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French Navy Ship Pluvier in West India Dock – 10th November 2014

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After the arrival of the Thames Sailing barge Will yesterday, we welcomed another arrival into West India Dock , the FS Pluvier ( P678 ).

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The French navy are regular visitors to the West India Dock and the Pluvier  is a Patrol Boat of the Flamant Class.

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Built by CMN in Cherbourg, the ship was launched in 1996 and commissioned in 1997.

Dimensions

Length: 54.00m

Beam: 9.80m

Draught: 2.60m Standard: 314 tons,

Full Load: 390 tons
Speed: 22.0 knots.

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It usually has a ship’s company of around 20 crew.

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This is quite a small ship, so it is unlikely that they will have an open day for the general public.

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Although the purpose of the trip is unknown, ships often visit at this time of the year to coincide with Remembrance Day events.