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NAC News – Edition K494/J494

NAC News – Edition K494/J494

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Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of December 30th, 2022

Happy New Year Edition:  K494 HMCS Arnprior (WWII Castle Class corvette) and J494 HMCS Spruce Lake (WWII Lake Class minesweeper)

Quote – 494  “I was the originator of the Naval War College at Portsmouth – that’s quite a different thing from an Imperial General Staff at the War Office.  The vulgar error Lord Haldane and others, who are always talking about “Clear thinking” and such-like twaddle is they do not realize that the Army is so absolutely different from the Navy.  Every condition in them is different.”   Memories, by Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Fisher, Fisher, John Arbuthnot Fisher, Baron, 1841-1920, page 104, Dictated September 1919.

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

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.

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!



Diplomacy isn’t dead, but sometimes you can’t reason with a bully, says Bob Rae



Maritime Security Challenges 2022 (Editor – Videos of Conference now available)

High-tech high seas: how drone boats are changing the way navies do their work

Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship Woes

Annual Great Lakes Ice-Breaking Starts Early Due to Winter Storm

Video: U.S. Coast Guard Crosses Border to Save a Sailor and His Dogs

Sailor’s Reserve: The Story of HMCS Winnipeg’s Whisky



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Dec. 29, 2022

Authorization for New Great Lakes Heavy Icebreaker

Video: Chile Launches the First Icebreaker Built in South America (Editor – note the previous Canadian Connection.)

Local company’s $3.95-billion U.S. arctic base contract “good news” says Greenland

U.S. Navy Suspends “Up-or-Out” Policy in a Bid to Boost Retention

Video: U.S. Navy’s Drone Logistics Trials Take Flight

Report to Congress on Constellation-class Frigate Program (FFG-62)

US Testing Its Most Expensive Helicopter Ever Made (Editor – 15:12min video) then Navy Approves CH-53K Heavy-Lift Helicopter for Full-Rate Production

Nuclear submarine USS Seawolf arrives at Naval Base Kitsap

Austal USA Celebrates Christening of US Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Augusta (LCS 34)

New Lock at the Soo Reauthorized in WRDA 2022 at $3.219 Billion

Superyacht Party in the Caribbean



China, Japan up military ante on the Nansei Islands and PLA holds fire strike drills around Taiwan island after US defense bill provokes China

GT Yearender: PLA wraps up year 2022 with intensive drills, rapid development then China, Russia conclude week-long naval drills in East China Sea

Dozens of Chinese warplanes cross Taiwan median line

China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning spotted edging close to Guam for first time amid US strategic threats

Death Toll From Thai Warship’s Sinking Rises to 18

Editors’ picks for 2022: ‘Australia’s navy is cultivating “a nuclear mindset”, says SSN taskforce chief’

Philippines, China Move to Avoid ‘Miscalculation’ in Disputed Sea

The end of the CCP: Japan chased the Chinese Coast Guard and invaded Senkaku Island (Editor – a 2:48 min news video form two week’s ago)

Taiwan extends mandatory military service to one year

Japanese MoD Releases Further Details about Its Future BMD Destroyers

Logistics in War – military logistics and its impact on modern warfare.

Why is Indian Navy eyeing lithium-ion batteries for its submarines?

Rafale-M vs F/A-18 Super Hornet; Hots Up Indian Skies

French Navy’s Falcon 200 tracks two Iranian ships in Pacific

UN Calls for Rescue for 190 Drifting Rohingya, 180 More Feared Dead

Pakistan Holds Keel-Laying and Cutting-Steel Ceremonies for the Hangor-Class Submarines

China unveils catamaran drone carrier mothership

Bangladesh Bans Russian Vessel Carrying Nuclear Plant Parts

MSC’s new giant 24,100 TEU boxship hits the water in China

The Floating Shipyard Revisited: A Mobile, Modular Yard for Repairs

Snails Force Coral Princess to Skip Ports in New Zealand to Clean Hull




Ukraine war: Five ways conflict could go in 2023

US Responds to Attacks on Ukrainian Grain Ports with More Sanctions

Putin Bans Oil Exports to Countries Imposing Price Cap

Three Japanese Insurers Halt War Risk Policies in All Russian Waters and How Will Japan Resolve Shipping Insurance for Russian LNG imports? and from necessity Japanese Insurers Agree to Cover War Risk for Sakhalin-2 LNG Shipments


Head of Russia’s Admiralty Shipyards Dies Suddenly and for perspective Sudden Russian Death Syndrome

Every Ship a Warship – The Security Role of China’s Maritime Sector and its Consequences for Europe

Russia sets afloat The Imperator Alexander III submarine and Sevmash delivers sixth Borei-class sub, launches the seventh

Cyberattack Threatens Release of Port of Lisbon Data

France’s first LSS completes maiden sea trials

Portuguese Navy Unveils New Drone Mothership Project

Turkish Government Gives Green Light For Three I-Class Frigates

Holding course: Steering the development of submarine propulsion

Russian Pipeline Gas Exports to Europe Drop to a post-Soviet Low

Turkey’s Black Sea Gas Find Now Amounts to 710 bcm – Erdogan



UK Forward-Deployed Frigate Program Enhances Availability And Operational Effect

Qatar Receives New Al Zubarah Corvette From Fincantieri

Al Jubail-class corvette Al Diriyah has arrived in Saudi Arabia

Italian OPV Paolo Thaon di Revel conducts drills with Bahraini Navy

ADSB Starts Construction of the 1st Falaj 3-Class OPV for the UAE Navy



USCGC Polar Star Heads to Antarctica on Icebreaking Mission

How a Balkan Drug Cartel Infiltrated Global Shipping (Editor – unpardonable 18:49 min video)

Egypt upgrades Otomat Anti-ship missiles to Teseo Mk 2/A standard



The invention to seek out enemy subs

Admiral Andrew Cunningham – Boers, Beatty and Bolsheviks (Part 1) (Editor – what an incredible period of evolution illustrated in a 44:01 min video.  Looking fwd to Part 2)

Bravo-class Sub Brief (Editor – 26:32 min video)



31 December 1990  The crew of HMCS Preserver flies to the Persian Gulf to relieve HMCS Protecteur’s crew.

31 December 1992  New Canadian military honours are created: The Victoria Cross, Star of Military Valour, Medal of Military Valour and Mention in Dispatches.

1 January 1923  The National Defence Act, which was passed in June 1922, takes effect, creating the Department of National Defence.

1 January 1907  Military – British Admiralty provisionally hands over the Halifax Dockyard to Canadian authorities.

1 January 1946  The Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve together become the RCN (Reserve).  From this date officers of the Regular Force and Reserve wore the same sleeve lace.

3 January 1941 Canada and the U.S. acquire air bases at Gander, Newfoundland, and Goose Bay, Labrador, on a 99-year lease.

4 January 1943 HMCS Prince Henry is re-commissioned as Landing Ship Infantry (Medium).

4 January 1945   The Canadian tanker SS Nipawin Park was in coastal convoy SH-194 heading from Sydney to Halifax.  When just 4 nm from Halifax, U-1232 fired a torpedo into the ship and 2 crew members were killed instantly. The ship’s bow was so badly damaged that it broke off and sank. The 29 survivors were taken off by HMCS Kentville (a Bangor class minesweeper).  The hulk remained afloat and was towed into Halifax, where she was repaired and returned to service.

4 January 1781   Royal Navy press gang seizes Lunenburg farmers in Halifax and puts them on a British Man-of-War, despite a jury finding that the impressment is illegal.

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