Category archives for: Africa

RFA Black Rover Keeps HMS Iron Duke Topped Up on Patrol

RFA Black Rover Keeps HMS Iron Duke Topped Up on Patrol

Tanker RFA Black Rover trails a thick fuel line into the South Atlantic as she practises keeping HMS Iron Duke topped up on patrol.   Off Africa’s western seaboard between Walvis Bay in Namibia and Cape Town, the veteran oiler carried out a dry run of a stern replenishment at sea – making all the […]

HMS Iron Duke Docks at Namibian Port

HMS Iron Duke Docks at Namibian Port

A British warship has visited the Namibian port of Walvis Bay where she has built on relations with the country’s Navy and its people.   The Portsmouth based frigate HMS Iron Duke visited the country on the west coast of Africa for four days of sports, capability demonstrations and friendship building, as well as a […]

EUNAVFOR Force Commander Visits HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën and ESPS Navarra

EUNAVFOR Force Commander Visits HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën and ESPS Navarra

On 15 and 16 August the Force Commander of EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR), Rear Admiral Guido Rando, visited HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën and ESPS Navarra.   The Dutch frigate is currently conducting the last patrol of her 4 months deployment in the EU’s counter-piracy Operation Atalanta, whilst the Spanish Frigate ESPS Navarra will remain in […]

EU Navfor Vessels Assist Yacht in Distress

On Tuesday 12 August, whilst conducting counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, the EU Naval Force flagship and Italian Navy destroyer, ITS Andrea Doria, gave assistance to a stricken yacht.   The yacht’s two French crewmembers had put out a mayday signal after they suffered engine failure. The mayday was picked up by the […]

Top News of the Week of Aug 9 – 15, 2014

Top News of the Week of Aug 9 – 15, 2014

  UK Awards £348 Million Warship Contract More than 800 Scottish jobs have been protected thanks to a £348 million contract to build 3 new vessels for the Royal Navy. The offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), which will be used by the Royal Navy to undertake various tasks in support of UK interests both at home […]

EU NAVFOR Force Commander Tours FGS Berlin

On 11 of August 2014 the Combat Support Ship FGS Berlin received a visit from the Force Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia Rear Admiral Guido Rando.   It was the first visit aboard an Operation Atalanta unit other than the flagship since he assumed command on 6 August in Djibouti. The Force […]

UK and Nigerian Navies Exchange Skills

UK and Nigerian Navies Exchange Skills

A Royal UK Navy frigate has been training with the Nigerian Navy allowing for an exchange of skills and techniques.   HMS Iron Duke paid a short visit to Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa’s most populous city where the frigate worked with the Nigerian Navy as well as hosting a UK Trade and Industry Expo. The […]

HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën Escorts WFP Vessel

HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën Escorts WFP Vessel

On 11 August EU Naval Force ship HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën completed an escort of a World Food Program (WFP) vessel along the coast of Somalia.   Escorting WFP vessels is one of the primary tasks of Operation Atalanta. The WFP chartered merchant vessel left the port of Berbera on Saturday, 9 August  for the […]

ITS Andrea Doria Carries Out First Friendly Approach

ITS Andrea Doria Carries Out First Friendly Approach

The new flagship of EU Naval Force ITS Andrea Doria conducted its first friendly approach in the Gulf of Aden.   To help strengthen mutual understanding and trust between the EU Naval Force and local seafarers, as well as obtain first hand information about possible piracy incidents in the area, EU Naval Force ships will […]

Top News of the Week of Aug 2 – 8, 2014

Top News of the Week of Aug 2 – 8, 2014

North Dakota Submarine Completes Alpha Sea Trials The US nation’s newest and most advanced nuclear-powered attack submarine, North Dakota (SSN-784), returned to the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard Tuesday following the successful completion of its first voyage in open seas, called alpha sea trials.   Austal USA: USS Montgomery Hits Production Milestone The future USS […]

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