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Belgium Navy's auxiliary command and logistical support ship, BNS Godetia is one of three vessels visiting Dublin over the May Bank Holiday
#ThirdNavyVisitor – It’s been a busy week so far in Dublin Port in terms of visiting European navies, as the Belgians are the latest to call to the capital from where French and Dutch vessels in recent days have departed,…
#1916sub2016 – A Dutch attack-reconnaissance submarine docked in Dublin Port today, in the same week of the 100th anniversary of Sir Roger Casement’s landing in Co. Kerry from a German U- boat, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 2,650 displacement tonnes (submerged) Royal…
French Navy 'Durance' class auxiliary replenishment tanker Var is visiting Dublin Port along with destoyer Cassard
#ExtendedVisit – Almost 400 visiting crew members from a pair of French Navy vessels that docked in Dublin Port as reported yesterday, will remain berthed in the capital on extended shore leave up to next Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
The French Navy's Cassard is to make a call to Dublin Port this weekend along with an auxiliary tanker
#FrenchDouble - Following earlier this month’s NATO flotilla to Dublin Port, a pair of French Naval vessels are to make an appearance albeit they will not be open to the public, writes Jehan Ashmore. The F70 AA class frigate Cassard…
French Navy trainee vessels, Tigre and Jaguar alongside St.Micheal's Pier, Dun Laoghaire
#FrenchNavy - A pair of French Navy trainee vessels visited Dun Laoghaire Harbour while all the attention focused on the NATO flotilla to neighbouring Dublin Port last weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was a busy scene as hundreds of visitors…
HMS Ramsey (on left) alongside German auxiliary FGN Donau that visited Dublin Port as part of a six-strong NATO flotilla.
#NATOdublin - Following Afloat's report yesterday on the arrival of a NATO flotilla to Dublin Port, the Irish Times writes that the six ships will be open for viewing to the public over the weekend. The ships, attached to Standing…
Commandship of a NATO flotilla docked in Dublin Port is the German Navy auxiliary FGS Donau
#NATOdublin - In this historic week of the Easter Monday 1916 Rising Centenary and backdrop of World War I, a flotilla of NATO vessels among them from the UK and Germany docked in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
PSP Le Flamant, a French Navy offshore patrol vessel which is on a visit to Dublin for the St. Patrick's Day Festival
#FrenchNavy– PSP Flamant (P676) a French Navy fisheries and coastguard patrol vessel docked in Dublin Port in advance of celebrating tomorrow's St. Patrick’s Day, writes Jehan Ashmore. The OPV54 or 'Cormoran' bird class Flamant flying the 'tricolor' (adopted during the…
#FrenchFrigate- A French Navy anti-submarine frigate, Jean de Vienne (D 643) of the Type F 70 class docked in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Upon arrival in the channel fairway the 3,800 tonnes displacement frigate was assisted by port…
#JointNavyPatrols – The Spanish Navy currently has 29 ships at sea, and 2,665 people embarked or deployed away from their bases. One of these ships the offshore patrol vessel, Arnomendi (P63) is understood to have completed in an international pelagic…
#DaringDestroyer – One of the most modern high-tech UK naval destroyer's, the Type 45 HMS Dauntless (D33) is to make a first visit to Dublin Port this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat understands this will be the first ever visit…
#FrigateBookedUp-Since our coverage yesterday of the visit to Dublin Port of the Royal Netherlands Navy air-defence and command frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (F802), the Dutch Embassy has advised that tours on a first come served basis for this Saturday…
#DutchStealthFrigate - An air-defence and command frigate (LCF) of the Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën (F802) docked in Dublin Port today for a three-day visit, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Dutch Embassy in Ireland through Ambassador Schellekens has cordially…
Royal Navy Frigate Joins in Belfast Tall Ships Races Festival
#RoyalFrigate – A Royal Navy frigate is joining in the Belfast Tall Ships Races Festival which has 45 tallships visiting the city including a record 17 of the largest  'A' Class full-rigged vessels, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Type 23 Duke…
Canadian 'Halifax' Class Frigate Calls to Cork City Quays
#CanadianFrigate– HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) a Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate with a crew of 250 personnel of all ranks is on a visit to Cork City Quays having arrived in recent days, writes Jehan Ashmore. The frigate berthed at J.J.…
Mission to Return Remains of WB Yeats Revealed by Military Archive
#YeatsFinalJourney – Peter Murtagh of The Irish Times writes of a long forgotten record of the return to Ireland of the remains of WB Yeats. The records emerged from the Military Archives and is available online to coincide with the…

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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