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.

Click here for more info at wikipedia

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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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ships on Banknotes: Singapore $50 Ship Series

Singapore - Ship Series - $50
(1984 - 1999)
Size: 156 x 74 mm
Printers: Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd

Obverse: Coaster Vessel "Perak"
Reverse: Benjamin Sheares Bridge

I am happy to add this note to my collection. Now the ship series in my collection are $1, $2, $5, $10, and $50. The other notes in the series are $100, $500, $1000, and $10,000, which are beyond my reach.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ships on Banknotes: Uruguay 1939-1966 1 Peso

Uruguay - 1939-1966
One Peso
Obverse: Pedro Figari (1861 - 1938), Uruguayan Painter and Coat of Arms depicting the Sun, a laurel branch, Cerro de Montevideo (Montevideo Hill), a scale, a galloping horse and an ox; Architectural rosettes and designs throughout.
Reverse: Sailing ships in the Atlantic Ocean in front of the Montevideo Hill.
Printers: Thomas De La Rue & Co., Ltd

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Indian Naval Aviation - Golden Jubilee - (1953 - 2003)

Date of Issue: May 11, 2003
Place of Issue: Ernakulam

New addition to my collection, but issued 13 years ago..!!! Never knew such cover existed. not seen even in ebay or with any dealer since I restarted collecting since 2008. Happy to add it in my collection today.

The Indian Naval Air Arm is a branch of Indian Navy which is tasked to provide an aircraft carrier based strike capability, fleet air defence, maritime reconnaissance, and anti-submarine warfare.

Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA) at Goa appears to direct the field operations of the air arm. FONA also serves as the Navy's Flag Officer Goa Area (FOGA).

The first naval air station, INS Garuda, was inaugurated in Cochin on 11 May 1953.

Click here to see special cover issued to commemorate 60 Years of Naval Aviation, in 2013.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bangladesh 2016 - FDC - Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

Date of Issue: 11.01.2016

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) organized by Bangladesh Navy - January 10 - 13, 2016

The 'Indian Ocean Naval Symposium' (IONS) is a voluntary initiative that seeks to increase maritime cooperation among navies of the littoral states of the Indian Ocean Region by providing an open and inclusive forum for discussion of regionally relevant maritime issues. In the process, it endeavors to generate a flow of information between naval professionals that would lead to common understanding and possibly cooperative solutions on the way ahead.

There are 35 members - navies of the IONS which have been geographically grouped into the following four sub-regions:

South Asian Littorals - Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Seychelles and Sri Lanka

West Asian Littorals - Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen

East African Littorals - Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eriteria, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Tanzania

South East Asian and Australian Littorals - Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste

Thanks to my friend Mr. Ataul Qadir Rubaiyat for this cover.

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