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This week representative of U-Boat Malta had paid a visit to Turkey in order to hold a meeting with Admiral Metin Atac, Professor Oguz Aydemir and Professor Vasif Sahoglu.
Dear Motherland Defenders, our company U-Boat Malta would like to congratulate you with your professional Holiday and wish you many years of healthy and peaceful life!
Thanks to the strength and intelligence of men protecting their homeland, our generation can benefit from living in the contemporary, stable, democratic society.
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The joint expedition of Russian Geographical Society and U-Boat Malta 2015 is being organised with the aim to study in greater detail underwater objects previously examined during the expeditions in 2013 and 2014.
By Joseph-Stephen Bonanno B.A. (Hons.) (Melit.)
The Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, throughout its long history, always produced famous naval commanders for her galleys. Knights of great experience, who were grown old in the service, and who were most of them qualified to command considerable fleets: such were the commander...
On Friday 5th December 2014, I had the opportunity to visit the Museo Storico Navale (historical naval museum) of Venice, which is owned by the Italian Navy. Since 1958 the museum is housed in a building dating from the 15th Century which was once the Granary of the “Serenissima” (The Most Serene Republic of Venice), on the water front in Campo San Biagio, near the Arsenal. It was the Austrians who, in 1815, first had the idea of assembling the remnants of the Venetian navy and creating a historical naval museum.
By 1942 the western Mediterranean had become an extremely dangerous place for even the most powerful British warships. For the small, wooden, lightly armed Fairmile B Motor Launches, it was death trap which made cunning and deception a vital recipe for survival. Although they lacked the speed of the Motor Torpedo Boats and Motor Gun Boats, they proved their worth time and again with their versality and ability to operate in heavy weather. Also, although they lacked the speed to deal decisively with the faster S-boote, the Fairmiles packed heavy firepower and provided a significant deterrent to the German convoy raiders.The following pages are the story of one of these motor launches: H.M.M.L. 130 or simply, ML 130.
For our company the year of 2014 has been marked by many remarkable immersions. Among the wrecks we had a chance to dive there was HMS Russell – a Duncan-class predreadnought battleship sunken in 1916, during the World War I.
Thursday, 27 April 1916 was a dark page in Malta’s First World War history. A tragedy occurred. Not one, nor two, but three ships were lost and sunk a few miles off the Grand Harbour after hitting mines – all on the same day. Those mines were placed there by the same culprit. What was intended to be a fortnight rest in Malta for the crew of one of those ships, ended up being an eternal grave for 124 for them… This is the story of HMS Russell and its men.
After many years beyond recall HMS Olympus is back in the limelight. A new life to a great story has been recently given by mass media, covering the news on the first-ever visit to the sunken sub.
“It is a pleasure to see public interest to HMS Olympus. I have been following this topic for some 10 years, and I know how labyrinthine was the historical evidence one could establish his reasonings on while trying to re-locate the sub…
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