A courtesy visit by the Royal Navy's HMS Bangor (M106) is due in Dublin tomorrow. The mine counter-measure vessel is base-ported at HM Naval Base, Clyde, Scotland and is named after Bangor, the shoreside town on Belfast Lough.
For over 15 years, the 484-tonnes vessel has had a close affiliation with the Combined Cadet Force and Bangor Grammar School. In late June HMS Bangor returned to her namesake port to support Armed Forces Day celebrations which included the 150th anniversary of the Sea Cadets and to participate in the annual Sea Bangor Maritime Festival.
HMS Bangor is the ninth 'Sandown' class of Single Role Minehunters (SRMH) built by Vosper Thorneycroft, Woolston near Southampton. The glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) ship was launched in April 1999. The vessel has a crew of 34 and is fitted with an array of mine countermeasure equipment that includes decoy launchers and disposal systems.
In 2002 the vessel was deployed to the Gulf in Operation Telic, conducting mine clearance operations in Khawr Abd Allah ahead of humanitarian aid shipments which were ferried into the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr.