Aircraft Carrier

Naval News – RFS ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV catches fire again – 22.12.2022

Russia’s Navy sole aircraft carrier RFS ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV 063 which is under maintenance period , caught fire again at the Zvezdochka repair plant at Murmank, Russia on Thursday 22nd December 2022 with around 20 souls evacuated and no casualties. The carrier started an overhaul and modernisation programme in 2017 to extend her service life by …

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Towage – ALP CENTRE towing Decommissioned Naval Ship returns back to Brazil – August 2022

On Thursday 4th August, 2022 the 2010 built aht ALP CENTRE left Rio De Janeiro, Brazil towing Brazil’s decommissioned aircraft carrier NAe SAO PAULO A 12 bound for Aliağa, Turkey to be dismantled.   The NAe SAO PAULO started her life as the FS FOCH R 99 as the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Clemenceau class aircraft …

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Naval Visits – ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11 – 16 to 17.03.2021

The only Spanish Navy (Armada Espanola) Aircraft Carrier that visited Malta so far is ESPS PRINCIPE DE ASTURIAS R 11. She entered Grand Harbour, Malta on Friday 16th March, 2007 around 0835 hrs piloted with the late harbour pilot Austin Vella. She was assisted by Tug Malta twin screw tugs FELICA and MARI. She berthed …

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Naval News – Maiden Deployment for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH R 08 – 2021

In the afternoon of Saturday 30th May, 2021 the Aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH R 08 left her home in Portsmouth ahead of her first operational deployment. She will lead the UK’s Carrier Strike Group, which is taking part in an exercise off Scotland before departing for a tour of the Indo-Pacific region. Image by …

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Passers By – Naval Units during February & March 2021.

Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – On Friday 5th February, 2021 the 103 metre Spearhead Class Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship USNS CARSON CITY T-EPF 7 passed by on her way to Sudan, the first US Navy ship to visit Port Sudan since the founding of U.S. Africa Command …

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Naval News – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Launch Aircraft Carrier Warship – 19.11.2020

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have added a warship capable of carrying aircraft, missile launchers and drones to her naval fleet, state media said on Thursday 19th November, at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington. Tension between Tehran and Washington has risen since 2018, when President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from …

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Naval News – HMS BRISTOL D 23 paid off after 47 years of service – 28.10.2020

The only vessel of her class in the Royal Navy , a Type 82 destroyer – HMS BRISTOL D 23 paid off last Wednesday 28th October after 47 years of naval service. She was laid down by Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd on 15 th November 1967. She was launched on 30th June 1969, and accepted …

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Coronavirus – French Aircraft Carrier FS CHARLES DE GAULLE R 91 reports 50 positive cases – 10.04.2020

The French aircraft carrier FS CHARLES DE GAULLE R 91 registered 50 cases of novel coronavirus among the crew, the armed forces ministry said on Friday 10th April. Three sailors had been evacuated from the vessel to a military hospital in the Mediterranean port of Toulon as a “precaution”. However, none of the crew who …

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Naval News – U.S. Navy Relieves Commanding Officer of USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN 71 after Letter Leak – 02.04.2020

On Thursday 2nd April, 2020 the United States Navy relieved the commander of the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN 71 who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking the Navy for stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard the ship. Below is the Official Navy Press Release from the Office of the Navy Chief of …

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Coronavirus – USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN 71 sailors test positive – 29.03.2020

More sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN 71 currently in the western Pacific have tested positive for coronavirus and officials fear the number will continue to rise. Friday 27th March the carrier called at Guam ( that it was previously scheduled already for maintenance ) days ahead of schedule in order to disinfect the …

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