular Force and Naval Reserves to meet its needs in a challenging geopolitical environment.  This is a virtual presentation utilizing GoToMeeting.  To register via Wildapricot.

14-16 November 2022 Registration for Maritime Security Challenges 2022 in Victoria BC  Apart 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.

NEW  30 Nov 2022 13:00 (Halifax time) RUSI-NS invites you to join in on their presentation “Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Intelligence Support in Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fisheries.” The presentation is virtual using Zoom.  There is no fee to attend this event.  To register, email by close-of-business Sunday, 27 November.  As the subject line for your registration email, put: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speakers 30 November 2022 Registration.  In addition to your name, please provide your organization (agency/directorate, unit, association, or company).  Participation is limited and later registrants may have to be put on a waiting list.  Instructions will be emailed to registrants by end Tuesday, 29 November.

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 UNTD in Victoria 9-12 May 2023.  You will find both at



Japan Hosts Multilateral Display Of Naval Unity Amid East Asia Tension and Japanese PM Kishida Renews Calls for Expanded Defense Spending

Students trek to cemeteries to honour veterans with poppy-painted stones (Editor – this wonderful “No Stone Left Alone” ceremony is growing)

CFB Esquimalt sailor picked for sentry duty at National War Memorial on Remembrance Day



Minister of National Defence Video Message for Remembrance Day 2022 (Editor – 5:01min video)

Veterans’ Week and to ponder ‘The least they could do’: Veterans push Canada to award its first Victoria Cross

Virtual Cenotaph honours citizen sailors

Field of Crosses Memorial displays 3,500 Commemorative Cross

Veterans Affairs Canada has been overestimating the number of veterans for decades

Commemorating and learning from the HMCS Kootenay disaster

Did you buy a poppy online? It may be one of hundreds of unauthorized products

Davie redelivers RCN frigate following major upgrade

RCMP Investigating Allegations of Former Canadian Fighter Pilots Training Chinese Military Aviators

New barges bring exciting capability to the Navy

Canadian Armed Forces now allowing permanent residents to enlist amid low recruitment

CNR: Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship/Vessel

From Corner Brook to Coxswain of a warship 

CAF Story | Fine arts and Naval communication go hand in hand (Editor – 3:06 min RCN video)

Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service member was ahead of her time with salty 1940s ventriloquism act

Submarine could move to another fleet-repair facility, DND says

Study highlights major impact of Canada’s maritime private sector

Rain in Canada Deals Latest Blow to Global Grain Trade

Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards has been awarded a long-term contract with the Canadian Coast Guard to support the engineering work

U.S. and Canada Launch Green Shipping Corridor for Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway

Victoria sees record-breaking but challenging cruise ship season as last boat docks

Lookout: Volume 67, Issue 44, November 7, 2022

Jackspeak: Port and Starboard



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 7, 2022

DDG(X) Destroyer Could Cost Up to $3.4B a Hull, SSN(X) Attack Boat Up to $7.2B, Says CBO Report (Editor – perhaps the CSC isn’t so outrageous)

Report: Chinese Fishing Vessel Tried to Hit USCG Cutter off Galapagos

Facing dire recruiting realities, Navy raises max enlistment age to 41

British ship suppresses gang violence in Overseas Territory

US Coast Guard commissions Sentinel class cutter William Chadwick

USS Chicago Returns Home from Final Deployment

Bollinger Shipyards to Take On USCG’s New Polar Icebreaker Program with Acquisition of VT Halter Marine

REMUS 620: HII’s New Medium-Class UUV (Editor – Huntington Ingalls Industries)

Navy Installs 3D Printer for Metal Parts on USS Bataan

Diana Toebbe: Harsher sentence for wife of spy convicted in US



Russian Navy now has six submarines able to launch Bulava-missiles

China Will Increase Pressure on Taiwan in Next Two Years Rather Than Invade, Says Pentagon Official

