naval affairs

NAC News – Edition K488

NAC News – Edition K488

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of November 18th, 2022

Edition:  K488 HMCS St. Thomas (WWII Castle Class Corvette)

Quote – “After the war, Russia will be a diminished power. Its army’s performance has caused its partners to reassess their view of Russia’s capabilities and the judgment of its leader. Having lost Europe as a market and access to Western technology and investment, Russia will no longer be an energy superpower.”   4 Nov 2022 Angela Stent, The Wall Street Journal

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 David Soule 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 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



Canadian Armed Forces to enhance engagement with Indo-Pacific, Trudeau says

Nord Stream pipelines show evidence of damage from explosives, Swedish team says



Canada Lacks Ability to Track Increasing Arctic Ship Traffic -Auditor

The history behind HMCS Margaret Brooke (Editor – great 3:42 min video included) Royal Canadian Navy Commissions the second Arctic offshore and patrol ship, HMCS Margaret Brooke (Editor – previous event, but nice new pics in a 1:31 min video)

Patrol ship dedicated to Black Victoria Cross recipient

Undaunted by fire: the legacy of Chief Petty Officer Max Bernays

Victoria veteran preserving stories of navy women (Editor – well done member Dave Freeman)

Canada’s Northern Affairs minister says no to Baffinland mine expansion

Canadian Forces officers applaud speech slamming Canada’s climate change policies, cancel culture, weak leaders (Editor – this isn’t helpful on so many levels)

Sean Chu removed from committee after navy officer expressed concerns

Military bans uniforms from civilian trials following Fortin criticism

Veterans return to South Korea on war anniversary

RMC alumni fund Currie Hall refurbishment project

Veterans Pass the Remembrance Torch to Youth

UNTD Citizen’s Sailors Virtual Cenotaph and New Vignettes posted

Transport Canada announces $75M in funding for export terminal at Port of Prince Rupert

Lookout:  Volume 67, Issue 45, November 14, 2022  a useful article Jackspeak: Badges and Battle Honours

Trident: 14 November 2022 Volume 56, Issue 23

VAC: Salute! – November 2022



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Nov. 14, 2022

Defense Primer: Electronic Warfare

US Navy hopes new funding model can cut sub maintenance delays by 2026

Secret SEAL sub suffers secret mishap

USS Zumwalt Returns from First Western Pacific Deployment

US Merchant Marine Academy Appoints Joanna Nunan As First Female Superintendent

Port of Los Angeles has Slowest October in 13 Years (Editor – noteworthy implications)

Historic Drought Causing Mississippi River to Dry Up



Report to Congress on Chinese Naval Modernization

Chinese, Russian Surface Action Groups Operating Near Japan; U.S., Japan Ships Exercise Nearby (Editor – note HMC ships Vancouver and Winnipeg are there)

Japan must boost its defences before Xi moves to take Taiwan

PLA Navy’s 3rd Type 075 amphibious assault ship makes training debut

China showcases never before seen range of unmanned maritime vehicles at Zhuhai air show

Most Technologically Advanced Australian Warship #shorts (Editor – 40 sec video)

The wicked submarine transition problem

Australia to Receive Data Management Capabilities for Mine Countermeasure Missions

Indo Pacific Endeavour 2022

Future Thai Navy’s Type 071 amphibious transport dock begins sea trials

Chinese naval escort taskforce returns home

China says its helicopter is better

CSIC displays ET80 anti-submarine torpedo at AirShow China 2022

DRDO Launches Submersible Platform for Acoustic Characterization & Evaluation Facility for Indian Navy

NACKS floats out OOCL’s new eco-friendly 24,000 TEU behemoth

Cruise ship with 800 Covid cases docks in Sydney

Japan Reopens Ports to International Cruises




UN General Assembly calls on Russia to pay reparations to Ukraine

Ukraine war: US and Russian spy chiefs meet face-to-face in Turkey

Blast Damage in Possible Mine Strike (Editor – Turkish side of the Bulgarian-Turkish border)

Ukraine Launches Crowd Funding Drive for $250K Naval Drones

IEA: Russia May Have a Hard Time Finding Buyers for Unwanted Oil and Turkey Adds Teeth to Russia Sanctions With Tanker-Insurance Rule

UN Confirms Black Sea Grain Initiative was Extended for 120 Days


Five Allied Carrier Strike Groups Patrol Waters in NATO’s Area of Operations

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 (SNMG1) Conducts Multinational Joint Training in Baltic Sea

Sweden’s A-26 Submarine Creates New Possibilities For Seabed Warfare

USS Gerald R. Ford Makes Trans-Atlantic Port Visit to Portsmouth, U.K.

