Aviation – Farewell to the AB 212 Helicopter by the Italian Air Force – 22.02.2024

After 40 years of excellent service the last HH-212 (as the AB212 is designated in accordance with the Italian MOD Mission Design Series) of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Airforce), made its final flight from its homebase at Grazzanise, Italy, last Thursday 22nd February during a phase out ceremony that celebrated the 40 years of activity […]

Tanker News – GULF PETROLEUM 4 refused entry to Malta – 08.05.2021

It started on Saturday 8th May, 2021 around 1010 hrs when the Libyan tug SILIN towing the 159 metre tanker GULF PETROLEUM 4 was called on vhf Ch 12 by Valletta VTS to stay at least 26 miles offshore Malta. Few minutes later during conversation exchanges between the ships, radio officer aboard the tanker stated […]

Harbour Facilities – Has Saptan Fuelling Dolphin

The only Jetty in the middle of Marsaxlokk Harbour is known as MX (Marsaxlokk) Dolphins and  is situated southeast of Il-Qajjenza at Birzebbugia close to Il-Fossa which is a tourist attraction in Marsaxlokk. Has Saptan Fuelling Dolphin provides storage for local cargo in its underground installation. The installation’s capacity is over 150,000 tonnes of clean petroleum products, […]

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 […]

Aviation – Swiss Air Force PC-7 display team, first time in Malta – 2006

The Swiss Air Force sent its PC-7 aerobatic display team to take part in Malta International Airshow 2006. The team is one of Switzerland’s two national display teams. Made up of nine aircraft, it derives its name from the type of aircraft, the Swiss made Pilatus PC-7. The team performed in Malta for the first […]

World’s Largest Helicopter in Malta – MIL MI-26 The World’s Largest Helicopter, the MIL Mi-26 was seen in Malta exactly 3 years ago back to 21st April, 2015. She was on a ferry flight registered as RA-06029. during 2013 she was spotted in Sudan wearing United Nations (UN) colours.The Mil Mi-26 (Russian: Миль Ми-26 and NATO reporting […]