Military Aircraft

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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Libya Tensions – Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya – 26.05.2020

U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya in order to support Russian state sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground there. Russian military aircraft are likely to provide close air support and offensive fires for the Wagner Group PMC that is supporting the Libyan National Army’s …

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Spanish Fishing Vessel FRANCISCO Y CATALINA crisis with 51 rescued immigrants – July 2006.

On Friday 14th July 2006 the Spanish Gill Netter FRANCISCO Y CATALINA rescued 51 irregular migrants, all thought to be of Eritrean nationality, and attempted to seek permission to land them in Malta. Malta had refused permission on the basis that Malta had not been the territory closest to the point of recovery by the …

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Naval News – 19 Years – USS COLE DDG 67 Bombing Attack – 12.10.2000

USS COLE DDG 67 a United States Navy Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia is named in honor of Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, a machine gunner killed in action on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945, during World War II. The ship was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding and was delivered to the Navy on 11 March 1996. Above images – Entering Valletta a …

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Aviation – Italian Airforce G.91 aircraft presentation to the Malta Aviation Museum.

On Monday 3rd November 1997 the Italian Air force (Aeronautica Militare) presented a single seat strike fighter Fiat G.91R to the Malta Aviation Museum through the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM). She was shipped to Malta via a Sea Malta ro/ro vessel and transported to AFM Luqa Barracks where the presentation was held. Also the …

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