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Turkish Submarine Cancelled Visit to Dublin Port Citing Technical Issues
#TurkishSubmarine – A Turkish Navy submarine that was to call to Dublin Port last month to coincide with the centenary of Irish troops in the Gallipoli Campaign of WWI as previously reported on Afloat.ie, did not dock, as it transpired, due…
United States Naval Cruiser Visits Cobh Ahead of Centenary of RMS Lusitania Sinking
#Lusitania100 – USS Anzio (CG68) a United States Navy 'Ticonderoga' class guided missile cruiser is on a visit to Cobh this May Bank Holiday weekend in advance of next Thursday's centenary anniversary of the sinking of RMS Lusitania, writes Jehan…
Germany Navy Pays Visit To Cork Harbour Ahead Of Lusitania Centennial
#CorkHarbour - Following today's earlier news of a French naval visit to Dun Laoghaire Harbour comes word from TheJournal.ie of a courtesy call by the German navy at Cork Harbour this weekend. Seven German vessels will be stopping by till…
Turkish Navy Submarine to Visit Dublin Port On Centenary of Gallipoli Campaign
#GallipoliCentenary - The visit of a Turkish Navy submarine TCG Burakreis (S-359) to Dublin Port next Saturday is according to the Turkish Embassy as a sign of friendship and enhanced relationships between the two countries, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,586…
Royal Naval Frigate Visits Dublin Port In Advance of Rugby Encounter
#RugbyRoyal – HMS Portland (F79) a Royal Navy frigate docked in Dublin Port is on for a private-visit and comes in advance of the today's eagerly awaited RBS Six Nations fixture of Ireland versus England, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Type…
French Navy Hosts Irish D-Day Veteran's Légion d’Honneur Ceremony
#LégionDhonneur – The French Navy's BCR Somme (A 631) hosted one of the last surviving Irish veterans of the D-Day landings and who received the nation's highest military honour today in Dublin Port. Michael d'Alton (93) received the Légion d'Honneur…
French Navy Command, Logistics Supply Ship 'Somme' Calls to Dublin Port
#CommandShip – A French Navy command and supply ship BCR Somme (A 631), one of a series of oil tankers serving the fleet, is currently on a visit to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Somme belongs to the Naval Action…
French Connection Recalls Naval ‘Guard Ship’ Role in Solitaire du Figaro Race
#FrenchNavyOPV - PSP Cormoran (P677) a French Navy 'Flamant' class offshore patrol vessel which acted as 'guard' ship during the Solitaire du Figaro Race stopover to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2011, is currently berthed in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Replenishment Tanker On Five-Day Courtesy Call
#RFAtanker – A UK tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, RFA Gold Rover (A271) that has a supporting role in the Royal Naval, arrived into a foggy Dublin Bay to dock in the capital for a five-day courtesy visit, writes…
Dutch Navy Replenishment Tanker Visitor Sold to Peruvian Navy
#DutchNavy – According to Ships Monthly, the Royal Netherlands Navy combat support ship HNLMS Amsterdam which visited Dublin Port in April, as previously reported (with photo) has been sold to the Peruvian Navy. An economic upturn in Peru has enabled…
Roisin’s Southern Duties Followed by Visit to Legenderry Northern Festival
#NavalLegenderry - As well as the flotilla of the 12-strong Clipper Round the World Race yachts at the Legenderry Maritime Festival, the north-west city has welcomed a pair of tallships and a naval visitor on Lough Foyle. The Naval Service's…
Largest New Dutch Navyship to Replace Recent Dublin Port Visitor
#DutchNavyLargest – Following last weekend's visit to Dublin Port of Royal Netherlands Navy (LPD) landing platform dock ship HNLMS Johan de Witt and (AOR) auxiliary replenishment tanker HNLMS Amsterdam, the latter is to be replaced by the Dutch Navy's largest…
United States Navy 'Ticonderoga' Class Guided Missile Cruiser Calls to Cobh
#USNavy - Dublin Port is host to a French 'Tripartite ' minehunter, a Dutch Navy amphibious landing platform dock ship and a fuel replenishment tanker, while in Cork Harbour, a United States Navy guided missile cruiser docked at Cobh this…
Dutch Landing Platform Dockship and AOR Tanker to Visit Dublin Port
#LandingDockShip- HNLMS Johan de Witt (L801) an imposing yet impressive amphibious transport ship and HNLMS Amsterdam (A386) an auxiliary oil replenishment tanker of the Royal Netherlands Navy are to call to Dublin Port tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. HNLMS Johan de…
French Mine-Hunter to be Third Visitor to Capital
#FrenchMineHunter - French Navy "tripartite" minehunter Andromède (M 643) is to be the third visitor by the nation to call to Dublin Port this year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Unlike the Type A69 corvette FS Lieutenant de Vaisseau Lavallée (F 790)…
Royal Navy Express Patrol Boat Follows In Wake of Faster Ferry-Craft HSS Explorer
#RoyalNavy - As well to yesterday's inaugural Stena Explorer (HSS) highspeed sea service sailing this year from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a Royal Navy inshore fast-patrol training boat followed in her wake, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Express (P163) speed…

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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