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 […]

Yachting – Former German Government SOLEA

One of the former Government vessels converted into a yacht is the 1974 built SOLEA. She was built in 1974 with yard number 162 at the Sieghold shipyard, Bremerhaven in Germany for the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry. The delivery was on May 29th , 1974 for which the Federal Republic of Germany did […]

Naval News – HMS MONTROSE F 236 decommission – 17.04.2023

On Monday 17th April, 2023 the Royal Navy formally retired the Type 23 frigate HMS MONTROSE F 236  from service at Portsmouth Naval Base. HMS MONTROSE was the eight of the sixteen-ship Type 23 or Duke class Frigates,  named after the Duke of Montrose. She was laid down in November 1989 by Yarrow Shipbuilders on the Clyde, and […]