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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 00:00

The transfer of Normandie to the Egyptian Navy is scheduled to take place by 5 August 2015. DCNSEgypt has signed contracts with the French defence companies DCNS, Dassault Aviation and MBDA worth €5.2 billion for the supply of a FREMM frigate, 24 Rafale fighters and a large batch of missiles. In order to meet the very short delivery timetable for the warship, the French Navy has agreed to the transfer of the near-complete Normandie from the current production line. In return, DCNS is to speed up the rate of production of subsequent ships to head off any gaps in operational efficiency.

In practical terms, the move will only delay completion of the project by several months but will necessitate a one-year service extension of the anti-submarine destroyers Montcalm and Jean de Vienne, whose decommissioning dates will be pushed back to 2017 and 2018 respectively. This will also require the reorganisation of crews and trails programmes with those on Normandie moving to the next in the series, Provence.

May's mystery ship PDF Print E-mail

mystery shipThis month’s mystery ship is an old wartime Victory ship, which was pictured at Port Arthur, Texas in February 1993 together with another Victory ship, which is largely obscured. So can anyone name either of the ships? Can you provide further details of when and where either were built? Which company were they operated by? Where did they serve, and what were their fates? Did they have any sisterships? Was this photo taken just before one or both went for scrap?

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the burning SS Normandie PDF Print E-mail


Watch never before seen footage of the burning SS Normandie in New York Harbor.  The SS Normandie, a French-built ocean liner, began service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship in operation.  The Normandie is still considered to be the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, US authorities seized the Normandie while it was at port in New York, renaming it the USS Lafayette. The plan was to convert the Normandie to a troopship; however it caught fire in 1942 and capsized.  The engineer of the ship appeared to recommend a process to the save the ship, but he was barred from scene by the police. Restoration of the Normandie was considered to be too costly. This video tells the story of the Normandie, including pictures of both its exterior and interior during the time that it was a passenger ship, as well as video of the fire.  The original footage was shot by Frank Hardart, an executive at the Horn and Hardart company, from a nearby rooftop.



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