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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.

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212 Al Hani at Malta.

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212 Al Hani at Malta, 1st August 1991.

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

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212 Al Hani at Malta, 20th July 1991.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Nour, Oceanographic Research Ship launched 1970.  

Ex - Fishing Trawler, French built.

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134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

PS700 Class Landing Ship Tank, commissioned 1977.

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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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134 Ibn Harissa at Malta.

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The last purely British fighter aircraft to be used by the Royal Air Force, the Lightning offered a truly massive performance advantage over existing equipment when it was introduced into squadron service in 1960, achieving level flight speed of around, 1400mph. The prototype known as the P1 had flown in 1954 but production aircraft were not available until 1959, a long gestation period but perhaps understandable with such an advanced machine with many untried, new features. The painting shows an F1A of 111 squadron taking off from its base at Wattisham. The remarque drawing shows an aircraft of 56 squadron Firebirds in 1963 when they were the official RAF aerobatics team for that year. 337 Lightnings were produced, serving with nine squadrons of the Royal Air Force before being supersede by the Phantom and Tornado.
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 Ju 52s deploy German Paratroopers during the assault on Crete (operation Mercure) 1942.

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 10th May 1972. Lt. Curt Dose together with his RIO, LCDR Jim McDevitt line up their F-4J Phantom prior to landing on the USS Constellation following their first successful target CAP of the day. During this mission they claimed a MiG-21F after a ultra-low level supersonic flight over the North Vietnamese airfield of Kep, northeast of Hanoi.
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 The German High Command entered World War II with the notion that the war would be quickly won, and certainly without the need to fight at night.  The RAF changed all that when Bomber Command, having suffered appalling losses in daylight, turned to attacking under the cloak of darkness.  By mid-1940 the Luftwaffe was forced to hurriedly form its first night fighter wing utilising the Messerschmitt Bf110.  Without specialised equipment, initially Luftwaffe pilots relied on visual acquisition, detecting enemy aircraft with the aid of searchlights.  To combat intensifying RAF night attacks, new electronic methods of navigation and detection were developed, and by the end on 1942 the German night fighter force had almost 400 aircraft contesting the night skies.  Almost 1300 British aircraft were destroyed in that year alone.The Bf110G-4 of 47-night victory pilot Oberleutnant Martin Drewes at dusk in March 1944, heading out to intercept in-bound British four-engined bombers over north west Germany. Equipped with the latest FuG220 and 218 radars, the experienced crew will lie in wait, carefully choose their prey, stalk and close for the kill. The deadly game of hide and seek is about to begin.

Night Hunters of the Reich by Nicolas Trudgian.
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 It was in 1941 that the remarkable Focke-Wulfe FW190 first appeared in the skies of Europe, quickly establishing itself as a most formidable adversary. It proved to be the supreme weapon against all allied bomber forces. Here FW190A-8 of 1 Gruppe, Jagdgesschwader 1 is shown attacking a B17G of 381st Bomb Group during a critical defence of the Reich in 1944.

Cat Among the Pigeons (FW190) by Ivan Berryman. (D)
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 Special Forces Lynx 657 Squadron Army Air Corps and Chinooks from 7 Squadron Royal Air Force in direct fire support to the United Kingdom Special Forces hostage rescue mission in Sierra Leone

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 The Last of the heavy Cruisers built by Germany (5 in total) The picture shows Admiral Hipper making her first sortie on the 18th February 1940, accompanied by the Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau on Operation Nordmark. (Search for allied convoys on the route between Britain and Norway)

The Narvik Squadron by Anthony Saunders.
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On 29th and 30th April 1944, while surfaced close to jagged reefs, and Japanese shore guns, the USS Tang rescued 22 downed flyers from Task Force 58s strikes against enemy positions on the islands - This was the largest rescue of airmen by a submarine in the war.  USS Tang (SS-306) would later be sunk by its own torpedo off Formosa, on the 24th of October 1944.

USS Tang, The Life Guard of Truk Atoll by Robert Barbour (AP)
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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.

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 The heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire is brought up to sink the blazing wreck of the Bismarck with torpedoes at around 10:30 hours on the morning of May 27th 1941.  The once proud German ship had been ruthlessly pounded into a twisted and burning wreck by the British battleships Rodney and King George V.  HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Maori combed the area of the sinking for survivors, between them picking up a total of 110 out of an original complement of 2,300.

