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German Navy Helps Deliver Somali Migrant's Baby After Rescue

German navy staff helped deliver a Somali migrant's baby hours after the mother was rescued from the Mediterranean sea, the German armed forces said on Tuesday. Rahma, 33, from Mogadishu, gave birth to a baby girl, Sophia, on board the German rescue boat 'Schleswig Holstein' as it headed for the Italian coast. She was travelling alone at the end of a five-month journey, the Bundeswehr said. Officers said Sophia, who weighed 3 kg (about 7 pounds) at birth, was doing well. She is thought to be the first baby ever born on a German naval vessel. Her mother was one of 4,000 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend. She was picked up first by the British navy before being transferred to the German vessel and taken to a hospital for checks after the ship docked in Taranto, southern Italy. The European Union is struggling to manage the tide of migrants fleeing war and poverty. (Reporting by Josie Le Blond)


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


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.


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


'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 – 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)


This Day in Naval History – April 2

1781 - Frigate Alliance captures 2 British privateers, Mars and Minerva 1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, VA 1898 - Adoption of U.S. Naval Academy coat of arms 1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship 1951 - First Navy use of jet aircraft as a bomber, launched from a carrier, USS Princeton. 1960 - USS Glacier begins 12 days of relief operations


British Warship to Tackle Smugglers in Mediterranean

HMS Richmond (Photo: MOD)

A British warship could be used to target people traffickers in the Mediterranean as part of European Union efforts to tackle a growing migrant crisis, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. The government said it was offering the ship to board, seize and destroy vessels in international waters off the coast of Libya, where smugglers have taken advantage of political turmoil to ship thousands of illegal migrants to Europe.


This Day In Naval History: April 20

Official U.S. Navy file photo of of the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan (LHA 2)

1861 - Union forces burn screw frigate Merrimack and Gosport Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va., to prevent Yard facilities and ships from falling into Confederate hands during the Civil War. 1914 - The first call-to-action of naval aviators is given, creating an aviation detachment of three pilots


This Day In Naval History: April 28

Frank Knox (Official U.S. Navy Photograph)

1907 - A U.S. Marine Corps detachment from the patrol gunboat Paducah serves ashore at Laguna, Honduras, to protect Americans during a war between Honduras and Nicaragua.   1942 - The U.S. Navys Task Force 99, which consists of USS Wasp, USS Tuscaloosa and USS Wichita, plus four destroyers


This Day In Naval History: May 2

1863 - During the Civil War, the steam screw sloop Sacramento, commanded by Captain Charles S. Boggs, seizes the British blockade-runner Wanderer off Murrells Inlet, N.C.   1896 - A landing party of 15 Marines and 19 Seaman from USS Alert arrive at Corinto, Nicaragua


This Day In Naval History: May 3

Overhead view of the Nimitz-class (US Navy photo)

1777 - During the American Revolution, the Continental lugger Surprise, led by Capt. Gustavus conyngham, captures the British mail packet Prince of Orange and the brig Joseph in the North Sea. 1898 - During the Spanish-American War, U.S. Marines from cruisers Baltimore and Raleigh (C 8)


INS Virat Caught Fire, One Died

INS Viraat. Pic: Indian Navy

 One sailor was killed and three others were injured after a fire broke out onboard India's soon to be decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat in Goa.   While the incident was quickly brought under control, four sailors who were present at the scene and combating the fire sustained


This Day In Naval History: March 10

USS New Orleans (LPD-18) on March 10, 2007 (U.S. Navy photo by William Townsend)

1783 - The last naval action of the American Revolution takes place when the Continental frigate Alliance, commanded by Capt. John Barry, battles HMS Sybil south of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Sybil is damaged in the fight and returns to the two warships that did not join in the battle.


This Day In Naval History: March 11

George Bancroft (Photo: United States Library of Congress)

 1778 - During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Boston captures the British ship Martha in the North Atlantic.   1845 - George Bancroft takes office as the 17th Secretary of the Navy. Although he serves in that position only 18 months


HMS Artful Submarine to be Officially Commissioned

Artful, Astute Class attack submarine. Photo: Royal Navy

The Royal Navy's latest submarine, HMS Artful, will be officially commissioned at a ceremony today.   It will take place at Faslane naval base on the Clyde, with representatives of the Royal Navy and the companies that built the vessel present.  


Polish Shipyard Wins Contract with B.C. Ferries

Spirit of British Columbia. Photo: B.C. Ferries

 A contract to renovate B.C. Ferries’ two largest vessels has been awarded to the largest shipyard in Poland for $140 million.   BC Ferries awarded the conversion contrast to Remontowa Ship Repair in Gdansk, Poland. That’s the same company that earlier received the contract


74-Meter Amels 242 in Sea Trials

AMELS 242 Photo Damen

Even the chilly Dutch North Sea looks rather nice when graced by the gorgeous lines of the new 74-metre AMELS 242, out for sea trials near the AMELS yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. With her long streamlined looks created by renowned British designer Tim Heywood


This Day In Naval History: April 7

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Albany (SSN 573) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk (Official USN photo by Michael D.P. Flynn, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection)

 1776 - The Continental brig Lexington, commanded by John Barry, captures the British tender Edward near the Virginia Capes after a fierce fight that takes nearly an hour. 1944 - USS Saufley (DD 465) sinks the Japanese submarine I 2, west-northwest of New Hanover


This Day In Naval History: April 8

1823 - The barges USS Mosquito, USS Gallinipper, and sloop-of-war Peacock chase the pirate schooner, Pilot, which is driven ashore off Havana, Cuba.   1848 - The first U.S. flag is flown over the Sea of Galilee when Lt. William F. Lynch sails in an iron boat up the Jordan River


This Day In Naval History: April 11

Oil on canvas by the artist Tom Freeman entitled Homecoming, Annapolis Commissioning. The Annapolis (SSN-760) was commissioned 11 April 1992 at the Electric Boat Div., General Dynamics Corp, Groton, CT. (Courtesy of USNI)

1783 - Congress declares the cessation of arms against Great Britain, just a few days after British Parliament passed a similar resolution, thus ending hostilities of the American Revolution. 1944 - USS Redfin (SS 272) sinks the Japanese destroyer Akigumo in the eastern entrance to Basilan


Two Canadian Ferries to be Converted for LNG Operation

Image: Scott Arkell/Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract by Gdansk Shiprepair Yard Remontowa S.A., to supply a scope of engines, propulsion machinery, integrated automation systems, and gas handling systems required for the mid-life upgrading of two RoPax ferries and their conversion to operate on LNG fuel


This Day In Naval History: April 19

Program for the Commissioning Ceremony held of the USS The Sullivans DDG-68, held at Staten Island, New York on April 19, 1997.

1917 - The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6. 1920 - The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York






 
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