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Libyan Navy.  Photos and history of the ships of the Libyan Navy

MAJOR SURFACE SHIPS

DAT ASSAWARI frigate (missile)          Displacement: 1325t standard; 1625t full load           Armament: 1-4.5in/55 Mk 8, 2-40mm/70, 2-35mm/90 Oerlikon, 2 Seacat SAM, 1 Limbo Mk 10 ASW mortar           Complement: 132

Dat Assawari 13.10.69 In service 1995

Ex-Soviet KONI III class frigates

Al Hani - In service 1995

212 Al Hani at Malta.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD450

212 Al Hani at Malta.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD451

212 Al Hani at Malta, 1st August 1991.

Soviet built Koni III Class Frigate, commissioned 28th June 1986.  In service 2003.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD264

212 Al Hani at Malta, 20th July 1991.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD265

Al Ghardania - In service 1995
SUBMARINES

Soviet FOXTROT class submarines 

Al Badr - -
Al Fatah - -
Al Ahad - -
Al Matrega - -
Al Khyber - -
Al Hunyan - -
AMPHIBIOUS WARFARE VESSELS

IBN OUF class landing ships          Displacement: 2200t standard; 2800t full load        Armament: 6-40mm/70 Breda AA, 1-81mm mortar      Complement: 35 (+ 240 troops)

IBN OUF 22.10.76 In service 1995
IBN Haritha 18.10.77 In service 1995

Soviet POLNOCNY-C class landing ships        

Ras el Hillel 7 Dec 1979 In service 1995
El Kobayat 7 Dec 1979 In service 1995
Ibn al Idrissi 7 Dec 1979 In service 1995
Ibn Marwhan 7 Dec 1979 In service 1995
SMALL SURFACE COMBATANTS

TOBRUK corvette        Displacement: 440t standard; 500t full load            Armament: 1-4in/40 Mk 23 LA, 4-40mm/60 Mk 9, 2-2in RFL, 2-12.7mm MG       Complement: 63

Tobruk 29.7.65 Hulked 1989

WADI M'RAGH class missile corvettes          Displacement: 545t light; 670 t full load            Armament: 4 Otomat Mk 1 SSM, 1-76mm/62 OTO Melara compact, 2-35mm/90 Oerlikon, 6-12.75in ASW            complement: 58  

Assad Al Tadjier 29.9.77 Deleted 1993
Assad Al tougour 20.4.78 Deleted 1993
Assad Al Kalij 14.12.79 Deleted 1993
Assad Al Hudud 21.6.79 Deleted 1993
Soviet NANUCHKA II class missile corvettes
Tariq Ibn Ziyad Oct 1981 Damaged 25 March 1986, repaired in USSR 1990

416 Tariq Ibn Ziyad at Malta.

Soviet Nanuchka II Class Missile Corvette, transferred to Libya, October 1981.  Damaged 25th March 1986.  repaired in Russia, 1990.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD448 

416 Tariq Ibn Ziyad at Malta.

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Ain al Galaza 1983 In service 1995
Ain Zaara 1983 In service 1995
Ain Zanquit 1983 Sunk by US aircraft 24 March 1986
SUSA class fast attack craft (missile)            Displacement: 95t standard; 114t full load         Armament: 8 SS12 SSM, 2-40mm/690 Mk 9, 2 RFL        Complement: 20
Susa 31.8.67 In service 1995
Sirte 10.1.68 In service 1995
Sebha 29.2.68 In service 1995
Ex-Soviets OSA II class fast attack craft (missile)
Al Katum Oct 1976 In service 1995
Al O'Work 1977 In service 1995
Al Rwae 1977 In service 1995
Al Baida 1977 In service 1995
Al Nabhaa 1977 In service 1995
Al Fikar 1978 In service 1995
Al Safhaa Oct 1979 In service 1995
Al Zakab Oct 1979 In service 1995
Al Zuara Oct 1979 In service 1995
BEIR GRASSA class fast attack craft (missile)          Displacement: 258t standard; 311t full load        Armament: 4 Otomat Mk 1 SSm, 1-76mm/62 OTO Melara Compact, 2-40mm/70 Breda Bofors            Complement: 27
Beir Grassa (became Sharara 1983) 28.6.79 In service 1995
Beir Gzir (became Shehab 1983) 22.1.80 In service 1995

522 Shehab at Malta, July 2001.

Beir Grassa Class Fast Missile Attack Craft, launched 22nd January 1980.  No longer in service.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD322

Shehab at Malta, July 2001.

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Shehab at Malta, July 2001.

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Shehab at Malta, July 2001.

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Shehab at Malta, July 2001.

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Beir Gtifa (became Wahg 1983) 20.5.80 In service 1995
Beir Glulud  30.9.80 Sunk 24.3.86
Beir Algandula (became Shouaiai 1983) 14.1.81 In service 1995
Beir Ktitat (became Shoula 1983) 22.4.81 In service 1995
Beir Alkarim (became Shafak 1983) 23.6.81 In service 1995

534 Shafak at Malta, July 2001.

Beir Grassa Class Fast Missile Attack Craft, launched 23rd June 1981.  No longer in service.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD323

Beir Alkardmen (became Bark 1983) 23.6.81 In service 1995
Beir Alkur (became Rad 1983) 30.11.81 In service 1995
Beir Alkuesat (became Laheeb 1983) 28.1.82 In service 1995

542 Laheeb (or Laahibe) at Malta, July 2001.

Beir Grassa Class Fast Missile Attack Craft, launched 28th January 1982.  No longer in service.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD324

Laahibe at Malta, July 2001.

