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Goldie fish
11th January 2006, 02:35
Another year, More visiting Naval vessels to see.

First up that I know of is on 10 Feb 2006 when an International minesweeping flotilla visit Cork, on what appears to be a tour of the European Atlantic ports.

NATO Standing Force MCM Group 1.

ENS Admiral Pitka (Estonia) A 230
FGS Passau (Germany) M 1096
KNM Maloy (Norway) M 342
HNLMS Willemstad (Netherlands) M 864
BNS Crocus (Belgium) M 917
HMS Bangor (UK) M 109

The Vessels will visit Derry on the 17 feb.

Hopefully these visits will be the first of many.

moggy
11th January 2006, 14:24
Nice one Goldie keep us informed - fair play

Goldie fish
10th February 2006, 01:57
Should be arriving sometime today..

McCarthy
10th February 2006, 07:02
Nice One . I picked a good day to go up to town so

Goldie fish
13th February 2006, 08:49
Change of Plan, they went to Liverpool instead. Still in (London)Derry next weekend though.

Goldie fish
25th February 2006, 11:07
02 Mar 06 HMS Manchester D 95 Dublin

Goldie fish
28th April 2006, 23:24
I am informed by friends in Limerick that a French Naval /Coastguard vessel is currently visiting Limerick Docks. I'll be up there for the weekend, Hopefully if it is still there I'll try to get a few photos.

Steamy Window
28th April 2006, 23:33
Apparently LE NIAMH will also be in attendance

Hairflick
30th April 2006, 21:22
The German Navy will pay a Visit to Dublin, from 1st May 2006 to 6th May 2006.

FGS HAMBURG
FGS RHEINLAND PFALZ

Joshua
30th April 2006, 21:46
Berthing at Ocean Pier.Not open to the general public.

boomer
2nd May 2006, 14:22
The German Navy will pay a Visit to Dublin, from 1st May 2006 to 6th May 2006.

FGS HAMBURG
FGS RHEINLAND PFALZ

That would explain what I saw arriving yesterday early in the morning (around 1030hrs)

Goldie fish
4th May 2006, 02:54
The French Gendermarie Maritime vessel "Epee" visited Limerick over the weekend and I had the pleasure of visiting, taking a few photos and sampling some of their beverages while doing so.(Lovely People the French).

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/S4300201.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/S4300202.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/S4300203.jpg

Built in March 1976, Epee is 40m in length, and in the past was assigned to the french protectorates in sunnier climates. On this occasion she had a crew of 24, which considering its size was a tight squeeze. Main Armament consists of a rarely used Bofors 40mm with pintle MG mounts aft. Its main duties at the moment involve anti drugs smuggling patrols in inshore waters, and port control.


http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/S4300212.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/S4300225.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/S4300231.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/S4300246.jpg

Later on we were treated to the sound of Breton Pipes.....
http://www.defense.gouv.fr/sites/gendarmerie/decouverte/organisation/gendarmeries_specialisees101/maritime/gendarmerie_maritime./

Goldie fish
4th May 2006, 21:27
This might work...

http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/th_S4300220.jpg (http://s22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/?action=view&current=S4300220.flv)

Joshua
9th May 2006, 11:31
The German Navy will pay a Visit to Dublin, from 1st May 2006 to 6th May 2006.

FGS HAMBURG
FGS RHEINLAND PFALZ



FGS Hamburg, 1st picture, left 15 minutes ahead of schedule...:mad:

Taken from South Wall, Dublin.


http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Joshua123IMO/South%20Wall/IMG_0001.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Joshua123IMO/South%20Wall/IMG_0004.jpg



http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Joshua123IMO/South%20Wall/IMG_0008.jpg


The green tower " on the deck" is in fact the lighthouse at the end of the North Wall.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c34/Joshua123IMO/South%20Wall/IMG_0010.jpg

