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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.

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  PD449

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.

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  PD1471

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.

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  DPD072

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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 Sopwith Camel with 65 Squadron, on routine patrol, meet head-on with the unmistakable Albatross fighters of the German air force.

The Sky Warriors by Anthony Saunders. (Y)
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 On the afternoon of 5th September 1940, Spitfires of 41 Sqn intercepted a large formation of Heinkel 111 bombers and their escorts over the Thames estuary, en route for London.  Flying N3162 as Red 2, Flight Lieutenant Eric Lock attacked the bombers head on as they began to turn north.  In a fraught combat, Lock was to destroy two He.111s and a Bf.109 on that single mission, setting him on course to become the highest scoring ace in the RAF during the Battle of Britain with sixteen confirmed victories and one shared.  His final total at the end of the war was twenty six kills confirmed and eight probables.

Total Commitment by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Outnumbered and outclassed, the aging Gloster Gladiators of 112 Sqn nonetheless put up a spirited defence in the skies above Crete as Germanys Operation Mercury gathered momentum in the Spring of 1941.  Here, shark-mouthed Messerschmitt Bf.110s of ZG.76 menace a lone Gladiator during an evening encounter.

Impossible Odds by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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DHM683.  Alouette III Helicopter of Rhodesian Fireforce 1979 by John Wynne Hopkins.

Alouette III Helicopter of Rhodesian Fireforce 1979 by John Wynne Hopkins.
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 Two Spitfire Mk1Bs of 92 Squadron patrol the south coast from their temporary base at Ford, here passing over the Needles rocks, Isle of Wight, in the Spring of 1942.

In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (J)
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 A tribute to the glider crews and airborne troops who participated in the glider operations during D-Day.  The British Horsa glider (known as the flying coffin) was used by British, Canadian and American airborne forces during the invasion.  Approximately 100 glider pilots were killed or wounded during the D-Day operations.

D-Day Invasion : Tribute to the Glider Troops by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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Gerald Coulson said of this painting : <i><br>How very fortunate to be in a position to paint aviation as a result of direct experience.  This aeroplane has been featured in many of my paintings.  The fact that I have flown this machine for years and still do probably has something to do with it.  It is, of course, the de Havilland Tiger Moth, one of the greatest aeroplanes in the world.  Not one of the most comfortable, nor noted for its crisp handling qualities.  It is, nevertheless, a delight in which to be aloft over a sun-dappled landscape.  With the roar of the Gypsy engine, the slipstream singing through the bracing wires and the sun flashing off silvered wing, what more inspiration does an aviation artist require.</i>

Singing Wires by Gerald Coulson.
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 An Avro Anson comes under attack from an Me109.

Avro Anson by Ivan Berryman.
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HMS Ark Royal after a recent refit, rejoins the fleet in 2001.

HMS Ark Royal by Ivan Berryman.
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USS Maddox engaging North Vietnamese torpedo boats with 5-in gunfire, August 2nd, 1964, in the Gulf of Tonkin.

USS Maddox by Randall Wilson (AP)
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Viewed across the damaged stern of the 80-gun San Nicholas, Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captains bowsprit to use it as a bridge.  The San Nicholas then fouled the Spanish three decker San Joseph (112), allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre.  A British frigate is moving into a supporting position in the middle distance.

HMS Captain at the Battle of Cape St Vincent by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Fully dressed and resplendent, HMS Hood is pictured preparing for King George Vs review of the Fleet in July 1935 as other capital ships take up their positions around her. Ramillies can be seen off Hoods port bow, Resolution astern, whilst just beyond her boat deck, the mighty Nelson gently nudges into position.

HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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On Sunday October 25th 1992, HMS Vanguard, the Royal Navys first Trident equipped submarine, arrived off the Clyde Submarine Base, Faslane on the Gareloch. She was escorted by a Sea King helicopter from HMS Gannet, the RN shore base at Prestwick Airport, and a mixed surface flotilla, including Defence Police and Royal Marines.

Trident by Robert Barbour.
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 Ships of the South Atlantic Task Force gather in San Carlos water during the Falklands Campaign of 1982. LCMs from HMS Fearless (L10) manoeuvre around their mother ship, with the logistic Ship RFA Sir Galahad (L3005) and the frigate HMS Argonaut (F56) in close attendance.