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Laahibe at Malta, July 2001.

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GARIAN class large patrol craft            Displacement: 12.t standard; 159t full load          Armament: 1-40mm/60 Mk 9, 1-20mm, 2-2in RFL       Complement: 15-22
Garian 21.4.69 In service 1995
Khawlan 29.5.69 In service 1995
Merawa 30.9.69 In service 1995
Sabratha 25.10.69 In service 1995
FARWA class large patrol craft           Displacement: 100t full load        Armament: 1-20mm Oerlikon Mk 7      Complement: 18
Ar Rakib 1967-68 Transferred to Malta 1978
Farwa 1967-68 Transferred to Malta 1978
Benina 1967-68 In service 1995
Misurata 1967-68 In service 1995
Akrama 1967-68 Transferred to Malta 1978
Homs 1967-68 In service 1995
MINE WARFARE VESSELS

Ex-British HAM class inshore minesweeperse

Brak 1963 Was loaned to Libyan Navy as their first ships 1963, transferred permanently & renamed, Sep 1966, Stricken 1973
Zuara 1963 Was loaned to Libyan Navy as their first ships 1963, transferred permanently & renamed, Sep 1966, Stricken 1973

Soviet NATYA class ocean minesweepers

Al'lsar 1981-86 -
Al Tayyer 1981-86 -
Ras al Hamman 1981-86 -
Ras al Falluga 1981-86 -
Ras al Oula 1981-86 -
Ras al Dawar 1981-86 -
Ras Massad 1981-86 -
Ras al Hani 1981-86 -
 

Nour at Malta, March 2002.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD590

Nour, Oceanographic Research Ship launched 1970.  

Ex - Fishing Trawler, French built.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  PD696

134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

PS700 Class Landing Ship Tank, commissioned 1977.

Photographed by Patrick D'Agostino. Copyright Cranston Fine Arts.  A reproduction of this original photo  size 10" x 7" approx available.  Order photograph here  . Order Code  DPD071

134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

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134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

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134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

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134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

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134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

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 Just as the name Zeppelin had become the common term for almost every German airship that ventured over Britain, so the name Gotha became generically used for the enemy bombers that droned across the English Channel during 1917-1918, inflicting considerable damage to coastal ports and the capital. As the massed raids of Bombengeschwader 3 increased, a public inquiry in England brought about the formation of the Royal Air Force as an independent service to counter this new threat and fighters from Europe were brought home to defend against these marauding giants. As a result, heavy losses on the German side meant that daylight raids had to be abandoned and all operations were henceforth conducted by night. Here, a pair of Gotha G.Vs begin to turn for home as searchlights play fruitlessly over distant fires, the grim result of another successful nights work.

Gothas Moon by Ivan Berryman.
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 High in its element, a lone BAE Lightning F.6 glints in the evening sunshine as it returns from a sortie over the North Sea in the late 1970s.

The Sentinel by Ivan Berryman.
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 Dedicated to those who served and died in the Battle of Britain on the ground and in the air during the summer of 1940.

A Nation Alone by Ivan Berryman.
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17th May 1943, Sqn Ldr Frank (Jerry) Fray in his Spitfire PRX1 of 542 Squadron operating out of RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, returned alone and unarmed to gather photographic evidence from 30,000 feet of the Möhne dam having been breached earlier the same day by 617 Squadron Lancaster bombers.

Mission Accomplished by Philip West.
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 With his personal emblem of black and white fuselage band adorning his Fokker E.V, 153/18, Richard Wenzl briefly commanded Jasta 6, based at Bernes in August 1918, and claimed a modest 6 victories during his career with JG 1. The Fokker E.V was both fast and manoeuvrable, but a series of engine and structural failures meant that these exciting new machines saw only brief service before being re-worked to emerge as the D.VIII, sadly too late to make any impression on the war. Wenzl is shown here in combat with Sopwith Camels of 203 Sqn, assisted by Fokker D.VIIs, which served alongside the E.Vs of Jasta 6. The D.VII shown is that of Ltn d R Erich Just of Jasta 11, also based at Bernes.

Leutnant d R Richard Wenzl by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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 The night of the 16th May 1943 saw 19 modified Lancasters of the specially formed 617 squadron set out to breach the Ennepe, Eder, Mohne and Sorpe dams in Westphalia, Germany. The mission was led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson.