Goldie fish
15th May 2006, 00:42
Tho not strictly Naval, the Training vessel TS State of Maine visits Cobh on June 7th. This ship is a former USN Research vessel.
http://katrinaaid.mma.edu/Dailylog/P1010402.JPG

pym
16th June 2006, 00:26
There was a portuguese vessel in Dublin today - I think it may have been F476. First thought it was French... anyway:

http://www.marinha.pt/Marinha/PT/Menu/DescobrirMarinha/MeiosOperacionais/Superficie/Corvetas/Classe+Jo%C3%A3o+Coutinho/NRPJacintoCandido.htm

Definitely in need of a lick of paint at least

Goldie fish
19th June 2006, 00:56
HMS Ocean due in Dublin at the end of the month. More details later.

gaff85
19th June 2006, 10:29
Will she have any of the Helis on board?

Brian McGrath
19th June 2006, 20:40
Hi Guys

Two visitors to Galway this weekend were the German Fishery Protection Vessel "Seeadler" and the small French Navy Minesweeper "Altair".

Not sure if the German ship is Navy but they were wearing Naval uniforms, I took more which I wll post on Galway Ships when the Air show is over.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h58/brian_photos/DSCF0439.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h58/brian_photos/GermanVesselSeeadler.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h58/brian_photos/DSCF0445.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h58/brian_photos/DSCF0447.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h58/brian_photos/DSCF0450.jpg

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h58/brian_photos/DSCF0453.jpg



Regards
Brian

Goldie fish
19th June 2006, 20:56
Nice Photos as always Brian. Seeadler is a coastguard vessel.


Fishery protection
On this sector the competence is with the Federal Institution for agriculture and nutrition (BLE) on behalf Federal Ministry for nutrition, agriculture and forests. The BLE are available for the monitoring of the fishery three ships. The major task is the monitoring of the observance from technical measures to the preservation of the fish existence, in particular control of minimum mesh openings, of net accessories, the minimum size of fish, cancers and soft animals, the observance of catch prohibitions, the restriction of certain catch activities and the processing of certain catches. Due to administrative agreements boats of the BGS and the customs administration are used likewise in the fishery monitoring.

http://www.kuestenwache.wsd-nord.de/haupttxt.htm

Brian McGrath
19th June 2006, 21:02
Thanks Goldie fish

I was wondering about the colour stripes down the hull like the US Coastguard.

Brian

Goldie fish
19th June 2006, 21:29
From yesterdays Sunday Independant.


Tight security for visit by British Navy's biggest warship
Don Lavery
There will be tight security in Dublin Port at the end of the month when Britains biggest warship,the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean visits.
The 21000 tonne ship, which was part of the UK task force supporting the Invasion of Iraq,will pay its second visit to the capital within three years.
There will be restricted airspace over the ship while she is in port. HMS Ocean can carry 480 Commandos, 450 sailors and aircrew, along with vehicles, artillery and stores. It can carry 12 Merlin and six smaller Lynx helicopters. Chinook transport and Apache attack helicopters can also use the ship.
The Occasion(starting June 29) is the latest in a series of goodwill visits by UK armed forces here since the ending of the Troubles.

Is it just me or does Ole don sound a tad unwelcoming and crusty towards this visit?

Also visiting shortly:
21 Jun 06 HNLMS Mercuur A 900 Dublin

Dogwatch
19th June 2006, 23:40
The French vessel Altair is used (along with it's sister vessels) to carry out regular surveys of the approaches to the French Submarine Bases. The CO is normally a Warrant Officer.

boomer
29th June 2006, 14:04
http://www.breakingnews.ie/2006/06/29/story265519.html

HMS Ocean is making waves in the Dail...

