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FREMM FRIGATE (AQUITAINE)

About 150 Years of Military Transmissions
The stamp issued in 2017 by the French Post commemorates the 150th anniversary of military transmissions. The founding act of military transmissions was the Niel Act of 1867 establishing the first military units responsible for military telegraphy.
The visual illustrates the evolution of military transmissions from the telegraphic sappers (beginning of the optical telegraph) to the transmitters of today;
Symbolization of transmissions in the service of the 3 armies (Rafale aircraft, Leclerc tank, FRégate Européenne MultiMmission Fremm), transmissions = "the weapon that unites all weapons";
The color of the uniforms worn by the units of the "Blue" (made up of the militarized personnel from the Telegraph Administration) is the emblem of the transmissions, the sky blue.

The vessel depict on the stamp is one of the Fremm class of which many till so far have been built for the French and other navies. It is not given which frigate is depict.
The first unit was launched as the AQUITAINE.

Built as a frigate at the DCNS shipyard in Lorient for the French Navy.
2007 Laid down.
29 April 2010 launched as the AQUITAINE (D650).
Displacement standard?, full load 6,000 tons, dim. 142.2 x 20 x 5m. (draught)
Powered CODLOG with two electric motors 5MW combined and a single gas turbine 42,900 shp. Speed 28 knots.
Range by a speed of 15 knots, 11,000 km.
Armament: 1 – 76mm dual purpose gun, 3 – 20mm cannons. 16 – Aster 15 SAM missiles, 16 – Scalp naval land attack cruise missiles. 8 – MM 40 Exocet anti ship missiles. 2 – twin 324mm torpedo tubes for MU90 lightweight torpedoes.
One NI-190 NFH helicopter.
Crew 145.
23 November 2012 commissioned.

The FREMM ("European multi-purpose frigate"; French: Frégate européenne multi-mission; Italian: Fregata europea multi-missione) is a class of multi-purpose frigates designed by DCNS/Armaris and Fincantieri for the navies of France and Italy. The lead ship of the class, AQUITAINE, was commissioned in November 2012 by the French Navy. In France the class is known as the Aquitaine class, while in Italy they are known as the Bergamini class. Italy has ordered six general purpose variants and four anti-submarine variants; the last two Italian general purpose FREMMs will have anti-aircraft warfare, anti-ballistic missile and surface attack capabilities. France has ordered six anti-submarine variants, and two air-defence variants.
Background
Three original variants of the FREMM were proposed; an anti-submarine variant (ASW) and a general-purpose variant (GP) and a land-attack variant (AVT) to replace the existing classes of frigates within the French and Italian navies. A total of 27 FREMM were to be constructed - 17 for France and 10 for Italy - with additional aims to seek exports, however budget cuts and changing requirements has seen this number drop significantly for France, while the order for Italy remained invaried. The land-attack variant (AVT) was subsequently cancelled.
A third anti-air warfare variant of FREMM was proposed by DCNS in response to French requirements for a new air-defence frigate, the new variant became known as FREDA ("FREgates de Défense Aériennes", "Air defence frigate"). This new French requirement was due to the third and fourth Horizon-class frigates being cancelled after the first two cost €1,350m each, but this decision left French Navy still in-need of replacements for its ageing Cassard-class air-defence frigates.
As of 2009, the FREDA design features a more powerful version of the Herakles (radar) passive electronically scanned array radar and 32 cells of SYLVER A50 in place of the 16 cells of A43 and 16 cells of A70. The SYLVER A50 would allow it to fire the 120 kilometres (75 mi)-range Aster 30 missile; the towed array sonar would not be fitted.
At Euronaval 2012 DCNS showed a new concept called FREMM-ER for the FREDA requirement, again based on the FREMM, but specifically mentioning the ballistic missile defence mission as well as anti-air. FREMM-ER has a modified superstructure replacing Héraklès with the new Thales Sea Fire 500 radar, whose four fixed plates resemble those of the US Navy's AN/SPY-1. However unlike the Héraklès and the SPY-1 (both using passive electronically scanned array technology), the Sea Fire 500 has active electronically scanned array antennas.
France
Original plans were for 17 FREMM to replace the nine D'Estienne d'Orves-class avisos and nine anti-submarine frigates of the Tourville and Georges Leygues classes. In November 2005 France announced a contract of €3.5 billion for development and the first eight hulls, with options for nine more costing €2.95 billion split over two tranches (totaling 17).
Following the cancellation of the third and fourth of the Horizon-class frigates in 2005 on budget grounds, requirements for an air-defence derivative of the FREMM called FREDA were placed – with DCNS coming up with several proposals. Expectations were that the last two ships of the 17 FREMM planned would be built to FREDA specifications; however, by 2008 the plan was revised down to just 11 FREMM (9 ASW variants and 2 FREDA variants) at a cost of €8.75 billion (FY13, ~US$12 billion). The 11 ships would cost €670 million (~US$760m) each in FY2014, or €860m (~US$980m) including development costs.
The 2013 White Paper on Defence and National Security committed France to 15 front-line frigates, which was initially wrongly interpreted as 2 Horizons, 5 La Fayettes and a reduction in the FREMM fleet down to 8 ships. The 2014/2019 defence plan restated a target of 11 FREMMs; the current plan is to deliver six ASW variants to replace the Georges Leygues-class frigates by 2019, followed by two anti-air variants to replace the ageing Cassard-class frigates and a decision will be taken in 2016 on what version the remaining three will be. In 2014, the French Navy's Chief of Staff, Adm. Bernard Rogel, confirmed that 11 FREMM frigates had been ordered but in 2015 the order was cut to 8 in order to allow the purchase of five FTI Mid-Size frigates from 2023. The FTI will replace the La Fayette-class class, which will be fitted with a sonar as an interim measure.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FREMM_mul ... se_frigate and French Post and Internet.
French 2017 1.46 Euro sg?, scott?

