Yes, a Meko 200. Similar ships although with possible sensor and armament changes are with Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, with I believe the latest version in South Africa.
Odd to have so many B&V built ships in different ports around the country at the same time, thats all....
Was there a NATO exercise on recently in the vicinity? Is that why we're having these visitors all at once?
You Know, I was looking at another website recently, and it had Photos of Standing Naval Maritime Group 1(SNMG1) in Copenhagen.
And the ships that visited were....
F101 SPS Alvaro de Bazan, F103 SPS Blas De Lezo (Spain),F209 Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany) and F330 Vasco de Gama (Portugal)
Perhaps Niamh was assisting them in their activities too?
Saw HMS Northumberland, the Spanish frigate Blas de Lezo, and the Portuguese Vasco da Gama today in Dublin. Didn't see the US ship - did she come in? Here's a pic. of the Spanish and Portuguese frigates.
I have to say the Portuguese MEKO 200 was the best-looking of the three, even though it is the smallest, although I still find the canted funnels a little odd. Those Type 23s always seem too long, the plating too thin, and those platforms along each side above the main deck with their spindly supports, they look a bit homemade.... The monstrous structure abaft the bridge on the Spanish ship makes her look ugly, and must block out any view aft from the bridge.
Go In To Dublin Port Today, And Had A Good Look At All Foue Ships, The U.s
Ship Was Tied Up Ahead Oe Hms Northtumberland, As I Walked Up To
Northtumberland, My Approach Was Broadcast From The Bridge . Treat Level
On The Duty Board Was Set At, "hightened"
Was abroad HMS Northumberland this evening (hub nobbing), an impressive vessel (and helicopter).
It is NOT open to the public!!
The age profile of the crew suprised me, junior ratings in late tens and late twenties/early thirty, Lieutenants in their 40s and early 20s, "Captain" was early 40s.
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Does she fly a Lynx or a Merlin?
HMS Tyne is in Dublin Port at the moment. I might even be able to head down for a look myself later on. Berth 8.
Wherever that is.
I used to have a map with the berth numbers, but I don't any more.
Tyne on the Quays in Dublin yesterday during my infiltration.
Heading out this morning. What's the Tug? Is it a coincedence that its the same colour as those used at RN bases, or did they bring it over for a visit too?
Looks like the 'Cluain Tarbh' (Clontarf). The colour? Would it have anything to do with the Guinness ships that used to berth up river. They had the same buff colour.
I notice the Kilarney in the pic. Did you know that she had a sister ship which ended up in Bermuda? I have a pic of her in Dockyard, Bermuda from some years ago. Can't remember her name.
The other tug in the attached pic is the 'Ben Eadar'.
Ah yes, thats the Tug. I remember the Guinness Boats. One is operating as an OJ tanker, while the other is a sewerage tanker. Not much change in job really.
Miranda Guinness and the Lady Patricia. Two of the least busy ships in the world I'd say.
That colour seems to be the default colour for most tugs!
Here was my fathers one
I think that was white originally.
Incedentally, the Sister ship of Cill Airne was "Blarna". I think she is almost scrap at this stage. Not sure what she was renamed as.
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She looks exactly like Cill Airne used to before people started adding bits to it.
A900 - Dutch navy ship 'Mercuur' alongside Dublin now
They were alowed in this time?
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