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category cork | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Wednesday August 29, 2007 16:01author by Shipwatcher Report this post to the editors

The 5,000 frigate HMS Westminster will arrive in Cork Harbour at dawn tomorrow and will be berthed at Custom House Quay in the heart of the city.
hms_westminster.jpg

It is less than six weeks since the last British warship, HMS Liverpool was in neutral Ireland (departed 16th July 07).

The Westminster is a Type 23 Frigate with a displacement of 5,000 tonnes and is 133 metres long and has a crew of 185 on board.

Its estimated time of arrival in Cork is 06.00hrs tomorrow which should see it arrive at Roches Point around 5am.

HMS Westminster's armaments include the following:-

2 ASuW Harpoon quad launchers
Vertical launch system Sea Wolf missiles
BAE 4.5 inch (110 mm) Mk 8 gun
2 Oerlikon 30 mm guns
4 Sting Ray torpedo tubes
Seagnat and DFL3 decoy launchers

author by Capn Mackeypublication date Fri Aug 31, 2007 20:03author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Join the British army and see the world. Meet interesting people and kill them.

author by janey mackpublication date Sat Sep 01, 2007 23:32author address author phone Report this post to the editors

go on home british soldiers go on home

author by Scepticpublication date Sun Sep 02, 2007 00:07author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The ship is visiting because it has been invited. Any protestors should take up their grievance with those who invited it. Our Navy makes similar visits to different countries all the time. There are British hooligans but they are not the ones in the navy. The hooligans are outside the navy. Also we have plenty of hooligans of our own and in my experience there are even worse than the British variety. Note it is the navy not the British army or British soldiers like have been referred to above.

author by A. K. Murraypublication date Mon Sep 03, 2007 07:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Funny that, we send our lads to america and no protests

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=17570

"MANHATTAN, N.Y. (NNS) -- Color guard members from Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Bronx, N.Y., marched proudly along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan as part of the 244th New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17.

The four-member color guard was followed by crew members of the Irish navy's ship L.E. Roisin (P-51), who were in the city as part of a goodwill tour in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Preceding the Color Guard was the Tomas MacDonogh Pipe Band.

"The whole parade began as a military event," said color guard member Personnelman 2nd Class Rosario Eliezeo. "To be part of something that represents so many people of so many different heritages and backgrounds is an honor, because it represents the makeup of America, and the makeup of our military," Eliezeo continued, "If you look around, it's not only the Irish that are here. There are people from all walks of life, and we're here to show our support to all of them."

With more than 1 million spectators and 150,000 marchers, the New York City St. Patrick's Day parade is considered to be, by some, the oldest, largest and best in the world. For members of the NRC Bronx Color Guard, the thrill of marching past cheering crowds through the heart of Manhattan was a moment they will not soon forget.

"I'm from New York City, so to actually be here in one of these parades is a very big honor for me," said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Earris Dupree Jr.

The 13-year Navy veteran feels that being a part of the color guard was something he was destined to do.

"Sometimes you just know that you are supposed to be doing something," Dupree said. "For me, this is my calling - to show the public what a great Navy we have and to show our support of them, as well."

Supporting the public wasn't the only goal of the color guard, but also supporting their fellow Sailors of the Irish navy. Having pulled into port March 14, the Irish sailors hosted various functions aboard their ship for visitors and guests prior to performing in the parade. For many of them, life in the "Big Apple" was a shock, but a pleasant one.

"It's massive, absolutely massive," said Irish Able Rate Engineer David Culleton. "I haven't gotten enough time to see everything, it's just too big. I love it, though, and can't wait to come back."

This is the first time the crew of L.E. Roisin, homeported at Haulbowline Island in the Cobh of Cork, participated in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade, or any parade outside of Ireland, and the crew was somewhat apprehensive at first. But it didn't take long for the Irish sailors to feel welcomed.

"We've had a great time here, and [we're] looking forward to getting out and meeting even more people," said L.E. Roisin Executive Officer Lt. Brian Matthews. "Everyone here has been very friendly toward us and the whole experience has just been really, really good."

http://military.ie/navy/history/index.htm

"During the nineties the Service maintained it’s Resupply Missions to Lebanon, Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia; ensuring that the needs of Irish Peacekeepers were always met. After the success of LE Eithne’s visit to the USA in 1986 it was decided to send the vessel back to the USA to an International Naval Review in 2000, which was held in New York. This also included visits to Boston, Halifax and Bermuda."

 
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