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PostPosted: 13 Nov 2019, 10:23 
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Sometimes whilst visiting European cities and ports one gets good sightings of naval vessels. From small coastal patrol vessels moored at quays to aircraft carriers in sheltered waterways. I’ve seen some interesting stuff and I'm happy to share these sightings as I come across them. I will keep it all under the same topic headline for easy access, reference and comments.

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First up is the Russian cruiser AURORA as seen at its permanent mooring on the Neva River, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Fully restored and making a grand sight, Aurora signalled the start of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, by firing a blank round from its forward gun. This initiated the assault on the Winter Palace of the Czars in Saint Petersburg, Russia, leading to Communist rule until its collapse in the late 1980’s.

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AURORA in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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One of the entrances to the Admiralty in Saint Petersburg, flying the Standard of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, as seen from the Neva River.

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PostPosted: 13 Nov 2019, 11:06 
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This should turn into a very interesting topic!
If I may add some of my own collection:
The Italian navy's Amerigo Vespucci training ship seen in Livorno, Italy.
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Great thread idea! =D>

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Three Kobben-class submarines of the Polish Navy, ORP Bielik (296) ORP Sep (295) ORP Sokól (294). Seen in Gdynia (the port nearest Gdansk / Danzig) these are former Norwegian boats sold second hand to Poland and now nearing the end of their operational use. They were built in Germany during the 1960's (German Type 205) and are coastal submarines (435 tons diesel-electric) specifically suited to the Baltic Sea. ORP translates in English as Warship of the Republic of Poland.

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A pictorial view of Polish naval vessels at Gdynia, Poland's naval base on the Baltic Sea:-
SD-13 seems to be an auxiliary vessel
1. Sokól (294) Kobben-class submarine
2. Kondor (297) retired Kobben-class submarine
3. Orzel (291) Russian built (1986) Kilo-class submarine
4. Grom (423) Orkan-class fast attack craft

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ORP Kaszub (240) Kaszub-class Corvette built in Poland, the only one of seven planned. Various problems cancelled the rest. (Wiki). Of note are the two anti-submarine rocket launchers (depth charges) in front of the bridge.

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French naval forces doing training, in using a hoist, delivering and extracting a metal basket (casualty stretcher) from a moving platform. The helicopter is a French Navy NH90 'Caïman' interacting with an inshore patrol vessel Coralline (A790) of the French Navy. Note the fire training facility in the background. Seen in the port of Cherbourg, France, with the English Channel stretching in the distance.

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Loving this thread. Variety and interesting photo postings with info. :smt023 :D


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Thank you Jolley Roger, Doug, Dean and richardg for your kind words and thumbs up. More pictures will follow. :smt023

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Interesting gear over the nose and mouth of these Royal Danish Navy sailors. Taken onboard a Thetis class frigate, that was acting as a mothership during a historical mine clearance in the Baltic Sea.

Does anyone know what this is?


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A Cacine-class patrol vessel of the Portuguese Navy ZAIRE (P1146) seen in Oporto, Portugal. To the best of my knowledge these boats, there were eight of them built late 1960's early 1970's, have now been withdrawn from service. Crew 33, 300t, they were smaller than the former Minister-class boats of the SA Navy.

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Nice picof the Cacine class vessel. :smt023 Reminded me very much of SA's own 3x Fisheries Protection Vessels of similar tonnage at 329tons. Crew is somewhat different with the Cacine 33 and our crews of 12+3 fisheries inspectors.


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Interesting gear over the nose and mouth of these Royal Danish Navy sailors. Taken onboard a Thetis class frigate, that was acting as a mothership during a historical mine clearance in the Baltic Sea.

Does anyone know what this is?


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https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/reusable ... s/0766176/

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A US Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS FORREST SHERMAN (DDG98) on the Tagus river, Lisbon, Portugal. Taken at dawn (ISO 1000) as we sailed to the cruise ship terminal further along. The pillared structure behind is the north-bank ramparts of the Tagus River Bridge (25 April bridge / Salazar bridge) spanning the Tagus - three traffic lanes each way plus a commuter metro-rail each way. A suspension bridge of 2.2km with 3 meters between ship's mast and bridge.

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