Navy

Russia-Ukraine War – 2021 built Russian Navy Logistic Ship VSEVOLOD BOBROV damaged with missile hit – 12.05.2022

On Thursday 12th May, 2022 the Ukrainian forces have damaged the 2021 built 94.88 metres Russian Navy logistics ship (Project 23120) VSEVOLOD BOBROV in the Black Sea off Zmiinyi Island known as Snake Island with an Ukrainian Navy Anti-Ship Neptun Missile Hit, setting her on fire. She was carrying reinforcements to the island, including Pantsir …

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Military Nostalgia – JDS ARIAKE DD 183

The Fletcher Class Destroyer named for Admiral Frank F. Fletcher was the largest destroyer class ordered. It was also one of the most successful and popular with their crews. Compared to earlier classes built for the United States Navy, the Fletchers carried a significant increase in lethal firepower, including anti-aircraft (AA) weapons and increased Armor plating; this contributed to greater displacement and overall …

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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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Naval Visits – FS JEANNE D’ARC R 97 – 19-23.04.2002

On Friday 19th April 2002 the French Navy Helicopter Carrier FS JEANNE D’ARC 97 together with the Georges Leygues Class Frigate FS GEORGES LEYGUES D 640 entered Grand Harbour for a diplomatic visit berthing at Pinto 4 and 5 wharves alongside each other with the helicopter carrier alongside berth. R 97 had 6 Helicopters Embarked …

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Naval Ships – Russian Navy Tugs RB-406 & RB-407 as deck cargo at Malta – Oct 2014

2 Russian navy tugs of Project 16609 built at Pella Shipyard, Otradny in 2014 RB-406 and RB-407 were seen in Malta as deck cargo aboard the heavy lift vessel WIEBKE entering Grand Harbour on Tuesday 7th October 2014. Both with 29.44 metres long and 10.14 metres beam with maximum draft of 4 metres , RB-406 …

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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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Casualties – Iranian Navy Replenishment Tanker caught fire and sank – 02.06.2021

The largest ship in the Iranian navy IRIS KHARG 431 caught fire and later sank in unclear circumstances today, Wednesday 2nd June in the Gulf of Oman. The fire blaze started around 0225 hrs according to the Fars News Agency with efforts to save the ship failed and she sank off the Iranian port of …

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Casualties – Indonesian Navy Submarine sunk with all 53 souls – April 2021.

Debris believed to be from the missing Indonesian navy submarine KRI NANGGALA 402 has been found, Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono told a news conference on Saturday 24th April, 2021. Six pieces of debris believed to be from the submarine, which was lost in the Bali Sea on Wednesday, were presented to journalists.The latest update …

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Naval News – Royal Danish Navy Support Ships Reclassified as ASW Frigates – 19.10.2020

On Monday 19th October the Royal Danish Navy held a ceremony at Fleet Station Frederikshavn to officially reclassify two of its existing fleet support vessels as frigates optimised for anti-submarine warfare (ASW).The Absalon class support ships HDMS ABSALON L 16 and HDMS ESBERN SNARE L 17 will soon begin undergoing conversion work that will include …

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Naval News – EDT HERCULES commissioned for Canadian Navy Helicopter Crash Scene in Ionian Sea – 25.05.2020

The 2014 built offshore supply vessel EDT HERCULES carrying a combined Canadian and American military recovery team departed Souda Bay, Crete on a mission to retrieve the wreckage of a downed CH-148 Cyclone helicopter. In a statement issued Monday 25th May, the Department of National Defence  in Canada said that the vessel EDT HERCULES  is expected to take two days …

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