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#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 class frigate HMS Northumberland (F238) is berthed in Pollock Dock and will be open to the public at certain times.

When not tasked on deployments the frigate commissioned in 1994 is based in her homeport of Devon, Cornwall. She along with the impressive A class tallships and those of the B,C and D classes are visiting the city which is also hosting the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival. 

In addition to boarding the 133m frigate of course will be opportuity to step on the decks of the Tallships which are also berthed on the Lagan and close to the Belfast Titanic Quarter. Tallships of all sizes and from many nations are berthed. Among them is the Brazilian Navy's clipper Cisne Branco meaning the 'White Swan'.

Announcements regarding vessel opening times will be notified to visitors over the course of the four –day festival that began yesterday and continues to this Sunday 5 July.

A total of 500,000 visitors are expected to throng the city's quays and the shores of Belfast Lough notably for the festival's maritime spectacle of the Parade of Sail on the Sunday from 11am!

To see the list of all participating tallships, events and much more visit

Published in Naval Visits

#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 23 'Duke' class frigate with 185 crew personal are on shore-leave visit to the capital having arrived on Friday as part of long weekend call.

The rugby venue close to the city centre is the Aviva Stadium which backs onto the banks of the Dodder. This river is a tributary of the Liffey that flows into the port at Ringsend, where downriver is berthed HMS Portland. Also in port is the Naval Service OPV LÉ Aisling (P23), which arrived yesterday and moored alongside the Liffey quays.

Likewise of the Devonport based Royal Naval frigate, the now sole remaining 'Emer' class OPV had also approached Dublin Bay from a northerly direction.

HMS Portland is currently deployed for seven-months as an Atlantic Patrol Ship that is tasked to undertake maritime security operations.

The frigate's arrival to Dublin Bay involved taking a pilot from the cutter Liffey off the Baily Lighthouse. When entering port, sister tugs Beaufort and Shackleton were in attendance.

The 133m frigate is one of the youngest in the Duke-class having been launched on the Clyde in 1999 and commissioned into RN service two year later. They were designed to deal with the Soviet submarine threat.

Among her principle characteristics, she can reach a top speed of 28 knots and has a range of 7,800 nm. As for defence and weapons, they include Seawolf Guided Missiles, Harpoon Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles, MK8 medium range guns and small calibre guns.

Published in Naval Visits

About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

At A Glance – Boot Dusseldorf 

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 4560-01
Fax: +49 211 4560-668

The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

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