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Aloha, Jens,

Jane's Fighting Ships shows that HMS Lindisfarne became Turag P714 and HMS Guernsey became Sangu P713.

It appears that Jane's and Wikipedia agree, which in my experience is not that common in confused IDs.  I suspect that IMO doesn't really care which is which since they are naval vessels.

All the best,

Wade Armstrong
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA

Shipping News and information / Loss of HTMS Sukhothai FS442
« on: December 19, 2022, 07:48:23 AM »
News reports indicate that the Thai Navy corvette HTMS Sukhothai FS442 (built in the 1980's) was sunk by heavy weather in the Gulf of Thailand on 18 December 2022.
It seems that there are no photos of this ship on the site.  If anyone might have a photo of HTMS Sukhothai, please post it.

Shipping News and information / Re: Recesses in stern
« on: December 03, 2019, 11:17:48 PM »
Also often called "Dutch Bollards".  One over the other to better accommodate tug line at different drafts when fully loaded and in ballast.

Corrected.  PM sent to contributors.

I suspect that any Pilot will tell you that there is a significant difference between fully loaded and nearly empty ships.  Turn radius, response to engine orders, directional stability are all significantly different.

Help and Advice / Re: Submarine Photos
« on: November 08, 2015, 02:32:22 AM »
There are a few such photos on the site.  Perhaps the best way to find them without digging through thousands of submarine photos or searching for each individual name is to use the Advanced Search function at the upper right.  In the name block enter "ssbn" or "ssgn", then select "anywhere" in the box next to the name, then go to Category and select Military and Submarines.  I came up with 19 US SSBN and three US SSGN.

Wade Armstrong
Military Ships Corrections

A very good question.  From my perspective, I would suggest that armament photos be labeled with the armament, not the ship's name, with ship's name in remarks, and perhaps pennant number.  Using Emmanuel's excellent example of a Russian Udaloy II-class Destroyer, you might end up with photos of the 130mm/54 twin gun mount, SS-N-22 SSM missile tubes, twin 30mm Gatling guns, anti-sub mortars, and torpedo tubes.

Wade Armstrong
Military Ships Corrections

Jose has a very good point.  If we can keep 500+ photos of some abominable human livestock carrier, we can certainly keep the best three to five of each ship's crest.  There are less than 300 ship's crest photos in total, weeding out a handful and keeping the majority is a good solution.
Now if we could limit the number of photos of the human livestock carriers...

Wade Armstrong
Military Ships Corrections

Should it be made clear that for flight decks and ships

Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding.
« on: October 12, 2015, 08:37:48 PM »
@Wade Have you ever boarded a submarine? Firstly, I always thought that the military were a fairly suspicious bunch & wouldn't allow pilots on board. Secondly, due to the curvature of the hull, I'm guessing there's no easy way except for a long-jump to gain a foothold.
I board submarines on a daily basis.  Best method is a brow rigged from the pilot boat or tug to the submarine's deck.  Second best is waiting until the tug is secured alongside, then going across the rounded hull with the aid of a long and sturdy boat hook.  Jumping is a bad idea, they have been underwater and the rubber hull tiles are slick with growth, a recipe for an unplanned dunking.

Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding.
« on: October 11, 2015, 10:04:37 PM »
Agreed on the gloves.  I only wear them where I expect a really dirty ladder (on semi-submersibles fouled with seaweed or barnacles).

Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding.
« on: October 11, 2015, 05:59:07 PM »
Here is a shot of a pilot boarding via a good pilot ladder on a clean hull in good weather, many of the risks mitigated, but still quite a climb.

Shipping News and information / Re: Harbour pilots - method of boarding.
« on: September 29, 2015, 06:18:59 AM »
As a pilot, I prefer:
1.  a low side-port over a high deck.
2.  A fixed installed ladder (sometimes on the stern) over a portable pilot ladder.
3.  A sturdy ladder over a flimsy ladder (I have destroyed a couple of sub-standard pilot ladders).
4.  A ladder that lays flush against the hull over a ladder that hangs away from the hull in mid-air.
5.  Boarding in sheltered water over boarding in rough seas.
6.  For large ships, an elevator instead of eight levels of stairs.
7.  Because the threat of going in the water is always present, warm tropical water with minimal currents over frigid northern waters with strong currents.

A sad loss, but it was already well past time for them to be replaced.
Here is perhaps the last photo of Protecteur under her own power:
And a couple of her departing Pearl Harbor on her last voyage under tow:
Perhaps the RCN will charter or borrow a US (MSC) Oiler until the new ships are completed?

Help and Advice / Re: Need help identifying a (Navy?) ship
« on: January 06, 2015, 11:05:51 PM »
It is almost certainly the U.S. Army Vessel USAV Major General Robert Smalls (LSV-8).  Only two in this sub-class, and the USAV SSGT Robert T. Kuroda (LSV-7) is based in Hawaii.

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