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 […]

Anti Piracy Vessels – AL 345

One of the Anti Piracy Vessels based in Malta of which everyone thinks that she’s a former naval vessel is the Japanese built 22 metre vessel AL 345. She was first seen berthed at Dock 7 , MMH Facilities back to June 2013 and homeported at Plymouth (GBR Flag). She was built in Japan by […]

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 ENTERPRISE H 88 Paid Off – 27.03.2023

The second Royal Navy Vessel to pay off during March,2023 is the Echo Class Hydrographic vessel H88 HMS ENTERPRISE. In Fact earlier today she was saluted by the 2010 built tug SD INDULGENT by giving her a water salute from her fire monitors at Portsmouth.   The tenth ship to bear this name HMS ENTERPRISE […]

Delivery – 96 metre High Speed Craft INCAT 050 at Malta – July 2008

On Friday 11th July,2008 afternoon the 96 metre High Speed Craft INCAT 050 entered Grand Harbour, Malta after finishing her charter to the United States Navy as JOINT VENTURE HSV-XI.  INCAT 050 was one of six 96 metre (WPC 96) catamarans built by Incat, Australia in 1998. Under the name DEVIL CAT, she operated for a […]

Valletta Cruise Port – Cruise Liner BOREALIS maiden call – 08.11.2021

The second former Holland America Line cruise liner to call at Malta within 3 days was the 1997 built liner BOREALIS that passed Grand Harbour breakwaters at 0804 hrs coming from Alicante Spain during her maiden call on Monday 8th November in South Easterly weather. She’s the second ship to be named in the Fred […]

Heavy Lift – 2009 built OXL FANTASY

One of the ships around the world that was trading with her name only for 2 months was the 2009 built OXL FANTASY. She was built in China by Jiangzhou Union Shipbuilding at Rui Chang as BELUGA FANTASY for Beluga Heavy Lift homeported at Monrovia (LBR Flag) trading until 7th May 2011 where she was […]