Saturday, January 12, 2019

Western Naval Command, Mumbai - Golden Jubilee 1968 - 2018

Date of Issue: December 12, 2018

The Western Naval Command is a formation of the Indian Navy. It has its HQ in Mumbai, Maharashtra and is commanded by Vice Admiral Girish Luhtra.

It utilizes Mumbai and Karwar as its home ports, with INS Kunjali its HQ in Mumbai. The fleet at the WNC is based under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area (FOMA) and provides naval defence in the sensitive north Arabian Sea adjacent to Pakistan. INS Kadamba, a large naval base, was constructed under Project Seabird and completed in 2005. This naval base, at Karwar in Karnataka, is used exclusively by the Indian Navy.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Battle of the Falkland Islands - 50th Anniversary - 1914 - 1964

The Battle of the Falkland Islands was a naval action between the British Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy on 8 December 1914, during the First World War in the South Atlantic. The British, after a defeat at the Battle of Coronel on 1 November, sent a large force to track down and destroy the victorious German cruiser squadron. The battle is commemorated every year on 8 December in the Falkland Islands as a public holiday.

I have the mint set already in my collection. The above FDC (private) is recent addition to my collection - issued in 1964 - to commemorate 50 Years of the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

The details of 3 ships depicted in other three stamps

HMS Invincible - HMS Invincible was the lead ship of her class of three battlecruisers built for the Royal Navy during the first decade of the twentieth century and the first battlecruiser to be built by any country in the world. During the First World War she participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight in a minor role as she was the oldest and slowest of the British battlecruisers present. The ship engaged the German light cruiser Cöln, but did not hit her before Cöln was sunk by the battlecruiser Lion. During the Battle of the Falkland Islands, Invincible and her sister Inflexible sank the armoured cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau almost without loss to themselves, despite numerous hits by the German ships.

HMS Kent - HMS Kent was one of 10 Monmouth-class armoured cruisers built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. She was placed in reserve when completed in 1903, but was recommissioned for the China Station in 1906. She remained there until she returned home in 1913 for a lengthy refit.

HMS Glasgow - HMS Glasgow, the sixth ship of that name, was a Town-class light cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Royal Brunei Navy - Golden Jubilee

Date of Issue: October 30, 2015

The Brunei Postal Services Department issued set of 3 commemorative stamps in a strip, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) on October 30. 2015.

The first design is a picture of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah,
the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, donning a Service Dress during the commissioning of RBN’s KDB DARUSSALAM.

The second design consists of pictures of His Majesty donning a Bush Jacket and the national flag hoisting ceremony by navy members.

The third design will have pictures of His Majesty donning a seagoing attire as well as the three generations of Royal Brunei Navy vessels –PAHLAWAN, (also on Brunei 1971 75c sg180.) WASPADA and DARUSSALAM.

On two stamps you can find the offshore patrol vessel KDB DARUSSALAM built by the Lürssen-Werft, Bremen-Vegesack, Germany for the Royal Brunei Navy.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Commissioning of INS Chennai - Project 15A Stealth Destroyer

Date of Issue: November 21, 2016

INS Chennai (D65) is the third ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian
Navy. She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai. INS Chennai is the last of the three ships built under the code name Project 15A.

INS Chennai was commissioned on 21 November 2016 by the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. INS Chennai is the first naval ship named after Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu.

The cancellation, which is also the crest of INS Chennai depicts Fort St. George, in Chennai, marina beach, and a sloop on blue and white waves.

The motto is Shatro Sanharaka, which means, "Vanquisher of Enemies."

Text Source: Wikipedia

Sunday, October 23, 2016

SS Normandie - Treasures of Philately series

Date of Issue:  23.09.2016

A set of 10 souvenir sheets were issued in pouch - Treasures of Philately, among which one sheet is on SS Normandie

SS Normandie was an ocean liner built in Saint-Nazaire, France, for the French Line Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT). She entered service in 1935 as the largest and fastest passenger ship afloat; she is still the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built.

Her novel design and lavish interiors led many to consider her the greatest of ocean liners. Despite this, she was not a commercial success and relied partly on government subsidy to operate. During service as the flagship of the CGT, she made 139 westbound transatlantic crossings from her home port of Le Havre to New York. Normandie held the Blue Riband for the fastest transatlantic crossing at several points during her service career, during which RMS Queen Mary was her main rival.

During World War II, Normandie was seized by US authorities at New York and renamed USS Lafayette. In 1942, the liner caught fire while being converted to a troopship, capsized onto her port side and came to rest on the mud of the Hudson River at Pier 88, the site of the current New York Passenger Ship Terminal. Although salvaged at great expense, restoration was deemed too costly and she was scrapped in October 1946.

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Centenary of Underwater Weapon / Submarines - 1915 - 2015

Date of Issue: February 20, 2015

The submarine weapon was created by Act of February 17, 1915, signed by Alfonso XIII, and known in the history of the Spanish armada as Miranda Act, having been proposed by the Minister of Marine and Admiral Augusto Miranda and Godoy. The law authorized the construction of 28 submarines, and several
surface ships, and to give more speed to the launch of the naval program allowed the purchase of four submersible abroad, having built the remaining 24 in Spain. It also provided for the organization of the service in submarines, with official body, machinists, foremen and other subordinate staff, and authorized staffing needed for the teachings and practices of personal material.

In the stamp are displayed submarines S61 (Dolphin Class) and S71 (Galerna Class), and the slogan 'Utrumque Paratus' (prepared for everything), on the shield of the centenary of the flotilla, and small flags "b" and "z" - international maritime signal flags.

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