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Goldie fish
20th April 2003, 23:39
German Fast Patrol Boats to visit Cork

If you happen to be in Cork on or about the 6-10th of june,expect to see a big grey Blob along the quayside as a Bundesmarine flotilla of Fast patrol Ships visits the harbour.

Vessels due are :
Gepard Class (Type 143) missile boats
Displacement: 390 tons full load
Dimensions: 57.6 x 7.76 x 2.56 meters (189 x 25.5 x 7 feet)
Propulsion: 4 diesels, 4 shafts, 16,000 bhp, 32 knots
Crew: 34
Fire Control: 1 WM-27 weapons control
EW: FL-1800 intercept, chaff
Armament: 4 MM38 Exocet SSM, 1 76 mm OTO DP, 1 21 cell RAM


Albatros Class (S61) class (Type 143) missile boats

Displacement: 393 tons full load
Dimensions: 57.6 x 7.76 x 2.56 meters (188.5 x 26 x 8 feet)
Propulsion: 4 diesels, 4 shafts, 16,000 bhp, 38 knots
Crew: 34
Fire Control: 1 WM-27 weapons control
EW: DR2000 intercept, chaff
Armament: 4 MM38 Exocet SSM, 2 76 mm OTO DP, 2 21 inch ASW torpedo tubes



Elbe Classsupply tenders
Displacement: 3,450 tons full load
Dimensions: 94.8 x 15.8 x 4.05 meters (311 x 52 x 13 feet)
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 3,300 bhp, 15 knots
Aviation: aft helicopter deck
Cargo: 24 20 ft. containers, 450 tons fuel, 11 tons lube oil,
27 tons provisions, 129 tons munitions
Crew: 40 + 50 technicians/passengers
Multirole tenders/repair/support/supply ships

Main(A515) Olpenitz

Walchensee class (Type 703) coastal oilers
Displacement: 2,191 tons full load
Dimensions: 71.9 x 11.2 x 4.28 meters (235 x 36.5 x 14 feet)
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 1 shaft, 1,200 bhp, 12.5 knots
Crew: 21 civilian

Tegernsee(A1426) Wilhelmshaven

It'll be a bit crowded methinks..
Ships names are in Italics,followed by pennant number in brackets,and homeport.Though some Bundesmarine FPVs now carry an "S"(Schnellboote)pennant instead of those listed above

20th April 2003, 23:42
How many vessels is this in total?

Goldie fish
20th April 2003, 23:47
10(4+4+1+1) in total.

On a side note..the maritime festival in Waterford,which usually attracted foreign Naval visits,has been cancelled,due to the fact that most of the regulars are tied up in the Gulf etc..

No Doubt No.3 coy ASM will be sad to hear of this. It was usually a chance for them to stretch their sea legs so to speak..

21st April 2003, 16:38
Somebody mentioned, a while back, that an Icelandic Coast Guard patrol ship was due a visit.

Did it happen (or is it due at a future date) ?

Bud Fox
19th May 2003, 16:05
to visit Dublin in 3 weeks. Were will she park up??

19th May 2003, 17:42
Are they giving tours??

23rd May 2003, 18:40
This one should be interesting..Germans always arrive here en masse. Them boys know how to drink..

23rd May 2003, 18:42
And they wistfully think "if we'd only come here 50 odd years ago, how things would be different......"


Goldie fish
5th June 2003, 22:09
Latest update on the visit is that the following Vessels are to visit.
Should be arriving in the morning..Great weather for small boats down here :(

5th June 2003, 22:31
Has anybody heard any more about this visit ,as it should be due soon.:flagwave:

Goldie fish
7th June 2003, 01:18
Just been in to see "The Germans". Tied up on the north Jetties mostly,with Tegnersee on the North Custom House Quay in the Company of Aoife,who looks quite well among them. Aoife is open from 2pm(1400) tomorrow,and I can only assume there are similar arrangements for the German vessels.

However I spoke with a member of Aoife's crew who was on duty at the time,and he mentioned that many people assumed they were one of the German ships...
So he is telling them all that the German ships have an A painted on the sides while all irish ships have a P...What are they teaching them in Haulbowline these days? :(

8th June 2003, 09:12
Got a great tour of Aoife yesterday by one of the most entertaining Naval person I have ever seen. Corkman of course,by the name of Driscoll,was on the trip to the Far east.
Gave an entertaining,informative and even patriotic tour of the Ship. For a mech his knowledge of Naval ops was excellent,and he gave the tour while off duty,cos there was nobody else about.
Didnt get aboard the germans myself,but there was nothing to see that you couldnt see from the Quayside. One type armed with a 76mm,4 exocet launchers, and RAM,and the other armed with 2 76mm,4 exocet,and torpedo tubes. The tanker was not that pictured above,but a smaller type,about the same length as Aoife. The support ship Main,pictured above,even included a VW Transporter Pickup. Long time since a van with Bundeswehr on the side drove around Cork.
All vessels flew their ensigns at half mast as a mark of respect to the German troops Killed in Afghanistan.

