Category archives for: Europe & Eurasia

HMS Blazer Stops at Port of Wells, UK

HMS Blazer Stops at Port of Wells, UK

HMS Blazer paid a visit to the Port of Wells on 16th April 2014 for one night. The vessel was piloted into the Outer Harbour by Robert Smith using the Harbour Launch.   HMS Blazer is an Archer-class patrol vessel of the Royal Navy. She was built by Watercraft Marine in 1985 and after serving […]

ESPS Cristobal Colon Engages with Royal Omani Navy, EU NAVFOR

ESPS Cristobal Colon Engages with Royal Omani Navy, EU NAVFOR

This past weekend, NATO’s counter-piracy flagship, ESPS CRISTOBAL COLON, engaged with the Royal Omani Navy and the European Union Naval Force’s (EUNAVFOR) counter-piracy task force commander (CTF-465) following a port visit to Salalah, Oman.   COLON departed Salalah on Saturday 12 April 2014 and conducted a series of exercises with the Royal Omani Navy corvette […]

UK: Royal Navy to Overhaul Interiors of Ships and Subs

UK: Royal Navy to Overhaul Interiors of Ships and Subs

A Plymouth-based company has been awarded a £5 million contract to overhaul the interiors of all the Royal Navy’s ships and submarines.   The investment by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to refurbish chairs, mattress covers, bed linen and curtains across the fleet will secure more than 200 jobs at Lang & Potter. New materials […]

EU Navfor, NATO Force Commanders Meet at Sea

EU Navfor, NATO Force Commanders Meet at Sea

The Force Commander of EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, met with his counterpart from the Counter Piracy Mission Operation Ocean Shield, Rear Admiral Eugenio Diaz Del Rio.   Both Admirals met on the NATO Flagship, the Spanish frigate ESPS Cristobal Colon, to establish contact and discuss the […]

Port of Tyne to Host Submarine HNLMS Warlus

Port of Tyne to Host Submarine HNLMS Warlus

The Royal Netherlands Navy is due to return to the Port of Tyne with the visit of the submarine HNLMS Walrus (Friday 18 April).   The 68m long submarine will spend four days at the Port’s Northumbrian Quay in North Shields, while her 50 strong crew will enjoy time in the North East. The Royal […]

Multinational Exercise Obangame Express Kicks Off

Multinational Exercise Obangame Express Kicks Off

Naval forces from the United States, Europe, South America and Africa commenced the multinational maritime exercise Obangame Express, April 16.   Obangame Express, now in its fourth year, is designed to improve tactical expertise and cooperation among West and Central African nations in order to enhance those maritime forces’ collective ability to deter illicit activity […]

UK: HMS Iron Duke Uses New Artisan Radar for First Time

UK: HMS Iron Duke Uses New Artisan Radar for First Time

With a loud roar and a flash of fire, a Seawolf missile erupts from its launcher aboard HMS Iron Duke, proving the Navy’s new cutting edge 3D radar system.   It’s the first time the new radar – Artisan – has been used to track a sea-skimming target ahead of the missile knocking it out […]

UK: Royal Navy Tests Remote-Controlled Boat

UK: Royal Navy Tests Remote-Controlled Boat

A remote-controlled boat that can search, hunt and destroy mines will be tested by the Royal Navy before the end of the year.   The motorboat called Hazard – currently being put through its paces by a specialist team of sailors in Portsmouth Naval Base – can act as the ‘mother ship’ to an assortment […]

HMS Diamond Halfway Through Her Mediterranean Deployment

HMS Diamond Halfway Through Her Mediterranean Deployment

As she reaches the midway point of her Mediterranean deployment HMS Diamond has taken on fuel and supplies from the French tanker FS Var.   With the sun setting in the background, this is the fifth replenishment at sea (RAS) for the Type 45 destroyer which has been deployed in the region since January. A […]

US, NATO Voice Concern over Increased Violence in Ukraine

The United States is concerned about reports of increased violence in Ukraine, and continues to call on Russia to de-escalate the situation, Pentagon officials said yesterday (April 15).   Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen echoed the U.S. concern during a media availability in Luxembourg on the same day. There has been no substantial […]

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