Military Nostalgia – HMS Forth A 187 at Malta

One of the most notable naval vessels when Malta served as a British Naval Base was no doubt the Submarine Depot Ship HMS FORTH with pennant number as A 187. At Grand Harbour back to February, 1948. Laid down on 30th June 1937, launched on 11th August 1938 and Commissioned on 14th May, 1939, she […]

Military Nostalgia – Gay Class Gunboats stationed at Malta used for Adverts

The third advert in the series featured Coastal Forces , follows a flotilla of small boats in action, destroying a hulk somewhere off the coast. The narrator describes the action as the MTBs and MGBs separate to carry out attacks on the hulk, which is left sinking whilst the officers break out the tobacco. After […]

Military Nostalgia – Dark Class Gunboats at Malta

A total of 27 Dark Class Fast Attack Craft were ordered for the Royal Navy between December 1951 and January 1952 , but only 18 were completed, the remainder being cancelled in 1955. Fitted with 2 shaft Napier Deltic 16 cylinder diesels, the Dark Class were the first diesel engined fast patrol boats, the earlier […]

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 […]

Former Military – HOLMWOOD at Malta – 2007-2011.

The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (RMAS) was a British Government agency which ran a variety of auxiliary vessels for Her Majesty’s Naval Service including Royal Navy, Royal Marines and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) from 1976 to 2008. One of the former Clovelly Class Fleet Tender HOLMWOOD ex RMAS HOLMWOOD A 1772 was seen in Malta in 2007 moored at Manoel Island Marina. She was […]

Dredging – Dredger VIKING R

One of the World’s Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (THSD) working round the clock is the 1975 built dredger VIKING R. Owned by Rohde Nielsen of Copenhagen, Denmark she was built at the Netherlands by Liesbooch Staal at Nieuwegein for Boskalis Westminster Dredging as the KORAALZEE with yard number 179. In 1988 she was sold to RN, […]

Iran Tensions – HMS KENT F 78 bound to the Gulf – 12.08.2019

The Royal Navy Type 23 Class frigate HMS KENT F 78 left Portsmouth Naval Base, UK on Monday 12th August heading to the Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran. Initially the frigate was due to patrol the region alone and provide regional maritime security. However, since the seizure of a British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz the […]