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Officers of the Argentinian Navy on parade through Foxford in Co Mayo to Honour Admiral William Brown - founder of the south American nations' navy
Around 200 Argentinian military personnel reports RTE, travelled to Co Mayo to visit the town where the founder of the country's Navy was born. Admiral William Brown hailed from Foxford and today’s (yesterday) trip was the largest to take place…
The LÉ Eiithne during a humanitarian rescue mission operation in the Mediterranean Sea
A number of Irish Naval Service vessels, RTE reports, will not be able to patrol the Mediterranean Sea to assist with the rescue of migrants, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil. Leo Varadkar said that as three Irish naval vessels…
At close quarters presents an impressive view of the bow of BMAS Rhône a support vessel of the French Navy which entered service this year. AFLOAT adds the call of the newbuild from Cherbourg to Waterford City was a maiden first to an Irish port as the vessel berthed at the Frank Cassin Wharf opposite of Waterford Marina as seen on the left.
A French Navy offshore support and assistance vessel which was commissioned into service earlier this year visited Waterford City over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The impressive Loire class or Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) Rhône entered service in…
The German Navy frigate FGS Augsburg (left) recently took part in exercises involving rocket shooting in waters near Sundsvall, Sweden. Also involved is the corvette, FGS Erfurt auf dem.
A German Navy frigate which carried out exercises in Swedish waters has arrived in Dublin Port and will remain docked during the June Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'Bremen' 122 class frigate FGS Augsburg displacing 3,680 tonnes had…
The distinctive "X" tail stern configuration of Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus with wash generated when swinging off Ocean Pier in Alexandra Basin in Dublin Port. At this same pier is where currently a sister, HNLMS Zeeleeuw is docked alongside support ship HNLMS Mercuur.
#navalvisitors - One of the world's most sophisticated submarines and an accompanying support ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy arrived in Dublin Port yesterday for a three day crew rest and recreation visit, writes Jehan Ashmore. This is not the…
File photo of the French Navy's High-Sea Patrol / Patrouilleur de haute-mer (PHM) Lieutenant de vaisseau Le Hénaff (F 789) a corvette which called to Dublin Port in recent years at Sir John Rogersons Quay. A sister, PHM Premier maître l'Her (F 792) is currently on a visit to the port but berthed downriver in the main port located beyond the Tom Clarke (East-Link) bridge.
#navalvisitors - Navies from three EU member states have become the first foreign naval visitors of the year to call to Dublin Port having taken up berths since mid-week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Over the previous two days, French, British and…
Winds of change? Beaufort, a tug of Dublin Port Company and astern the UK's Royal Navy 'River' class OPV HMS Mersey and Liverpool serving ropax ferry, Norbank of P&O Ferries. In addition Irish Ferries newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats going astern prior to heading to Holyhead, Wales.
#navalvisitors - A UK Royal Navy vessel deployed to patrol the Strait of Dover, due to the rise in recent months of migrants trafficked on boats from France, is currently visiting Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. On Tuesday, HMS Mersey…
Foggy conditions as HMS Daring is docked at Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, the vessel is the leadship of the 'Daring' class destroyers, among them HMS Defender which this afternoon arrived into Cork Harbour. For a visiting naval vessel, the 8,000 tonnes displacement destroyer makes for an odd sight occupying the berth at Marino Point close to the centre of the natural harbour.
#NavalVisitors - A UK Royal Navy 'Daring' class destroyer that arrived into Cork Harbour today notably took up a rather strange place to berth at Marino Point, the site of the former IFI plant, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Defender (D36)…
Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS St. John's (340) with 225 crew is currently on a visit to Dublin, the Halifax class guided-missile frigate patrols European waters for NATO to defend and act as a deterrent to Russia. Above: A frigate fleetmate, HMCS Montreal  (336) also pictured in the Irish capital last year, is one of 12 'Halifax' class commissioned that form the backbone of the nation's navy.
#NavalVisits - A Royal Canadian Navy frigate assigned specifically to patrol European waters to meet and support NATO interests in the context of tensions with Russia, is currently on a visit to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The arrival of…
Sonar-towing trainee vessel Altaïr (M771) and minecounter measures Cassiopée (M642) seen on a previous call to Dublin Port. The pair are currently part of five-strong flotilla visiting the capital this weekend, though the MCM vessel is berthed downriver whereas the rest of the visitors are alongside Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#NavalVisits - A flotilla of five French Navy vessels are currently on a call to the capital following the small ships arrival into Dublin Port yesterday morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Mine counter measures (MCM) vessel Cassiopée built in 1984 is…
Auxiliary veteran of the Belgian Navy, command and support ship BNS Godetia (A960) built in 1965 at the Boelwerf in Temse. The ship is seen in Osstende in early April loading humanitarian supplies for West Africa from where the vessel had been deployed on anti-drugs and humanitarian mission. The naval visitor called to Dublin Port over last weekend along with BNS Bellis a minecounter measures vessel which remains in port.
#NavalVisits - A Belgian Navy 'Tripartite' class minecounter measures vessel remains in Dublin Port whereas an accompanying command logistics supportship which had been on a mission to west Africa, departed the capital yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Also taking place yesterday,…
The Belgium Navy's frigate BNS Louise-Marine (F931) one of three European naval visitors that are today to arrive in Dublin Port and remain over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
#NavalVisits - Navies from neighbouring nations of France, Belgium and the Netherlands are to arrive in Dublin Port today in advance of the May Bank Holiday Weekend, with one ship from each navy visiting, writes Jehan Ashmore. First to arrive…
A trio of French Navy trainee schoolships are in Dublin Port for a weekend visit.
#NavalVisits - A trio of French Navy trainee ships docked in Dublin Port for a crew rest and recreation visit to the capital this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Léopard class school-training vessels each with 18 students, had arrived yesterday…
HMS Charger the last of a trio of Archer P2000 class patrol craft to arrive into the Irish Naval Service dock basin of the base located on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour
#NavalVisits - At this stage of the UK’s Royal Navy University Boat Squadron tour the last visit was to Kinsale Harbour and followed calls to Cork, Waterford and Dublin, where the flotilla is to return for the Easter Weekend, writes…
Dutch submarine HNLMS Walrus (above in Dublin) called to Cork City yesterday and is docked along J.J Horgans Wharf from where passing motorists on the parallel N8 road leading into the city centre can see the naval visitor subject to tides on the River Lee.
#NavyVisits - HNLMS Walrus which is one of the world's most sophisticated submarines arrived in Cork City yesterday for a courtesy visit this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The non-nuclear powered submarine is the leadship of the 'Walrus' class which was…
Royal Netherlands Navy landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious ship HNLMS Johan de Witt and a frigate is to pay a visit to Dublin Port over the weekend.  Above: The LPD is seen on a previous call in recent years when approaching the port while in the shipping channel in Dublin Bay. Note at the stern, the landing well-dock's ramp.
#NavalVisits – One of the biggest Royal Netherlands Navy ships and a frigate is to visit Dublin Port, so to enable crew members time-off in addition to carrying out diplomatic and trade functions, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Rotterdam-class HNLMS Johan…

