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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  


France Negotiating With Egypt over Helo Carriers

Two Mistrals were originally destined for Russia. France is in talks to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt after their sale to Russia was cancelled earlier this month, two sources close to the matter said on Wednesday. Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of a two-year-old insurgency based across the Suez Canal in the Sinai peninsula and fears the crisis in neighbouring Libya could spill over


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


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


British Queen visits Plymouth for HMS Ocean rededication

The Queen honours HMS Ocean refit: Photo by Royal Navy

 The Queen, who is the sponsor of HMS Ocean, attended the celebration of rededication of the ship following a £65 million refit at Devonport dockyard in Plymouth.    HMS Ocean, Britain’s largest warship and helicopter carrier was granted Freedom of the City in 2004. She has recently completed a fifteen-month refit.   On arrival the Queen, 88, was welcomed by Plymouth's civic dignitaries at the city's railway station before she travelled to the naval base


Egypt to Buy French Warships Initially Built for Russia

France has agreed to sell two Mistral helicopter carriers to Egypt for 950 million euros ($1.06 billion) after their sale to Russia was canceled in August, French officials said on Wednesday. Cairo has sought to boost its military power in the face of a two-year insurgency based across the Suez Canal in the Sinai peninsula and fears the conflict in neighbouring Libya could spill over. Egypt's allies are also keen to burnish its image in a region beset by turmoil.


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


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


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


Kalmar to Deliver Straddle Carriers for Maher's NJ Terminal

Straddle carriers for Maher Terminals Photo Cargotec

Kalmar has received a large order for  27 straddle carriers from its long-term customer Maher Terminals LLC in Elizabeth, NJ.   The order has been booked into Cargotec's 2015 third quarter order intake and deliveries are expected to be completed during the spring 2016


Australian Navy Commissions HMAS Adelaide

Australia’s second Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship, HMAS Adelaide, arriving at its new home at Fleet Base East Garden Island, Sydney. (Photo courtesy of the RAN)

Royal Australian Navy commissions second LHD HMAS Adelaide powered by GE LM2500 marine gas turbines   GE Marine reports that its LM2500 gas turbines now power the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Adelaide which was commissioned in late 2015


US Warship Rescues Mariners in Distress

A rescued mariner is flown aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower after her vessel became disabled off the coast of Florida. Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently underway preparing for the upcoming Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). (U.S. Navy photo by J. E. Veal)

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) came to the rescue of distressed mariners at sea, February 7.   Ike received a distress call via bridge-to-bridge communications from the U.S.-flagged sailing vessel (S/V) Selket at approximately 7 p.m


Video: Catapult Testing on Aircraft Carrier Abraham Lincoln

Sailors signal steam catapult systems testing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). Lincoln is in its final stages of testing all of its steam-powered systems as part of its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH). (Photo: John Whalen/HII)

U.S. shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division has begun testing the updated catapult systems aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), which is nearing the end of its midlife refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH).  


Reliance Defence Plans Shipbuilding Facility in Andhra

Anil Ambani. Photo: Reliance Infrastructure Ltd

 India's Reliance group announced a tie up with Andhra Pradesh government for building a strategic shipyard on the eastern seaboard of the country, which will be co-located with strategic facilities of the Indian Navy and Department of Atomic Energy.  


Two Hoisted to Safety off Fortescue, NJ

Helicopter crew hoisted the two men Courtesy USCG

  The Coast Guard hoisted two people to safety Sunday from a marsh off Fortescue, New Jersey. The Coast Guard received a call at 8:25 p.m. Sunday via landline that two men were stranded on a marsh after the sailing vessel Leo II became disabled due to mechanical issues.


HMS Prince of Wales’ Aft Island Lifted into Place

Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance successfully lifted one of the final sections of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier in Rosyth on Friday, January 8 following its arrival from Glasgow.     The 750-metric-ton block was raised 25 meters in the air using the Goliath crane and


Gerald R. Ford Fitted with 14 Mln Feet of Cable

Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) in November 2013 (Photo by Chris Oxley/HII)

Shipbuilders at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division have installed more than 14 million feet of electrical and fiber optic cable on the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)—enough to reach from Earth to the International Space Station more than


Algoma Signs JV with Nova Marine for Global Cement Carrier Fleet

Photo:  Algoma Central Corporation

 Canada-based Algoma Central Corporation has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Nova Marine Holding of Luxembourg to establish a fleet of cement carriers to supply infrastructure projects across the globe.   Algoma will own 50% of the joint venture


ClassNK: New Software System for Container Carriers

(PRESS RELEASE) ClassNK released its new structural design support system PrimeShip-HULL for Container Carriers to correspond with its latest rule amendments. To promote container carrier safety, ClassNK released amendments to its Rules and Guidance for the Survey and Construction of Steel


Distressed Surfer Rescued near Cape Kiwanda, Ore

Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Credit USCG

 A Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued a surfer in distress 150 yards offshore near Cape Kiwanda, Saturday. The surfer was safely transferred to local emergency medical services at the Pacific City Airport for further medical care.


Fisherman Medevaced off Cape May, NJ

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., medevacs a fisherman Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, 75 miles southeast of Cape May. The 43-year-old man was fishing with three other people aboard Photo USCG

The Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman 75 miles southeast of Cape May, New Jersey, Thursday. The 43-year-old man was fishing with three other people aboard the 80-foot fishing boat Starbrite when he started experiencing difficulty breathing and numbness of his extremities.


Cameras Chosen for Canada's Arctic Patrol Ships

Kongsberg Maritime CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Image credit: Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that it has been selected by L-3 MAPPS to provide the CCTV system for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new class of Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS).   L-3 MAPPS is one of the Tier 1 suppliers to Irving Shipbuilding


Distressed Freighter Towed to Bilbao

A stricken cargo ship drifting on its side off the French Atlantic coast was being towed to the Spanish port of Bilbao on Monday, local officials said.   The 164-metre Modern Express, which was transporting 3,600 tonnes of wood along with construction machinery from Gabon to France


Woman Medevaced from Cruise Ship East of Cape Hatteras, NC

COAST GUARD MEDEVACS WOMAN, 230 MILES EAST OF CAPE HATTERAS, NC Photo USCG

The Coast Guard medevaced a 61-year-old woman Monday from a cruise ship 230 miles east of Cape Hatteras. Fifth Coast Guard District watchstanders received a report at 1 p.m. stating a woman aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway was found unconscious.






 
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