Goldie fish
29th June 2006, 18:02
I laugh every time i hear that Sinn Fein are anti war. Its odd that there is no mention given to the British and US troops that have also died as a result of the conflict. Surely true "anti war" people would be opposed to all deaths, not just iraqis?

yooklid
29th June 2006, 18:28
I'm surprised their resident expert on naval matters didn't make a comment

Goldie fish
29th June 2006, 18:57
Captain birdseye ferris?

hptmurphy
30th June 2006, 00:29
I didn't buy his book..just read his version of his arrest at the time of the incident....very one sided view..and niave..he failed to appreciate that his detention was secondary to the primary mission..to halt the importation of arms..and that if he or any his colleagues had resisted ..they would have been subject to 'reasonable force'

It does trouble me though that how a guy who is....so actively involved in attempeted subversion of the state is an elected representitive....and why he has so many colleagues in our elected assembly...where has society failed to show that these people are worthless scumbags who survived on peoples fears....

pym
30th June 2006, 19:28
The dutch invaded Dublin today, 2 sailing vessels, and what looked to be 3 training/dive vessels (spotted what I assume to be submersible robots on the aft deck)

m863
m858
couldnt get the pennant of the third

there was also a non navy gray ship, a902

and a sailing boat "urania" - the other was parked out of view.

interesting bunch!

Goldie fish
30th June 2006, 20:36
An "M" in the pennant number usually identifies the ship as a Minesweeper. If it has a Pennant number, is grey and is travelling with other naval vessels, you can assume its also a Naval vessel. The "A" in the pennant number is for auxiliaries. In many countries these are operated by civilians for the Navy..

The Sailing vessels were in Cork earlier in the week.

ZULU
1st July 2006, 14:28
Reading the Examiner yesterday I saw that the crusty band were out shouting abuse at HMS Ocean, calling her a Terrorist Ship, and that by letting her visit, it was a sign of Ireland farce of Neutrality. They dont seem to complain when other coalition ships dock?

Goldie fish
1st July 2006, 18:00
They throw a fit when the yanks used to visit also(they don't visit any more)

ODIN
2nd July 2006, 00:14
They throw a fit when the yanks used to visit also(they don't visit any more)

Pity really, I remember being in Cobh one year when they paid a visit...was class

yooklid
2nd July 2006, 01:11
Captain birdseye ferris?

Bingo

Truck Driver
2nd July 2006, 13:19
The Star had a good picture of HMS Ocean the other day looking at it bow on.

A small dot to the port side of the ship was eventually made out to be a NS vessel
(Niamh?)

McCarthy
8th July 2006, 21:28
USS The Sullivans is berthed alongside the Deep Water Quay at Cobh at the moment. It looks impressive from a distance but the security surrounding it is pretty tight so theres no chance of getting a closer look. Ill get pictures tomorrow.

Goldie fish
9th July 2006, 03:07
It saddened me greatly that less than an hour after the above was posted, a notice appeared on crustymedia about the same vessel. They are planning a protest there tomorrow.It also claimed incorrectly that the heavy security Lt Mac mentioned was being carried out by the US Navy.

It is obvious to me that the crusty message was posted by someone who frequents this website.
Can I ask that in future all posters be sensible about giving details about visits that are likely to result in protests, unless said visits are already in the public domain?

I have notified Gardai about this planned protest.

ODIN
9th July 2006, 15:17
What a sad bunch these people are. I remember the days when the US Navy would be welcomed to Cork and public visits of the ships would be allowed and a fun day would be had by all...look at what these fools have done.

moggy
9th July 2006, 16:01
French naval vessel 'Germinal' will pay a routine visit to Dublin port from 12 - 17 July
to be berthed at Sir John Rogersons Quay

McCarthy
9th July 2006, 16:53
I was down there earlier and yes there are protestors....with their Iraqi flags. Security is extremely tight so I couldnt get any decent shots Im afraid. Here are the pictures I took anyways..
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/10.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/9.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/8.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/7.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/6.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/5.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/4.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/3.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/2.jpg
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/1.jpg

mutter nutter
9th July 2006, 17:30
she's bigger then I imagined, make's that lorry look like a toy.

yooklid
9th July 2006, 19:18
It saddened me greatly that less than an hour after the above was posted, a notice appeared on crustymedia about the same vessel. They are planning a protest there tomorrow.It also claimed incorrectly that the heavy security Lt Mac mentioned was being carried out by the US Navy.