Power play: China’s submarines going lithium

China bomber spied with new air-launched hypersonic

China is expanding an airbase close to key naval base, satellite images show and PLA Navy brings ship-based aircraft to Airshow China

Makin Island ARG, 13th MEU Quietly Deploy to Indo-Pacific

Indian Navy deploys P-8I maritime patrol aircraft at France’s Reunion Island

Tokyo Protests Chinese Surveillance Ship Transit in Territorial Waters, Japan Prepares for Fleet Review

Philippine Navy Receives Submarine Training From France’s DCI Group

French Navy Ship Aconit Visits Mumbai 28 October to 02 November 2022

Two Iranian Navy’s ships IRIS Makran & IRIS Dena visits Indonesia

A New Maritime Boundary Dispute: Is Ashmore Reef Part of Australia?

Crucial Missile Test may be deferred by India due to Presence of a Chinese Spy Vessel in the IOR

Grounded Supertanker Could Take a Month to Free -Indonesia Navy with a wrinkle US Approves Salvage Of Sanctioned Oil Tanker Aground Near Singapore

UK Agrees to Discuss Terms With Mauritius on Future of Chagos Islands

China’s Year-End Export Surge in Doubt as Global Demand Falters

US Offers $5M Bounty on Singapore Shipowner for North Korean Trade




Kherson retreat a decisive Russian defeat (editor – not a naval article but a good summary)

Considering the implications of the attack on the Russian fleet in Sevastopol

Türkiye refuses to let two Russian warships enter the Black Sea

Russian Soldiers Slam Commanders after Sustaining Heavy Losses: Report (Editor – lost in translation/conversion they are Marines) and Russia Lost 63,000 Soldiers in Ukraine: Intel (Editor – for perspective – approaching the total number of the Regular CAF!, and staggering materiel losses)

Russian loitering munition Lancet hits Ukrainian Gyurza M class gunboat for first time details Russia Strikes Ukrainian Patrol Boat With Lancet Kamikaze Drone

Russia Warns UK of ‘Dangerous Consequences’ After Black Sea Drone Attack then Russian Navy Pulls Warships from Black Sea into Port After Attacks

Pentagon Adds 40 Armored Patrol Boats to Latest Ukraine Military Aid Package

Ukraine Seeks Expanded Grain Deal Being Decided Next Week


HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for northern Europe deployment (Editor – 2:03 min video included)

Russian Threat To Undersea Cables & Pipelines Explained (Editor – 22:45 min documentary video)

Ford Carrier Strike Group Teams with Atlantic Allies in Silent Wolverine Exercise

British destroyer operates with US supercarrier

Marles provides update on training Chinese pilots

UK Moves to Ban Insurance and Services for Transport of Russian Oil

Aboard Air Defense FREMM Frigate LORRAINE (Editor – 6:03 min video)

German Navy tests new weapon system on F125 frigates (Editor – wow)

Naval Group Floats First New FDI Frigate For The French Navy

Royal Navy’s submariners gather to remember at annual Silent Service ceremonies

UK Cancels Flagship Project Opting for Subsea Cable Protection Ships

Malta’s Flagship OPV P71 Arrives In La Valletta

Russian Yacht Seized by Court in Barcelona

Cruise Ship Demolition: The Most Dangerous Job In The World (Editor – 4:37 min video)



US, UK and Saudi navies conclude exercise Nautical Defender 22

International Naval Coalition Hosts Stakeholders Conference in Bahrain

Future Egyptian MEKO A-200EN frigate Al Qahhar starts sea trials

UAE Unveils 51-Meter Offshore Patrol Vessel



Saildrone to expand its seabed mapping missions in Atlantic, Pacific

Meltdown in the Container Shipping Market Continues (Editor – ominous signs includes a 5:29 min video)

Cruise Demand Has Returned To Pre-Pandemic Levels

More Governments Are Turning Against the Deep Sea Mining Rush

Mariners Working Together to Map the Seafloor

Up to 800,000 seafarers due for carbon upskilling by mid-2030



The namesake navy

Proceedings Podcast: Operation Torch, 80th Anniversary (Editor – 33:42 min podcast)