8th June 2003, 14:10
Anyone get any photos?

8th June 2003, 14:14
Any chance of getting some pics of the German ships in Cobh (and the Bundeswher van !) ?

8th June 2003, 15:02
Yes to both.

California Tanker
26th June 2003, 23:26
Interesting. FGS Zobel has been in Ireland before. I bought one of their hats.


29th June 2003, 02:23
Incidentally,recently arrived In cork Harbour under tow was the Bligh,Now refistered In Kingstown,but formerly one of the Falkland War Hospital Ships,then a royal Navy ship,then and now a survey ship.She was Either Herald,Hydra or Helca...
Lost power off the coast somewhere and was Towed to Cork Dockyard(formerly Verolme) for repair,though workers there complain that they currently have so much work they had to bring in extra staff from Harland And Wolff. A good sign for Irish Marine industry.

29th June 2003, 21:47
The Bligh and the Somerville have been tied up at the north Wharf in waterford for the past while .They were indeed HMS Hearld and Hecla which seved as hospital ships during the falklands conflict.Interesting to note is the massive refits that have taken place on the superstructure and the addition of basket ball rings on the Flight decks.These vessels would have made ideal survey vessels and training vessels for the naval sevice....I know that they are quite old but they were bougth quite reasonably comercialy...was this another lost oppertunity.

29th June 2003, 21:58
Well considering Bligh found herself dead in the water,its probably a good thing we dont have them. For survey ships they seem to spend a lot of time tied up and in for repair.
I saw the BB nets..an idea for eithnes helideck maybe?

29th June 2003, 22:29
as former naval vessels they probably don't recieve the amount of mainatence that they should......They conducted the first Irish underwater survey of the coast line ever....remember seeing eithnes flight dect used for driving practise ( golf....too small for F1)
The last underwater survey of the coast was carried out in the last century by the Royal Navy Admiralty and has only been updated on a gradule basis since

30th June 2003, 00:51
I think Captain Cook was involved in the last one..

4th July 2003, 01:12
a flotilla of french vessels i think similar to the german ones are to visit cork on the 11th of this month(i think thats the date) and also HMS echo is to visit dublin this month also.

also any1 who was around cobh on the day when the american vessels were leaving, Ciaras CO decided to try and show off by going full astern from the oil wharf down as far as cork hbr radio........ strange sight seing a ship going out down the harbour the wrong way.

Goldie fish
6th July 2003, 18:14
I finally scanned the photos of the germans. Here are some of them,until I manage to upload them onto the web..

Goldie fish
6th July 2003, 18:19

Goldie fish
6th July 2003, 20:42
Dad Just saw 2 ships entering Cork Harbour with A770 and A771 on their sides. No other info. Any Ideas?

7th July 2003, 16:59

Both French Navy, according to this: http://www.dtic.mil/jcs/j6/cceb/acps/acp113.pdf

Some info: http://www.netmarine.net/bat/divers/glycine/


Goldie fish
7th July 2003, 17:57
Thanks,the oulfella said he saw tricolours,but he must be colorblind ..

7th July 2003, 18:04
Interesting that the French name a vessel after an amino acid.

Goldie fish
7th July 2003, 18:40
Well they named one of their best selling cars after a lemon....

24th July 2003, 00:12
Indian warship to visit Dublin
The Irish Independent

A RUSSIAN-built 4,000 ton Indian Navy "stealth" frigate is to visit Dublin on her maiden voyage.

The INS Trishul, which was commissioned last month in St Petersburg, is to visit the city from July 28-31.

Goldie fish
24th July 2003, 21:57

Loads more photos of the Comissioning here (http://www.mil.ee/merevagi/pildid/view_album.php?set_albumName=album67&page=4)

Goldie fish
17th September 2003, 23:39
The Dutch Naval vessel 'Amsterdam' will berth at the Deepwater Quay on friday Sept 26th.
Around the same time The VanGalen will visit North Custom house quay, and the Submarine Delfijn will berth at Horgans Quay.


Goldie fish
28th September 2003, 17:49
Reminder,these ships are currently In cork

28th September 2003, 19:39
<font face="tahoma" color="#ff9900">One of Many reasons I should be in the Rebel County this week.

Damn spending all my money in Ibiza!!

Will any still be there next week??


Goldie fish
29th September 2003, 09:37
The frigate is gone,Support ship leaves today to be replaced by a USN frigate(see Us Naval visits in this section)

6th October 2003, 21:05
the german missile ships were docked opposite the IFSC on the liffey (where else!) friday fortnight ago if i remember - had a quick scan here and didnt see the fact mentioned, they had a support ship, which raised a tricolour upon arrival, was walking around with a friend after i finished college when i saw this odd collection of ships. the crew on the support ship had a bit of a ceremony on docking, on what looked like the heli pad of the support ship.

on the bus home noticed an irish ship had come in, further up the liffey - could i be any more vague? no.

no pics unfortunately just thought id mention it!

and if its already been mention, bleh.