The Dambusters by Graeme Lothian.
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 The print depicts the moment as the first Hurricane of 46 squadron of the Royal Air Force, piloted by Sqn Ldr Kenneth Cross, without arrestor hooks or wires approaches the ill-fated carrier HMS Glorious. during the evacuation of Norway in June 1940.  Bing later said <i>We showed them they were wrong</i>. The Fleet Air Arm pilots were delighted saying <i>Marvelous bloody marvelous, now we will get them too</i>.  All had landed safely by 4.30am on June 8th.
Moment of Truth by Keith Woodcock. (Y)
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 Equipped with the experimental <i>Monica IIIE</i> detection device, Hawker Tempest EJ535 was deployed to the Fighter Interception Unit at Newchurch for evaluation in July 1944.  Originally developed as the AN/APS 13, <i>Monica</i> had been intended as a rear-looking device to warn crews of attacks from behind.  Now modified to face forward, it became a valuable aid in the battle against Hitler's terror weapons, notably the V-1 Flying Bomb.  In the hands of the Fighter Interception Unit's then Commanding Officer Joseph Berry, this became a winning combination with no fewer than 52 <i>Doodlebugs</i> falling to Berry's guns – on one occasion, seven V1s being shot down by Berry in a single night.

Bug Killer by Ivan Berryman.
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 Blackbeard the Terrible, otherwise known as Edward Teach, Thatch or Drummond. Circa 1718.

Damnation Seize My Soul by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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Having taken terrible punishment from the guns of the allied French and Spanish fleet as she broke through the line, HMS Victory found herself engaged by the French Redoutable, a bitter battle that saw the two ships locked together, pouring shot into one another with terrifying ferocity and which left the British Admiral, Lord Horatio Nelson fatally wounded. In the background, HMS Neptune is emerging through the gunsmoke and is about to pass the wreck of the French flagship Bucentaure which Victory so spectacularly routed as she passed through the allied line. HMS Temeraire, which followed Victory through, and which was also to become embroiled on the Redoutables fight, is obscured by the smoke beyond the British flagship.

The Battle of Trafalgar, 1.00pm by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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B146.  HMS Jamaica by Ivan Berryman.

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 The Japanese ship Takao at Flank speed, riding shotgun for the carrier

Flank Speed by Randall Wilson.
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 Under tow, HMS Vanguard having left John Brown shipyard, passes Dalmuir ship docks, Clydebank, 1946. HMS Vanguard would be the last British battleship to be built.

HMS Vanguard, Away the Vanguard by Randall Wilson. (Y)
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  HMS Norfolk and HMS Belfast of Force I are shown engaging the Scharnhorst which has already been hit and disabled by both HMS Duke of York and the cruiser HMS Jamaica.  Scharnhorst was never to escape the clutches of the British and Norwegian forces for, having been slowed to just a few knots by numerous hits, fell victim to repeated torpedo attacks by the allied cruisers and destroyers that had trapped the German marauder.

HMS Norfolk at the Battle of the North Cape by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 The mighty Bismarck returns fire to the fast-approaching HMS Hood a the start of a battle that would see both adversaries tragically sunk.

Bismarck Replies to HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman.
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 Mitsubishi G4Ms of 27 Kanoya Kokutai begin their devastating attack on Force Z off the north east coast of Malaya on 10th December 1941. Both Repulse and prince of Wales were lost in the attack, while their accompanying destroyers remained to pick up survivors among them HMS Express which can be seen off HMS Repulse starboard quarter.

HMS Repulse with HMS Prince of Wales Under Attack by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Although outnumbered ten to one, General Arthur Wellesley defeated the well trained Mahratta army in one of the fiercest battles in India. It was the first of many victories by the future Duke of Wellington, and the bloodiest for the number, he recalled, that I ever saw.

The 74th Highlanders at the Battle of Assaye, 23rd September 1803 by David Rowlands. (Y)
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DHM598.  Ensign of the 17th regiment of Foot, American War of Independence 1779. by Jim Lancia.

Ensign of the 17th regiment of Foot, American War of Independence 1779. by Jim Lancia.
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DHM635.  The Crossing of the Prussian Army over the Rhine by Richard Knotel.

The Crossing of the Prussian Army over the Rhine by Richard Knotel.
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 Showing Napoleons position at the La belle Alliance, during the Battle of Waterloo, in the distance you can see Wellington.

The Battle of Waterloo by Sir William Allen (B)
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 The picture shows a despatch rider coming under fire from Boer Marksmen. The picture is also known as A Yeomanry Scout Galloping With Despatches in the Boer War.

Within Sound of the Guns by Lady Elizabeth Butler. (Y)
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Commissioned by 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery in 1997. Fire mission by 105mm Light Gun onto Westdown Range.
Commando Gunners by Scott Kirkwood.
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 French civilians being questioned by Prussian officers with Prussian Cuirassiers during the Franco-Prussian War.
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Steeplechasers competing for the Blue Riband.

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 A celebration of Nigel Mansells success in winning the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indy Car Championship in successive years. A celebration of the magnificent talents of Nigel Mansell. He made his debut in Formula 1 in 1981 and his superb driving technique made an instant impact. He recorded victory after victory coming agonisingly close to being world champion many times before gaining his well deserved Formula 1 title in 1992. The following year he recorded an unprecedented double, gaining the Indy Car championship in 1993. A feat that reserves his name quite rightly in the record books.
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