Passers By – Naval Units during April & May 2021.

Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – Early April 2021 the Russian Navy Project 22350 Gorshkov Class frigate RFS ADMIRAL KASATONOV 431 along with the salvage tug NIKOLAI CHIKER and tanker VYAZMA (Joined in February 2021 ) passed Malta-Sicily Straits during the frigate maiden deployment which left homeport […]

Casualties – Indonesian Navy Submarine sunk with all 53 souls – April 2021.

Debris believed to be from the missing Indonesian navy submarine KRI NANGGALA 402 has been found, Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono told a news conference on Saturday 24th April, 2021. Six pieces of debris believed to be from the submarine, which was lost in the Bali Sea on Wednesday, were presented to journalists.The latest update […]

Passers By – Naval Units during January 2021

Various naval units pass the Malta-Sicily straits like other ships and to mention some – New Year started with an interesting Russian Navy Vessel – SB 565 PROFESSOR NIKOLAY MURU, a 2014 built and June 2015 commissioned rescue ship on passage from Astrakhan, East Russia bound to West Russia stopping for few days off Pantelleria, […]

Malta Naval Visits – FFG 50 USS TAYLOR – 17.02 – 21.02.2007

On Friday 17th February, 2007 at 1446 hrs the United States Navy Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate USS TAYLOR FFG 50 entered Grand Harbour, Malta for a 4 day Diplomatic Visit assisted by 2 Tug Malta tugs FELICA and PAWLINA. Ship is named for Commander Jesse J. Taylor (1925–1965), a naval aviator who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his […]

Malta Naval Visits – TCG GEMLIK F 492 – 21-24.07.2020

The first naval vessel to host a diplomatic visit after the chaos of the Pandemic Disease COVID-19 was the Turkish Navy Gabya Class Frigate TCG GEMLIK F 492 which entered Grand Harbour on Tuesday 21st July, 2020. Originally a US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate USS FLATLEY FFG 21, she was the […]

Casualties – USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD 6 fire – 12.07.2020

On Sunday 12th July 2020, an explosion occurred around 0850 hrs aboard the US Navy Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS BONHOMME RICHARD LHD 6 while she was berthed at her home port, Naval Base San Diego undergoing maintenance. The resulting fire was fuelled by paper, cloth, rags or other materials, not fuel oil or […]

Demolition Naval Vessels – BNS GEORGES TRUFFAUT M 908 – 30.06.2007

M 908 BNS GEORGES TRUFFAUT  was a minesweeper of the famous Aggressive. She was built in 1955 by Tampa Marine Co., Tampa, Florida in USA as AM 515 for the United States Navy. Reclassified as an Ocean Minesweeper MSO 515 on the 7th February 1955 of which she was launched 1st November 1955 and completed 21st September […]

Naval News – USS EMORY S. LAND AS 39 refit contract – May 2020

The U.S. Navy submarine tender USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) overhaul contract of 150 calendar day shipyard availability was won by Mare Island Dry Dock LLC that was awarded with a $33.5 million firm fixed price for the regular overhaul and drydocking of the naval vessel. Working capital funds (Navy) for the contract amount […]

Malta Naval Visits – INS JALASHWA L 41+ INS MYSORE D 60 – 11-12.03.2011.

In March 2011 the Indian Government had sought Malta’s assistance for the evacuation of most of the 18,000 Indian workers in Libya. Though some workers were already been evacuated on a ship from Benghazi and taken to Egypt, India wanted to focus its operation through Malta of which the Indian effort was being coordinated by […]