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NAC News – Edition K519

NAC News – Edition K519

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  June 23rd, 2023

Edition: K519 HMCS Lasalle (WWII River Class Frigate)

Quote: “As much as Chinese officials and Chinese media have cast doubt on the United States sincerity in diplomatically engaging with China, there’s also anxiety about the speed at which U.S.-China relations has deteriorated and a desire to stop the relationship from really veering into catastrophe.”  15 June 2023, Patricia Kim, The Hill

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24 June 2023  CNMT AGM  Documentation available at the site.

Navy Bike Ride 2023 (Editor – Navy Bike Ride 2023 is open to participants of any age and ability from across the country and the world, as well as sailors deployed around the globe.  Four in-person events will take place throughout the month of June, spanning from both coasts: Ottawa – Saturday, June 17; Quebec – Saturday, June 3; Halifax- Saturday, June 3; and Colwood – Saturday, June 3.  A virtual event has been made available for those unable to attend in-person to include as many remote riders as possible.  This year you will see the return of our exclusively virtual Admiral’s Challenge in the form of a 100km ride that must be completed in one day.)

17/18 October 2023 ABCMI’s Annual Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show – Vancouver Conference Centre ABCMI’s Annual Business Opportunities Conference & Trade Show.  See the website for developing Event Details including Exhibitor Spaces and Sponsorship Opportunities.

UPDATED 2 November 2023  The Deep Blue Forum 2023 Super Early Bird Registration is Open!  Venue – The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive.

6 December 2023  7:30 am – 6:30 pm Ottawa time.  Industrial Participation Association of Canada (IPAC) announced their first ever Industrial Participation Conference, titled The Changing Landscape of Industrial Participation in Canadian Federal Procurements Conference to be held at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.



Ukraine war: Putin confirms first nuclear weapons moved to Belarus then Is the first use of nuclear weapons ever justified? A top adviser to Vladimir Putin now says yes

HASC Advances NDAA Authorizing 10 Ships, Creating SLCM-N Program with GOP moves to instate sea-launched cruise missile nuclear program

US and China pledge to stabilise tense relationship after talks



New Commander for Maritime Forces Atlantic & Joint Task Force Atlantic

The Work of a Canadian Warship (Editor – 39:14 min RCN video)

Sailors shape future CSC Command Information Centre

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards completes maintenance and upgrade work on HMCS Regina

Readout of Chief of the Defence Staff General Wayne Eyre’s Engagements in the Indo-Pacific

UPDATED: U.S., Canadian Coast Guards Searching for 5 Aboard Missing Submersible on Titanic Dive and UPDATED: 3 Ships Join in Search for Missing Submersible Titan, 2018 Lawsuit Alleged Flaws in Craft’s Design with Cost of search for missing submersible ‘irrelevant,’ fisheries minister says sadly Debris Confirms Catastrophic Failure of Titan Submersible Near Titanic

RMCSD: Strengthening Readiness in Canada’s Arctic (Editor – 1:07:38 hr podcast)

Welcoming friendSHIPS to shore. (Editor – short RCN promo video)

Meet the MacDonald’s. A father and son duo serving aboard HMCS Fredericton. (Editor – 2:26 min RCN video)

Point Hope shipyard marks 150 years and counting on the Upper Harbour and A brief history of Point Hope but in a local Opinion piece “Ian Maxwell has been fighting a non-stop battle to keep the shipyard viable despite the best efforts of the B.C. government to dramatically increase its tax burden.  The shipyard’s tax assessment rose by more than $8 million in one year.”

Victoria sailor clocks fastest solo time in history of Race to Alaska (Editor – Greenwood clan mentioned in dispatches)

Editor – hot off the press the latest NAC graphic novel Hunter and Hunted: On Board a Canadian Corvette in the Battle of the Atlantic. Written by Ann Griffiths.  Illustrated by C George-Hill.