Empress of China (1783)

Empress of China, also known as Chinese Queen, was a three-masted, square-rigged sailing ship of 360 tons, initially built in 1783 for service as a privateer. After the Treaty of Paris brought a formal end to the American Revolutionary War, the vessel was refitted for commercial purposes. She became the first American ship to sail from the newly independent United States to China, opening what is known today as the Old China Trade and transporting the first official representative of the American government to Canton. America began trade with China in 1784, with the Philadelphia ship the Empress of China. Popular trade goods were tea, porcelain and fabric. The Chinese were skeptical of foreign powers, and trading was restricted to certain ports, one of which was Canton. The Chinese government saw Canton as a major trading hub and felt that it needed to be controlled tightly to limit the influence of the foreigners. The actual port for Canton was called Whampoa Reach and it was about 12 miles down river from Canton. Western vessels had to anchor at Whompoa Reach and transfer their cargo to junks which transported the goods to the city for trading. The first American merchant vessel to enter Chinese waters left New York harbor on Washington's birthday, February 22, 1784. The Empress returned to New York on May 11, 1785 after a round voyage of 14 months and 24 days. The success of the voyage encouraged others to invest in further trading with China. President Washington bought a set of Chinese porcelain tableware from the ship. The ship's captain John Green (1736–1796) was a former U.S. naval officer, its two business agents (supercargos), Samuel Shaw (1754–1794) and Thomas Randall (1723–1797), were former officers in the U.S. Continental Army, and its syndicate of owners, including Robert Morris (1734–1806) were some of the richest men in the new nation. In 1986, China minted a silver 5-yuan to commemorate the voyage of the Empress. The design stamp is made after painting of Raymond-Massey: « Arrival «Empress of China» in Whampoa».
Mali 2017;420f;SG? Source:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_of_China_(1783); http://americanhistory.si.edu/collectio ... ah_1301925.

