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  • Originally posted by Rocinante View Post

    Probably hopelessly optimistic on this Friday evening but maybe a sign towards the future...
    DF will have to start buying Naval Versions of Heli's and Aircraft first and foremost with Maritime in mind first.

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    • Expected in Cork tomorrow. A bit early for the long weekend, but in time to watch France beat England in the 6 Nations.


      FS Garonne is a Loire-class Tug is designated as BASM (for Bâtiments de Soutien et d’Assistance Métropolitains or Metropolitan Offshore Support & Assistance Vessel).
      Due tomorrow.
      Length overall: 70.30 m
      Breadth: 15.80 m
      Draft: 5.00 m
      Displacement: 2,960 tonnes
      Dead-weight: approx. 1000 T
      Loading area on deck: 250 m²
      Speed: 14 knots
      Hull / superstructure: Steel
      Amenities: 17 (crew) + 12 passengers
      Engine: 2 x 2 650 kilowatts
      Generators: 2 x 300 kWe​

      They tested it in 2021 by towing HMS Albion along the Devon coast. They are rated for 80T BP.
      For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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      • I haven't done one of these for a while.

        FS Garonne
        Irish Naval Service Photos

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        • Fine looking tug. Great photo, as always.
          For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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          • Not a visit as such, but FS Aquitaine, a French navy "FREMM" class "frigate" , is currently taking shelter in Bantry Bay, after taking a very sharp U-Turn near the the Bull.

            Currently nestled in Glengarriff bay, which is so sheltered there is an actual tropical garden on one of the islands there.
            Aquitaine is an ASW version of the type.
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            Photo by Helen Riddell, taken yesterday as it passed Bere Island heading inward.
            For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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            • Originally posted by na grohmiti View Post
              Not a visit as such, but FS Aquitaine, a French navy "FREMM" class "frigate" , is currently taking shelter in Bantry Bay, after taking a very sharp U-Turn near the the Bull.

              Currently nestled in Glengarriff bay, which is so sheltered there is an actual tropical garden on one of the islands there.
              Aquitaine is an ASW version of the type.
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              Photo by Helen Riddell, taken yesterday as it passed Bere Island heading inward.
              Wouldn't have thought a FREMM would have to take shelter? Lovely spot for them though.

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              • Exactly.
                Not a bad spot to station an ASW asset. I'm sure it reminds them of the run into Brest, though Bantry has far less U-Boat pens.
                For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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                • Morto for whoever wrote this. The ship can clearly be seen on AIS leaving France on the 9th, and arriving in Bantry Bay yesterday evening. It was in Oslo last week.

                  Nato warship 'sheltering' off Cork coast in Bantry Bay

                  The ship changed its route from Oslo, Norway, past Ireland's western coast and suddenly headed into the bay on Monday
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                  Bantry Bay. Picture: Andy Gibson
                  TUE, 11 APR, 2023 - 12:30
                  NEIL MICHAEL

                  A Nato warship has been spotted in Bantry Bay, off the Cork coast with the Defence Forces saying the vessel is "sheltering" from bad weather.

                  The ship changed its route from Oslo, Norway, past Ireland's western coast and suddenly headed into the bay on Monday afternoon.

                  The Defence Forces said they are aware of the ship, with a spokesperson stating: “The Irish Defence Forces is aware of the French Navy frigate ship "Aquitaine" which is in Bantry Bay due to bad weather conditions at sea.”

                  The presence of the ship comes just weeks after two Russian ships were spotted off the west coast of Ireland.

                  The ships, named Umka and the Bakhtemir, raised concerns when they were seen engaging in unusual manoeuvres off the Galway coast.

                  The presence of the Russian-flagged ships equipped with sub-sea cable laying technology caused concerns after they were spotted having doubled back towards the Irish west coast shortly after they were seen heading away from Irish waters.

                  The ships had initially left the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone, but turned round and steamed north, where they were identified off the north Kerry coast west of Dingle.

                  Concerns were raised because of the way they had been operating, in an area directly around subsea communications cables off the Galway coast.

                  Like the French vessel, they too — it would later emerge — appear to have been trying to avoid bad weather.
                  Nato warship 'sheltering' off Cork coast in Bantry Bay (irishexaminer.com)
                  For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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                  • HNLMS Holland currently in cork on her way home from the Caribbean.
                    HNLMS Holland with its hidden launch bay at its rear in action
                    For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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                    • USS Mesa Verde due in Dublin on 25th. Heading to Poolbeg, far from the numpties.
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                      For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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                      • Originally posted by na grohmiti View Post
                        USS Mesa Verde due in Dublin on 25th. Heading to Poolbeg, far from the numpties.
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                        Given that and the College Football match on, Dublin is going to be heaving with Americans...

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                        • Originally posted by Sparky42 View Post

                          Given that and the College Football match on, Dublin is going to be heaving with Americans...
                          The Navy team is playing if you didn't know

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                          • Originally posted by Jaque'ammer View Post

                            The Navy team is playing if you didn't know
                            I figured as much, but no interest in the sport anyway.

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                            • First Foreign visit of 2024 due in Cork City quays this afternoon.
                              HMCS Charlottetown FFH339

                              Will be interesting to see what, if anything will be on her flight deck, and will the Air Corps attempt to land on it. It has been deploying a CH148 Cyclone during its most recent ex.
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                              For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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                              • Heard a it of a clip on 96fm about some sort of protest at the Canadian ship?

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