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NAC News – Edition K492/J492

NAC News – Edition K492/J492

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 16th, 2022

Edition: K492 HMCS Leaside (WWII Castle Class corvette) and J492 HMCS Pine Lake (WWII Minesweeper)

Quote – “Such are the times – again – in Russia when the truth is considered a criminal offence.  But if the choice is between imprisonment and silent complicity, then there really isn’t any choice after all…a Europe whole and free will only become possible with a democratic Russia as part of it.  Even in this darkest hour, I firmly believe that time will come – and, with strategic and principled global leadership in defence of the democratic order, we can all bring that time a little closer.”  Russian dissident Vladimir Kara-Murza.

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 UNTD in Victoria 9-12 May 2023.  Cross Canada listing of Events taking place during the Centennial of the Canadian Naval Reserve in 2023

NEW  18 January 2023 13:00 – 15:00 (Halifax Time) RUSI-NS presents Distinguished Speaker Scott Hatcher CCG speaking about the CCG Autonomous Systems and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Program.  To register email  As the subject line for your registration email, put: RUSI(NS) Distinguished Speaker 18 January 2023 Registration.  In addition to your name, please provide your organization (agency/directorate, unit, association, or company).  The event will be done by Zoom.  Instructions will be emailed to registrants by end Monday, 16 January.

NEW 28 February 2023  ShipTech Forum 2023 8:00 – 18:00 (Ottawa time) The ShipTech Forum is a hybrid conference with virtual access too.  It is intended to showcase emerging technologies, address a range of marine and shipbuilding issues as well as ship repair and the advantages they provide for growth and export.  To register visit  All serving Naval & Public sector Personnel can register for Free!

2022 NAC Endowment Fund Campaign is now underway!  Please consider a donation to our Fund as it supports a wide range of maritime related activities.  Check out the donation form at this webpage.



Canada will not send fighter jets to patrol NATO airspace for Russian incursions (Editor – force generation challenges, plus a worthwhile NATO related 10:33 min video embedded)

In focus: delivering the Type 26 Frigates (Editor – famous names for ships) and Plasan signs contract with BAE Systems for armouring of Type 26 Global Combat Ships for UK Royal Navy – Batch 2 (Editor – Plasan armour presumably to protect vital areas)



VAdm Topshee and CPO1 Lizotte send Season’s Greetings to all

NAC Ottawa Speaker’s Evening Dec 2022 (Editor – get the real scoop from Cdr RCN and NAC member VAdm Angus Topshee in a 31:50 min video.  Please share with any and all of the uninitiated that you think would help raise their awareness.)

11th RCN Historical Conference: Call for Papers (Editor – 28 Feb deadline for papers, and 12-14 May for the conference)

Naval Security Team stands guard on the East Coast

On Target: Canadian Armed Forces in ‘crisis’? and Are Canadian youth patriotic? Then More than half of recent applications to join the military came from permanent residents: DND

Arbour warns against letting her report on sexual misconduct sink into a policy ‘graveyard’ plus Military misconduct: Will feds adopt recommendations? then Government ordering review of military colleges in response to report on sexual misconduct

Sexually inappropriate ‘call sign’ leads to guilty verdict, reprimand for 2 military officers

Royal Canadian Navy begins long process to replace Victoria-class subs

National Defence to probe past contracts awarded to firm now tied to China

Matterhorn was built in 1956 for the Royal Canadian navy as the St.Charles ATA 533 and was based at HMC Dockyard in Halifax.

Ottawa announces details of plan to buy fishing licences to reduce size of Pacific salmon industry

2022 Public Opinion poll: Canadians’ attitudes towards marine shipping (Editor – first-rate survey and report. Useful relevant stat!)

Canadian Coast Guard’s Historic Research Vessel Heads for Dismantling

Lookout: Volume 67, Issue 49, December 12, 2022 with Jackspeak: Close Up and Closed Up and a special note of a NAC member Venerable Veteran Celebrates 102nd Birthday

Trident: Monday 12 Dec Volume 56, Issue 25



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 12, 2022

SECNAV Del Toro: Navy Needs to ‘Be Realistic’ in Pursuit of Next Destroyer, Sub, Fighter

SECNAV Names Next Big Deck Amphib USS Fallujah

US Navy Anti-Radiation Missile Hits Moving Maritime Target in Latest Trial

How US Navy Made The Most Successful Destroyer … But Now Has to Replace it. (Editor – 20:12 min video)

Hospital ship Comfort temporarily suspends medical services in Haiti eventually USNS Comfort Resumes Transfers to Haiti Wharf For Medical Services After Overboard Mishap

The Boat Used to Take Down Drug Runners: SAFE Boats Interceptor 41 Walk-through (Editor – amazing boat in a 10:06 min video)

