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NAC News – Edition K520

NAC News – Edition K520

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Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  June 30th, 2023

Edition: K520 HMCS Norsyd (WWII River Class Frigate)

Quote: “How groups of humans contemplate and plan for wars is also affected by their culture, including geography.  Island nations or those with long coasts have understood and invested heavily in sea power.”  Margaret McMillian: War, How conflicts shape us, Penguin Canada 2020 pg. 36

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 Kevin Goheen 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)


NEW Editor – I am going on holidays in Ontario therefore there will be no NAC News edition on 7 July, with the next edition being sent out 14 July.  Enjoy your summer.

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.

13 November 2023 0900-1600 hrs Vancouver BC Day Sail event on warship for women and girls

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.



US OKs Potential $5.9B P-8A Poseidon Aircraft Sale to Canada and How much for new Canadian military surveillance planes? U.S. offers price tag (Editor – videos embedded)

‘We need to increase our influence’: Joly wants to increase Canada’s impact on the world stage (Editor – seems self-delusional)

Canada to Deploy Tank Squadron to Latvia



Korean War veterans fight for their legacy 75 years after the armistice

Seaspan breaks ground on new land-based testing facility

HMCS Trentonian last corvette lost in action during the Second World War

Sailor of the quarter S1 Nahom Beyene strengthens community ties

Comment: Hiring, training, and tech advancements key to B.C. Ferries’ renewal

Clean Waters: Canadian Government Moves to Prohibit Sewage Discharges from Cruise Ships

First Nation on Vancouver Island declares marine protected area

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 with Japanese training vessels visit CFB Esquimalt

Trident: Volume 57, Issue 13 26 June 2023

NAC Naval Affairs Program Briefing Note #16 Canada and Arctic Sovereignty (Editor – please share to anyone you think may benefit from the knowledge)



USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: June 26, 2023

Navy Takes Delivery of First Flight III Destroyer Jack H. Lucas

U.S. Navy Approves $400M and an Extra Year to Complete USS Kennedy

HII’s Ingalls Shipyard Has Capacity for More Navy Shipbuilding

Aegis Software Delivered Early to the U.S. Navy’s FFG 62 Constellation Class Frigate

Northrop Grumman to produce navigation sensors for US Navy

CIMSEC: What I have learned teaching ethics to midshipmen

Panama Canal Postpones Depth Restrictions After Much-Needed Rain and Panama Canal Marks Expansion Project’s 7th Anniversary Facing Major Challenge



South Korean Public Growing Uneasy With North Korean Nuclear Threat, U.S. Role in Protection, Officials Say

China-US military tensions remain after Blinken visit, as warship, warplane activities continue in Taiwan Straits, S.China Sea

US Aircraft Carrier To Make Rare Port Call In Vietnam and Japan, Australia Drill Together in South China Sea for Trident Exercise

Taiwan detects two Russian warships near its waters

First Australian Submariners Set To Graduate From U.S. Navy’s Nuke School

U.S. Navy Finalizes Ship Repair Agreement with Indian Shipyard

China makes breakthroughs in unmanned ship technologies (Editor – breakthrough?…another “borrowed” technology, look familiar Sea Hunter?)

Nimitz Reports ‘Very Professional’ Interactions Despite US-Chinese Tensions

DRDO and L&T Join Hands For AIP System For Navy’s ‘Kalvari’ Class Submarines

Top Five Upcoming Vessels of the Indian Navy

North Korea Navy plans to construct two new frigates

A Look At Naval Group’s Philippine Navy Submarine Offer

Sweden To Assist Australia For Submarine Upgrade Program

Royal Australian Navy decommissions HMAS Shepparton and Benalla from fleet




WATCH: Putin thanks Wagner group for ‘peaceful resolution’ and avoiding spilling Russian blood (Editor – for perspective well worth watching this 3:56 video) and article Putin praises Russian troops who ‘stopped a civil war’ in ceremony after Wagner revolt yet the damage done Wagner revolt: How many planes and people did Russia lose?

Ukraine conflict: Who’s in Putin’s inner circle and running the war? (Editor – not a maritime story but explains a great deal) then Russia: Instability ratchets up pressure on Vladimir Putin

CGAI 48:48 min Podcast: Ukraine: How Does This End?

Russia Says Intercepted British Warplanes Over Black Sea

EU clamps down on ship-to-ship transfers breaching Russian oil import ban and Russia’s Crude Shipments Slump on Halt at Major Export Terminal

Ukraine Must Be Ready to Export Mostly via Danube Ports – Sea Ports Authority


One nuclear-armed Poseidon torpedo could decimate a coastal city. Russia wants 30 of them.