HMS Fearless by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Designed by the great Ernst Heinkel, the diminutive D.1 was an essential stop-gap that provided the Austro-Hungarian pilots with a front line fighter until they were able to re-equip with Albatros scouts in the Summer of 1917. This little aircraft performed well and was generally held in high regard by its pilots, although it did have some shortcomings, namely that forward vision was extremely limited and the Schwarzloses gun was completely concealed in the overwing pod that made it inaccessible in the air. Most unusual of all was its interplane strut arrangement, designed to reduce drag, which gave it the nicknames Starstrutter or Spider. These examples are shown passing above the German cruiser Derfflinger. 

Brandenburg D.1 by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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DHM1307.  Queen Elizabeth at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.

Queen Elizabeth at Southampton by Ivan Berryman.
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 Far ahead of Edward II's main army, marching from Falkirk to relieve Stirling Castle, rides the English vanguard.  Late on that day, 23rd June 1314, these horsemen advance along the Roman road and cross Bannockburn.  Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, rides out ahead of his formations to observe the enemy's advance.  One of the English Knights, Sir Henry De Bohun, seeing the King's vulnerable position, gallops ahead of his fellows to engage Bruce in single combat.  Undaunted, the King holds his ground.  Skillfully turning his mount away from the thrust of the Knights deadly lance in one movement he swings his battle axe down upon his enemy's head with such force that the handle is shattered and the unfortunate attackers skull is split in two.

Robert the Bruce by Jason Askew. (P)
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 Sturmgeschutz IIIF of Stug Battalion Grossdeutschland, and supporting infantry from GD Regiment 1 battle against Soviet forces defending the strategically important city of Voronezh on the Don. Combined arms operations such as this proved the value of the assault gun, which took a terrible toll on enemy armour and men alike.

Assault on Voronezh, Russia, 2nd - 7th July 1942 by David Pentland. (F)
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 Unterscharfurher Karl-Heinz Turk of the Schwere SS Panzerabteilung 503, in one of the units few remaining Kingtigers, defends the Potsdammer Platz along with elements of the Munchberg Division against the rapidly encroaching Soviet forces.

The Last Battle, Berlin, 30th April 1945 by David Pentland. (GS)
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 Study for the original painting Charge and Pursue.
Sowar of Probyns Horse Engages Mutineers at Lucknow, 1857 by Mark Churms. (P)
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Rome AD52, Gladiatorial Combat under the eyes of the Emperor Claudius (actual name, Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero) a great supporter of the games. Seen are the Net and Trident fighter Retiarius matched with a more heavily armed Mirmillone, whilst in the background a successful Secutor seeks permission for the killing stroke.

Morituri Te Saluttant (For Those About to Die Salute You) by Chris Collingwood (GL)
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Cavalry and Legionaries (plus Auxiliary Hamian Archer) of the XIVth Legion.

AD61 by Chris Collingwood (GS)
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 Wearing patched white trousers and gaiters made of mattress ticking. In the mid distance, officers of the Polish Lancers and the Guard. Napoleon stands on the distant cliff. To the right a ship flies a tricolour. The Elba battalion was Napoleons bodyguard in exile, comprising six companies of Guardsmen, 100 artillery men and a crew of 21 seamen, They formed the nucleus of the Imperial Guard in 1815.

A Grenadier of the Guard at Elba by Horace Vernet. (Y)
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 After the Battle of Roundway Down 13th July 1643, a grief stricken girl meets her true love all too briefly for the last time.

Found and Lost by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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Race horses gallop to the finish shown in this racing painting by Mark Churms.

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Passing the stand in the Galway Plate.

With a Circuit To Go by Chris Howells.
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MC0042P. Tomahawk by Mark Churms.

Tomahawk by Mark Churms. (P)
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Monte Carlo - June 1st 2003 and Juan Pablo Montoya put in an outstanding drive, pushing his Williams BMW to victory in the Monaco Grand Prix. His triumph in what is possibly the most prestigious race of the season allowed him to celebrate his first win since Italy in 2001.

Harbour Master by Gerald Coulson. (Y)
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 Peter Deighan has superbly captured Jimmy White, John Parrot, Stephen Hendry, James Wattana, John Higgins, Ken Doherty, Ronnie OSullivan and of course the centrepiece, a magnificent study of former World Champion Steve Davis as he Ponders his next shot.  A must for all snooker rooms, clubs and players of this wonderful game.

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The Wild Card by Derrick Mark.
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 Michael Schumacher wins again!

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