Heh - you should see the commentry. It appears the crusties have decided to mark the moment by imploding.



she's bigger then I imagined, make's that lorry look like a toy.


I was at the commisioning ceremony for her sister - the McCAMPBELL. Big sonuva...

Also, the Sullivans is a Flight I so it will be smaller than the McCambell.

Goldie fish
9th July 2006, 19:40
I counted three protestors. When converted to crustycount, that makes it about 50....

Any chance you could resize those images, before I do it for you?

McCarthy
9th July 2006, 21:00
No bother, I'll do it now.

*EDIT* done..

Goldie fish
9th July 2006, 23:01
My own efforts for the day.
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/wietse/sullivans1.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/ships/sullivans3.jpg
http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b345/Africatwin/S4300200.jpg

http://navysite.de/dd/ddg68poster.jpg
Some of you may have seen the film, or know the story.
George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert Sullivan, all sailors from Waterloo, Iowa, gave their lives in World War II, when on November 12, 1942, the cruiser JUNEAU (CL 52) was sunk during the battle of Guadalcanal. Tragically, most of the crew was lost, including all five Sullivan brothers.
This vessel is the third vessel to be named in hohour of the brothers.

ODIN
10th July 2006, 02:05
Great Pics as usual goldie. Speaking of which, I have a few of duncannon I must upload soon

boomer
10th July 2006, 18:27
Keeping an eye on http://booking.dublinport.ie/dpcweb/ will help let you know a few days in advance of a Naval Vessel coming in FS Germinal is only one currently listed.

Goldie fish
10th July 2006, 18:38
11 Jul 06 HNLMS Van Nes F 833 Cork

FMolloy
13th July 2006, 16:26
According to last night's Evening Herald, a Coast Guard helicopter had to airlift one of the crew of the USS The Sullivans back to Ireland. The ship was about 100 miles out to sea when the sailor suffered a crushed hand.

McCarthy
13th July 2006, 16:46
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i279/LieutenantSmash/12-07-06_1637.jpg

From the local publication "Inside Cobh".

FMolloy
13th July 2006, 16:51
That looks like an M-14. I didn't think they were still in front-line use with US forces, apart from some marksman conversions.

Goldie fish
13th July 2006, 18:16
The US Navy always use a version of them. In a similar way the Irish NS use the FN. Most line throwing rockets are fired from a 7.62mm rifle.
The crew members on deck were also armed with 12.7mm HMG(Twin mounts), and shotguns. Its nothing new. Its been standard practice even before the current security climate.

hptmurphy
14th July 2006, 23:46
As for the crew man being airlifted...wasn't it with theUSS 'Inchon' Visit back in 1988 that some of the local ladies from Cobh had to be repatriated..lol

Goldie fish
15th July 2006, 03:50
No, That was another ship that went to Ringaskiddy... USS Stark i think. The Cobh ladies had more self respect....

hptmurphy
16th July 2006, 00:19
Well the self repect must be a new think given as recruits we were warned about certain aspects of some of their virtues..

who has ever heard of Kakka's Mob.?...the oldest and goldest only I fear.

mutter nutter
28th July 2006, 15:45
USS Sullivan's taken by one of her crew, from Cobh

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/4369/usssullivans1qw9.th.jpg (http://img213.imageshack.us/my.php?image=usssullivans1qw9.jpg)

andy
23rd August 2006, 21:56
nice shamrock on USS Sullivan :)

Dogwatch
31st August 2006, 09:40
The Brazilian Navy Training Ship 'Brasil' is in Cork at the moment. One Irish Navy Officer had been serving onboard for the past two months.

Goldie fish
31st August 2006, 15:33
The weather there today is something they wouldn't be used to.

Dogwatch
3rd September 2006, 17:37
http://www.shipspotting.com/uploads/photos/283061.jpg

parkman
11th September 2006, 10:43
Anyone got details of the visit of the Royal Norwegian yacth to Dun Laoghaire later this week? When is it due to dock,will there be an escort and gun salute and naval guard of honour?