RUSSIAN FLEET 1996 MS

PRINCIPIUM galley, built in 1696 in Voronezh after a Dutch blueprint, became the first galley of the Sea Caravan, which later became the Azov Fleet. See: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10741&p=18933&hilit=principium#p18933

Heavy nuclear submarine, built in 1981, is the biggest submarine ever made. (The only nuclear submarine commissioned in 1981 is the TK-208 later renamed DMITRY DONSKOY see: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16146

AZOV battleship, built in 1826, was the first Russian ship to be awarded the Flag of St.George and a banner for the heroism of its crew. See: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10077

Heavy aircraft carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV built in 1985, is essentially new ship for the Russian as well as the world’s shipbuilding. It carries up to 50 aircraft and helicopters. Unlike foreign aircraft carriers, it also carries antiship missiles, see viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6570

In the centre of the block there is a cartouche framed by laurel branches on the background of St.Andrew's Flag. The stripes of the flag partially overlap the upper corners of the stamps. In the lower part of the composition there is an ornament of the guard glory band and anchors. The text reads: "The 300th Anniversary of the Russian Navy".

Source: http://www.rusmarka.ru/en/catalog/marka ... 13008.aspx
Russia 1996 1000r sgMS6619, scott 6346a/d

TK-208 renamed later in DMITRIY DONSKOY

Built as one of the Project 941 as a nuclear submarine for the Russian Navy.
30 June 1976 laid down under yard No 711 by the Severodvinsk Shipyard in Severodvinsk.
27 September 1980 launched as the TK-208 one of the Akula class (NATO Typhoon class).
Displacement 23,200 surface, 33,500 submerged, dim. 172.8 x 23.3 x 12m. (draught surfaced.)
Powered by two OK-650 pressurized-water nuclear reactors, 190 MWt each, two VV-type steam turbines 37MW each (49,000 hp each), twin shafts, speed 22.22 knots surfaced, 27 knots submerged.
Armament when built: 1 – 9K38 Igla SAM, 6 – 533mm torpedo tubes, RPK-2 Viyuga cruise missiles. Type 53 torpedoes, D-19 launch system, 20 – RSM-52 SLBMs.
Test depth 400 metre.
Crew 160.
29 December 1981 commissioned.

• 10 February 1982: Entered 18th division (Zapadnaya Litsa), NOR.
• December 1982: Transferred from Severodvinsk to Zapadnaya Litsa.
• 1983-1984: Tests of D-19 missile complex. Commanders: A.V.Olkhovikov (1980–1984).
• 3 December 1986: Entered Navy Board of the Winners of the Socialist Competition.
• 18 January 1987: Entered MoD Board of Glory.
• 20 September 1989–1991: Repairs and refit at Sevmash to Project 941U. 1991 refit cancelled.
• 1996: Returned to 941U refit.
• 2002: Named DMITRIY DONSKOY.
• 26 June 2002: End of refit.
• 30 June 2002: Start of testing.
• 26 July 2002: Entered sea trials, Re-entered fleet, without missile system.
• December 2003: Sea trials; refitted to carry a new Bulava missile system. New missile system expected to be operational by 2005.
• 9 October 2005: Successfully launched SS-NX-30 Bulava SLBM from surface.
• 21 December 2005: Successfully launched SS-NX-30 Bulava SLBM from submerged position on move.
• 7 September 2006: Test launch of the Bulava missile failed after several minutes in flight due to the problems in the flight control system. The missile fell into the sea about a minute after the launch. The sub was not affected and was returning to Severodvinsk base submerged. Later reports blamed the engine of the first stage for the failure.
• 25 October 2006: Test launch of the Bulava-M missile in the White Sea failed some 200 seconds after liftoff due to the apparent failure of the flight control system.
28 August 2008: Undergone successful testing at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk Oblast. More than 170 men are currently working with the DMITRIY DONSKOY, hundred of them employees at the Sevmash plant and 70 from other involved companies

2017 In service. DMITRIY DONSKOY and the rest of the Typhoons are to be replaced by the Russian fourth generation submarine class, the Borey class

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_s ... oi_(TK-208)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon-cl ... ed_October
Russia 1996 1000R sgMS6619, scott6346b.

TOTTORI EXPO 1997

For the Japan Expo Tottori in 1997 the Japanese Post issued one stamp.

