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Naval Visits
Royal Navy Patrol Training Boats to Visit Dublin Bay Ports
#PatrolBoats – Two Royal Navy P2000 'Archer' class inshore fast-patrol and training boats will have visited both Dublin Bay ports by the middle of next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Exploit (P127) which recently paid a visit to Dublin Port…
French Navy Corvette to Call to Capital
#FrenchCorvette – The French Navy are to return to Dublin Port as a Type A69 corvette FS Lieutenant de Vaisseau Lavallée (F 790) is to dock tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. Last month, the anti-submarine frigate FS Primauguet (D 644), made a…
German Navy Training Task Group Visit Dublin Port in between NATO Exercises off Norway and West Africa
#GermanNavy – A German Navy Training Task Group which docked yesterday in Dublin Port in the run-up to the St. Patrick' weekend has completed taking part in a NATO maneuver "Dynamic Goose" in the Norwegian Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. To…
Merkel's Navy Visits Dublin Port for St. Patrick's Weekend
#GermanNavy – Following Chancellor Merkel's recent visit to the European People's Party annual congress in the Convention Centre, Dublin, a German Navy task group are visiting downriver in Dublin Port for the St. Patrick's Weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Among the…
French Navy Anti-Submarine Frigate on Visit to Dublin Port
#FrenchFrigate - FS Primauguet (D644), a French Navy 70 class anti-submarine frigate which last month undertook exercises in the Norwegian fjords, docked in Dublin Port for a four-day visit and is understood to be the first foreign caller this year,…
Cork Rebel Week 'Gathers' International Navies
#VisitingNAVIES –  More foreign navies continued to gather in Cork Harbour yesterday afternoon to form part of the Cork Gathering Rebel Week which ends tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. Among the participants of the International Naval Festival are navies from Belgium,…
Belgium Navy’s Cork Call Joined by UK ‘Duke’ Class Frigate
#VisitngNAVIES – As previously reported the Belgium Navy's minehunter BNS Primula (M924) and auxliliary BNS Stern are visiting Cork which saw today the vessels berth along Cork City Quays, writes Jehan Ashmore. In addition the Royal Navy's Duke-class frigate HMS…
Belgium Minehunter Visits Cork following call by Dutch Submarine
#MineHunter – Following last week's notable visit of Dutch submarine HNMLS Dolfijn (S808) to Cork City Quays, the Belgium Navy's minehunter BNS Primula (M924) is currently at anchorage in the lower harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. Accompanying the BNS Primula is…
French F70 Class Frigate to Visit Capital
#FrenchFrigate - Dublin Port is to welcome La Motte-Picquet (D645) a French Navy frigate capable of 30 knots and a crew of more than 230 when she visits the capital next weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Displaceming 4,010 tonnes the anti-submarine…
Dutch Navy Submarine Visits Cork City Quays
#SUBMARINE – A Dutch Navy submarine HNLMS Dolfijn arrived into Cork Harbour this morning, she is one of four 'Walrus' class which are among the modern sophisticated non-nuclear submarines in the world, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Royal Netherlands Navy submarine…
UK Joint Services Sail-Training Craft Head for Dublin Visit
#AdventureSailing- HMSTC Arctic Express and Discoverer are a pair of UK adventure expedition sail-training craft (STC) for members of the armed forces who are to visit Dublin Port over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The vessels are operated by the…
Royal Navy Fast Patrol Boat Visits Howth Harbour
#RoyalNavy - Howth Harbour, synonymous with Asgard's pivotal gun-running role of 99 years ago, is in the present-day a port of call for HMS Charger (P292) a Royal Navy 'Archer' class fast patrol boat, writes Jehan Ashmore. The patrol cadet…
French Navy ‘Tripartite’ Class Vessel to Visit Dublin Port
#FrenchNavy - The French Navy 'Tripartite' class mine warfare vessel Croix du Sud (M646) which has a hull constructed of composite polyester resin is to visit Dublin Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Tripartite class is a design collaboration of…
Duke Class Frigate HMS Somerset to Make Visit
#RoyalNavy – HMS Somerset (F82) a Royal Navy Type 23 Duke Class frigate of 4,900 displacement tonnes is due to make a courtesy call to Dublin Port over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The frigate is due to arrive early…
Former WW2 French Schooner to Visit on Bloomsday
#WW2schooner -A World War 2 schooner the Étoile (A649) now a French Navy Paimpolaise class cadet trainee vessel is due to make a call to Dublin Port on 'Bloomsday', writes Jehan Ashmore. The near 81 year-old schooner or 'Goélettes' was…
Final Commemorative Ceremony to Mark Battle of the Atlantic
#BattleofAtlantic – The Mersey will yet again be witness in marking another historic occasion tomorrow as the Battle of The Atlantic (on it 70th anniversary) is to be commemorated for the final time in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore. A…

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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