HMS Dorsetshire (The End of the Bismarck) by Ivan Berryman.
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The English fleet pursued the Armada up the English Channel and, as darkness fell, Vice Admiral Drake broke off and captured the Spanish galleon Rosario, Admiral Pedro de Valdes and the crew.  The Rosario was known to be carrying substantial funds to pay the Spanish Army in the Low Countries.  Drakes ship had been leading the English pursuit of the Armada by means of a lantern.  By extinguishing this for the capture, Drake put the fleet into disarray overnight.  On the night of 29th July 1588, Vice Admiral Drake organised fire-ships, causing most of the Spanish captains to break formation and sail out of Calais . The next day, Drake was present at the Battle of Gravelines.  English losses were comparatively few, and none of their ships were sunk.

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 Depicting French Cuirassiers charging onto the British squares during the Battle of Waterloo.

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 As Admiral Nelsons flagship leads the British fleet toward the Franco-Spanish line, Captain Harveys Temeraire tries to pass Victory in order to be the first to break the enemy column.

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 Goch-Gennep, Germany, 9th February 1945.  The Sturmgeschutz III of Leutnant Heinz Deutsch, Stug-Brigade XII, and paratroops of 7th Fallschirmjager Division counterattacking the Allied advance into the Reichswald forest in the final months of the war.  The small Stug brigade numbering at its peak only 30 assault guns was responsible for the destruction of 250 allied tanks, Deutsch's gun claiming 44 of that total.

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 T-34 85 tanks of the Polish Peoples Army Heroes of the Westerplatte 1st Armoured Brigade during the battle to break through the tough German defences of East Prussia.

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 Lt Gonville Bromhead stands over Private Hitch, B Co. 2/24th. Rorkes Drift, front barricade.

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 After the fall of the stronghold of Alesia in 52BC, Vercingetorix was the last Gallic Chieftain to submit to Caesar. Vercingetorix is shown arrivng on horseback at the gate of the Roamn fort, with Caesar shown a distance away in the fort. Henri Motte studied under Jean-Leon Gerome, and most of his works were shown at the Salon des Artistes Francais in Paris. His major works were of historical pieces such as this one and Hannibal Crossing the Rhone, both of these receiving a bronze medal at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. He was awarded Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur in 1892.

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David Coulthard made his Grand Prix debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1994.  Only an electrical problem with his Williams Renault stopped Coulthard finishing 3rd in his first ever Grand Prix.  This performance was enough to confirm his potential and earn a drive for the 1995 season.  Winning at Estoril, on the podium at Interlagos, Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring and T I Aida, placed him third in the championship in his first full Grand Prix season.  Coulthard moved to McLaren for the 1996 season proving on many occasions that he could match the pace of team leader Mika Hakkinen, who has a reputation as one of the fastest.  For 1997, Coulthard took over the mantle of Britains No.1 driver and was well qualified to do so.  Winning at Melbourne and Monza, second at A1 Ring and Jerez.  Fourth in the championship prior to Schumachers exclusion.  Coulthard drives with a balance of flair and aggression which earned him considerable respect.  After nearly fifteen years as a top flight driver, Coulthard has now retired from driving, leaving a remarkable legacy behind him.  Twice winner of the British Grand Prix in 1999 and 2000, he has represented Scotland and Great Britain at the highest level of motorsport for well over a decade.

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The legendary Welsh rugby union captain Gareth Edwards is brought to life in the triple portrait. Gareth Edwards is revered in Wales and considered one of the finest players ever. in part of the montage he is shown going over for a try against England.
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Whilst flat-racing enthusiasts may argue which horse was the best Derby Winner, artist Peter Deighan was deciding for himself, he made a short list of six.  His canvas entitled Derby Winners depicts these six. They include the great Shergar, who ran the fastest Derby in history and won by a record ten lengths.  Also included are Golden Fleece, Reference Point, Teenoso, The Minstrel and the fantastic Nashwan.  Any of these could be classified as the greatest.

Derby Winners by Peter Deighan.
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David Coulthard driving the 1998 McLaren MP4/13.

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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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