The design shows us a bow of a cruise ship or ferry most probably a stylized design of a ship by the designer of the stamp. With a pear blossom on the bow and below some symbols of Tottori Prefecture.

Japan 1997 80 yen sg?, scott2314

Christianity and the Ottoman Empire

THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE was a major threat to the hegemony of Christian Europe from the fourteenth to the seventeenth centuries. The origins of the Ottoman dynasty lie in northwestern Anatolia, though it is difficult to say why they suddenly emerged as such a powerful force. One theory proposes that it was because they were strategically well placed to attack the Christian Byzantine Empire, and therefore attracted Muslim fighters who wished to wage holy war against Christianity. They first drove the Byzantines from Anatolia – which they achieved by 1338 – and in 1354 occupied Gallipoli, their first base in Europe, and the one from which they launched their drive into southeastern Europe. The greatest shock to Christian Europe came, however, with the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 . Many Byzantine scholars fled westward, particularly to Italy, and made a substantial contribution to the Renaissance. The first notable Christian victory was a sea battle at Lepanto (the Gulf of Corinth) on 7 October 1571 . The victorious army was that of the Holy League, a coalition of the Papal States, Genoa, Venice and Spain, originally put together in 1511 by Pope Julius II . At Lepanto the Holy League forces were led by Don John of Austria. The victory, though hailed as a great triumph by the Christians (the Pope established the Feast of the Holy Rosary on 7 October to mark the event), in effect altered little. The Ottoman Turks were not forced to withdraw from any territory. Тhey continued sea battles with Christians conquering new territories. The design stamp is made after painting of Cornelis Wael: "Sea battle between Christians and Turks". Cornelis de Wael was a Flemishpainter, engraver and merchant who was known for his sea battle scenes. Scenes of battles between Christian and Ottoman forces such as the present work were particularly popular. The artist did not depict a concrete battle, but a general picture of the sea battles that occurred during the creation of the Turkish empire. Here's how the battle for the island of Djerba is described: The Duke of Medinaseli expected to see the Turks in the middle of June, but at the end of May Ottoman galleys and galliots appeared near the coast of Tunisia and began to land on the island. The Janissaries immediately rushed into the battle, attacking the Christians loaded with ships. Combat ships of the Turks not only covered the landing of the landing, but also attacked the ships of the Spaniards and Italians, who were completely unprepared for the battle. The Christian was panic-stricken, and the mountains of valuable goods that were bought in the last month only aggravated the situation. None of the soldiers wanted to fight. While some tried at any cost to climb on some ship with their cargo, others resolutely stopped the maneuvers of traders and let their goods go overboard. In the sea, bales of wool, bales of leather, jugs of oil, even horses and camels were dropped. Clashes began between soldiers, on the one hand, and cargo owners, captains and crews of vessels, on the other.In this situation, the order of the Duke of Medinaseli about the loading of soldiers was not thought of anyway, especially since there was no evacuation plan. The first inhospitable Djerbu began to leave wage ships, whose owners were most interested in saving their capitals. Without entering into battle with the Turks, they tried to break free into the sea, and many of them succeeded. Much worse was the case with the ships of the regular fleet of the Holy Roman Empire, who could not evade the battle and fell under the powerful blow of the Ottoman fleet. 24 May 1560 ended the battle near the island of Djerba between the Ottoman fleet and the squadrons of Spain, Venice, Genoa, the Papal States, Savoy and Malta. The Turkish armada under the command of Piale Pasha scored a brilliant naval victory over the combined forces of the Christian fleet. As a result, the European powers lost more than half of their ships and at least 9,000 people. The Turkish flotilla lost only a few galliots and about a thousand soldiers. The victory at Djerba strengthened the sea dominance of the Ottomans in the Mediterranean and marked the power of the Ottoman Empire.
Rwanda 2017;650f;SG?
Source:www.oxfordislamicstudies.com/article/opr/t253/e2, e-minbar.com/facts/967-1560-srazhenie-u-ostrova-dzherba, еn.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelis_de_Wael
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DISCOVERY HMS 1791 (Vancouver)

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DISCOVERY HMS 1791 (Vancouver)

Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:48 pm

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To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Captain Vancouver’s birth and honour his accomplishments on 22 June 2007, Canada Post issued a single international rate stamp. The stamp depict Captain George Vancouver standing by the railing of the DISCOVERY looking to the coast.

