Royal Navy’s newest warship visits London

Rob Powell Navy, News

A ROYAL Navy Type-45 destroyer sailed up the Thames to West India Docks today. The port visit to the capital is the first by HMS Duncan – the sixth and final of the Daring-class ships which were built by BAE Systems Maritime. By the time she reached the Thames Barrier, the 8,000 tonne ship was accompanied by a trio of Svitzer tugs – …

HMS Kent sets sail for Battle of Jutland commemorations

Rob Powell Navy, News

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

Rob Powell Navy, News

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 …

German navy vessels leave London after short visit

Staff Writer Navy

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 …

German navy task group visits London

Rob Powell Navy

THREE vessels from the German navy arrived on the Thames this morning for a weekend long stay at West India Docks. The visiting trio is comprised of FGS Siegburg (pictured above on her 2014 visit), FGS Pegnitz and FGS Main. Members of the public can visit the two minesweepers and auxiliary support vessel on Saturday 16th April, 2pm – 4pm. …

HMS President 1918 arrives at Chatham Docks

Rob Powell Navy, News

HMS PRESIDENT came down the Thames yesterday and turned in to the River Medway where she entered her new temporary home at Chatham Docks. The historic warship from WWI has left the Embankment in London – her home since 1922 – to make way for the new Thames Tideway sewage tunnel works. With her dazzle ship livery, President arrived at Chatham …

HMS Severn arrives to mark London Fire Brigade anniversary

Rob Powell Events, Navy

HMS Severn arrived in London yesterday afternoon and was greeted with a watery salute from a fire boat. The River-class patrol ship is in the capital to help mark the 150th anniversary of the London Fire Brigade. “Lucky Severn” was met by the fire boat, Fire Dart, at Woolwich and accompanied up Bugsby’s Reach with water shooting into the air. …

HMS Portland in London visit

Rob Powell Navy

THE TYPE-23 frigate HMS Portland paid a short visit to London last week. Visiting the capital to support London International Shipping Week, Portland made her way up the Thames on Tuesday morning. Launched in 1999, HMS Portland is the fifteenth of the Duke-class frigates. She was moored in the Upper Pool alongside HMS Belfast for the duration of stay. Another …

HMS Edinburgh leaves Portsmouth to be scrapped

Staff Writer Navy

HMS EDINBURGH has started the journey under tow from Portsmouth to her final destination in Turkey. Once there, the Type 42 destroyer known as the Fortress of the Sea will be broken up for scrap. Some of the former sailors who served on the 141-metre long ship were there to see her leave Portsmouth for the last time today. She …