See the weird and wonderful Romanian Navy!

Though not one of the largest or most powerful, there are some fascinating and eccentric qualities to the Romanian Navy’s fleet. Romania’s is the 15th navy documented by Shipsearcher staff. The longtime flagship, ROS Mărășești, was originally conceived as a light cruiser, during the Communist era. As the largest domestic warship design, she emerged as a Romanian original, with a heavy gun and missile armament. By the time of her commissioning in 1992, now on her third name, she had been reclassified as a destroyer. Nowadays she serves as a frigate.

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ROS Marasesti F-111, displaying the forward twin 76mm guns, tubes for Termit anti-ship missiles, and twin anti-submarine rocket launchers (just forward of the bridge). MAPN / CC BY-SA

Marasesti F-111 Constanta 2012

Another remarkable feature of the fleet is the Danube (river) Flotilla, which has a motley assortment of units. The heavy-weights or river dreadnoughts are two distinct classes of river monitors, sailing out of Tulcea and Brăila. These gunboats bristle with an assortment of machine guns and turrets armed with TR-85 100mm tank guns!

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The monitor Ion C. Bratianu F-46, Mihail Kogălniceanu class, during Aug. 2018 Romanian Navy Day celebrations. US Navy Official 4651743 MC2 Jonathan Nelson

Mihail Kogalniceanu class river monitor Danube2019Other ships span the gamut from old Soviet and newer Chinese designs, to ex-British Type 22 frigates. A Kilo class submarine and the lovely sail training vessel Mircea round out the new Romanian Navy pages. We hope you enjoy this fleet of ships!

UFOs spotted tracking the US Atlantic Fleet!

lamp gag shipsearcher2020-04-01 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Norfolk VA, a series of small UFOs have been spotted hovering around the naval dockyards. They have been observed to be completely stationary about 80 feet in the air, near major US Naval assets, including submarines, destroyers, and cruisers. Intent may be other than hostile, but the number of these craft, and their placement in spaced intervals, means they could also be poised for a coordinated first strike.They even appear to be tracking the hospital ship USNS Comfort!There are only two possibilities: this most dire one, or they could also be badly-rendered dockyard lighting towers whose entire support has been omitted in Google Maps 3D view. Shipsearcher staff prefer to believe in the existence of a large shadow force of UFOs! Have a safe, reasonable April Fools’ Day!

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A better render of the light posts, beside the USS Harry S. Truman, Norfolk VA.