Category archives for: Europe & Eurasia

ESPS Relámpago Ends Counter-Piracy Operations

ESPS Relámpago Ends Counter-Piracy Operations

Five months after departing from her home port of Las Palmas, in Spain, the EU Naval Force Spanish Ocean Patrol Vessel (OPV), ESPS Relámpago, has completed her counter-piracy deployment with Operation Atalanta in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.   As she departed for home waters, the Spanish Navy frigate, ESPS Navarra, re-joined the […]

Spanish Aircraft Take Part in Farnborough Airshow, UK

Two Spanish Navy’s ‘Harrier’ aircraft from the 9th Aircraft Squadron have participated in the Farnborough International Airshow (United Kingdom).   The show ran from the 10th to the 21st of July 2014. This important airshow is organized every two years alternating with Le Bourget (France). The purpose of this year’s Festival was twofold: on the […]

Squadron Commanding Officer Visits German EU NAVFOR MPRA

The German EU Naval Force Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance (MPRA) Detachment in Djibouti received a welcome visit from their Squadron Commanding Officer, Captain Hans-Jörg Detlefsen, who is based in Germany.   Since 2009 men and women from the German Squadron Graf Zeppelin in Nordholz, Northern Germany, have been supporting the EU Naval Forces off the Coast […]

Severnaya Verf Holds Keel-Laying for Captain Shevchenko

Severnaya Verf Holds Keel-Laying for Captain Shevchenko

Severnaya Verf Shipyard, a leading shipbuilding company of the Russian defense industry, held a keel-laying ceremony for the third ship in a series of combat logistics support ships of Project 23120.   As PortNews.ru reports, the vessel, ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry, was named “Captain Shevchenko”. Project 23120 vessels are built for  the North, the Black Sea […]

UK’s HMS Blyth Returns Home to Naval Base Clyde

Royal UK Navy mine hunter, HMS Blyth, returned to her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde on Monday, July 21, after a deployment which saw her begin and end with a maritime rescue operation.   Crew 1 from the Faslane-based First Mine Counter Measures Squadron (MCM1) sailed with Blyth on April 22 and were […]

ITS Andrea Doria Leaves for Operation Atalanta

ITS Andrea Doria Leaves for Operation Atalanta

On the morning of 22 July destroyer Andrea Doria departed Stazione Navale Mar Grande, Taranto to participate in Operation Atalanta in the Indian Ocean.   The unit is due to moor at Gibuti port next August 6, where the German Rear Admiral Jὓrgen ZUR Mȕhlen will pass on the torch of the operation to ITN Rear Admiral […]

HMCS Toronto to Join NATO Reassurance Measures

HMCS Toronto to Join NATO Reassurance Measures

Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson will announce the immediate deployment of HMCS Toronto to join NATO Reassurance measures.   The announcement will be made on Thursday at Canadian Forces Base Halifax Dockyard, from where the vessel will set sail for the Mediterranean Sea. HMCS Toronto will be replacing HMCS Regina, which has been part of Standing […]

ITS Rimini Discovers Naval Mine in the Black Sea

ITS Rimini Discovers Naval Mine in the Black Sea

Italian Navy’s minehunter Rimini (engaged in the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2) identified a mine still with its releasing device in the Black Sea.   The discovery was exceptionally uncommon, due to the absence of mud on the device and the still existing connection with the anchor, as well as the physical-chemical properties of […]

Italian Navy Rescues North African Migrants

Italian Navy Rescues North African Migrants

On 21 July four Italian Navy units faced emergency and rescued many would-be migrants coming from North African coasts.   Corvette Sfinge rescued 95 people (including two women) from a raft; amphibious vessel San Giorgio went to the aid of two boats, rescuing 276 people (including 33 women and 5 children); two migrants had to be […]

US CNO Pays Visit to Italian Navy Chief

US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert conducted a two-day visit to Italy to visit the chief of the Italian navy and attended the Naval Forces Europe change of command ceremony this week.   Chief of Staff of the Italian navy, Adm. Giuseppe De Giorgi hosted Greenert July 21 for a welcoming ceremony […]

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