6th October 2003, 22:40
That famous stealth frigate.............

Goldie fish
11th October 2003, 12:10
The Dutch sub "Walrus" is currently berthed at Cork City Quays. Same class as Delfijn,but I think she suffered a fire during building,and thus is the newest of class,though I may be wrong....(shock)


Goldie fish
8th November 2003, 05:05
Finally posted the photos of these visits(and more on the web).See them here (http://myhome.iolfree.ie/~goldiefish/index.htm)

9th November 2003, 16:50
there's a report in today's sunday tribune that a dutch hospital ship will visit dublin to take on supplies before leaving for Liberia. Any more info out there? are these supplies for irish use do you think?

Goldie fish
19th November 2003, 01:36
The Experimental Mine clearing vessel Thetis will visit Cork with the same level of security we have become accustomed to on Nov 27.
Any groups wishing to visit the ship muct contact the consulate to arrange same.
I will however if possible be capturing a few images for those who are not able to attend.
More info..in french.. (http://www.netmarine.net/bat/cm/thetis/index.htm)
More photos (http://www.netmarine.net/bat/cm/thetis/photos.htm)

Goldie fish
28th November 2003, 18:19
The above is currently in Cork.
Also due shortly is the Supply ship and casualty recieving (hospital ship)Loire A615

3rd December 2003, 11:52
HMS Ocean leaves Dublin Bay - 10 minutes ago

I was going to show a photo of it but cannot figure out how to insert it!!

I cannot find the browse button to pick up the image from my hard drive.

If anyone wants to see the photo just P.M. me

3rd December 2003, 12:40
You should be able to upload it here: http://www.irishmilitaryonline.com/cgi-bin/powgb/powgbup.cgi and then post the link in this thread....I saw a pic of it in the paper yesterday

3rd December 2003, 12:56
Cheers ICUN

Ship is well gone, but here's the picture from about 10:00hrs this morning


4th December 2003, 12:48
Any thing in Cork this weekend? Sat/sun?

Goldie fish
6th December 2003, 02:41
The Loire(A615) mentioned above is currently Berthed on Custom House Quay(North)

12th December 2003, 19:55
Took this photo today. Heres some infor on the ship:

D'Estienne D'Orves class ASW corvettes
Displacement: 1,250 tons full load
Dimensions: 80 x 10.3 x 5.3 meters (262 x 34 x 17 feet)
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 2 shafts, 11,000 bhp, 23.5 knots
Crew: 105
Radar: DRBV 52A air/surface search
Sonar: DUBA 25
EW: ARBR 16 intercept, 2 Dagaie decoy, SLQ-25 Nixie
Armament: 1 ASW rocket launcher, 2 Exocet SSM, 1 100 mm DP, 2 20 mm,
4 torpedo catapults
Small ASW-oriented corvettes. Being gradually retired.

Goldie fish
12th December 2003, 20:08
F792 Commandant Blaison(France)

19th December 2003, 01:02
It actually seemed to be "Premier-Maitre L'her". Fitted with 4 x .50cal (demountable, but carried in port) and some armour plate on each corner of the superstructure. Only carried 2 of it's 4 MM40 Exocets.

Loire is a depot ship and is a regular Irish vistor. Senior officer was miffed I was taking picture of his ship. "Like duh! there are cutaway drawings on the internet!"

Rhin class special purpose tenders
Displacement: 2,445 tons full load
Dimensions: 101.05 x 13.1 x 3.65 meters (331.5 x 43 x 12 feet)
Propulsion: 2 diesels, 1 shaft, 3,200 bhp, 16.5 knots
Crew: 156
Aviation: aft helo deck for 1 light helo
Armament: 3 40 mm (+ 3 12.7 mm MG in A615)
Special-purpose support tenders, each configured for a different role:
A615 minesweeper support
A621 electronics repair

Number Name Year FLT Group Homeport Notes
A615 Loire 1967 ATL FGM Brest
A621 Rhin 1964 ATL -- Fort-de-France

Goldie fish
19th December 2003, 04:16
Originally posted by Goldie fish
The Loire(A615) mentioned above is currently Berthed on Custom House Quay(North)

Here she is,as she was...apologies for quality,but it was early evening...

The Joker
19th December 2003, 12:40
Why are all of these ship here. Did they all just decide to come visit the emerald isle. Was this planned by our Navy or coinsidence?

Goldie fish
19th December 2003, 18:30
No joker..They were invading.


Courtesy Visits by foreign naval ships Is an old tradition,and has been going on since the foundation of the state(I think A Japanese Destroyer visited Dublin in the 1920s).
At one time in Cork,at the same time we had a Dutch Frigate in Cobh,A soviet Destroyer at the custom House,and A US Frigate elsewhere on the City Quays.

Beliving this to be something sinister is just pure crustyism...

The Joker
19th December 2003, 18:33
So since they are not invading anymore does that mean that we fought them off???:)