HMS Defender sails out of London

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DARING-Class HMS Defender sailed out of London yesterday on a bright, sunny morning. The Type-45 warship had been in the capital for a six day port visit during which time she welcomed aboard members of the public for tours and helped mark the centenary of the Battle of Gallipoli. While she was in London, members of the ship’s company took …

HMS Ocean to visit Greenwich

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BRITAIN’s biggest warship will be visiting London next week. HMS Ocean will arrive at Greenwich Ship Tier just in time for the events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, It will be first time that the Mighty O has been in the capital since her two visits in 2012 when she played an important role safeguarding the capital during the …

Spanish frigate Mendez Nunez arrives in London

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A SPANISH frigate sailed up the Thames yesterday for a weekend-long stay at West India Docks. The 146 metre long vessel came up the river on Friday afternoon, reaching Gravesend at 1630 with the inbound British minehunter HMS Middleton just a short distance ahead. Equipped with the Aegis combat system, Mendez Nunez – listed simply as “Nato Warship” on AIS yesterday – …

HMS Defender in London to mark centenary of Battle of Gallipoli

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DARING-Class Destroyer HMS DEFENDER sailed up the Thames this week, arriving at her mooring at Greenwich early on Wednesday morning. She made her way up the river under the cover of darkness, passing through the Thames Barrier – the first Type-45 vessel to do so – at about 3am. The visit by the 500ft long warship is to coincide with …

Ship Pics: HMS Ocean (L12)

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HMS OCEAN has been rededicated by The Queen after a £65 million refit. Her Majesty attended the service today in Plymouth today as the ship, the third to bear the name, prepares to re-enter service. In honour of the Mighty O’s rededication, here are some photographs of the 203-metre long platform helicopter assault ship when she was on the Thames in …

Dutch naval hydrographic vessel visits London

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HNLMS LUYMES arrived in London yesterday afternoon, passing under Tower Bridge at 1715. The Dutch Hydrographic Survey ship will be staying alongside HMS Belfast for the weekend, leaving early on Monday morning. Luymes is a sister ship of HNLMS Snellius which visited the capital in August 2008. The two Snellius-class vessels are 75 metres long and have been in service …

HMS St Albans to visit London on Wednesday

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TYPE-23 frigate HMS ST ALBANS will arrive in the capital on Wednesday afternoon. The Duke-class vessel will pass under Tower Bridge at 5pm and moor alongside HMS Belfast until next Tuesday. There will be no public access to the ship during her stay in London but the ship’s company has a busy week of events including two Centenary Apprenticeship National …

NATO minesweeper fleet arrives in London

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AN INTERNATIONAL minesweeper fleet arrived in West India Dock this week. NATO’s Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) fleet comprises naval vessels from Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Belgium, the Nethlands, Germany and Latvia, who currently have command of the fleet. The fleet has also visited Belfast and Plymouth in the last month. The port visit is expected to last until this …

HMS Severn begins a six day visit to London

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HMS SEVERN has arrived in the capital for a six day visit. The River-class off shore patrol vessel came up the Thames earlier today, entering the upper pool under Tower Bridge just before 1pm where she moored alongside HMS Belfast. The 79.5m long vessel is usually found patrolling the country’s fishing waters and was last in the capital in October 2012. …