Joshua
11th September 2006, 12:08
http://www.dlharbour.ie/

Norwegian Royal Yacht “Norge” His Majesty King Harald V, and Queen Sonja, of Norway are on a State Visit to Ireland during the period 17-24th. September 2006. The Royal Yacht “Norge” will berth at the East Pier Berth, Dun Laoghaire on the afternoon of Sunday 17th. September. Please note the Royal Yacht “Norge” is closed to the public. The vessel departs 0800hrs the following morning, Monday 18th. September, receiving a 21 gun salute as it passes the East Pier Battery and being joined on its way to Dublin by HNOMS (His Norwegian Majesty’s Ship) “Alta”. There will be a waterborne security presence at the East Pier provided by Garda / Irish Naval Service, with a Security Zone (indicated by marker buoys) around the vessel. Additionally the Garda will have in place, and operate, access restrictions on the East Pier.

mikeym
11th September 2006, 13:07
The king and queen of norway are visiting the naval base mid september.

Truck Driver
11th September 2006, 14:16
http://www.dlharbour.ie/

Norwegian Royal Yacht “Norge” His Majesty King Harald V, and Queen Sonja, of Norway are on a State Visit to Ireland during the period 17-24th. September 2006. The Royal Yacht “Norge” will berth at the East Pier Berth, Dun Laoghaire on the afternoon of Sunday 17th. September. Please note the Royal Yacht “Norge” is closed to the public. The vessel departs 0800hrs the following morning, Monday 18th. September, receiving a 21 gun salute as it passes the East Pier Battery and being joined on its way to Dublin by HNOMS (His Norwegian Majesty’s Ship) “Alta”. There will be a waterborne security presence at the East Pier provided by Garda / Irish Naval Service, with a Security Zone (indicated by marker buoys) around the vessel. Additionally the Garda will have in place, and operate, access restrictions on the East Pier.

And no doubt will be taking in the Ryder Cup while here :rolleyes:

No doubt will make for some good pictures though

Joshua
12th September 2006, 08:39
No doubt will make for some good pictures though

Sure where would you get the time to take pictures :rolleyes:

Truck Driver
12th September 2006, 12:31
Sure where would you get the time to take pictures :rolleyes:


The Royal Yacht “Norge” will berth at the East Pier Berth, Dun Laoghaire on the afternoon of Sunday 17th. September

Sunday is a day of rest for those in Mon-Fri jobs, when I last checked... :biggrin:

Joshua
18th September 2006, 10:11
Norge

trellheim
18th September 2006, 12:13
HMS severn was in at city quay all weekend

moggy
18th September 2006, 20:59
HMS severn was in at city quay all weekend

Great looking ship saw in in Dunlaoghaire yesterday with Eithne anchored off scotsman bay
Both ships are in Dublin port tonight then heading out to sea tomorrow
heading for Cork I believe

{Mod edit. Thats a capital C for the real capital}

Steamy Window
18th September 2006, 22:37
Stupid question time...why is the "Norge" flying the Irish flag?

Goldie fish
18th September 2006, 22:45
Visiting ships always fly the flag of the Country they are visiting from the Highest mast when in that countries Port. Their own flag is flown from the Stern.

pym
18th September 2006, 22:52
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtesy_flag

Now time for my question: when a foreign naval vessel docks in an Irish port, is there any kind of etiquette for the Irish navy to follow, i.e. greeting them or are the visitors more or less left to their own devices and treated as basically a civilian visitor?

Also, this River class PV has been a very frequent visitor to Dublin over the last few years, it'll be interesting to see if it is evaluated by the NS. The lease method used by the royal navy to get them might make the seperate, outright purchase of a blue/green vessel an easier proposition for the department of finance to take.

mikeym
19th September 2006, 22:18
His Majesty King Harald V, and Queen Sonja, of Norway are visiting the naval base tomorrow. A guard of honour will be present.

hptmurphy
20th September 2006, 09:22
And your on it no doubt...and its pissing rain...lol!

