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NAC News – Edition K495/J495

NAC News – Edition K495/J495

Statue of female RMC cadet

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of January 6th, 2023

Edition: K495 HMCS Copper Cliff (WWII Castle Class Corvette) and J495 HMCS Willow Lake (WWII Lake Class minesweeper)

Quote – 495  “I largely agree with all you say about politicians.  No doubt our great handicap in war is that nearly all the party leaders get their position through qualities which serve them admirably in peace time, but are fatal in war. “ Memories, by Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Fisher, Fisher, John Arbuthnot Fisher, Baron, 1841-1920, page 40, Dictated September 1919.”

Rod Hughes

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

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The Board of Directors of NAC is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Goheen as the Executive Director of the Association.  Kevin brings his extensive background as an engineer, academic, and association leader to help guide NAC forward.  Thanks goes out to David Soule as he relinquishes his duties as ED.  David has been awarded a 2021 NAC Gold Medallion in recognition of his leadership and dedication as Ottawa Branch Secretary, and National Executive Director as NAC transitioned under the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.  Welcome aboard Kevin, and BZ to David for a job well done!

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!

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.



As 2023 dawns, Canada’s top soldier confronts a long list of worst-case scenarios

Ukraine must get long-term support, warns NATO chief

New Analysis Counts the Cost of Maritime Chokepoint Closures (Editor – a major reasons why maritime security is vital)



On Target: Army stretched too thin: Commander warns (Editor – not a Naval article but useful for perspective)

Irving, Ottawa finalize deal for new coast guard ships and Price tag for navy, coast guard patrol ships soars to $6.5 billion

A plan to plug gaps in the continent’s Arctic defence shield faces roadblocks (Editor – maritime surveillance included)

Statue Commemorates Inclusion of Women at RMC

Staying on mission: How talking openly transforms lives of Canadian veterans afflicted with PTSD

Photos: U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard Free Ships Trapped in Ice

Slight decrease in CAF Pension Plan Contributions for 2023

Hazy pursuit: Retired navy clearance diver pours military stories into brewing business



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 3, 2023

Northrop Grumman-Built MQ-8C Fire Scout Makes Operational Deployment with US Navy

CIMSEC: Sharpening Surface Force Lethality: The Latest in Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training

Navy Buys 2 ‘Loyal Wingman’ XQ-58A Valkyrie Drones for $15.5M

Navy’s progress towards unmanned operations: 5 Stories from 2022 

Zr.Ms. Holland intercepts more than 1000 kilograms of contraband

Ecuador Reports 400% Rise In Drug Trafficking Via Shipping Containers and Ecuador Insecurity, Drug Crime Hitting Shipping

Report to Congress on Columbia-class Ballistic Missile Submarine Program

Next Generation Nuclear Submarines #shorts (Editor – 57 sec video)

US Poised to Regain Crown as World’s Top LNG Exporter

Chevron to Send First Venezuelan Crude Cargo to Mississippi Refinery Under U.S. License

Armed Pirates Rob Two Offshore Vessels in Bay of Campeche



China’s PLAN: 2022 Year In Review and Top ten breakthroughs in Chinese naval escort history (Editor – 3:18 min video)

Canada eyes closer ties with PH as part of expanded role in Indo-Pacific

US Arleigh Burke class destroyer Chung Hoon transits Taiwan Strait and the usual Beijing Protests After U.S. Navy’s First Taiwan Strait Transit of 2023

Submarines and nuclear umbrellas

China’s advanced Fujian aircraft carrier ready to start sea trials this year, a boost for military capacity

China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier group returns from far sea training in West Pacific, setting new records and Chinese Liaoning Carrier Strike Group Now in East China Sea, PLA Drones Operating Near Japan and video included J-15 fighter takes off from CNS Shandong in South China Sea (Editor – why does their kit always look unused?)

Russian Pacific Fleet ships return home after joint naval maneuvers with China

Helicopter training exercise on amphibious assault ship Anhui (Editor – 52 sec video)

Chinese military short of troops trained in hi-tech operations, PLA Daily reveals in rare show of candour (Editor – sorry, the full article is not openly available) they are not alone How the New Zealand Navy plans to fix its sailor and ship shortfalls

CIMSEC: Sea Control 401 – defeat China’s navy, defeat China’s war plan with Robert Haddick (Editor – interesting stats and perspective during a 21:45 podcast)

U.S. Building Advanced Over-The-Horizon Radar On Palau

Japan to Expand Fleet of Aegis Destroyers Amid Tensions With China

First Taiwan indigenous submarine to be launched in September 2023

Kongsberg Signs Contract With Australia For Naval Strike Missiles (NSM)

