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HMS Illustrious Decommissioned

HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious – the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible-class aircraft carriers – was decommissioned at Portsmouth Naval Base today, marking the end of her 32-year career. The ship’s White Ensign was lowered for the final time during the decommissioning ceremony in front of hundreds of guests, ending an era which began with the launch of her sister ship HMS Invincible in 1977. Illustrious is being replaced as the nation’s helicopter carrier by HMS Ocean which has just undergone a £65m refit. She will eventually be replaced by two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers being built for the Navy – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Principal guest at the ceremony was Lady Sarah Chatto whose mother Princess Margaret launched HMS Illustrious in 1978. Fifteen of the ship’s 17 former commanding officers also attended along with dozens of veterans. royalnavy.mod.uk  


STX France to Build Helicopter Carriers for Russia

The signature of a contract for two Mistral class helicopter carriers (LHDs), and associated services, between DCNS and the Russian defence export agency Rosoboronexport took place in St. Petersburg on June 17, 2011. STX France will undertake the construction of the ships at its Saint-Nazaire shipyard under a subcontract with DCNS. The Russian shipbuilder OSK will provide part of the hull of both ships. The first ship will be delivered to Russia in 2014 and the second LHD will be delivered


Dockwise Wins Military Contracts

Dockwise Ltd. announces that its subsidiary Dockwise Shipping has entered into contracts with the Spanish naval shipyard Navantia for the transport of two Canberra-class amphibious helicopter carriers (LHD) and with the Russian naval shipyard Zvezda for the transport of two nuclear powered submarines. Navantia, located in Ferrol, Spain, a naval shipyard, is building the two LHD's for the Australian Navy. The hull of the vessels and its outfitting will


U.S. Navy Disrupts Pirate Attempt In Arabian Sea

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy

U.S. Naval forces disrupted a pirate attack on M/V Falcon Trader II, a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, after it reported it had been attacked by pirates March 24. All 20 Filipino crew members of the Falcon Trader II are safe and in control of the vessel. At approximately 10:30 a.m. (local), aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), conducting operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom


Log Carrier Sinks Off China

Three sailors died and four others were missing after their Cambodian-flagged log carrier sank off China's southern Fuzhou port on Thursday, rescue officials in Hong Kong said. The 3,946-ton Pamela Dream, with 19 Russian sailors aboard, sent a distress signal in the morning and 12 sailors have since been rescued by passing ships, said Captain Ravi Dewan of Hong Kong's Maritime Search & Rescue Centre. A helicopter from Taiwan and a Chinese boat were still searching the area 10 miles off the


One Dead, Two Injured on Log Carrier in North Pacific

Coast Guard rescue crews today are en route to Adak to medevac two crewmen who were injured while working aboard a log carrier 180 miles south of Adak Monday. The master of the 465-foot log carrier Borca contacted the Coast Guard requesting medical assistance. The master reported that while transiting the ship encountered rough weather. Three crewmen who were working below decks were tossed about and suffered severe injuries. The reported injuries included broken bones and possible head trauma


EU NAVFOR Stops Suspected Pirates Again

EU NAVFOR warship Bremen. Photo courtesy EU NAVFOR.

Late afternoon of Sunday 20th of September, a Bulk Carrier reported an approach of a skiff while in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor in the Gulf of Aden. On board of the Bulk Carrier a unit of the Yemeni Navy was embarked. On sighting of these military personnel the skiff abandoned the approach and tried to flee as reported by the merchant vessel to the UK Maritime Trade Organization in Bahrain. UKMTO alerted other merchant vessels and the Counter Piracy Forces on Mercury


Two US Navy Jets Crash into The Pacific

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Red Lions of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 lands on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during search and rescue operations for the pilot of one of two F/A-18 Hornets which crashed earlier in the day while operating from the ship. The other pilot was located and returned to Carl Vinson for medical care. (U.S. Navy photo by John Philip Wagner, Jr.)

The pilot of one of two F/A-18 Hornets that crashed Sept. 12 while operating from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is in fair condition and receiving medical treatment aboard the ship. Search efforts continue for the missing pilot. At the time of the incident, USS Carl Vinson was operating in the Western Pacific Ocean approximately 250 nautical miles west of Wake Island. The cause of the crash is under investigation. The ships of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, USS Carl Vinson


Navy Actions Disrupt Oil Field Access

StatoilHydro reportedly suspended helicopter flights to some of its main fields in the North Sea due to Russian Navy exercises in nearby international waters, Reuters reported. According to the reports, the disruptions will not affect production levels at the fields, which include the Troll field. According the report, a Russian aircraft carrier and two accompanying vessels were carrying out exercises near the heart of Norway's offshore oil and gas sector in the North Sea.