Goldie fish
20th September 2006, 19:44
An Oskoy/Alta type minehunter is also in Cork at the moment, In company with K.S. Norge, and L.E. Eithne.
It may be Hinnoy.

ODIN
20th September 2006, 19:53
Must call down that way tomorrow on my afternoon off

Goldie fish
22nd September 2006, 19:29
In town at the moment:

http://gallery.irishmilitaryonline.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1383&g2_serialNumber=1
http://gallery.irishmilitaryonline.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1380&g2_serialNumber=1
HMS Exeter
Type 42 (Batch 2) Destroyer
In Comission with the RN since Sept 18th 1980. Served with distinction in the Falklands Conflict in 1982.

Goldie fish
22nd September 2006, 19:30
The Norwegians in Cork

http://gallery.irishmilitaryonline.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1368&g2_serialNumber=1

Norwegian Minehunter Alta at Cork 20-9-06

http://gallery.irishmilitaryonline.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1371&g2_serialNumber=1
KS Norge

http://gallery.irishmilitaryonline.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1374&g2_serialNumber=1
KS Norge

http://gallery.irishmilitaryonline.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1377&g2_serialNumber=1

KS Norge

McCarthy
28th September 2006, 07:49
This annoys me..published in "Inside Cobh".


Sinn Fein Councillors, Jonathan O Brien and Annette Spillane, have refused an invitation to attend a cocktail reception hosted by the captain of the British warship HMS Exeter but will instead be attending a protest against the ships presence in Cork harbour.

Jonathan O Brien said "The captain must be very poorly briefed if he thinks that Sinn Fein representatives are willing to sip cocktails on his war machine. HMS Exeter is part of the war machine which is causing the deaths and suffering of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains in the six counties of our country"

"HMS Exeter is a weapon of death and destruction and has no reason to be in Cork. Neither I nor Cllr Annette Spillane is willing to give it credibility by sipping cocktails with the captain. Instead we will be holding a protest at 6:30 on custom House Quay to show up this ship for what it is and to call for its removal from Cork Port"

Goldie fish
28th September 2006, 08:42
And its the people of Cobh who vote for them, and that other tool, Mc Carthy.

Curragh Plains
13th October 2006, 18:33
Pym

You posed a question regarding the protocol for foreign naval vessels visiting Ireland. I understood that an Irish officer was assigned as liasion officer. The captain may also make a courtesy call at Defence Forces HQ in Dublin etc. Of course, the nation's own embassy will also have a role. I imagine that the level of protocol depends on the scale and purpose of the visit. If it is a formal visit by a large vessel there will no doubt be high level protocol involving embassies, Depts of Defence, Foreign Affairs etc but if it is simply a minesweeper nipping into town for a bit of R & R there is probably little more involved than a phone call to the embassy and to Parkgate Street. There may also be Garda and Customs involvement. Obviously if the visit takes place to Cork Harbour there will be a high level of NS liaision and hospitality. Perhaps somebody can correct this general pattern of events.

Now two questions:

1. Is there any history of foreign vessels visting Irish harbours other than those in counties Dublin and Cork?

2. Is the saluting battery at Dun Laoghaire harbour ever used to any extent. I think it was used for the Tall Ships in Dublin back in the 1990s.

Joshua
13th October 2006, 19:13
http://www.dlharbour.ie/

Norwegian Royal Yacht “Norge” His Majesty King Harald V, and Queen Sonja, of Norway are on a State Visit to Ireland during the period 17-24th. September 2006. The Royal Yacht “Norge” will berth at the East Pier Berth, Dun Laoghaire on the afternoon of Sunday 17th. September. Please note the Royal Yacht “Norge” is closed to the public. The vessel departs 0800hrs the following morning, Monday 18th. September, receiving a 21 gun salute as it passes the East Pier Battery and being joined on its way to Dublin by HNOMS (His Norwegian Majesty’s Ship) “Alta”. There will be a waterborne security presence at the East Pier provided by Garda / Irish Naval Service, with a Security Zone (indicated by marker buoys) around the vessel. Additionally the Garda will have in place, and operate, access restrictions on the East Pier.

