Ministry of Defence

Military News – Niger receives Helicopters from Italy – 18.10.2022

On Tuesday 18th October in the presence of Niger’s defence minister Alkassoum Indattou and his Italian counterpart Lorenzo Guerini, 2 x AB412HP Helicopters were handed over at Air Base 101 in Niamey Indattou said the delivery was the result of close ties between Italy and Niger. The aircraft will be used to strengthen Niger’s Air …

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MSPAP – Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos 32nd Anniversary – 01.08.2022

Last Monday 1st August , Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos (MSPAP) celebrated her 32nd anniversary. It is a great honor and a great joy for me that together with my team we embarked on a great adventure and we are navigating worldwide. For some of you, you think that this is our hobby….We started …

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Russia-Ukraine War – Bulker MATROS POZYNICH one of 3 ships involved in the trade of stolen grain – May 2022

One of the 3 vessels involved in the trade in stolen grain from Ukraine is the 2010 built 169 Metre bulker MATROS POZYNICH. On Wednesday 27th April she dropped anchor offshore Crimea. The next day she was seen in the port of Sevastopol (the main port of Crimea). From Sevastopol she transited the Bosphorus and …

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Russia-Ukraine War – Ukrainian Navy sank her frigate to avoid Russians capturing her – March 2022

U 130 HETMAN SAHAIDACHNY was a frigate of the Ukrainian Navy that was originally built at the Kerch Shipyard as a Project 1135.1 frigate of Krivak III Class. She was launched on 29th March 1992 and commissioned on 2nd April 1993. Homeported at Odessa since March 2014, she was the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy. She was built at the Zalyv Shipbuilding yard, the …

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Ukraine Crisis – Russian Navy building up around Ukraine – 21.02.2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow does not want a war in Europe amid rising tensions over Ukraine but demanded that the issue of Kyiv’s relationship with NATO be resolved in its entirety immediately. Speaking at a joint news conference on Tuesday 15th February, 2022 after talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Putin said Russia had …

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Law Enforcement – Guardia di Finanza Corrubia III Class G 114 PULEO

The GUARDIA di FINANZA is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance. It is a militarized police force, forming a part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, not the Ministry of Defence. Guardia di Finanza is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling; it has also evolved into Italy’s …

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Breaking Up – 4 Italian Navy Units loaded on YACHT EXPRESS – 19.08.2021

An Interesting operation by a semi submersible vessel done at Augusta, Sicily was the DYT Yacht transport vessel YACHT EXPRESS that loaded 4 x decommissioned Italian Navy Units for breaking up at Aliaga, Turkey. The 4 naval units were – Toti Class (1075 Type) Submarine – ITS ATTILIO BAGNOLINI S 505 commissioned on 16th June …

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Navy Ships – Aviation Training Ship RFA ARGUS A 135

RFA ARGUS A 135 is a ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Blue Ensign. Formerly the Italian built container ship CONTENDER BEZANT ( 28 November 1980 launched by Cantieri Navali Breda S.A, Marghera Yard, Venice as Yard Nr: 293 named CONTENDER BEZANT for Contender 2 Ltd (Sea Containers Ltd, Managers) Hamilton, Bermuda. The …

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Naval News – Hard drugs found on Zr. Ms JOHAN DE WITT – September 2019

Hard drugs were found at Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean Island with a soldier aboard the amphibious naval ship Zr. Ms JOHAN DE WITT L 802 whilst berthed at Willemstad. It is not clear which drugs are involved and how many were found, but the lot would be too large for personal use. The amphibious transport …

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Naval News – Croatian Navy Missile Boat HRM VUKOVAR RTOP 41 catches fire – 19.09.2019

On Thursday September 19th at the Iskra repair shipyard in Sibenik, Croatia around 1050 hrs (local time) a fire broke out onboard the Croatian Navy’s missile boat RTOP 41 HRM VUKOVAR. According to the Defense ministry the fire started while the vessel was undergoing maintenance works at the shipyard. The crew members of HRM VUKOVAR …

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