Malta Naval Visits – June 2024

Monday 3rd June.  The operated Military Sealift Command of the US Navy Pathfinder Class Oceanographic Ship USNS MARIE THARP T-AGS 66 left Valletta, Malta from DWQ 2 wharf passing breakwaters at 1515 hrs. Tuesday 4th June. The Marine Nationale (French Navy) Vulcain Class MCM Diving Tender FS ACHERON A 613 left Valletta  passing breakwaters at 0919 hrs from […]

Malta Naval Visits – March 2024

Saturday 2nd March.  The Marina Militare Italiana (Italian Navy) Cassiopeia Class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) – ITS CASSIOPEIA P401 left Malta passing breakwaters at 1927 hrs from DWQ 2 Wharf though her diplomatic clearance was extended for another 24 hors. She was also due to shifting few bollards astern to DWQ 1 from Bollards 3 to 9 […]

Naval News – Royal Navy divers searching for vessel’s jackstaff – December 2023

During Week 50 of this year a Royal Navy navigation warning  was issued after one of her vessels inadvertently lost the jackstaff and tripod overboard. The notification has been sent out to all all vessels operating just off North Corner Jetty (East) in HM Naval Base Portsmouth. They were being warned to “navigate with particular […]

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 […]

Naval News – HMS BLYTH M 111 and HMS RAMSEY M 110 decommission – 04.08.2021

On Wednesday 4th August, 2021 the Royal Navy paid farewell to the Sandown Class Minehunters HMS BLYTH M 111 and HMS RAMSEY M 110 in a formal ceremony in Rosyth, Scotland.  Affiliates and friends paid the final farewell to the Single Role Mine Hunters (SRMH) at Rosyth Dockyard, honouring their 20 years of service protecting […]

Navy Ships – Aviation Training Ship RFA ARGUS A 135

RFA ARGUS A 135 is a ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) under the Blue Ensign. Formerly the Italian built container ship CONTENDER BEZANT ( 28 November 1980 launched by Cantieri Navali Breda S.A, Marghera Yard, Venice as Yard Nr: 293 named CONTENDER BEZANT for Contender 2 Ltd (Sea Containers Ltd, Managers) Hamilton, Bermuda. The […]

Casualties – GRANDE AMERICA on fire, crew evacuated – 10.03.2019

Twenty seven persons have been evacuated from the fire stricken Italian flag and owned roll-on/roll-off container (ConRo) GRANDE AMERICA in the Bay of Biscay off the French coast, Maritime Prefecture of Atlantic said. The 1997 built vessel caught fire around 150 miles southwest of Brest, France on Sunday 10th March, 2019 while she was underway […]