During the War Hitler Bombed the hell out of Malta, and got nowhere. It is a bloody rock hard to hurt a rock.
As you can see Deep water harbor.
Malta consist of 3 inhabited islands (people will live just about an where) that lie in the middle of the Mediterranean sea with Malta 93 km south of Sicily and 230 km north of North Africa. The main Island Malta is 246 square km with Gozo & Comino totaling only 69 square Km. Our ship was anchored in Grand Harbor next to the largest city & capital Valletta. During my tour we had no way of getting around until we discovered the bus system to the surprise of the natives. We did rent a car one week end and drove the wheels off it and that hard to do as we ran out of places to go before we ran out of gas.
One of our Can's, anchored bow out facing the Sea. Love to take the Wife to see this place one of this days, but lots to see in good old USA.
This week we had 3 ships along our starboard side, in for R&R and Maintenance.
The R&R was there Job the Maintenance was ours. The ship sandwiched is the 880 USS DYESS. She was Fram-1 She also has ASROC and DASH. FRAM-2 had only only DASH
Fleet Landing, I had Shore Patrol Port/Starboard duty along with my regular ship board duties.
I had Duty the night that 2 battalions of Marines were on the beach and a full scale Riot broke out. I was one of the only Shore patrol on duty that night that did not get injured. I contributed this to the Marine that I was budded up with. We went everywhere that night back to back each protecting each others backs. I broke my night Stick that night. (FULL STORY on the Malta Riot LINK HERE)
Malta has a Stone Hinge on the south side of the Island. This I believe is one of 3 in the World all on Islands.
This structure was constructed 3000yrs BC. I believe it is called "Hagar Qim" .
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