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  1. The history of the Albanian Navy dates back to 1925, following the creation of the Albanian Republic. Albanian naval forces operate out of two main bases; Bishti-i-Palles in Durrës, and Pasha Liman in Vlorë, with four reserve bases respectively in Shëngjin, Porto Palermo, Saranda and a submarine base on Sazan island. The vessels of the Albanian naval force are mostly patrol craft and support craft as well as four whisky class submarines (Soviet Union built in the early Cold War period) which have been taken out of service at Pasha Liman. In Shëngjin a Soviet built minesweeper M-111 and an AFD-115 gunship remain abandoned at the entrance to a bunker. The Albanian navy still operates out of Shëngjin in a low capacity so it's still an active military zone but you are allowed to drive through it to reach a beach resort on the other side. Handy for us! Visited with adders, extreme_ironing, otter and reenie. Here's what we found.... AFD Mujo Ulqinaku M-111 - A mine warfare ship designed for the location of and destruction of naval mines which combines the role of a minesweeper and minehunter in one hull. Minesweepers are equipped with mechanical or electrical devices, known as "sweeps", for disabling mines, so waterways are maintained clear for safe shipping. This one appears to have been disused since 1996 (the date of a calendar on board), just prior to the Albanian civil war, when many vessels of the Albanian navy were seriously damaged. Behind it sits this half-submerged AFD P115 - Albanian Navy gunship (Chinese type 62 "Shanghai-II") which has had its 57mm gun mount removed They sit in front of the entrance to a navigable bunker which was inaccessible. Another entrance parallel was also sealed although we reached the blast door for that one The AFD Mujo Ulqinaku M111 was named after Mujo Ulqinaku, an Albanian sergeant of the Royal Albanian Navy, known for his resistance to the Italian forces during the Italian Invasion of Albania in 1939. Armed with only a machine gun, he was placed at the centre of the defense line and fought uninterruptedly until he was eventually killed by an artillery shell from an Italian warship in the last hour of the battle. He was given the People's Hero of Albania award posthumously. On board the AFD - M111 An old gun at the front You can see an active patrol boat moored up on the left of the shot Inside the AFD - M111 Communications cabin A small engine room Hatches and squat toilets Kitchen All the cabins were locked except for this one Some old military posters Back on land, this AFD S104 - Huchuan class 'motor torpedo boat' is waiting to be scrapped. Powered by Soviet-era engines, these hydrofoil-equipped boats are capable of 50 knots (93 km/h; 58 mph) and carry two torpedo tubes for torpedoes, with some known to be armed with naval mines. A few dilapidated buildings remain nearby This building to the left was manned but we were just out of view so we took a quick peek at these old military vehicles Some rusty torpedoes lay on the ground alongside one of them A couple of old trucks overgrown by vegetation above the bunker. We were aware of someone from the base heading in our direction at this point so we hopped in the car and made tracks We made it to the beach resort on the other side of the military zone where unfortunately the pigs were waiting for us. Thankfully they just grunted a bit and we were on our way ? Just in time to catch the sunset! Thanks for looking
  2. I wasn't quite sure whether to stick this in military or industrial, but it's more of an industrial site that was used by the military so here it goes. This was my last explore of my American trip, on my last full day in the country and after driving around Trenton having a few fails and being totally sketched out by how much of a massive craphole the city is we plumped for an easy guaranteed in. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD for short) was constructed in 1953 directly adjacent to Trenton Mercer Airport and was used by the US Navy to test jet engines, alternate fuels, turbines and engine starters until the facility closed in 1998 due to a relocation to Tennessee. Two thirds of the site was demolished with the land handed over to a homeless charity at no cost, but as yet nothing has happened. What is left is the closest you could possibly get to a secondary Pyestock, with three test cells still in situ and the huge power plant building which at one point would have held two rows of eight turbines/exhausters to provide enough power to rival that of Pyestock's famous Air House. Sadly the turbines are no more, with just the plinths left but it's still an impressive space. Having kicked myself for missing out on a return to Pyestock with my decent gear during it's final days, I had known about and wanted to see this place for ages so it was great to see what was in essence Pyestock's little brother across the pond. The few bits of pipe left on the outside of the buildings are even that same evocative shade of light blue which made Pyestock's pipes instantly recognisable. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/albums/72157659895110111 I hope you've enjoyed my selection of things from across the pond, all I have left to bring you now is a compilation of the seven or so locations I didn't get enough photos from to warrant separate threads and I'm all done! I'll be back over in the springtime all being well.
