Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan leaves London to head to Jutland 100 events

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HMS DUNCAN sailed down the Thames on Thursday evening after a week long visit to the capital. The Royal Navy’s newest warship, which arrived May 20th, squeezed out of West India Docks at Canary Wharf at about 6pm. Before leaving London, the Type 45 destroyer received a visit from the Duke of York. Prince Andrew, who reached the rank of Commander in …

HMS Kent sets sail for Battle of Jutland commemorations

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HMS KENT departed London today, bound for Scotland where she will take part in commemorations for the Battle of Jutland centenary. The Type-23 frigate exited West India Docks shortly after 10am this morning after arriving in the capital last Thursday. It’s 100 years since the greatest naval battle of World War I took place and HMS Kent now heads to Rosyth where …

HMS Kent arrives in London for weekend-long visit

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TYPE-23 frigate HMS Kent has arrived in London for a weekend-long visit The Duke-class frigate sailed up the Thames to the capital this afternoon, passing the county whose Duchy she is named after en route. She arrived at West India Docks at about 6.30pm where she will remain until Monday. The ship’s company will give Capability Demonstration during her visit for …

Viking Sea becomes largest cruise ship ever christened on the Thames

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LONDON saw its biggest ever cruise ship christening yesterday when Viking Sea arrived in town. The brand new, 227 metre long cruise ship sailed up the Thames to arrive at Greenwich shortly after midday. 28 sailors were manning the yard arm of Cutty Sark, the iconic clipper ship, at Greenwich to welcome Viking Sea to London. The cruise ship, capable …

London cruise season begins with L’Austral coming up the Thames

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LONDON’s cruise season got under way this afternoon when the cruise ship L’Austral sailed up the Thames. The luxury megayacht-style ship made her way in to London in warm sunshine with blue sky and puffy white clouds above. L’Austral’s arrival into the upper pool alongside HMS Belfast is the first by a cruise ship so far this year. The 142-metre …

German navy vessels leave London after short visit

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THE THREE German navy vessels visiting London sailed out of the capital last Monday. FGS Main, FGS Siegburg and FGS Pegnitz had been in West India Docks over the preceding weekend as part of a fortnight-long squadron exercise. FGS Main was the first of the trio to lock out, seen here after having transited through the Thames Barrier. Auxiliary ship …

Glorious sunshine for Gloriana’s first engagement of 2016

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THE QUEEN’s row barge Gloriana took part in her first engagement of 2016 today in glorious spring sunshine. A crew of Royal Watermen were on board as Gloriana joined the Tudor Pull from Hampton Court Palace all the way to the Tower of London. A flotilla of traditional Thames cutters were alongside, as well as the Royal shallop Jubilant, as the …