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Naval News – US Navy Reveals Ships Facing Potential Decommissioning in 2023 -April 2022

The U.S. Navy released the names of the 24 ships it hopes to decommission in fiscal 2023, eight of which have reached the end of their planned service life and 16 of which would be retired early to save money on ships that the service views as not worth their rising costs. USNS JOHN LENTHALL …

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Delivery – 96 metre High Speed Craft INCAT 050 at Malta – July 2008

On Friday 11th July,2008 afternoon the 96 metre High Speed Craft INCAT 050 entered Grand Harbour, Malta after finishing her charter to the United States Navy as JOINT VENTURE HSV-XI.  INCAT 050 was one of six 96 metre (WPC 96) catamarans built by Incat, Australia in 1998. Under the name DEVIL CAT, she operated for a …

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Naval Visits – USNS TRENTON T-EPF 5 – 12 to 18th Nov 2021

On Friday 12th November, 2021 the Spearhead Class Expeditionary Fast Transport Vessel USNS TRENTON T-EPF 5 called at Grand Harbour, Malta during her maiden call and the first of the Class to enter Grand Harbour passing breakwaters at 1423 hrs. The Spearhead class ships is a United States Navy led shipbuilding program to provide “a platform …

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Passers By – Naval Units during February & March 2021.

Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – On Friday 5th February, 2021 the 103 metre Spearhead Class Expeditionary Fast Transport Ship USNS CARSON CITY T-EPF 7 passed by on her way to Sudan, the first US Navy ship to visit Port Sudan since the founding of U.S. Africa Command …

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Naval Ships – USNS LCPL ROY M WHEAT T-AK 3016

Strategic sealift ships are part of the United States Military Sealift Command’s (MSC) prepositioning program. Currently there are around 50 ships in the program, strategically positioned around the world to support the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency. Most are named after Medal of Honor recipients from the service they support. The Prepositioning Ships (PREPO) in each squadron have sufficient equipment, …

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Coronavirus – US Navy deploys her 2 hospital ships – 18.03.2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, the US Navy is sending her two hospital ships into action. The USNS COMFORT T-AH 20 stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, will head for New York City, President Trump said on Wednesday 18th March morning press conference. The USNS MERCY T-AH 19 homeported at San Diego, will make her way to orders …

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Casualties – EL FARO sunk with 33 crew – 01.10.2015

EL FARO was a United States flagged, combination roll-on/roll-off and lift-on/lift-off cargo ship crewed by U.S. merchant mariners. She was lost at sea with all hands on October 1st, 2015, after losing her propulsion near the eye wall of Hurricane Joaquin. EL FARO departed Jacksonville, Florida, bound for Puerto Rico at 2030 hrs on September 29th 2015, when the Tropical Storm Joaquin was several hundred miles to …

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Naval News – French Navy FS CASSARD D 614 involved in Rescue in Persian Gulf – 20.11.2018

The French Navy rescued 12 Indian seafarers from the asphalt/bitumen tanker DURBAN QUEEN after the vessel ran into trouble and was sinking in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday 20th November. According to France’s Marine Nationale, the French guided missile frigate FS CASSARD D 614 which was preparing for a Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with USNS KANAWHA …

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