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. …

In pictures: Brasil leaving London

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Brazilian navy frigate BRASIL left London last Friday morning after a five day visit to the capital. In what has become an annual visit, the vessel was moored alongside HMS Belfast, leaving an hour before HMS Mersey arrived to occupy the same berth. BRASIL heads down river with a police escort The Shard seen in the background as BRASIL continues …

HMS Mersey visits the Thames

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HMS MERSEY sailed in to London this morning for a five day port visit. The River-Class patrol vessel, one of the busiest vessels in the Royal Navy’s fleet, arrived in to the Upper Pool of London through Tower Bridge at 09:15. The ship’s primary function is to patrol British Fishery Limits and the visit to London will enable a crew change …

HMS Westminster arrives in London

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The Royal Navy frigate HMS WESTMINSTER arrived in London just after lunchtime today. The Type-23 vessel came up the Thames on a sunny September day and entered West India Dock, where she will remain until next Monday. She was accompanied on her inbound journey by Svitzers Brunel and Cecilia and the Met Police’s Nina Mackay II. While in London, the …

Italian warship departs London

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THE ITALIAN warship Luigi Durand De La Penne departed London yesterday afternoon. The guided-missile destroyer has been in the capital since last week, moored at West India Dock with officers in training on board. While she was in London, the warship was open to the public on four days and also hosted receptions and events on board. She was out …

Italian warship Luigi Durand De La Penne arrives in London

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ONE of the Italian navy’s Durand de la Penne class destroyers sailed in to London today, mooring at West India Docks. The 147-metre long LUIGI DURAND DE LA PENNE arrived at the entrance to the Docks at about 10.45 and was moored inside about an hour later. Named after an Italian navy diver who served in the Italo-Ethiopian war and WWII, …

HMS Montrose pictured passing Gravesend

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THE TYPE-23 frigate HMS MONTROSE left London on Tuesday after a five day visit came to an end. The Duke class frigate had been moored at West India Dock, arriving in London on the tide after HMS Bulwark and leaving on the tide after her departure. It was the first time that MONTROSE has been in to London in her …