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Russian Sub Rescue Update: Too Little, Too Late?

Indecision from Russia regarding help from foreign nations in aiding efforts to rescue an estimated 118 sailors trapped in a Nuclear submarine lying on the bottom of the Barents Sea evaporated today, as Norway said that divers due to join a British bid to save 118 Russian sailors trapped in a submarine on the bed of the Barents Sea would arrive on Saturday. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said on Thursday the situation around the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk was "next to catastrophic", but he hoped chances remained to save its 118 crew, Russian news agencies reported. "During the past night there were no changes for better or worse," Interfax news agency quoted Kasyanov as telling a government meeting. "We want to hope that there are chances to rescue the crew." The navy said the crew of the Kursk submarine, on the bottom of the Arctic Barents sea since the weekend, stopped tapping SOS signals on the hull on Tuesday. The Seaway Eagle, carrying 12-15 divers, was likely to arrive off north Russia at around midday on Saturday, roughly the same time as a separate supply vessel - the orange-painted supply vessel Normand Pioneer -- carrying a British mini-submarine which will be used to try to rescue the crew of the Kursk. "The divers should arrive at about the same time as the British on Saturday," Foreign Ministry spokesman Karsten Klepsvik said. The ministry had initially estimated the divers would arrive on Friday night.


Oil Prices Slip

According to reports, oil prices fell by three per cent Monday, slipping below $59 a barrel as traders looked ahead to U.S. supply data due out Wednesday that is expected to show rising inventories of crude. Doubts about OPEC's ability to implement a 1.2 million barrels a day production cut also weighed on prices. Last week, oil prices surged after the U.S. Energy Department data showed a large decline in crude-oil inventories


This Day in Naval History - Aug. 24

From the Navy News Service 1814 - British invasion of Maryland and Washington, D.C.; Washington Navy Yard and ships burned to prevent capture by the British. 1912 - Launching of USS Jupiter (AC 3), first electrically-propelled Navy ship. 1942 - U.S. carrier aircraft begin two-day Battle of Eastern Solomons where a Japanese task force is defeated and one Japanese carrier sunk. Japanese recall expedition to recapture Guadalcanal.


'Little Ships' Sail To Denmark

A fleet of "Little Ships" left the famous white cliffs of Dover behind them and set off across the Channel on Friday to mark the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation of 340,000 Allied soldiers from France. The 58-strong flotilla had been due Thursday, but rough seas forced them to postpone 24 hours. Sixty years ago, a rag-tag British flotilla plucked 340,000 Allied soldiers from certain death or capture at Dunkirk. Dubbed the "great tide of small vessels" by British wartime leader Winston Churchill


This Day in Naval History – April 6

1776 - Sloop-of-war Ranger, frigate Queen of France and frigate Warren capture British Hibernia and 7 other vessels 1862 - Naval Gunfire from Tyler and Lexington help save Union Troops at Battle of Shiloh 1909 - Commander Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole 1917 - U.S. declares war on Germany 1945 - First heavy kamikaze attack on ships at Okinawa. 1961 - USS Lake Champlain brings oxygen to aid stricken passenger of British liner Queen of Bermuda.


This Day in U.S. Naval History - April 6

1776 - Sloop-of-war Ranger, frigate Queen of France and frigate Warren capture British Hibernia and 7 other vessels   1862 - Naval Gunfire from Tyler and Lexington help save Union Troops at Battle of Shiloh   1909 - Commander Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole   1917 - U.S. declares war on Germany   1945 - First heavy kamikaze attack on ships at Okinawa.   1961 - USS Lake Champlain brings oxygen to aid stricken passenger of British liner Queen of


This Day in U.S. Naval History - March 17

1898 - USS Holland, first practical submarine, launched   1942 - United States Naval Forces Europe established to plan joint operations with British   1958 - Navy Vanguard rocket launches 3.25 pound sphere from Cape Canaveral   1959 - USS Skate (SSN-578) surfaces at North Pole   (Source: Navy News Service)


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 28

Today in U.S. Naval History: May 28 1813 - Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers 1917 - First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. LCDR Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee's executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 - 1st of 24 detonations, Operation Plumbbob nuclear test 1980 - 55 women become first women graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy. For more information about naval history


