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#navalvisits- A Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Montréal made a morning arrival to Dublin Port yesterday having taken part in a major UK led exercise involving a large NATO fleet off Scotland last week, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The call of the 1994 'Halifax' class frigate follows Friday's visit to Ireland of Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, to the Marine Institute headquarters in Oranmore, Co. Galway. Among the topics the minister discussed was climate change and collaborations under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Only days later, due to the severity of Storm Ophelia, the Marine Institute decided to close the headquarters as the Red weather status storm swept across the country.

In advance of Ophelia and the Irish call, HMCS Montréal completed the exercise off Scotland and visited Glasgow from where also the Spanish frigate Álvaro de Bazán paid a call.

As Afloat previously reported, foreign naval calls to Irish ports can be very fluid including cancellation due to 'operational reasons' and this may apply to the frigate. An Italian Navy frigate however may instead be the next visitor on the Dublin Bay horizon, in the form of the FREMM class frigate ITS Luigi Rizzo.

Returning to the HMCS Montréal, the 134m Halifax class frigate role is for multi-role operations in that they are anti-submarine/aircraft and ship. Among the weapons systems are Sea-Sparrow SAM missiles. The 5,000 tonnes deep load frigate built by Canadian yard St. John Shipbuilding was commissioned into service in 1994 and has a crew complment of 225 that includes an air-wing.

Prior to the arrival of the Canadian visitor, the Irish Naval Service OPV90 class L.E. James Joyce was already docked in Dublin having sailed from Killybegs. During storm Ophelia,the OPV remained berthed at the Deepwater Quay along the south quays. This berth allocation for the Irish Navy is a first in terms of reporting on Afloat and previously other marine media.

It was within an hour's arrival of HMCS Montréal that the second of the OPV90 class sisters shifted berths in Dublin which involved L.E. James Joyce pass the visiting naval frigate. The move of berths led to the Naval Service vessel make a transit through the Tom Clarke toll-lift bridge to an upriver berth alongside Sir John Rogersons Quay.

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#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. Horgans Wharf has an extensive suite of anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare weapons. In addition sensors to complement their substantial anti-air warfare defences.

HMCS Fredericton has been in service for 21 years with the Canadian Forces since her commissioning in 1994.

The 134m frigate represents the eighth ship in her class of 12 that are the backbone of the Canadian Navy. The class are based on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project and they are capable of carrying a CH-124 Sea King helicopter.

In April she was understood to have taken part in NATO exercises held off Scotland.

The visitor is expected to depart Cork on Saturday and head for St. John's in Newfoundland.

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Naval vessels from France, Canada and Belgium are due to make calls to Dublin Port over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The first visitor to dock tomorrow will be the Latouche-Tréville (D646) a F70 type anti-submarine frigate of the French Marine Nationale. She is one of seven F70 ASM class anti-submarine frigates and is capable of carrying two 2 Lynx helicopters. In June 2010 the frigate visited London where the 1984 built 3,550 tonnes vessel moored alongside the WW II cruiser, HMS Belfast.

Also due to arrive tomorrow  is the Canadian Navy's HMCS St. John's which too is to berth at Ocean Pier. HMCS St. John's (340) is the eleventh 'Halifax' class frigate, measuring some 4,770 tonnes. The multi-role patrol frigate was commissioned in 1996 in St. John's, Newfoundland and is designed to perform three distinct functions: anti-submarine warfare, anti-air warfare and anti-surface warfare.

Like her French counterpart she can also carry a helicopter, the Sea King. The 134m long vessel has a crew of 225 sailors. The Canadian Navy comprises 33 warships, submarines, auxiliary and coastal defence vessels. The fleet is based in two naval bases, on the Atlantic at Halifax, Nova Scotia and on the Pacific west coast in Esquimalt, British Columbia.

On Sunday the third international naval visitor to Dublin Port will be the Belgium Navy's Léopold I (F930). This frigate is based in the Quartier Naval Base in Zeebrugge and in 1997 she was commissioned into service in a ceremony by Belgium's Queen Fabiola.

The 2,800 tonnes frigate is capable of taking two helicopters and the vessel can cruise at 21 knots using two diesel engines or is capable of reaching a top speed of 30 knots based from gas turbine power-plants. Léopold I has participated in NATO's Response Force (NRF). For a detailed visual discription of equipment click this link here

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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