HMS Queen Elizabeth trains with F-35s in northern European waters

BAE Systems Gets Contract to Build 2nd Batch of 5 Type 26 Frigates (Editor – more CSC cousins)

Severnaya Verf to build five more Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates for Russia and Severnaya Verf Shipyard currently building 20 ships — CEO

Three firms receive RFQ for Dutch submarine replacement project

French Navy’s First FDI Frigate Launched by Naval Group (Editor – 2:02 min video)

Icebreaker Healy Returns Home after Four-Month Arctic Deployment

Finnish Navy main exercise Freezing Winds 22 to start

UK naval shipbuilders breathe a sigh of relief after Team Resolute wins FSS contract and from a different angle UK Picks Spanish Consortium to Build Next Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliary

Russia to receive 2nd nuclear powered icebreaker Ural in two weeks

Time and cost of aircraft carrier repair not yet known

Repairs to Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will not be completed until early 2024

Russian Navy officially commissions Kilo class submarine Ufa

Italy’s Hot New Naval Round (Editor – more wow details following the written article from last week in a 9:03 min video)

Mysterious Type 83 Destroyer : UK’s Mega Big Ship That Will Surprise Earthlings (17,500 tons)

Russian Alexandrite class minesweeper Anatoly Shlemov starts factory trials

Russian spy ship off Scottish coast

As EU oil ban approaches, a Russian tanker tests Arctic route to China

Germany Completes Construction of LNG Terminal

Fincantieri delivers MSC Seascape, the largest and most technologically-advanced ship built in Italy



U.S. Blames Iran for Drone Attack on Tanker Near Oman and HMS Lancaster first to respond after suspected Iranian drone attack on tanker off Oman and Iran’s suicide drones a grave new threat at sea

International Naval Coalition Hosts Stakeholders Conference in Bahrain

UK sends four ships to start World Cup security mission in Qatar

Royal Navy warships trade places on Gulf patrol mission

Exercises With Drones Point Way To Future Of Royal Navy’s Gulf Operations

U.S. Navy Seizes Cargo of Explosives From Dhow in the Gulf of Oman

Iran Releases Two Greek Tankers Seized in May

Suez Canal Container Terminal formalizes $500 mln expansion deal with SCZONE



Dunlop: The environmental price to pay if we fail to act is high

Royal Navy ice ship HMS Protector ready to renew Antarctic environmental mission

America’s Sole Heavy Icebreaker Heads South on Antarctic Mission

World’s largest LNG-powered cruise ship christened and Maritime sector teams up with hydrogen leaders to scale up green hydrogen production



The Soviet Union’s Nuclear Icebreakers (Editor – useful summary in a 14:41 min video)

9,000 Fallen Soldiers Etched into the Sand on Normandy Beach to Commemorate Peace Day (Editor – a unique and somber display)

When the German Navy Sank Its Own Fleet (Editor – 10:23 min video)



20 November 1943  HMCS Snowberry commanded by A/LCdr James A. Dunn,  RCNVR, HMCS Calgary commanded by A/LCDR Henry  K. Hill,  RCNVR, and HMS Nene commanded by sink U-536 near the Azores.

20 November 1957  HMCS Labrador, an Arctic patrol vessel, is paid off and later transferred to the Department of Transport.

21 November 1953  HMCS Labrador arrived in Halifax, having circumnavigated the North American continent.

23 November 1809  Convicted in Canada’s first piracy trial, Edward Jordan is hanged in Halifax.

24 November 1944 HMCS Shawinigan while on independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, was torpedoed and sunk by U1228.  All 91 of the crew perished.

25 November 1950  HMCS Nootka leaves Halifax for the first of two tours of duty in Korea.

25 November 1953  HMCS Cayuga sails for duty off Korea for the third and final time.

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)

Keep in touch with the NAC

If you are receiving NAC News, consider friends joining NAC – Membership and Renewal plus NAC Naval Affairs Papers, Briefing Notes, Niobe Papers, and much more.

Link to Starshell Magazine

Other Interesting Web Sites

Archived weekly NAC New Links

Twitter: @navalassn

Should you wish to donate or leave a memorial: NAC Endowment Fund

NAC reference to assist veterans and/or seniors is located at Veteran’s Corner

Keep in touch with the RCN

Facebook – RoyalCanadianNavy | MarineRoyaleCanadienne;

Twitter – @RoyalCanNavy | @MarineRoyaleCan;

LinkedIn – RoyalCanadianNavy-MarineRoyaleCanadienne

Instagram – RoyalCanNavy | MarineRoyaleCan;

Flickr – RoyalCanadianNavy-MarineRoyaleCanadienne

YouTube – RoyalCanadianNavy | MarineRoyaleCanadienne

Vimeo – RoyalCanadianNavy-MarineRoyaleCanadienne

Our mailing address is:

Naval Association of Canada

1138 Sauterne Pk

Orleans, On K1C 2N8


You are receiving this email because you are associated with NAC and have been receiving NAC News.

Copyright © 2022 Naval Association of Canada, all rights reserved.