Naval News – LE EITHNE P 31 last voyage to the breakers – 01.06.2024

Nearly 2 years after she was decommissioned from the Irish Naval Service the 1984 commissioned former Flagship and Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) LE EITHNE P 31 left Cork Harbour, Republic of Ireland for the last time on Saturday 1st June, 2024 bound to breakers at Gent, Belgium. She was built by Verolme Cork Dockyard (VCD) […]

Harbour Facilities – Ras Hanzir Project, Malta – 29.02.2024

During Q 4 of the year 2020 it was announced that a new wharf for cargo will be built at the Ras Ħanżir area,  part of Grand Harbour , a project that will cost €65 million, partially funded by the EU Cohesion Fund. The Planning Authority File No : PA/08472/19 with ERA Reference EA/00042/19 is […]

Casualties – 2 Royal Navy Ships Collide at Bahrain – 19.01.2024

On Friday 19th January, 2024 two Royal Navy mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV)  were involved in a collision in Bahrain Harbour, the Royal Navy said. No one was injured in the accident and an investigation into the incident has been opened. The Royal Navy is liasing with the U.S. Navy in the Gulf region in an […]

Research/Survey Vessel – HAWK EXPLORER

One of the converted fishing vessels that used to be around was the 1984 built HAWK EXPLORER. She was built in 1984 in Kragero, Norway by Tangen Verft  as the Faroese fishing trawler HOGIFOSSUR  with grey hull , fishing matricola as VA 65 trading until May 2006  when she was sold and renamed as HAWK […]

Naval News – FS SUFFREN D 602 last voyage to the breakers – 04.10.2023

20 years after she was decommissioned from Marine Nationale (French Navy) the 1967 commissioned Suffren Class Frigate FS SUFFREN D 602 left Toulon, France for the last time on Wednesday 4th October bound to Societes Cardem Breakers at Bordeaux. She was designed to protect a fleet against air threats, surface ships, submarines, and, to a […]

Naval News – US Navy decommissions 5 year old Naval Ship – 14.08.2023

On Monday 14th August, 2023 the U.S. Navy decommissioned the littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Sioux City LCS after less than five years in service. She was built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin, and commissioned on 17th November, 2018, at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. “Though our ship’s service ends today, her legacy does not. For […]

Former Military – Ukrainian ship TORNADO at Malta – 1999

A rare former Soviet Union built craft was seen in Malta back to 5th April, 1999 as the Ukrainian Flag TORNADO. More than 600 craft of Project 376 were built for the Soviet navy as well as civilian users starting in 1955 and are in use up to this day on the rivers and harbors […]