Russia’s Delta Class Submarines Were Created For Secret Reasons (Editor – 9:49 min video)

German navy type 702 Berlin Class replenishment vessel FGS Berlin enters Devonport 22-9-22 (Editor – not an exciting 14:42 min video, but a good look at the ship that the future HMCS Protecteur and Preserver are based)

SWORDS | How Do They Do It? (Editor – 6:47 min video)

The Mariner’s Mirror 34 min Podcast with video included: Iconic Ships 19: Preussen



12 November 2001  HMCS Vancouver is part of a US Battle Group departing San Diego California for the Persian Gulf.

13 November 1942  Captain (RN) Frederick Thornton Peters born in Charlottetown and raised in Vernon and Victoria was awarded the VC for his actions 13 Nov 1943.  Captain Peters was in the suicide charge” by two little cutters at Oran.  The “Walney” and “Hartland” were two ex-American coastguard cutters which were lost in a gallant attempt to force the boom defences in the harbour of Oran during the landings on the North African coast.  Captain Peters led his force through the boom in the face of point-blank fire from shore batteries, destroyer, and a cruiser – a feat which was described as one of the great episodes of naval history.  The “Walney” reached the jetty disabled and ablaze, she and went down with her colours flying.  Blinded in one eye, Captain Peters was the only survivor of the seventeen men on the bridge of the “Walney”.  He was taken prisoner but was later released when Oran was captured.  On being liberated from the gaol, he was carried through the streets where the citizens hailed him with flowers.  Captain Peters was killed in an air crash three days after his release on 13 November 1942 when returning to Britain the Sunderland flying boat crash-landed in Plymouth Sound in thick fog.  Captain Peters has no known grave and is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial Hampshire, England.  The Captain also earned the Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Service Cross and Bar, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1939-45 Star, Africa Star with Bar (North Africa 1942-43) 1939-45 Medal, and the Distinguished Service Cross (USA).

13 November 1944 HMCS Algonquin commanded by LCdr Desmond W. Piers, DSO, RCN sank German Minesweepers M-416 and M-427.

15 November 1942  While escorting a convoy, HMCS Saguenay is accidentally struck in the stern by freighter SS Azra, which sinks. Saguenay is towed to St. John’s.

15 November 1952  First Naval Reserve Air Squadron established, VC-920 at Toronto.  To fly Swordfish and Avengers.

16 November 1857   PO1 (RN) William Hall, ‘Captain of the Foretop,’ of that HMS Shannon, were recommended by the late Captain Peel for the Victoria Cross, for their gallant conduct at a 24-Pounder Gun, brought up to the angle of the Shah Nujjiff, at Lucknow, on the 16th of November, 1857.  William Hall was born in Horton NS was the first Nova Scotian, the first Naval VC earned by a Canadian citizen, one of only four Canadian born Naval VC winners ever, and the first Black person to receive the Victoria Cross.  He is buried in Hantsport Baptist Church Cemetery, Nova Scotia.  HMCS William Hall is named in his honour.

16 November 1941  HMCS Prince Robert arrived in Hong Kong escorting units of the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada in TS Awatea.

18 November 1940  HMC MTB 1 commissioned.  A prototype MTB, CMTB-1 was shipped to Canada in 1940 by the British Power Boat Co., which had contracts for 12 of the type to be built at Montreal, Quebec.  CMTB-1 arrived on 16 Jul 1940, and was rebuilt to RCN specifications.  She was then sent to Halifax as a training vessel that fall.  She arrived there on 17 Dec 1940 after a trip fraught with difficulties owing to ice and weather, and had been aground for a time near Richibucto, NB, on 27 Nov 1940.  She was at some point designated V-250.  The boat returned to Montreal for refit in Aug 1941, following which she was turned over to the RN as MTB 332.  She seems to have been the only one of the twelve to serve, however briefly, in the RCN.

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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