Glasgow hosts large NATO-Ukraine joint naval exercise

Royal Navy takes on submarine hunt in Norwegian fjords

Type 45 destroyers are Britain’s only defence against Russian-style multiple missile attacks, former CGS warns and HMS Duncan arrives in Italy ready for Nato task group leading role

Babcock showcases Arrowhead 140 Multi-Role Naval Platform concept with view to Type 32 frigate competition

US Navy’s nuclear powered submarine USS Delaware visits Faroe Islands for first time

The Netherlands And Belgium Sign Final Agreement For ASWF Frigates

Ireland receives first of two Airbus C295 MSA maritime surveillance aircraft

Zr.Ms. Karel Doorman side-lined for rest of year due to technical problems

UK’s XV Patrick Blackett tests new navigation radar

MBDA welcomes Italy’s intent to join the FC/ASW programme (Editor – MBDA is an interesting conglomerate)

HMS Victorious arrives in Plymouth for major refit in boost to 1,000 local jobs

Hensoldt wins contract to equip Norwegian Ula class submarines



KRI Frans Kaisiepo Serving as UNIFIL Flagship

London court orders UK-registered firm to pay nearly $1 million to Beirut blast victims

RINA Releases Ambitious Proposal for H2 Pipeline From Mideast to EU



43rd Chinese naval escort taskforce visits Cote d’Ivoire

Bulker Nyon boarded by pirates off West Africa

Ghana receives Marine Protector class patrol boats from the United States

Researchers Show How Shipping Can Cut Emissions Nearly in Half By End of Decade

Navantia to start construction of Avante class corvette for Morocco



Russia’s Top Secret (Shiny) Titanium Submarine (Editor – Startling Alpha class in a 11:15 min video)

Listen to the sinking of Japanese Submarine I-52 during WWII – A Case Study (Editor – well researched and detailed WWII events in a 15:16 min video)

D-Day’s Forgotten 6th Beach (Editor – surprising 10:37 min video)



1 July 1923  The RCN barracks in Halifax, known as HMCS Stadacona, is commissioned.

1 July 1934  Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born and Canadian-trained Chief of the Naval Staff.

2 July 1944 Canadian MTB 460 (Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat) struck a mine in the English Channel.  The commanding officer and 9 men were lost.

2 July 1940  861 German and Italian prisoners of war are rescued by HMCS St. Laurent after their transport ship was torpedoed on its way to Canada.

3 July 1944  Four Canadian motor torpedo boats sink two German merchant ships and damage other vessels in the English Channel.

3 July 1970  Bonaventure was decommissioned at Halifax and sold for disposal.  The vessel was purchased by Tung Chen S Steel Company of Taiwan for scrap and broken up in 1971.  Components from Bonaventure’s steam catapult were used to rebuild the catapult aboard Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, another Majestic-class carrier.  One anchor is preserved at Point Pleasant Park in Halifax as the Bonaventure Anchor Memorial.  The monument was dedicated in 1973 initially to aircrew lost at sea, but later to all naval personnel who died in service.  The monument consists of the anchor and chains, along with a small chain running from the monument into the water to make the connection between monument and the sea. The anchor faces the mouth of the harbour.  The names of navy and air force personnel who died during peacetime are etched into plaques beside the anchor.  Her starboard anchor, donated by Maritime Command on 6 May 1998, is on display at Royal Military College Saint-Jean.  Her two saluting guns are mounted at HMCS Discovery in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.  The ship’s bell is preserved at the Shearwater Aviation Museum in Dartmouth, which also hosts a large model and exhibit about the carrier.

4 July 1943  Canadian vessels of the 29th and 65th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotillas conduct raids on the French coast near Cherbourg.

5 July 1940  First Canadian registered merchant ship sunk in Battle of the Atlantic, CSL’s S.S. Magog, by U-99 (KL Otto Kretschmer) SW of Ireland.  No casualties.

5 July 1950  HMC Ships Athabaskan, Cayuga, and Sioux sail from Esquimalt, BC, to join the United Nations naval forces operating in Korean waters.

6 July 1944  HMC Ships Ottawa commanded by Cdr James D. Prentice, DSO, RCN with HMCS Kootenay commanded by A/LCDR William H. Wilson, RCN, along with HMS Statice, sank the German submarine U-678 while on patrol in the English Channel.

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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