Russia-Ukraine War – RFS MOSKVA 121 sank – 14.04.2022
The Russian Navy Slava Class or Project 1164 Atlant Guided Missile cruiser RFS MOSKVA 121 that was damaged in an explosion last Wednesday 13th April sank while she was being towed to a safe port on Thursday 14th April, 2022. TASS reported “The cruiser “Moskva” sank while being towed in a storm – Russian Defense […]
Russia-Ukraine War – RFS MOSKVA 121 damaged – 12.04.2022
On Tuesday 12th April, 2022 the Russian Navy Black Sea Flagship RFS MOSKVA 121 has suffered major damage with around 500 complement abandoning the ship, state media said late Tuesday in reports following Ukrainian claims of hitting the ship with a missile strike. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the mishap of the cruiser according to […]
Russia-Ukraine War – Ukrainian Navy sank her frigate to avoid Russians capturing her – March 2022
U 130 HETMAN SAHAIDACHNY was a frigate of the Ukrainian Navy that was originally built at the Kerch Shipyard as a Project 1135.1 frigate of Krivak III Class. She was launched on 29th March 1992 and commissioned on 2nd April 1993. Homeported at Odessa since March 2014, she was the flagship of the Ukrainian Navy. She was built at the Zalyv Shipbuilding yard, 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 […]
Valletta Cruise Port – MSC GRANDIOSA calling weekly to Malta.
One of the very few cruise liners operating in the world because of the Pandemic Disease COVID-19 is the 2019 built MSC GRANDIOSA, currently the flagship of MSC Cruises. Though sometimes with less than 500 passengers, every Thursday of the week she’s seen entering Grand Harbour, Malta. Above back to 5th November, 2020 with MSC […]
Naval News – HMS BRISTOL D 23 paid off after 47 years of service – 28.10.2020
The only vessel of her class in the Royal Navy , a Type 82 destroyer – HMS BRISTOL D 23 paid off last Wednesday 28th October after 47 years of naval service. She was laid down by Swan Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd on 15 th November 1967. She was launched on 30th June 1969, and accepted […]
Naval News – Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in Sicily – February 2020.
Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) standing maritime immediate reaction force which consists of four to six destroyers and frigates. Its role is to provide NATO with an immediate operational response capability. From Saturday 22nd February to Monday 24th February SNMG 2 units consisting of 6 naval ships was at Catania Port berthing at […]
Valletta Cruise Port – MSC GRANDIOSA maiden call – 26.11.2019
On Tuesday 26th November, 2019 at 0740 hrs the latest addition to the MSC Cruises fleet MSC GRANDIOSA entered Valletta during her maiden call coming from Palermo, Sicily. The 332 metres long liner berthed for the first time at the Valletta Cruise Port Pinto 1 and 2 wharves and she has cabins for more than […]
Yachting – Support Yacht GOLDEN SHADOW sold – 30.04.2019
After over 24 years under the same ownership, the 66.7 metre expedition support yacht GOLDEN SHADOW that was listed for sale in Monaco has been sold GOLDEN SHADOW was built in steel and aluminium by Campbell Shipyards at San Diego in the United States in 1994 and delivered in 1995 as the first purpose designed […]
Preserved Ships – ELBE (1959) – Netherlands.
Last Sunday 24th February 2019 it was the 60th Birthday for the 1959 built ocean going and salvage tug ELBE. She entered service for L. Smit & C.’s Internationale Sleepdienst, Rotterdam and sailed for SMIT for 17 years as ELBE. Since 28th September 1977 she was converted into a pilot cutter for service in Chesapeake […]