Naval News – German Navy Frigate F 207 FGS BREMEN scrap – November 2021

On Wednesday 13th October, 2021 the German Navy Type 122 Class Frigate FGS BREMEN F 207 left Wilhelmshaven for the last time and last voyage towed to the breakers at Aliaga, Turkey by tug ONYX which passed off Malta on the 7th November 2021. She was the lead ship of the class known as the Bremen Class, […]

Haifa Port – May 2021 Movements

The Port of Haifa  is the largest of Israel’s three major international seaports, the others being the Port of Ashdod, and the Port of Eilat. It has a natural deep water harbor, which operates all year long, and serves both passenger and merchant ships. It is one of the largest ports in the eastern Mediterranean in terms of freight volume and […]

Passers By – Naval Units during January 2021

Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – New Year started with an interesting Russian Navy Vessel – SB 565 PROFESSOR NIKOLAY MURU, a 2014 built and June 2015 commissioned rescue ship on passage from Astrakhan, East Russia bound to West Russia stopping for few days off Pantelleria, […]

Breaking Up – Cruise Liner ASTOR – 23.11.2020

The 33 year old cruise liner ASTOR was sold last 15th October at an auction by C.W. Kellock London Ltd. She was built in 1987 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), Kiel in West Germany  as ASTOR for the Mauritius-based Marlan Corporation, although originally ordered by the South African Safmarine as a combined ocean liner/cruise ship for the Southampton-Cape Town service. In 1988, she was sold to the Soviet Union Black Sea Shipping […]

Malta Naval Visits – FGS PLANET A 1437 – 27-28.05.2007

One of the most modern naval research ships within NATO is the FGS PLANET A 1437 (Type 751) which was seen at Grand Harbour, Malta between Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May, 2005 during a 24 hour port call. She was built by Nordseewerke in Emden with a length of 72 m; beam of 27.2 m. […]

Former Military – TUBINGEN at Malta – 26.12.1999

The first naval ship built in Germany for the West German Navy after the end of Second World War was the Type 320 Class LINDAU M 1072. Total of 18 ships in the class they were the first coastal minehunters, all wooden. The Lindau class was the German version of the NATO unit type made. […]

Naval News – FGS GORCH FOCK A 60 refit repair problems

The GORCH FOCK is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). She is the second ship of that name and a sister ship of the Gorch Fock built in 1933. Both ships are named in honour of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym “Gorch Fock” and died in the battle of Jutland/Skagerrak in 1916. She is sometimes referred to (unofficially) as […]

Former Military – Yacht PRINCESSE at Malta – 16.08.2007

A wooden 47.40 metre boat PRINCESSE homeported in Panama with Panama (PAN) flag called at Valletta back to Thursday 16th August 2007 berthing at Pinto 3 Wharf for water supply and bunkering by road trucks. She’s the former Bundesmarine (West Germany) Schutze Class Inshore minesweeper M 1056 RIGEL which was launched on the 2nd April […]

Naval News – German Submarine FGS U 36 ran aground – 14.05.2019

The German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg, Germany Der Spiegel reported that a German Navy submarine ran aground in Norwegian waters shortly after she left port on Tuesday, May 14. The Type 212 submarine FGS U 36 S186 ran aground after she left the Royal Norwegian Navy base at Haakonsvern, the German Navy confirmed one day […]