..

Goldie fish
13th October 2006, 20:41
Waterford gets an occasional Naval visit, as does Galway, But Cork is more popular with foreign Navies due to its proximity to Haulbowline(and its associated wardroom).

I understand from speaking to Naval officers that the Job of the Liason officer is to ensure that the ships supply of alcohol is completely exhausted before it leaves port. On occasion the Liason officer may have to carry out this important function personally.

I didn't hear any stories from the visit of the Pakistani frigate last year....

Marius
21st October 2006, 16:26
I doubt they served alcohol. The poor LO must have found some other way to fulfill his obligations.

A/TEL
2nd November 2006, 20:12
USS Mitscher port visit to Cobh from tomorrow for 5 days.

ollie
2nd November 2006, 21:27
that ll have the great un washed out again so.

Goldie fish
2nd November 2006, 21:30
Usually there is more Gardai than protesters...

McCarthy
5th November 2006, 08:13
Well, The U.S are back again.
The Gardai are present and the Deep Water Quay is closed to the public.
I only got a glimpse of the ship but I think its an Arleigh-Burke class.

A/TEL
5th November 2006, 21:06
Apologies for poor quality due to sun.

Dogwatch
6th November 2006, 22:06
http://gallery.irishmilitaryonline.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1574&g2_serialNumber=2

Long distance & grainy shot of L.É. AISLING passing the Arleigh Burke Class DDG alongside Cobh.

Goldie fish
8th November 2006, 18:05
08 November 2006

Warships ‘not welcome’, say campaigners

By Eoin English
ANTI-WAR campaigners protested in Cork Harbour last night over visits by American warships.


They also suggested that Cobh’s business community is “misguided” by thinking such visits are good for the town.

About a dozen members of the Irish Anti-War movement held a candle-light vigil on the town’s quay as the USS Mitscher, a guided missile destroyer which has been berthed in the town since last week, made preparations to sail after a six-day courtesy visit.





The 154-metre long vessel and its crew of 311 has seen service in the US-led invasion of Iraq and is armed with several Tomahawk cruise missiles.

It is the third American naval vessel to visit the harbour town in six months — the USS Sullivan visited in July followed by the training ship, the State of Maine.

Protest organiser, John Jeffries, said such vessels were not welcome in Cork.

The visits, and the continuing use of Shannon Airport by American troops, are a symptom of the Government’s abandonment of our neutrality, he said.

“The USS Mitscher is a warship from a belligerent imperial power and is not welcome in Cork harbour or anywhere in this country,” he said.

“There are some people in the town who think this is a great thing.

“Business people have a misguided idea that it’s good for the town. But at what cost?”

Mr Jeffries said people should remember the appalling casualty rate in Iraq, recently estimated by the medical journal The Lancet at over 650,000 people.

“We are not anti-American. We welcome American visitors to Cobh but they should leave their weapons of mass destruction behind,” he said.

A spokesman for the Port of Cork said port authorities are requested by the Department of Foreign Affairs to extend all normal courtesies to visiting naval vessels.

Almost 20 naval vessels from Holland, Germany, Pakistan, Britain, New Zealand and Australia, called to the port during the Cork 2005 celebrations last year.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=ireland-qqqm=ireland-qqqa=ireland-qqqid=17743-qqqx=1.asp

The Kiwis were here? Bet thats news to them.....
Indymedia takes over de paper. The photos in todays examiner refer to the ship as "USS Mitscher dog 57".

McCarthy
8th November 2006, 18:42
They made a big hoopla in Cobh because some aul ones couldnt go for there daily walk along Deep Water Quay..get over it I say.

ZULU
8th November 2006, 18:50
“The USS Mitscher is a warship from a belligerent imperial power and is not welcome in Cork harbour or anywhere in this country,” he said.

