Malta Naval Visits – HMS ALBION L 14 – 07.11 to 11.11.2022

On Monday 7th November 2022, Royal Navy’s amphibious assault ship HMS ALBION L 14 arrived in Malta berthing starboard side alongside to Boiler Wharf. The visit coincided with a series of Remembrance Day commemorations happening in Malta of which her Country Flag was flown half mast as per below images. Her last call to Malta […]

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 […]

Malta Drydocks – Nanuchka Class Missile Corvettes for repairs – 1985

Over a 47 year period Malta Drydocks (MDD) from 1963 to 2010 evolved into a conundrum that baffled successive governments, the Maltese and the Dockyard workers themselves. Few people know that after Malta became neutral (Freedom Day is celebrated annually – 31st March) and we still have Brainwashed People saying that no more warships since […]

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 […]

Lifeboats – Tower RNLI Pier end of an era – 24.01.2023

On Tuesday 24th January, 2023 the longest serving station pier has finally left her mooring where she has been since the opening of Victoria embankment in 1870. The superstructure has changed a few times but now it’s all change and upgrades. She will be still afloat BUT to be used by Thames Marine Services on […]