The Canada Post has the following info by the stamp.
http://www.canadapost.ca/personal/colle ... etail=2027

The first hint of Captain Vancouver’s desire to make history probably came when he was an ambitious 16 year-old seaman serving on Captain James Cook’s ship the RESOLUTION, during Cook’s second great voyage. Cook sailed with the intention of determining whether an Antarctic continent really existed by exploring the Antarctic region and the South Pacific. Just before RESOLUTION turned north after having sailed as far south as was possible, Vancouver climbed the bowsprit leaning out over the Antarctic sea toward the polar ice, and established his claim of having been “nearer the south pole than any other man”.
By his mid-twenties, he had narrowly escaped death on the island of Hawaii (the day before Captain James Cook was killed on the same island) sailed the world twice and gained his first commission.

As captain of the DISCOVERY, Vancouver is credited with undertaking the last of the great voyages of exploration embarked upon by 18th century European sailors.
During this expedition, he oversaw the return of British territory and property from the Spanish at Nootka and created the first accurate map of the northwest Pacific coast, exploring from the tip of Vancouver Island to the southern end of the Alaska panhandle. He bestowed almost 400 place names that are still used today, including the largest island on the west coast of North America and Canada’s largest west-coast city, which both carry the name Vancouver.

“The importance of Vancouver’s achievements, which went largely unnoticed until after his death, have significant bearing in today’s world,” explains stamp designer Niko Potton of Fleming Design in Vancouver.
“Despite being a long way from home and being treated poorly by the (British) Admiralty upon his return, Vancouver selflessly served his King and country by fulfilling his duty. It’s that self-sacrifice that to me is the mark of a great man with a great character. I wanted to create a design that focused on the man himself and captured the solitary and isolation position in which he found himself, geographically and personally.

The detail-oriented stamp features a solitary image of Vancouver standing onboard ship, gazing out toward the horizon. The stamp also features a stunning reproduction of Vancouver’s authenticate signature running vertical down the right-hand side of the stamp. Permission to use the signature comes courtesy of the British Columbia Archives.

Built in 1789 as a wooden merchant vessel by Randall & Co. Rotherhithe.
November 1789 bought by the British Admiralty.
Launched under the name HMS DISCOVERY.
Tonnage 330 ton (bm), dim. 99.2 x 28.3 x 12.4ft. (30.2 x 8.6 x 3.77m.)
Armament: 10 – 4pdrs. short, 10 - ½pdr. swivels.
Crew 100.
February 1791 commissioned under command of Cmdr. George Vancouver.

When trouble was brewing between Spain and Great Britain over control of lands in the Pacific Northwest in 1789, and after a favourable resolution for Great Britain was made of the Nootka Sound controversy in 1790, the English fitted out two ships the DISCOVERY and the tender CHATHAM to survey all the waters and inlets, and to look for a Northwest passage between Cape Mendocine (30ºN) and Cook Inlet (60ºN).

01 April 1791 the two ships sailed from Falmouth, and after making calls at Tenerife and Cape Town, she headed east making landfall at Cape Chatham, Australia on 28 September, made a surveys of the west coast of Australia, then Dusky Bay, New Zealand where she arrived on 02 November 1791.

Then the two ships headed for Tahiti, during bad visibility the two ships lost contact, and the CHATHAM discovered a group of islands east of New Zealand which she named after the ship Chatham Islands.