Lookout: Volume 68, Issue 24, June 19, 2023

NAC Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note #15 RCN in the Arctic (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 20, 2023

House committee may conduct greater oversight of Navy ship maintenance

Northrop Grumman hits production milestone with Trident II D5’s 2000th rocket motor

USCGC Sycamore begins Exercise Argus from Nuuk, Greenland

First U.S. deep water port for the Arctic to host cruise ships, military

Surface Warfare Tackles Persistent Problems as More than Half of JOs Say They Don’t Want Command

Navy to Commission Guided-Missile Destroyer Carl M. Levin

U.S. Navy Increases Procurement Of Naval Weapons

USS Charleston (LCS 18) Returns From 26-Month Deployment

U.S. Coast Guard Delivers $186 Million Worth of Cocaine to Miami

New USS Iowa submarine to be christened June 17; watch parties planned statewide (Editor – depth of state support on display)

Austal USA Laid Keel Of Last And Final Independence Variant LCS

Austal USA to build another Navajo-class T-ATS for US Navy

MQ-4C Triton Demonstrates Targeting Capability During Northern Edge 2023

U.S. Navy Tests Out Unmanned Boats for Recovering Downed Pilots

USS Detroit Deploys to Support Regional Cooperation and Security

Panama Canal Further Restricts Drafts Due to Falling Water Levels

Seized Russian Yacht Fetches $68M Bid From Google’s Former CEO

A New ‘Area 52’ In Lake Michigan Could Help the Navy Up its Autonomous Systems Game

Panama’s Registry “Cleans Up” Fleet for International Compliance

Graf Spee: Nazi battleship’s bronze eagle saved from smelter



Carrier USS Ronald Reagan Now in the South China Sea (Editor – HMCS Montreal is with her)

Japan-Canada Bilateral Exercise (KAEDEX23)

Guided-Missile Submarine USS Michigan Pulls Into South Korea

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin’s Regular Press Conference on June 9, 2023 (Editor – interesting read)

US to make India into naval logistics hub for Indo-Pac region

Yushan amphibious transport dock commissioned into service

ASEAN Moves Joint Drills From Disputed South China Sea Area

AUKUS: 3 partners, 2 pillars, 1 problem

China’s Secret Weapon in the Invasion of Taiwan: RoRo Ferries (Editor – 12:16 min video)

Japan to revert Aegis destroyers for air-defence roles once BMD ships come online

Leonardo wins contract from Japan Navy for additional MCH-101 naval helicopter

India gifts missile corvette INS Kirpan to Vietnam

Littoral Combat Ship USS Charleston Completes 26-Month Deployment to Western Pacific

China builds port to support deep sea research in South China Sea

Acting East on the Seas: India’s Naval Cooperation with ASEAN

DRDO achieves key milestone for Tapas UAV with Navy; test done off Karwar

Australia Accuses Master and Chief Engineer of Smuggling Cocaine in Ship’s Ballast Tank

China, South Korea Reach Deal to Curb China’s Illegal-Fishing Fleet and To Find Illegal Fishing Vessels, Focus on Flag State and Gear Type

Subsea Cable Laying, Protection Innovation Funded in Japan




Russian Navy Attempts To Disguise Its Most Powerful Warship In Black Sea

Russia Remembers Unacknowledged Loss of Military Salvage Tug

What Is Russia’s Problem With The Black Sea Grain Deal?


Greece boat disaster: Up to 500 people still missing says UN and Hellenic Coast Guard Defends Actions in Wake of Sea Disaster then U.N. Human Rights Chief Urges Clamp-Down on People Smugglers After Shipwreck the plot thickens Greece boat disaster: Ship tracking casts doubt on Greek Coastguard’s account

Dispatches From The Outlaw Ocean Episode 10: Freedom or Death

Not enough sailors – another Royal Navy personnel crisis is brewing (Editor – the RCN is not alone in its challenges)

HMS Northumberland leads a NATO task group in the High North

PHOTO: UK’s second Type 26 frigate emerges under the blue sky and UK shipyards benefitting from Type 26 frigate steelwork demand

HMS Defender hands over Glasgow affiliation to HMS Glasgow

France and Italy Ink MoU for the MLU of Horizon Destroyers

French Navy Tests HELMA-P Laser Weapon from Horizon Destroyer

Russia’s Project 955A new nuclear-powered sub to feature better stealth — source and Alexander III, Krasnoyarsk nuclear subs to join Russian Navy this year — official

What’s being done to protect UK undersea infrastructure?