Louisiana Governor Announces $1.8 Billion Port Expansion Project



U.S. Sanctions People, Entities Over China-Based Illegal Fishing

Type 055 large destroyer leads PLA warships in island chain-breaking voyage

Defence dubs new autonomous underwater vessel “Ghost Shark”

JMSDF Commissions 3rd Mogami-Class Frigate ‘NOSHIRO’ 「のしろ」

US Navy’s Seventh Fleet Update

U.S. Needs to Clear $19B in Arms Sale Backlog to Taiwan, says HASC member

Vietnam in big push to expand South China Sea outposts: US think-tank

Work has begun on Second Aircraft Carrier: Defence Minister

BAP Tarlac Trains in Landing Special Forces

PLA submarines uses adversary forces in South China Sea as practice partners

Update: New Zealand receives first P-8A

TKMS Launches Two Type 218SG Submarines for Singapore

In a truly watershed movement, Indian Navy opens doors of its elite forces for women

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) International Fleet Review (Editor – 3:10 min video)

China Shipyards Record Increased LNG Tanker Orders As S.Korea Builders Are Full Up




Downfall in Russia! Former CIA Director David Petraeus Says Everyone In Russia Will Be Surprised! (Editor – 8:39 min video podcast)

The Russian-Ukraine war and its ramifications for Russia

Ukraine war: US says Iran now Russia’s ‘top military backer’

Civilian death toll, Russian war crimes soar in Ukraine

Ukraine Port Of Odesa Not Operating After Russian Drone Attack

At Least 15 Million Barrels Caught Up in Turkish Tanker Impasse but importantly Turkey Reaches Deal Over New Tanker Insurance Regulations

Romania Defuses Mine Drifting Near Its Black Sea Shore


Russia is saying goodbye to its last Soviet-era ballistic-missile submarines. Here’s what’s replacing them.(Editor – last of the Typhoon Class)

Four dead and 43 rescued as Royal Navy and Coastguard continue search and rescue mission in English Channel

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two Transfers Flagship in Rota

Icebreaking season begins in Finland

The Norwegian Navy Followed Russian Frigate’s Voyage North

Turkish Navy’s First Reis-Class (Type 214TN) AIP Submarine Begins Sea Trials

British assault ship returns home

French Navy Receives 10th Upgraded ATL2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft

The Netherlands selects Kongsberg NSM Naval Strike Missile for its of air defence and command frigates

Saab Awarded Polish Ministry of Defense Contract for Design and Production of SIGINT Ships

Seabed Warfare: French Navy To Lease Deep Diving AUV From Exail

Royal Navy unsung hero heading back to the front line

Turkish Defense Agency Reveals New Capabilities For ULAQ USV

MBDA Consortium to Produce Aster Missile for UK

Royal Navy seeking ‘loitering munitions’ for ships

CIMSEC: Sea Control 396- Russian naval dominance in the black sea with Dr. Daniel Fiott (Editor – 24:02 min podcast)

Russia Sets Up Baltic Sea Ship-to-Ship Terminal for Tankers

World’s Largest Cruise Ship Floated and Moved to Fitting Out Berth

Seized $200M Yacht to be Auctioned Off to Support Ukraine



Aconit Takes Part in Exercise Pearl of the West 2022

Egypt takes command of new Red Sea maritime task force



Nasa’s Swot satellite will survey millions of rivers and lakes

Tanker Fired on During New Gulf of Guinea Incident

Operation ATALANTA, EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Somalia: mandates extended for two years

French Navy Seizes 4.6 Tons of Cocaine Heading for Europe

Sudan Gets UAE Backing for a New $6 Billion Seaport

U.S. Gives Patrol Boat to Mozambique to Improve Maritime Security



The Sinking of U-501 — Inside the Royal Canadian Navy’s First U-Boat Kill of WW2

Innovating Victory – How Technology Changed the Battlefield (Editor – interesting look at the rise of WW2 technology in a 1:21:54 hr video)

US and Russian Nuclear Submarines how They Different #2 #shorts (Editor – 45 sec video)

The Ship Germany Was too Scared to Name After Itself (Editor – 15:10 min video)



17 December 1944  HMCS MONTREAL (frigate) rescues survivors of U-Boat 1209 wrecked on Wolf Rock southwest of Land’s End.

19 December 1945  The Government of Canada approves in principle the formation of a naval air branch.

20 December 1941  HMCS Adversus, ex-RCMP patrol ship, while on patrol was lost at sea when caught in a blizzard and run aground on McNutts Island near Shelburne, NS.  All 16 crew survive.

20 December 1943  HMCS Prince David is re-commissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).

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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