Inshore Patrol Craft

Port Closure – Delays in Disembarking Passengers from High Speed Craft JEAN DE LA VALETTE – 30.04.2022

Over 700 passengers were left stranded out at sea for more than two hours last Saturday 30th April due to a delay in re opening the Grand Harbour following a fireworks show. The delay was caused by a setback in the clearing of barges and lighters used for the fireworks display, which marked the finale of …

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Naval News – Irish Naval Service buys IPC’s from New Zealand – 14.03.2022

The Irish Naval Service purchased 2 Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC) from New Zealand, investment of around €26 million to replace the Peacock Class Patrol Craft LE ORLA P 41 and LE CIARA P 42. Both HMNZS ROTOITI P 3569 and HMNZS PUKAKI P 3568 were a Lake Class Patrol Craft built by Tenix Defence at …

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AFM – Live GUNEX – November 2021

Between Monday 15th and Friday 19th November 2021 the Maritime Squadron conducted a live gunnery firing practice involving maritime assets from Pembroke Ranges (LMD-1). The Ports & Yachting Directorate issued Notice to Mariners – NtM 38 dated 5th November, 2021. On Monday 15th November the Emer Class OPV P 62 was seen in the area …

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AFM – Live GUNEX – October 2020

Between Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th October with Thursday 8th and Friday 9th October as reserved dates the Maritime Squadron conducted a live gunnery firing practice involving maritime assets from Pembroke Ranges (LMD-1). The Ports & Yachting Directorate issued Notice to Mariners – NtM 46 dated 23rd September, 2020 On Monday 5th October the following …

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Naval Visits – TCG GEMLIK F 492 – 21-24.07.2020

The first naval vessel to host a diplomatic visit after the chaos of the Pandemic Disease COVID-19 was the Turkish Navy Gabya Class Frigate TCG GEMLIK F 492 which entered Grand Harbour on Tuesday 21st July, 2020. Originally a US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate USS FLATLEY FFG 21, she was the …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – EUROPA II had to return to Valletta due to immigrants mutiny aboard – 06.06.2020

The Italian built short sea ferry boat EUROPA II had to enter Grand Harbour, Malta on Saturday 6th June, 2020 after the 160 illegal immigrants threatened the crew aboard including putting the boat on fire by gathering sleeping bags with gas. She left Bunkering Area 4 of which she shifted from Hurd Bank around 1020 …

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Naval Visits – FS BEAUTEMPS-BEAUPRE A 758 – 28.01 to 01.02.2019

FS BEAUTEMPS-BEAUPRE A 758 is a ship of the French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service named after the hydrographer Charles Francois Beautemps-Beaupre. She was launched on 26th April 2002 and entered service on 13th December 2003. She entered Valletta on Monday 28th January 2019 berthing port side alongside to Pinto 3 Wharf, Valletta Cruise Port. …

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