Chinese shipyard launches Thailand Navy Type 071 LPD Chang

China conducting reclamation activities in unoccupied Islands in South China sea

US Air Force Gets Buzzed Over South China Sea and as usual US spy plane makes dangerous maneuvers against monitoring PLA airplane during close-in recon on China

Shanghai Continues as Largest Container Port Handling 47M TEU in 2022, but that said Chinese Export Container Rates Plunge 27%

Evergreen’s colossal Ever Acme delivered 4 months ahead of schedule




Stopping Iran’s drones


Cohesion at Sea: Maritime Deterrence and Defense throughout 2022

Russian Navy Commissions Ballistic Missile Sub, 2 Surface Warships and Russia’s new nuclear-powered missile carriers unrivaled globally — Putin then Putin Calls for Accelerating Warship Construction for the Russian Navy

Nuclear sub returns to Russian Arctic base after 7 years upgrade

Putin Deploys Frigate Carrying New Hypersonic Missiles in Atlantic and Zircon: The hypersonic missile Putin hopes will turn the tide against Ukraine

UK’s first F-35 pilot retires 32 years after being told he’d never be an aviator

An in-depth look at the Type 26 frigate design  (Editor – great look at the power plant that is likely the same as Canada’s.  Some of the weapons and sensors will likely differ.  13:50 min video)

The Only Underwater Submarine Battle in History | February 1945 (Editor – 7:15 min video.  HMS Venturer continuous the name in the first RN Type 31 Frigate currently under construction and a 4:35 min video – Royal Navy Type 31 HMS Venturer, Upcoming Royal Navy Frigate)

Romania Buys Naval Strike Missile Coastal Batteries in $217M Deal

48 missile tubes for Dreadnought class submarines leave US for UK

Royal Navy’s £3bn flagship aircraft carrier has spent more time in dock than it has at sea (Editor – for perspective: getting back into any form of warfare is challenging, let alone operating carriers that are only two of a new class – 1:58 min video)

Future Turkish Amphibious Assault Ship TCG Anadolu Undergoes Sea Acceptance Trials (Editor – yet another country with a honking big ship)

VIDEO: Ocean Infinity’s Armada 7801 Robotic Vessel Reaches Norway (Editor – 1:08 min video embedded)

CMA CGM Completes Russia Exit

Germany Imports First LNG at New Floating Terminal

Nothing More Beyond: The Strait of Gibraltar (Editor – 5:30 min history video)



Egypt takes command of Red Sea Combined Task Force 153

French Warship Seizes Illegal Drugs in North Arabian Sea

Iranian torpedoes successfully fired from army submarines & helicopters

Iran Holds Naval Drills Near Strait Of Hormuz and Iran Hengam class landing ship Lavan conducts naval exercise against Israel Navy

Iran Building Drone Aircraft Carrier from Converted Merchant Ship, Photos Show

Gate of Lamentation: The Bab-El-Mandeb Strait (Editor – 5:05 min history video)



All systems go for Ex Mosi ll (Editor – strange bedfellows)

Naval Task Force Holding Somali Piracy Operation as a Reminder to Shipping Not to Let Its Guard Down

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer Arrives in Praia, Cabo Verde

The Inside Story of the Ship That Broke Global Trade (Editor – human error explained in a 18:15 min video)

Ghana fishing: Abuse, corruption and death on Chinese vessels

The Security Implications of a Chinese Military Base in Equatorial Guinea



The Ultimate Guide to the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (Editor – comprehensive and insightful 2:16:21 hr video)

The Pilot Who Flew 487 Different Aircraft & Landed 2,271 Times On A Carrier! Eric “Winkle” (Editor – truly fascinating interview 1:18:32 hr video)

The lost nuclear bombs that no one can find

Edge of the World: Strait of Magellan, Drake Passage & Beagle Channel (Editor – 8:23 min video)

Russia’s Most Successful Attack Submarine Akula III the Gepard (Editor – 42:53 min video)



7 January 1941  A Special Committee of the Cabinet War Committee recommends that Japanese-Canadians not be allowed to volunteer for the armed services on the grounds that there is strong public opinion against them.

8 January 1944  HMCS Camrose commanded by A/LCDR L. Raymond Pavillard, RCNR, and HMS Bayntun sank the German submarine U-757 in the North Atlantic.

9 January 1945  HMCS Ehkoli, a former RCN patrol boat, is re-commissioned in the RCN as a survey vessel.

11 January 1957  HMCS Magnificent arrives in Port Said with the main body of the Canadian contribution in troops and materiel to the United Nations Emergency Force controlling the Israeli-Egyptian border.

13 January 1943  RCN corvette HMCS Ville de Québec commanded by LCdr A.R.E. Coleman, RCNR sank the German submarine U-224 west of Oran Algeria.

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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