Soviet Union

Naval News – Russian Navy warships denied entry into the Black Sea – November 2022

Russian Pacific Fleet’s warships had been waiting for Turkey’s permission to cross the Bosporus into the Black Sea since early February, but Ankara never allowed them to enter. According to Andriy Klymenko, head of the Monitoring Group of the Institute of Strategic Studies of the Black Sea and editor-in-chief of the BlackSeaNews portal, the warships have been …

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Russia-Ukraine War – RFS MOSKVA 121 damaged – 12.04.2022

On Tuesday 12th April, 2022 the Russian Navy Black Sea Flagship RFS MOSKVA 121 has suffered major damage with around 500 complement abandoning the ship, state media said late Tuesday in reports following Ukrainian claims of hitting the ship with a missile strike. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the mishap of the cruiser according to …

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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 captured Ukrainian SAR tug in Ukrainian waters – 26.02.2022

With unconfirmed reports that the Ukrainian Navy was destroyed by the Russian forces , the Russian Navy captured the Ukrainian SAR tug SAPFIR off Zmeiniy Island known also as Snake Island. SAPFIR berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta in 1989. Her communication was lost and she was deployed in unspecified mission in Ukraine SAR Region . …

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Broken Up – Greenpeace Ship ESPERANZA – 21.02.2002

After 2 decades the Greenpeace ship ESPERANZA has arrived at the port of Gijon, in Spain on Saturday 12th February, 2002 for recycling procedures by DDR Vessels XXI, one of the 2 companies specialised in ship recycling authorised by the EU. She was built in Poland by Stocznia Polnocna at Gdansk as yard number B98/04 …

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RoRo Vessels – ALEXANDERHAVEN

The first ship from a Class of 22 known as Project Neva 1607 and 16073 ( The project was developed at the Baltsudoproekt Central Design Bureau ) built for USSR owners and 2 for Jadranska Plovidba, Yugoslavia in Leningrad, USSR was the 1979 built roro ship IVAN SKURIDIN. Built as yard 821 at the A. Zhdanov …

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Coastguard – USCG decommissions last Hamilton Class Cutter – 24.04.2021

On Saturday 24th April, 2021 after 49 years of service the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Hamilton Class Cutter WHEC 724 USCGC DOUGLAS MUNRO was decommissioned at Kodiak Coast Guard Base, Alaska marking the end of an era. The first ship in the 12 Hamilton Class Cutter was commissioned in March 1967; her keel was …

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Broken Up – Cruise Liner MARCO POLO – 09.01.2021

The classic cruise liner MARCO POLO arrived at Alang, India on Saturday 9th January, 2021. Following the demise of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, due to the COVID 19 Pandemic Disease she was sold at auction by CW Kellock & Co. Ltd. for US$ 2,770,000 on 22 October 2020. She was built as an ocean liner in 1965 …

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Breaking Up – Cruise Liner ASTOR – 23.11.2020

The 33 year old cruise liner ASTOR was sold last 15th October at an auction by C.W. Kellock London Ltd. She was built in 1987 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel in West Germany  as ASTOR for the Mauritius-based Marlan Corporation, although originally ordered by the South African Safmarine as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Southampton-Cape Town service. In 1988, she was sold to the Soviet Union Black Sea Shipping …

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Broken Up – Roro ship SPEYBANK – 2009

One of the Finnish built vessels for the Soviet Union shipping industry was the OKHA seen here as the SPEYBANK owned by the Bank Line (Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd., UK. In the late 1970s Sudoimport, the Soviet foreign trade organization with a monopoly for the foreign trade of ships, requested for tenders for the design and construction of …

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