Casualties – Russian Navy Destroyer RFS ADMIRAL LEVCHENKO on fire – 10.06.2024

On Monday 10th June, 2024 the Russian Navy Udaloy Class Destroyer RFS ADMIRAL LEVCHENKO was reported that she caught fire in the Barents Sea. She is assigned to the Russian Northern Fleet (RNF) and lately this month she was part of naval drills also involving nuclear submarines. With a compliment of  249 souls , reports […]

Russia-Ukraine War – 2 more naval ships gone during May 2024

Ukraine continues to report a string of successes against the Russian Navy. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, a minesweeper was destroyed during the night of May 18-19 as part of its attacks on occupied Crimea. The Russian Black Sea fleet Project 266M or Natya Class ocean minesweeper is the RFS KOVROVETS that was […]

RoRo Vessels – CARMANIA EXPRESS

One of the Polish built vessels for the Soviet Union was the Skulptor Konenkov Class known as B-481 project . She was built by  Stocznia Gdanska, Gdansk, Poland as yard number B481/10 for Baltic Shipping Co, USSR. She was sold to Ignazio Messina, Italy in 1996 and renamed JOLLY GIALLO, sold again and renamed SCAN […]

Former Military – Ukrainian ship TORNADO at Malta – 1999

A rare former Soviet Union built craft was seen in Malta back to 5th April, 1999 as the Ukrainian Flag TORNADO. More than 600 craft of Project 376 were built for the Soviet navy as well as civilian users starting in 1955 and are in use up to this day on the rivers and harbors […]

Malta Shipyards – Drillship GSF EXPLORER Operations – May 2005.

One of the most interesting drillship operations at Grand Harbour, is no doubt the one of the American GSF EXPLORER that happened during June 2005. On Saturday 7th May afternoon the 189 metres long (loa) drillship GSF EXPLORER coming from the Gulf of Mexico and homeported at Houston, Texas (USA Flag) was spotted entering Grand […]

Malta Naval Visits – LNS TARIQ IBN ZIYAD – 29.07 to 01.08.1991

The Libyan Navy Nanuchka II Class (Project 1234E) Missile Corvette TARIQ IBN ZIYAD one of the Only 2 Nanuchka Hulls that ever visited Malta entered Grand Harbour on Monday 29th July berthing at Crucifix Wharf (now known as Pinto Wharf). She was built at the Soviet Union Vympel Shipyard for the Soviet Navy as MRK […]

Naval News – Russian Navy warships denied entry into the Black Sea – November 2022

Russian Pacific Fleet’s warships had been waiting for Turkey’s permission to cross the Bosporus into the Black Sea since early February, but Ankara never allowed them to enter. According to Andriy Klymenko, head of the Monitoring Group of the Institute of Strategic Studies of the Black Sea and editor-in-chief of the BlackSeaNews portal, the warships have been […]