Casualties – Medevac by French Navy after MSC RACHELE explosion – June 2022
On Tuesday 21st June, 2022 around 0900 hrs the Regional Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Toulon, France received a distress call from the 334 metre containership MSC RACHELE that due to engine room fire , followed by an explosion 3 injured crew members needed a medical evacuation (Medevac). She was sailing between Naples and the […]
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 […]
Passers By – Naval Units during April & May 2021.
Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – Early April 2021 the Russian Navy Project 22350 Gorshkov Class frigate RFS ADMIRAL KASATONOV 431 along with the salvage tug NIKOLAI CHIKER and tanker VYAZMA (Joined in February 2021 ) passed Malta-Sicily Straits during the frigate maiden deployment which left homeport […]
Casualties – USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD 6 fire – 12.07.2020
On Sunday 12th July 2020, an explosion occurred around 0850 hrs aboard the US Navy Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD 6 while she was berthed at her home port, Naval Base San Diego undergoing maintenance. The resulting fire was fuelled by paper, cloth, rags or other materials, not fuel oil or […]
Malta Naval Visits – INS JALASHWA L 41+ INS MYSORE D 60 – 11-12.03.2011.
In March 2011 the Indian Government had sought Malta’s assistance for the evacuation of most of the 18,000 Indian workers in Libya. Though some workers were already been evacuated on a ship from Benghazi and taken to Egypt, India wanted to focus its operation through Malta of which the Indian effort was being coordinated by […]
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 […]
Naval News – BALTOPS 2019 – Spanish Contribution
BALTOPS (Baltic Operations) is an annual joint, multinational maritime focused exercise scheduled for June 09-21, 2019. It is designed to improve training for participants, enhance flexibility and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region. The exercise will involve maritime, ground, and air forces to strengthen combined response capabilities necessary […]
Naval News – USS ARLINGTON LPD 24 – Evacuating US personnel from Libya – 07.04.2019.
US personnel stationed in Tripoli were evacuated from the city in the wake of the advance of Libyan National Army forces, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar, towards the Libyan capital. LNA forces started their push on April 5 and the UN-backed government says that 21 people have already been killed in fighting near […]
Catania Port Movements – Monday 10th September 2018
The Port of Catania was first built in 1438. Repeatedly rebuilt over the centuries, today it is one of the most important ports in Sicily. With a total surface area of 615,000 m2 used for goods storage yards, Catania Port is home to a variety of different activities: a tourist and commercial port (with national and […]
Ships at Haifa, Israel in Week 12 of 2018. The following movements are covered by a friend at Haifa, Israel –Sunday 18th March, 2018. The United States Navy Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship LHD 7 USS IWO JIMA left Harbour after a 4 Day Visit. Monday 19th March, 2018. The French Navy Cassard class Destroyer FS JEAN BART […]