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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


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


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


Mariner Medevaced from Bulker near Alaska

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter crew medevaced a mariner from a 623-foot bulk carrier located approximately 75 miles southeast of Cold Bay, Alaska, Sunday. Coast Guard 17th District Command Center watchstanders received a call from the crew of ALLSEAS MARINE S.A.’s bulk carrier Mykonos Seas requesting medical assistance for an injured crewmember.  The duty flight surgeon recommended the medevac, and the USCG Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk crew was launched out of Cold Bay


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


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.


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


Philippines to Buy Naval Assets, China Sea Dispute Simmers

The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday.


First ShipArrestor System Delivered in Norway

The ShipArrestor lassoes a target vessel during a trial

Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) has signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine, making Norway the first country with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting


Video: Crewman Medevaced from Oil Tanker

Photo: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) medevaced a Filipino crewmember from a tanker 23 miles south of Southwest Pass, Sunday.   Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call from the crew of the 748-foot Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Lorelei reporting a crewmember was suffering


S.O.S. Written on Hawaii Beach Prompts Rescue

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point poses with a person they rescued Dec. 19, 2014, while on a routine patrol off Kauai. They were contacted by a tour helicopter on VHF radio channel 16 about an SOS marking written on the beach in the sand. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A swimmer in distress was rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter after being swept out to sea near Hanakapiai Beach, Kauai, Friday.   A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was on a routine mission when they received notification by radio from a tour helicopter that S.O.S


HMAS Canberra Joins the Fleet

HMAS Canberra guard, led by Guard Comander, Lieutenant Adam Simeoni, march on at the commencement of the commissioning ceremony held in the new ship in Sydney.

  Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), together with the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr Tony Abbott, MP, were the guests of honour today as Australia’s first Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) was welcomed into


USS Fort Worth Arrives in US 7th Fleet

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) provides a sea-going platform for a UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter from U.S. Army 25th Combat Aviation Brigade to conduct deck landing qualifications off the coast of Hawaii. Fo

Littoral combat ship (LCS) USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Dec. 4, marking a key initial milestone in its 16-month rotational deployment in support of the Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance. Building on USS Freedom's (LCS 1) inaugural 10-month deployment from


USCG Medevacs Woman From Cruise Ship Off NC Coast

Coast Guard

The Coast Guard medevaced a 71-year-old woman suffering from abdominal pain Saturday from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Crewmembers aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, a 1,069-foot cruise ship, contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 8:45 a


Solo Kayaker Rescued East of Coffs Harbor

On Search and Rescue mission

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has coordinated the search and rescue of a solo kayaker off northern New South Wales. AMSA Search and Rescue officers were contacted by the International Emergency Response Centre in the United States about 10


Maersk, Hamburg Sud Lead Reliability Rankings

Aggregate Schedule Reliability of Top 20 Container Carriers, Source: Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight

Maersk Line and Hamburg Sud are ranked as the two most reliable container shipping carriers, according to performance rankings published in the new online version of the Carrier Performance Insight (http://cpi.drewry.co.uk) published by shipping consultancy Drewry.


Vessel Fire Forces Platform Evacuation

About 300 have evacuated a platform in the North sea after a fire left a vessel disabled and drifting nearby without power, BBC reported.   BG Group told BBC it was removing workers by helicopter from the Lomond installation - about 145 miles east of Aberdeen.   


USCG Rescues Mariner from Boat Near Maui

Coast Guard Station Maui at Māʻalaea,

  A man is safe after being rescued from a disabled boat approximately 46 miles southwest of Kahoolawe, Maui, Saturday. At 10:15 a.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a friend of the vessel’s operator reporting that the


Crewman Overboard Near Texas

Authorities searching for an overboard sailor 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the crew of a nearby ship are searching for a crewman who fell overboard while painting the side of a bulk carrier at anchor about 10 miles off Sabine Pass, Texas, Saturday.


Crew of Stricken Fishing Vessel Found Unharmed

The crew of a stricken fishing vessel, seemingly washed up on the beach at Chapel St Leonards, are safe and well, Humber Coastguard reported.   Skegness and Chapel coastguards, Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboats and a rescue helicopter were all tasked to the 18-foot coble reported to the


Korean Fishing Vessel Sinks, 26 Still Missing

USCG photo by Dale Arnould

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) search and rescue crews were relieved by Republic of Korea assets on Saturday in their search for 26 crewmembers from the fishing vessel 501 Oryong that capsized Nov. 30, 2014, near Chukotka, Russia, in the Bering Sea.  


USCG Provides SAR Planning Support to Korea

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and Republic of Korea vessel Sam-Bong conduct a search in the Bering Sea near Chukotka, Russia, as a Republic of Korea Navy P-3 Orion airplane flies overhead

  Coast Guard search and rescue crews were relieved by Republic of Korea assets on Saturday in their search for 26 crewmembers from the fishing vessel 501 Oryong that capsized Nov. 30, 2014, near Chukotka, Russia, in the Bering Sea.






 
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