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NAC News – Edition 521

NAC News – Edition 521

Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of  July 14th, 2023

Edition: 521 Quote: ““Canada’s war effort at sea needed ships.  It would get them.  “Before the war is over, everything will be needed, so let’s go ahead anyway,” Howe said.  “If we lose the war, nothing will matter…If we win the war, the cost will still have been of no consequence and will have been forgotten.”  Battle of the Atlantic – Gauntlet to Victory, page 92, Ted Barris, 2022

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NEW 26-28 July 2023  The North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network invites you to a virtual conference as the NAADSN’s Emerging Leaders Node 4th Annual Conference Registratio

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.

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.



Vilnius Summit Communiqué – Issued by NATO Heads of State and Government participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Vilnius 11 July 2023 and Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks on Sweden joining NATO | FULL SPEECH (Editor – 13:04 min video)

NATO allies to spend ‘at least 2%’ of GDP on defence, diplomats say  and background Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (2014-2023)

Turkey backs Sweden’s Nato membership – Stoltenberg



Canada commits to new target as NATO members pledge to boost defence spending a more pragmatic opinion Analysis: With Canadians struggling financially, Trudeau can safely ignore calls for more military spending

Canada, NATO Face Serious Submarine Warfare Challenges

On thin ice: Who “owns” the Arctic? 

Canada needs to take a page from the Nordic book on security: Rob Huebert in the Calgary Herald

The First of its Class, HMCS Halifax (Editor – 31st Birthday in a 2:23 min RCN video)

HMC Ships Shawinigan and Summerside are deploying on Op Reassurance in the Baltic Sea and the North Seas (Editor – RCN 4:16 min video)

Pieces of Titan Submersible Retrieved from Ocean Floor, Brought to Canada (Editor – and an explanation of What Happens When a Submarine Implodes in a 10:34 min video) and List of Past Mishaps Aboard Lost Sub Titan Continues to Grow

7,400 workers on strike at B.C. ports, stalling transport of goods; cruise ships spared and West Coast Canadian Port Strike Continues Stopping Cargo at 30 Ports and taken for granted Negotiations stall as retailers warn of continent-wide impact from strike at B.C. ports but Canada’s West Coast Port Strike Seen Putting Country’s Reputation at Risk plus major issue What is port automation — and why are striking workers concerned about it? and hopefully Canadian Port Strike Talks Resume, Supported By Federal Mediators but the implications widen B.C. port strike spills over, U.S. workers refuse to touch Canada cargo and the cost B.C. port strike affecting up to $775-million a day in trade, employers estimate saga continues Labour minister asks mediator for terms to end B.C. port strike finally Work Resumes at Canadian West Coast Ports as Federal Terms End Strike

Port Inspection Divers – The Job Employment Program #ytshorts (Editor – short RN video)

Review of the Kingston Class – Worth Keeping?

Building an Arctic and Offshore Patrol Vessel (Editor – RCN 37:28 min video)

Fine for hazardous vessel in Saanich a first for Canadian Coast Guard (Editor – hopefully the CCG will keep this up!) Only 2 fines levied for abandoned boats since law passed 4 years ago

Canada backs moratorium on deep sea mining, opposing Vancouver company’s plans and Crunch talks due on deep-sea mining controversy

Canada Opens Canadian Ships to More International Seafarers

Deep-sea expedition set to sail off coast of Vancouver Island

Lookout: 10 July 2023 Volume 68, Issue 27 (Select English or French)

Trident: Monday 10 July 2023 Volume 57, Issue 14

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: July 10, 2023

VCNO Franchetti Set to be Interim Navy Head as White House Stays Silent on CNO Nominee with Three Admirals Approved to Retire Amid Senate Confirmation Hold, Temporary Naval Academy Leader Chosen

Navy Seabees Appoint First Region-Wide Female Commander

USS George Washington completes flight deck certification

Carrier USS Nimitz Pulls into Naval Station North Island After Indo-Pacific Deployment

US Coast Guard Deploys Icebreaker on Months-Long Mission to the Arctic

Navy Will Use Commercial Yard to Dismantle Nuclear Carrier USS Enterprise

Lockheed Advances Patriot Missile Integration Into Aegis Weapon System

Nearly 40% of US Attack Submarines Are Out of Commission for Repairs

The US military revives an idea for stealthy sea power

UNITAS LXIV to begin in Colombia

Russia Navy’s Smolny class ship Perekop visits Cuba and US Navy’s nuclear powered submarine USS Pasadena visits Cuba

Six Littoral Combat Ships to Deploy by Year’s End as Navy Continues to Refine Operations and EXCLUSIVE: Navy tags LCS combining gear fixes at $8 to $10 million per ship

Navy Readiness: Actions Needed to Address Cost and Schedule Estimates for Shipyard Improvement (Editor – more to a Navy than just ships at sea!)

