HMS Bulwark visits London

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HMS BULWARK L15 arrived in London yesterday lunchtime for a visit to help mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. The flagship of the Royal Navy reached Greenwich at about 1pm at moored at Greenwich Shipping Tier. The Albion-class vessel will be open to the public this weekend, although tickets for this are all gone. She will be hosting …

Dunkirk Little Ships at Medway for Operation Dynamo anniversary

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MANY of the famous Dunkirk Little Ships attended a commemorative rally at Chatham Maritime on the Medway this weekend. The historic vessels helped save hundreds of thousands of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during the second World War. Operation Dynamo started seventy-four years ago today and lasted until June 4th, 1940. Dozens of the heroic ships attended the Bank …

German frigate visits London

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A GERMAN frigate arrived in London this morning for a five day visit. The visit by the Bremen-class FGS NIEDERSACHSEN comes days after the visit by a German minesweeper squadron. The 130-metre vessel passed Gravesend shortly before 6am this morning (pictured above and below) and continued up river, passing under a raised Tower Bridge at 8am where she moored alongside …

HMS Bulwark to visit London

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THE FLAGSHIP of the British navy is to visit Greenwich at the end of this month. HMS BULWARK is expected to arrive in the capital on May 29th and will moor at Greenwich.The visit by the 176-metre vessel, currently under the command of Captain Dean Bassett RN, will help mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines. The Albion-class assault ship …

German minesweeper squadron visit ends, photos from open ship event

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THE GERMAN minesweeper squadron that visited London over the weekend has now departed the capital. The visiting contingent included four Ensdorf-class Minesweeper vessels, four Seehund remotely controlled drone ships, the Elbe-class tender Mosel (pictured above) and Ammersee, a coastal tanker. The departure of the fleet started last night and finished early this morning. On Saturday, the German navy welcomed members of …

Tall ship Tenacious arrives in London

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The three-masted tall ship TENACIOUS arrived in the capital this afternoon. The blue bridge on the Isle of Dog’s Manchester Road lifted at about 4pm so that the 54-metre long vessel could enter West India Dock. SV TENACIOUS was commissioned in 2000 and is operated by the UK-based Jubilee Sailing Trust charity. Crewed by disabled and able-bodied sailors, the barque …

German minesweepers visit London

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AN ARRAY of German naval vessels have arrived at London’s West India Dock for a port visit. The armada of German hardware  includes three Ensdorf-class minesweepers: SIEGBURG, AUERBACH/OBERPFALZ and HAMELN. These 55-metre vessels are the motherships to the drone SEEHUND vessels, which are capable of being remotely controlled. Also part of the visit are the Walchensee class tanker, AMMERSEE, and the Elbe-class …

National Geographic Explorer visits London

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EXPLORER, the flasgship of the National Geographic Expeditions fleet, has left London this afternoon after a short visit. The 112-metre vessel arrived in the capital last night and moored at George’s Stairs close to Tower Bridge. National Geographic Expeditions says the vessel, “is one of the finest expedition ships on the seas, able to reach some of the planet’s most …

Hamburg in London: 2014’s first cruise visitor to the capital

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LONDON’s 2014 cruise season got started last night with the arrival of HAMBURG. The 144-metre cruise ship passed through a raised Tower Bridge at 8.30pm and moored alongside HMS BELFAST. HAMBURG is operated by Plantours Kreuzfahrten and previously sailed under the name C. Columbus. Other cruise ships due to visit London this year include SEADREAM 1, LE BOREAL, SEABOURN LEGEND, …