BALTOPS 23 concludes in Kiel, Germany and BALTOPS 23: A Testbed for New Technology

Spain Approves The Acquisition Of 16 Airbus C295W For Maritime Patrol And Surveillance

Turkish Navy’s First Indigenous Frigate TCG Istanbul Starts Sea Trials

Final preparations as LÉ William Butler Yeats to join EU operation in Mediterranean

Russia Accelerates Plans for Year-Round NSR Navigation to Grow Volume

Heavy lift carrier enters icy Arctic waters en route from China to Murmansk

Norway eyes a new future in the abyss

Photos: World’s Largest Cruise Ship Icon of the Seas Starts Sea Trials

Climate change: Sudden heat increase in seas around UK and Ireland



Saudi Arabia Urges Improved Maritime Security In Gulf Region and Saudi Arabia Puts Maritime Security on the Table in Talks With Iran

Commander of Multinational Counter-Piracy Task Force Visits Japanese Units in Djibouti

Iranian Oil Is Quietly Flooding Into the Global Market Again

Saudi Crude Tankers Cluster Near Red Sea Coast In Rare Move



At least 30 migrants feared dead in Canary Islands disaster

The World’s Oceans Shattered Heat Records in April And May

Bulker Crew Assaulted and Robbed as UN Calls for More Action on Piracy

US delivers 27m patrol boats to Ghana

WHARF TALK: Busted! Chinese naval ghost ship HAI YANG 24 HAO (Editor – open then scroll down for article)



Photos: Divers Document New Details of Two Famed Royal Navy Wrecks

Proceedings Podcast: Battle of the Atlantic (Editor – 33:42 min podcast)

HMS Repulse – “Hit Me If You Can, Japan.” (Editor – 18:46 min video)

The Monster Mines that the US Used to Control a Country (Editor – 11:35 min video)

Sunken U-Boats That Were Raised (Editor – 18:59 min video)



24 June 1762  A French fleet commanded by Chevalier de Ternay captures Bay Bulls and St. John’s, Newfoundland.

24 June 1943  HMCS Sault Ste. Marie is commissioned as the first Algerine-class minesweeper produced for the RCN.

24 June 1944  HMCS Haida commanded by Cdr Harry G. DeWolf, DSO, RCN, with HMS Eskimo and a Royal Air Force patrol aircraft sink the German submarine U-971 in the English Channel.

25 June 1940 HMCS Fraser is lost with 47 crew lost after colliding with a British warship, HMS Calcutta in the Bay of Biscay.

25 June 1965  RAdm Walter Hose is buried at Windsor, Ont.  Considered the founding sponsor of the RCNVR & Naval Reserves, post-RNCVR.

25 June 1950  North Korean forces cross the 38th Parallel and invade South Korea and the Korean War starts; nearly 27,000 Canadians serve, 1,558 are wounded, 516 die.

25 June 1963  HMCS Assiniboine is recommissioned as the RCN’s first helicopter-carrying destroyer.

25 June 1994  HMCS Saguenay is sunk off Lunenburg as a diving park.

26 June 1923  HMCS Queen, a current day Naval Reserve Division, was raised as a RCN Volunteer Reserve half-company in Regina.

26 June 1959  Canadian warships assigned to Atlantic Command participate in the opening ceremonies of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

27 June 1918  Fourteen nursing sisters are among the 234 who die when the Canadian hospital ship HMHS Llandovery Castle is torpedoed by a U-boat.

28 June 1922  The National Defence Act is passed, incorporating the Department of the Naval Service, the Department of Militia and Defence and the Air Board as a new Department of National Defence.

28 June 1977  HMCS Huron (2nd) represents Canada at the Silver Jubilee naval review at Spithead.

28 June 2001  Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson officially dedicates the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa.

29 June 1992  HMCS Halifax is commissioned as the first of the new Canadian Patrol Frigates

30 June 1921  HMC Submarines CH-14 and CH-15 are paid off.

30 June 1941  HMCS Wasaga is commissioned, becoming the first Canadian-built Bangor-class minesweeper.

30 June 1950  The Canadian Parliament supports the government motion to assist the United Nations in its position on the Korean situation.

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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