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 13

Commodore Robert F. Stockton, Halftone reproduction of a 19th Century engraving, printed by Carruth & Carruth, Oakland, California, for the Sloat Memorial Association of Oakland. The original engraving was based on a painting on ivory owned by Commodore Stocktons son, the Hon. John P. Stockton. ( U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 13 1777 - American explosive device made by David Bushnell explodes near British vessel off New London, Conn. 1846 - Joint expedition led by Commodore Robert Stockton seizes Los Angeles, Calif. 1870 - Armed tug Palos becomes first U.S. Navy ship to transit Suez Canal For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 24

Enterprise (CVAN-65) was christened on Saturday, 24 September 1960. (Photo: Ron Reeves)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 24 1918 - Ensign David S. Ingalls, USNR, in a Sopwith Camel, shoots down his fifth enemy aircraft, becoming the first U.S. Navy ace while flying with the British Royal Air Force. 1944 - 5th Fleet carrier aircraft attack Japanese in Visayas, Philippines 1960 - First nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65), launched at Newport News, Va. For more information about naval history


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 18

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 18 1775 - Continental Congress resolves that each colony provide armed vessels 1779 - Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron captures 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 - John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France


Andrew Weir to Support UK Navy in Antarctica

HMS Protector A173

Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. announced that it has been awarded the contract for the support and maintenance of HMS Protector (A173), following a competitive tendering process. HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, and is deployed on operations for 334 days per year


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 24

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 24 1813- Sailing Master Elijah Mix attempts to blow up British warship Plantagenet with a torpedo near Cape Henry, Virginia. 1944 - Following 43 days of naval gunfire and air bombardment, Naval Task Force lands Marines on Tinian.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 25

USS Harmon (DE-72). U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives and Records Administration

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 25 1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, Maine 1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, N.C. 1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy


Defence Contracts Boost UK Military Boat Support Industry

RN RIB: Photo courtesy of UK MOD

The UK Government's Ministry of Defence (MOD) informs it has awarded millions of pounds worth of new contracts to maintain its 1,450 strong fleet of small boats. The fleet of boats includes offshore raiding craft, pontoons up to 50 metres in length, police launches


Northern Gateway Pipeline Approved by Canada

Canada scene: File photo

The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia says it welcomes the federal government's decision to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  The 1,177-km (731 miles) pipeline project, is expected to transport 525,000 barrels of Alberta oil a day to Asia-bound tankers.


BC Shippers Welcomes Northern Gateway Approval

Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia welcomes Federal Decision to Approve Northern Gateway Pipeline The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia today welcomed the federal government's decision to approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Chamber President Captain Stephen Brown said the decision


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 20

Battle of Philippine Sea (WikiCommons)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 20 1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage three British ships in Hampton Roads, Va. 1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship.


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 2

USS Juneau (CL-119). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 2 1923 - Commissioning of Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 1926 - Distinguished Flying Cross authorized by Congress. 1937 - Amelia Earhart disappears in Pacific. Navy conducts extensive unsuccessful search


London International Shipping Week Set for 2015

U.K. Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond MP

The British Government has once again thrust its weight behind London International Shipping Week with an official visit to the LISW2015 stand at Posidonia in Greece by the British Ambassador in Athens followed by public shows of support at additional events by the head of the Maritime and


Chile to Import US Shale Gas

Ship enters Methane Jane Elizabeth Quintero Bay with the first shipment of LNG in July 2009 (Photo courtesy of ENAP Chile)

Chile's state oil company ENAP has signed long-term deal with British Gas to import shale gas from the United States at the end of next year, local media reported. Shipments will leave from a U.S. port, Chilean Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco was quoted as saying on Monday in newspaper La


Steelhead LNG Plans $30B LNG Export Terminal

A  Canadian company jumped into British Columbia's crowded liquefied natural gas (LNG) export fray with a plan to build a $30 billion terminal on Vancouver Island. Steelhead LNG said it applied to Canadian regulators for permission to export up to 30 million tonnes of LNG a year for 25


Pemex Signs Agreement with the British Council

Director General of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin

  Pemex signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council to promote the training of their workers. The agreement was signed by the director general of Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin; Britain's ambassador in Mexico, Duncan Taylor, and the director of the British Council


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 14

USS Forrestal (CVA-59). Photographed by W.F. Radcliff, 1955. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 14 1813 - Lt. John M. Gamble, the first marine to command a ship in battle (prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam) 1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry lands and holds first meeting with Japanese at Uraga, Japan


UK, Spain Dispute 'Provocative' Gibraltar Naval Activity

The British government said on Thursday it had summoned Spain's ambassador over what it described as "provocative" activity by the Spanish navy near the disputed territory of Gibraltar. Britain, which runs the rocky outcrop as a British Overseas Territory






 
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