This Day in Naval History – March 23

1815 - USS Hornet captures HMS Penguin in battle lasting 22 minutes 1882 - SECNAV Hunt issues General Order No. 292 creating Office of Naval Intelligence. 1917 - Launching of USS New Mexico, first dreadnought with turboelectric drive 1945 - Carriers begin pre-assault strikes on Okinawa, kamikaze attacks follow 1958 - First launching of simulated Polaris missile from submerged tactical launcher facility off CA.


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 16

USS Grayback (USN photo courtesy of Robert Hurst)

Today in U.S. Naval History - September 16 1854 - Cdr. David G. Farragut takes possession of Mare Island, the first U.S. Navy Yard on the Pacific. 1917 - Navy Department authorizes establishment of 16 Naval air stations abroad 1922 - Cdr


USCG Confirm Jelly Fish Concentration in Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts

Jellyfish

  Coast Guard pollution responders, and the Fairhaven Harbormaster responded to a report of a large oil sheen in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts Friday morning. At 2:00 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England was notified by a local


Today in U.S. Naval History: September 12

Today in U.S. Naval History: September 12 1916 - First demonstration of automatic stabilization and direction gear in aircraft 1944 - 5th Fleet carrier aircraft begin three-day attack on Japanese shipping and facilities in Visayas, Philippines


Gas Turbine Powered LNG Carrier Earns Lloyd’s Register AIP

artist rendering of the GE/DSIC LNG carrier

GE Marine and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) announced at the SMM 2014 exhibition they have received Approval in Principle (AIP) for their jointly developed gas turbine-powered LNG carrier design. The AIP, issued by Lloyd’s Register


HMS Prince of Wales Assembly Begins

Photo courtesy of BAE Systems

Construction of HMS Prince of Wales, the second of two new aircraft carriers for the U.K. Royal Navy, has moved forward with the docking of two of the ship’s largest hull sections – Lower Block 02 and Lower Block 03. The movement of the blocks into the dock at Rosyth marks the


ABS to Class the First Very Large Ethane Carrier

ABS, a provider of classification services to the maritime and offshore industries, has been chosen to class the world's first contracted series of very large ethane carriers (VLECs). The class contract for the ships, which will be built in Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for an Asian


Latest Ocean-going Shipbuilding Orders

Bow shot: File photo

A number of orders are reported by Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin, with contracts being signed across the Dry Bulk, Tanker and Container markets. Dry bulk carriers Activity has been focused amongst the small/midsized vessels with Empros Lines reported to have signed up


USCG Suspends Search for Downed Aircraft near Jamaica

USCG emblem

  The Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday at approximately 11 a.m. for two possible survivors of a plane in the water 14 miles north of Port Antonio, Jamaica, Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a call from U.S. Northern Command at 11 a


USCG Rescues 2 Boaters Near Willapa Bay, Wash.

  A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday.   The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash


G E Shipping Contracts to Buy a Supramax Bulk Carrier

Great Eastern

  The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to buy a Supramax Bulk Carrier of about 52,454 dwt. The 2006 built vessel is expected to join the Company’s fleet in September-October 2014. The Company’s current fleet stands at 30 vessels


France Sets Terms for Warship Delivery to Russia

French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday that a ceasefire and a political settlement in Ukraine were conditions for France to deliver a warship it has built for Russia. Hollande told reporters on the sidelines of a NATO summit that the contract to supply two Mistral-class helicopter


Russia Says France's Halt to Supply Navy Ship No Tragedy

Russia's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday France's decision to suspend delivery of a helicopter carrier to Russia over the crisis in Ukraine would not hurt its military modernization and reform plans, Itar-Tass news agency reported. "Although of course it is unpleasant and adds to


StealthGas Announces Newbuilds, New Vessel Contracts

StealthGas Inc., a ship-owning company primarily serving the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector of the international shipping industry, announced today as part of its fleet expansion program the acquisition of two newbuilding LPG vessels.


Newbuilding Orders: Summer Lethargy Lingers

Bitumin carrier: File photo

Despite some anticipation in increased activity as the summer holidays come to an end, there are just two orders to report this week both focused on the more specialised markets, says Clarkson Hellas in their latest S&P Weekly Bulletin. Asphalt & Bitumin carriers


Navy Unmanned Aircraft Sets the Bar

Night-flying X-47B: Photo USN

The Navy's X-47B unmanned aircraft has completed its final test aboard 'USS Theodore Roosevelt' (CVN 71) and has returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea
, informs U.S. Naval Air Systems Command.






 
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