Naval Visits focuses on forthcoming courtesy visits by foreign navies from our nearest neighbours, to navies from European Union and perhaps even those navies from far-flung distant shores.

In covering these Naval Visits, the range of nationality arising from these vessels can also be broad in terms of the variety of ships docking in our ports.

The list of naval ship types is long and they perform many tasks. These naval ships can include coastal patrol vessels, mine-sweepers, mine-hunters, frigates, destroyers, amphibious dock-landing vessels, helicopter-carriers, submarine support ships and the rarer sighting of submarines.

When Naval Visits are made, it is those that are open to the public to come on board, provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate up close and personal, what these look like and what they can do and a chance to discuss with the crew.

It can make even more interesting for visitors when a flotilla arrives, particularly comprising an international fleet, adding to the sense of curiosity and adding a greater mix to the type of vessels boarded.

All of this makes Naval Visits a fascinating and intriguing insight into the role of navies from abroad, as they spend time in our ports, mostly for a weekend-long call, having completed exercises at sea.

These naval exercises can involve joint co-operation between other naval fleets off Ireland, in the approaches of the Atlantic, and way offshore of the coasts of western European countries.

In certain circumstances, Naval Visits involve vessels which are making repositioning voyages over long distances between continents, having completed a tour of duty in zones of conflict.

Joint naval fleet exercises bring an increased integration of navies within Europe and beyond. These exercises improve greater co-operation at EU level but also internationally, not just on a political front, but these exercises enable shared training skills in carrying out naval skills and also knowledge.

Naval Visits are also reciprocal, in that the Irish Naval Service, has over the decades, visited major gatherings overseas, while also carrying out specific operations on many fronts.

Ireland can, therefore, be represented through these ships that also act as floating ambassadorial platforms, supporting our national interests.

These interests are not exclusively political in terms of foreign policy, through humanitarian commitments, but are also to assist existing trade and tourism links and also develop further.

Equally important is our relationship with the Irish diaspora, and to share this sense of identity with the rest of the World.

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