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Naval Visits
Fog from Dublin Bay and spells of sunshine formed the weather yesterday when the first Finnish Navy vessel made a visit to Dublin. This involved the minelayer flagship FNS Hämeenmaa that is to remain in port till Friday.
Naval Visits
#FirstFinnish – For the first time the Finnish Navy made a historic visit to Dublin yesterday when flagship FNS Hämeenmaa arrived on the Liffey quays to begin a four-day call, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,300 displacement minelayer had sailed from…
OPEN SHIP: Finnish Naval flagship FNS Hämeenmaa will be open to public tours on Wednesday 24th May (17.00-18.30hrs) in Dublin along Sir John Rogersons Quay.
Naval Visits
#FinnishFlagship - Finnish Navy flagship FNS Hämeenmaa will be visiting Dublin Port as part of celebrations to mark the centenary year of the Nordic nation’s independence, writes Jehan Ashmore. The visit of the minelayer flagship to the capital this week…
HNLMS De Ruyter docked in Dublin Port this morning. The De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy is to be joined by a sister, HNMLS Tromp on Sunday.
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#NavalTrio - Dublin Port will be busy from today and up to Sunday as navies from the Netherlands and France will be visiting while a pair of UK Royal Navy patrol craft are to depart tonight, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
HMS Blazer, one of a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class fast inshore patrol vessels that are to pay a visit to Dublin.
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#FastPatrols  -A pair of small yet high-speed Royal Navy Inshore Patrol Craft in which one served in Gibraltar are to pay a visit to Dublin Port,writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Archer’ class HMS Blazer along with HMS Ranger are to arrive…
RFA Gold Rover, the final of her class is seen off the west coast of Africa during the tanker’s last ever transfer of fuel or replenishment at sea (RAS) duties to HMS Portland. The Type 23 Duke class frigate has also been a visitor to Dublin Port in recent years having berthed at Ocean Pier.
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#RFAoiler - The oldest of the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers a ‘Rover’ class which made a rare visit to Dublin Port in recent years, was officially decommissioned last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. RFA Gold Rover (A271) a 11,522 tonnes…
Naval and cruise ships are visiting Dublin Port today where the St. Patrick's Day Parade led by the grand marshal Olympian silver medalist sailor Annalise Murphy, takes in a route on O'Connell Bridge. Among the vessels downriver is Dublin based St.Bridget an excursion boat is operating cruises in the bay. The vessel is seen above last week having wintered at a lay-by berth in Grand Canal Dock Basin.
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#Visitors - A French naval vessel, a UK based cruiseship and a local excursion boat are in Dublin Port to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, writes Jehan Ashmore. The French Navy are represented in the capital with the presence of the…
A previous visitor to Dublin Port the former aircraft carrier HMS Invincible which was scrapped last year is seen at anchor in the Suez Canal. Also at anchorage is the Duke Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster which is visiting Dublin this weekend.
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#Westminster - A British Royal Naval Type 23 frigate that docked in Dublin Port is half-way through a three-day courtesy call to the capital, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Duke class HMS Westminster (F237) has returned to recent active service following…
Belgium Navy's BNS Castor, a Ready Duty Ship (RDS). Note at the stern of the 53m vessel is a RHIB craft positioned in its cradle-dock which when not in use has a raised sliding door in place.
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#ReadyDutyShip – Afloat has an update to the Belgium Navy ship which docked in Dublin Port earlier this week having carried out a commemorative service on Monday. This was to mark the 30th anniversary of a UK-Zeebrugge serving ferry that…
On board the Belgium Navy's BNS Castor, British Ambassador to Belgium Alison Rose who laid a wreath at the location of where the ferry disaster took place off Zeebrugge in 1987
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#BelgiumNavy - A Belgium Navy ship is visiting Dublin Port, however the call to the capital follows a solemn occasion held on board to mark a ferry disaster that took place off Zeebrugge three decades ago. On Monday the BNS…
On Saturday the public can board the slick 6,000 gross tonnage 'Aquitaine' class French Navy FREMM frigate Provence during a call to the capital.
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#StealthShip - Presenting ‘stealth’ characteristics is frigate Provence of the French Navy which is to make a courtesy call to Dublin tomorrow and will be open at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Saturday the public are invited to board…
Dutch frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) was in the Aegean Sea on NATO anti people-smuggling duties and is set to visit Dublin Port this weekend
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#DutchFrigate – A Dutch navy frigate HNLMS Van Amstel (F831) equipped with surface and anti-submarine warfare systems is to visit Dublin Port this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 3,353 tonnes Karel Doorman-class multi-purpose frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy is…
HMS Duncan pictured in Portsmouth this summer
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#NavalVisits - The Royal Navy’s HMS Duncan was among a fleet of NATO warships that sailed into Belfast Lough on Friday 4 November, as ITV News reports. The Type 45 Destroyer, only the second of its kind in Northern Ireland’s…
"X" tail configuration at the stern of leadship submarine HNMLS Walrus. A sister HNMLS Bruinvis is this afternoon calling to Cork city quays for the weekend
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#X-Submarine - A Dutch navy non-nuclear powered submarine built during the Cold War is this afternoon arriving to Cork City for a four-day visit, writes Jehan Ashmore. HNLMS Bruinvis is a diesel electric powered submarine. The 68m submarine is equipped…
Time to clean the injectors? The powerful Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov may have created unhealthy amounts of smoke with her troublesome engines as she headed through the English Channel, but this is still one formidable fighting machine.
Naval Visits
The recent stately progress through the English Channel of the giant Russian Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the Battle Cruiser Peter the Great in a flotilla of eight warships bound for the Eastern Mediterranean has been a matter of fascination…
On the left: A sister of USS Porter, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill berthed at the UK's Portsmouth Naval Base. Also berthed is HMS Dauntless a Type 45 destoyer, in which a sister HMS Duncan 'shadowed' units of the Russian Navy recently in the English Channel
Naval Visits
#USdestroyer - A high-security cordon will be put in place around a US Naval Destroyer during a three-day visit to Cobh, Cork Harbour.  In yesterday's Evening Echo it was reported that USS Porter was due to dock at the Cobh Deepwater Cruise…
Armada Fleet: Spanish Navy wreath laying ceremony on board Centinela, a fishery patrol vessel off the Sligo coast
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#ArmadaEvent - The Spanish Navy held a ceremony in memory of the Armada fleet that brought the 6th annual Celtic Fringe Festival to a close at Streedagh Beach in Sligo on Sunday afternoon. Tributes were paid on land and at…

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