Navy Recruiting Increasing Work Week to Six Days to Combat Recruitment Shortages but unintended consequences as Navy Hits Pause on Six-Day Recruiter Work Week After Sailors Protest but a real hook Navy offers up to $75,000 in bonuses to recruits pursuing nuclear-related jobs

Harvey Milk replenishment oiler delivered to US Navy

NextDecade Finalizes $18 Billion Investment to Construct Largest U.S. LNG Export Facility

Video: Mexican Navy Captures Large Semisub With 3.5 Tonnes of Cocaine

HNLMS Groningen and the Caribbean Coast Guard intercept drugs again in the Caribbean Sea

The Navy is working on a transformational ‘Iron Man’ dive suit

BAE Systems to design, deliver next-gen launching system for US Navy

Panama Canal To Keep Limits In Place As Drought Hits Lake Levels

Two Firefighters Killed Battling Car Carrier Fire at Port Newark and Fire on Grimaldi Conro Expected to Burn for Days at Port Newark, NJ and finally Ship Fire at Port Newark Extinguished



Japan’s Biggest Port Hit by Ransomware Cyberattack

First Australian Sailors Graduate from Nuclear Power School, Set to Serve on U.S. Navy Subs in Hawaii

China Protests U.S. Navy P-8 Flight over Taiwan Strait

#USNavy Admiral – I worry about the PLA Rocket Force ! (Editor – 8:23 min video)

Why the US is NOT afraid of the largest Navy in the world, yet (Editor – a simplistic assessment but some interesting points made in a 22:35 min video)

Russian, Chinese Warships Prepare for Joint Pacific Naval Exercises

Taiwan Navy’s prepares to receive its first indigenous submarine

China’s Type 075 LHD Sails Through Japanese Strait

Russia’s war could reshape the global arms market in favour of China

USS Mustin to be replaced by USS Ralph Johnson after a busy 15 years in Japan

Army Fires Tomahawk Missile From Its New Typhon Battery In Major Milestone

Indian Navy to get 26 Rafale-M Fighters and Three Attack Submarines from France and Indian Navy Requires 100 Indigenously Made Deck-Based Fighters

Spain’s state-owned Navantia offers to build 6 high-tech submarines for India

Japan to Cooperate With Italian Navy on F-35B Operations

Japan-India Maritime Exercise JIMEX 2023 Concludes in Bay of Bengal

Indonesia Makes Moves to Create a Formal Coast Guard Agency

India Revises Stance on China-Philippines Maritime Dispute as New Delhi Looks East

Salvage Tug USNS Salvor Inaugurates U.S. Navy’s Indian Repair Agreement

Chinese Vessel Comes Within 100 Yards to Block Philippine Coast Guard and an interesting twist PCG: China Coast Guard More Restrained After “Name and Shame” Campaign and then Philippine Forces Spot 48 Chinese Fishing Vessels Guarded by Warships in Its EEZ

Samsung Heavy Industries Completes 1,500km Autonomous Voyage

USAF B-52 Conducts Long Range Offensive Mine Warfare Test

DRDO Test Fires Short Range B-05LV Missile From Kalam Island

Indonesia Seizes Iranian-Flagged Tanker Suspected of Illegal Oil Transfer

Hong Kong Customs Officials Make Record Seizure in Smuggling Bust

Australian Police Arrest Two for Smuggling $2.2M Worth of Ketamine




New Technology Sees Through Russian Attempt To Hide Ships From Ukraine for perspective Military decoys work as well now as they did eight decades ago

Russian Aircraft Losses Total 176 In Ukraine: RAF Chief

Canada has promised more than $1.5B in military aid to Ukraine. Here’s what we know

Ukraine Commissioned Two MCM Vessels

U.S. decision to send cluster munitions to Ukraine could put Canada, others on the spot (Editor – important consideration for breaching obstacles in counter-offensive)

Opinion – With the counteroffensive underway, 12 charts show the latest from Ukraine

Russia to bolster its Black Sea fleet with new Azov Sea Naval District in Ukraine – UK

SCO summit: Putin says sanctions making Russia stronger

Inside Prigozhin’s Wagner, Russia’s Secret War Company | WSJ Documentary (Editor – not a naval documentary but a useful explanation in a 40:21 min video)

Russia-Linked Oil Tanker Fleet Vanishes Even Faster Than It Grew

Germany Confirms That Explosive Residues Were Found on Nord Stream Yacht

Turkish Navy could guarantee grain deal if Russia withdraws and UN Offers Putin SWIFT Access in Exchange for Black Sea Grain Extension, Sources Say


NATO Trains Crews in Anti-Submarine Warfare off Norway (Editor – Commodore (RCN) Brad Peats commands the participating NATO Standing Maritime Group 1)

NATO deploys ships to Baltic Sea during NATO Summit

Navy personnel celebrate as King receives Honours of Scotland

Spain coast guard rescues 86 people during search for missing migrant boat

Net being cast globally for specialist to keep Irish naval ships at sea

Russia spy ship Admiral Vladimirsky has been in Dutch EEZ for a week

Why has the Royal Navy deployed an air defence destroyer to the Caribbean?