  3. We stumbled across this one completely by mistake when searching for another beach, made for a good afternoon. A bit of history gleaned from the internet: Originally known as the “US Navy Experimental Facility, Eleutheraâ€Â, the base originated in November 1950 when Western Electric was selected to construct a demonstration SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) installation on the island. This was part of the larger Project Hartwell initiated by the Americans and MIT. Initially, the base consisted of a wooden Generator Building, a wooden Western Electric Laboratory building and a Communications Center which was little more than a tent. Six hydrophones were also installed at sea as part of the project. A few years later the US navy sent over a construction battalion, The Seabees, to established a more permanent base and five green huts consisting of administration, a galley and barracks were built. In 1957 the Eleuthera Auxiliary Air Force Base (AAFB) begun operations as part of the Atlantic Ballistic Missile Test Range, The Eleuthera AAFB was part of the Air Force Missile Test Center’s Atlantic Missile Range, which was used for long-range monitoring of rocket and guided missile launches, controlled targets, drones, satellites, and lunar probes for the Air Force, Army, and Navy. The Eleuthera AAFB was the fourth tracking station in along the length of the test range and formed part of there MISTRAM system. The base was supported by twenty contractor employees of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) (the primary contractor for operation and maintenance of the site’s instrumentation, including the MISTRAM system) and Pan American Airways (PAA) (the primary contractor for management, engineering, operations, and maintenance) during the 1960’s and 1970’s, and Western Electric in the 1950’s. Pan Am employed the support staff, whilst RCA employed the electronic technicians, engineers, and related equipment operators. At its peak, 45 Bahamian employees also worked at the base. The MISTRAM facility was part of Eleuthera AAFB. The Air Force Base Commander was evidently the only military officer assigned to the AAFB. The top PanAm employee had the title of Base Operations Manager, and the top RCA employee was the Instrumentation Manager. The MISTRAM system was superseded in the 1970’s and the AAFB was taken over by the NAVFAC. Phots: Maintenance Areas & Power House The old base control centre There are loads more photos here: http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/blog/the-accidental-explore-navfac-aafb-eleuthera
  4. First time we visited this place way back in may 2011 we where met at the fenceline by mr security,seems atleast 2 groups where inside and being chased down by secca and police with dogs and arrests where made..Needless to say after getting on site briefly we bailed cos the sound of big dogs barking was getting closer. After the recent spate of reports going up and with Obscurity's birthday explore to be had it was decided to give this another crack,Cheers to Stussy and webbly for some useful intel This day started at about 1am Myself SpaceInvader Obscurity and this time Urban Ginger headed of down to Haslar at stupid O'clock in the morning,we got inside and set about grabbing some sleep while waiting for it to get light,this was hindered by snoring farting and fone alarms going off!The decision to not smoke while in the hospital incase we alerted secca so the roof and basement was utilised for a few Joints ,after a few hours of wandering around and finding the X-ray dept it seems this golden rule got broken cos five minutes after we had left we heard noises,so we bolted up to the roof space and got some distance between us and whoever was behind us,then we found the staircase so all thoughts of who was following us kinda got forgot and we cracked on with the fisheye shots of said stairs..as i lent over to grab a shot a "oih" was to be heard and i got a guy in high viz in the shot!Turns out this was Stan (secca) and his mate Bob, who had followed the smell of smoke and knew someone was in the building!.The usual don't run was called out and conversation began,names of sorts given and as it turns out these guys where very understanding of what we was there for and had no problem so no need for further action with police,and he was decent enough to show us a few more bits we hadn't got to n the way out!So cheers Stan for being one of the good guys! On with some pics,didnt cover a huge amount of the site it is very maze like and seems we went round in circles a fair bit Format for pics::.Staircase,scanner,x-ray machine ,corridor,external etc.not in that order,so nothing you haven't seen before. Nice to get inside at last but i have to say as with every explore the poster puts up the best pics..so wasnt quite what i expected but still worth the trip
  5. This was on our "Suits On Tour" Tour of Belgium. They have been left to rot on the side of a river bank. It has been used as a drug den and is in a bit of a bad shape. History From: http://jalbum.net/en/browse/user/album/1433998 PATROL BOATS Royal Danish Navy Fast Patrol Boats SØHESTEN (Sea Horse) P513 (1966-1990) & SØHUNDEN (Sea Dog) P514 (1966-1990) Propulsion: 3 Rolls Royce Marine Gas Turbines - 12,750 Hps. 2 General Motors Diesel Engines - 460 Hps. 3 Propellers Speed : 54 knots (gas turbines) 10 knots (diesel engines) Armament : 1-2 ea 40 mm Machine Gun Mk M/48 LvSa (2x1) 2-4 ea 533 mm Torpedo Tubes (4x1) 2 ea Illumination Rocket Launcher (on forward gun) 10 ea mines could be carried in stead of the torpedo tubes After the mid 1980's, the aft 40 mm was permanently replaced by: 1 ea 20 mm Machine Gun Mk M/42 LvSa Complement: 27 men (5 officers and 22 ratings and enlisted) The FPB could be equipped as a torpedo boat with one forward gun and four torpedo tubes, or as a gun boat with two guns (forward and aft) and only two torpedo tubes. Thanks For Looking!
  6. Date opened: 3rd May 1939 Location: Wild Country Lane, Barrow Gurney, nr. Long Ashton, Somerset Architect: Sir George Oatley, of Bristol Layout: Colony Plan Used During The War By The Military. After a night in the mines, we headed over to meet up with Vdubs for a look around some of the local spots. After a fry up we headed to the hospital. Although a lot of the buildings have been demolished there is still a lot to see and I really did fall in love with the decay of the place. A nice relaxed explore with VWDirtboy, Frosty and a non member. Finally a BIG thumbs up to Vdubs and family for your hospitality and BBQ