The Chatham joined the DISCOVERY again at Tahiti, and after a three week stay there together the two ships sailed to Hawaii, where she arrived early March, sailing mid-March bound for the west coast on North America. A month later the Oregon coast was sighted, where after the two ships headed north along the coast.
End April she were off the Juan de Fuca, and the two ships sailed to Discovery Bay for repairs.
From this base she explored Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands, and there they met the Spanish vessels SUTIL and MEXICANA also on a survey voyage, the relations between the British and Spanish vessels were friendly.
06 August 1792 at 4 a.m. the Discovery grounded on rocks in the Queen Charlotte’s Sound, after throwing overboard ballast, wood and water at least she got free again, without much damage.

October 1792 the DISCOVERY sailed south leaving behind the CHATHAM.
14 November 1792 she arrived at Yerba Buena now San Francisco, she was the first non-Spanish ship to sail into San Francisco Bay.
15 January 1793 she sailed from Mendocino bound for Hawaii where she arrived on 12 February, she made a survey of the islands before she headed back to the North West coast of America.
20 May she arrived at Puget Sound, the two ships surveyed the Queen Charlotte Sound including Elcho Harbour on Dean Channel, by the end of the second season, Vancouver’s expedition had charted so far 1700 miles of coast from29 56N to about 56 N.
Then she headed back to Hawaii to finish the surveys of these islands.
Then the two ships sailed back to the North American coast, shortly after departing Hawaii the two ships separated, coming together again on 06 May.
DISCOVERY in the meantime sighted Chirikof Island and proceeded to the Cook’s Inlet on 12 April, after finding out that it was not a river the DISCOVERY sailed around the Kenai Peninsula and made a survey of the Prince William Sound.
In the end of the summer season she completed surveys and charted the northern end of the Alexander Archipelago, after a call at Cape Decision on the southern end of Chichagof Island in 1793, the two ships
Sailed for California.
02 December 1794 the two ships sailed from Monterey and after calling at Maria Magdalena, Cocos Island, the Galapagos and Valparaiso before passing Cape Horn and sailing in the Atlantic, arriving 03 July 1795 at St Helena.
At St Helena they were informed that Great Britain was in War with the Netherlands and thereafter she seized the Dutch East Indiaman MACASSAR who was underway from Cape Town to the Netherlands.
The CHATHAM was dispatched to Brazil as an escort.
15 July DISCOVERY sailed from St Helena, and she arrived at Shannon on 13 September 1795.
The DICOVERY and CHATHAM arrived Deptford in October 1795.
Of her original crew only 5 men died during the five year voyage.
Thereafter laid up.
1798 Fitted out as a bomb vessel.
July 1795 re-commissioned under command of Cmdr John Dick, October 1800 relieved by Cmdr. John Conn.
October 1801 decommissioned.
June 1803 re-commissioned under Cmdr. John Joyce, relieved on June 1804 by Cmdr. Charles Pickford.
1808 Fitted out as convict ship in Sheerness.
1818 At Woolwich as convict ship.
1834 Broken up.

More on Vancouver is given on: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16035#!lightbox[gallery]/0/

Australia 1991 $1.05 sg1303, scott1226.
Canada 2007 $1.55, sg?, scott?

Source: Some web-sites. Voyages of Delusions by Glyn Williams. Ships of the World by Lincoln P.Paine.
British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793-1817.
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Re: DISCOVERY HMS 1791 (Vancouver)

Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:38 pm

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In the 18th century, new scientific equipment allowed explorers to survey land and sea with greater accuracy than ever before. Some of George Vancouver's maps, in fact, are still in use today. Trained as map-maker under Captain James Cook, Vancouver undertook a round-the-world voyage from 1791 to 1795, covering 105,000 kilometres. He surveyed the west coast from 30o to 60o N., and was so intent on mapping the coastline that he missed the Columbia River. Nevertheless, he would eventually dispel the myth that a Northwest Passage existed at these latitudes. Artist Frederick Hagan of Newmarket, Ontario painted these four images, third in the series of Exploration stamps. Using a palette of vivid colours, he depicts the lands carted by four 18th century explorers. His imaginative backgrounds detail charts, map-making tools and the DISCOVERY, the ship Vancouver sailed on his voyage around the world.

Source: Canada Post Corporation. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1988.
Canada 1988 37c sg 1286, scott?
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