You'd swear by the sounds of it the ship was one of those Galactic empire Star destroyers with Darth Vader on board. First its these Galway Anit-war crusties, now these muppets. I think they should lay of the weed while watching Starwars, or at least stop trying to explain real world politics through the medium of George Lucas's films

Goldie fish
8th November 2006, 19:07
If you saw this jeffries fellow, it makes the whole episode even funnier.

Goldie fish
18th November 2006, 19:43
The Dutch Submarine Zeeleeuw is currently on the Quays in Cork. The Walrus class, with their distinctive X planes and Sail mounted fin are regular visitors to Cork.

http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/pictures/images/zeeleeuw2/boat_zeeleeuw2_cork_6oct_7oct_2001.jpg

http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/classes/class_walrus2.htm

McCarthy
18th November 2006, 21:00
If you saw this jeffries fellow, it makes the whole episode even funnier.

I saw a picture of him protesting, he reminded me of Richie Kavanagh :biggrin::biggrin:

ZULU
18th November 2006, 23:40
Back when I was around 12, my father was contacted by an old ship mate of his from the dutch merchant navy. He was in cork and saw my fathers name when he was looking for some marine supplies. Turned out he was an officer on board the Royal Dutch Navy Submarine Tijgerhaai berthed in Cork at the time. Got to go on board and have a full tour of the ship. So wish I had a camera back then. Captain even gave me one of his leather note pads with the ships and Dutch navy insignia on it. Seeing Zeeleeuw reminded me of that great memory. Thanks Goldie!:smile:

Docman
20th November 2006, 13:27
The Dutch Submarine Zeeleeuw is currently on the Quays in Cork. The Walrus class, with their distinctive X planes and Sail mounted fin are regular visitors to Cork.

Amazing, I was down there on Sunday and had to take the photos as it bucketed down on me. Despite the weather - absolutely horrendous - there was a biggish crowd there, maybe 10-15 people. And despite the Dutch ex-participation in Iraq, not a protester to be seen - not a squeek on indymania.... proves that the protestors are not anti-war, just anti American.

Anyway, here are my photos - Front, back and the X planes.

mutter nutter
20th November 2006, 13:37
saw her sister boat the Tiger I believe, in Cork, must be 8 years ago, up close,cool looking.:cool:

Goldie fish
20th November 2006, 17:45
That class has no "Tiger". However an earlier type, the Zwaardvis class, had similar Sail mounted Fin but no X-planes, one of which was named Tijgerhaai. They were retired some years ago and the sale got complicated. I am unsure whether they were scrapped or Sold to Malaysia. Tijgerhaai was in Cork on May 28 1993.

see http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com/showpost.php?p=141695&postcount=99

ZULU
20th November 2006, 17:52
For the non-dutch speakers, Tijgerhaai means "Tiger Shark"

Just rememebered, while getting the tour, walked into the torpedo room. There the crew had a sheet strung between two torpedos watching some film through a projector. Just as I walked in (bear in mind only 13) the woman in the film popped a table tenis ball out from...... yup you guessed it. Funny as f&%k.

Every time i see "Netherlands", it reminds me of that little gem.

Recall the Chief Weapons Officer telling me all about how they're able to steer or humanly control the torpedo in the water. Same method as a TOW.

Goldie fish
20th November 2006, 17:58
And Zwaardvis means "Swordfish"

mutter nutter
21st November 2006, 08:58
That class has no "Tiger". However an earlier type, the Zwaardvis class, had similar Sail mounted Fin but no X-planes, one of which was named Tijgerhaai. They were retired some years ago and the sale got complicated. I am unsure whether they were scrapped or Sold to Malaysia. Tijgerhaai was in Cork on May 28 1993.

see http://forum.irishmilitaryonline.com/showpost.php?p=141695&postcount=99
wow, 93....I feel old now:eek:

thanks GF

hptmurphy
21st October 2007, 17:18
Looks like we missed out on a photo oppertunity in Waterford last weekend with two of the River class bing alongside the north wharf...HMS Mersey..and HMS Severn. Very poor picture in tye Munster Express..not worth scanning...but they were there.