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 – Decommissioning of ITS ZEFFIRO F 577 – 05.10.2023

Last Thursday 5th October @ 1830hrs the Marina Militare Italiana (Italian Navy) Maestrale Class Frigate ITS ZEFFIRO F 577 was decommissioned after 38 years of service at Mar Grande Naval Station of Taranto, with 21 gun salute. Moored at Augusta Navy Base back to 27th April, 2019. Launched on 19th May 1984 built by Fincantieri […]

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 […]

Military Nostalgia – JDS ARIAKE DD 183

The Fletcher Class Destroyer named for Admiral Frank F. Fletcher was the largest destroyer class ordered. It was also one of the most successful and popular with their crews. Compared to earlier classes built for the United States Navy, the Fletchers carried a significant increase in lethal firepower, including anti-aircraft (AA) weapons and increased Armor plating; this contributed to greater displacement and overall […]

Naval News – Final Days of HMAS SIRIUS O 266 – 22.11.2021

HMAS SIRIUS O 266 the former Greek tanker DELOS built in 2004 and purchased by the Royal Australian Navy and converted into a fleet replenishment vessel is in her final days prior to decommissioning in December 2021. DELOS was built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea as one from 6 of her class being built for the Greek Shipping Company Tsakos. She […]

Breaking Up – 4 Italian Navy Units loaded on YACHT EXPRESS – 19.08.2021

An Interesting operation by a semi submersible vessel done at Augusta, Sicily was the DYT Yacht transport vessel YACHT EXPRESS that loaded 4 x decommissioned Italian Navy Units for breaking up at Aliaga, Turkey. The 4 naval units were – Toti Class (1075 Type) Submarine – ITS ATTILIO BAGNOLINI S 505 commissioned on 16th June […]