UK and Netherlands confirm future littoral strike platform

UK to acquire further five Type 2150 sonars for Type 26 frigates

Refining the requirements for the Type 26 frigate mission bay

French Navy Submarine ‘Perle’ Is Operational Again

RFA Tideforce Conducts RAS Trials with MV Raleigh Fisher

New submarine for Northern Fleet will be named “Mariupol” (Editor – hopefully the Russians won’t mind changing the name to something else shortly)

NVL Group To Build 3 New SIGINT Ships For German Navy

Royal Navy trials autonomous boats with minehunting mothership

Russia Cancels Its Own LCS Program: Project 20386 Corvettes

Russia Navy’s Borei class submarine Imperator Alexander III starts factory sea trials

French Navy Trains Anti-Drone Tactics From Ships And Fighters

New Arctic industry gives boost in icy shipments (Editor – certainly a different northern passage!)

Italian Navy’s Amerigo Vespucci Tall Ship Began Its 20-Month World Tour

Russia’s Rusty Oil Tanker Fleet Sets Sail With Newer Ships

Editor – unbelievable Stowaways Found Lying Atop Rudder of MSC Containership After 2,700 NM Trip



VIDEO: Iranian Navy Warship Fires on Oil Tanker in the Strait of Hormuz and U.S. Navy Says it Prevented Iran from Seizing Tankers in Gulf the plot thickens Iranian Navy Says They Had Court Order to Seize Tanker Richmond Voyager then! Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seize commercial ship in Gulf – U.S. Navy

Iran Claims Victory Over US After Seizing Small, Aging Coastal Tanker

Iran Accuses U.S. Navy of Defending Fuel Smuggling in Gulf Incident

Russian naval ships, aircraft practice reconnaissance operations in Mediterranean drills



Search for 300 migrants reported missing in Atlantic shows difficulty of locating lost ships

Panama Pledges to Purge More Substandard Ships From World’s Largest Registry

Piracy in West Africa dropped in 2022, but criminals are moving elsewhere although reduced it does continue Six Crewmembers Abducted in West Africa as Piracy Attacks Increase and a cautionary IMB Warns of a Resurgence in Gulf of Guinea Piracy

Nigerian Attack Helicopter Destroys Oil Theft Tanker (Editor – seems an inappropriate way to destroy the vessel Nigerian Attack Helicopter Destroys Illicit Oil Tanker – 1:50 min video)

USNI Mapping the World Ocean Seafloor (Editor – realities explained in a 5:29 min podcast)

Celebrating history’s first nuclear-arms control agreement



Wrecks of Midway – The Grave of the Aircraft Carriers (Editor – 15:01 min video)

Scientists Find Long-Buried Royal Navy Sub in Town Park

Manufacturing Process of a Massive $3 Billion Attack Submarine | Extreme Engineering Project (Editor – great 8:35 min video showing submarine construction)

Editor – while I was in Kingston I saw two old cannon that caught my attention in a park and given the current Ukrainian War: Artillery in Canada: Russian Crimean War Trophy Guns

U.S. Navy Confirms Wreck of WWII Carrier USS Ommaney Bay



8 July 1760  The final Battle of the French-British war for Canada between the RN and Acadian militia and Mi’kmaq (Mi’gmaq) militias was fought in the mouth of the Restigouche River.  It was not on land but at sea that the French lost the battle for Canada.  It was because of French naval weakness that the outnumbered French and Canadians in North America were unable, indefinitely, to deny Acadia, the Ohio, Lake Champlain, Quebec, and Montreal, to the invading British and Americans of Amherst, Wolfe, and Johnson.

8 July 1944  Canadian MTB 463 was lost to a mine in the English Channel.  No crew was lost, although 5 men were wounded.

8 July 1954  Canada’s first icebreaking arctic patrol vessel, HMCS Labrador, is commissioned.

9 July 1914  HMCS Rainbow begins preparations for the international seal patrol in the North Pacific Ocean.

10 July 1943  Canadian landing craft drop soldiers of the 1st Canadian Division off on the coast of Sicily during the Allied invasion known as Operation HUSKY.

15 July 1920  RNCVR is disbanded.

15 July 1958  The first review of the Royal Fleet ever held in Canadian waters takes place under the eyes of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret off the coast of Vancouver Island at Royal Roads.

16 July 1914  First RNCVR seaman taken to sea in HMCS Rainbow to augment the RCN crew for a Bering Sea Fur Patrol; but diverted to assist her participation in the ‘Kamagata Maru Incident’ at Vancouver.

17 July 1940  HMCS Skeena rescues 64 crewmembers of a torpedoed merchant ship, the SS Manipor, in the waters north of Scotland.

19 July 1943  HMCS HURON (Destroyer) is commissioned at Newcastle on the Tyne, England.

20 July 1944  HMCS MATANE (frigate) is hit by a German glider bomb off Brest and badly damaged.

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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