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French Navy ships : Lynx (A751) and Guépard (A752) in West India Dock

After the arrival of three training ships of the French Navy,  Léopard (A 748), Panthère (A 749) and Lion (A 755) yesterday, we have two more ships arriving to with the Lynx (A751) and Guépard (A752.

All the ships are Léopard-class training ships which are used for navigational and practical training of potential French officers.

In the 1970s, the French Navy decided to build eight vessels to provide practical training in the operation and navigation of naval vessels. Lion and Lynx  were built by La Perrière in Lorient, and Panthere, Guepard and Leopard were built by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Manche (ACM) in Saint-Malo in the early 1980s.

The ships of this class usually have a crew composed of 1 officer, 10 sailors, and 4 quartermasters; plus 1 or 2 officers, 2 instructors, and 18 students.

Still in the dock is the Marienborgh yacht, so for a short time we have interest in the dock rather than watching the various developments moving higher and higher.

It is not often we have five naval ships in the dock, hopefully they will be here for a little while.

French Navy ships : Léopard (A 748), Panthère (A 749) and Lion (A 755) in West India Dock.

After a very quiet period in West India Dock, we welcome the arrival of three training ships of the French Navy. Léopard (A 748), Panthère (A 749) and Lion (A 755) are Léopard-class training ships which are used for navigational and practical training of potential French officers.

In the 1970s, the French Navy decided to build eight vessels to provide practical training in the operation and navigation of naval vessels. Lion were built by La Perrière in Lorient, and Panthere and Leopard were built by Ateliers et Chantiers de la Manche (ACM) in Saint-Malo in the early 1980s.

These types of vessels have been regular visitors in the last few years, but I do believe these particular ships last visited in 2013.

The ships of this class usually have a crew composed of 1 officer, 10 sailors, and 4 quartermasters; plus 1 or 2 officers, 2 instructors, and 18 students.

Still in the dock is the Marienborgh yacht, so for a short time we have plenty of interest in the dock rather than watching the various developments around the dock moving higher and higher.

I expect the visit is just part of the training on the ships and it is not known how long the vessels will be in the dock.

French Navy Ship Flamant in West India Dock

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On a grey miserable day,  we welcome the arrival of French Navy ship Flamant (P676).

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FS Flamant is a Flamant class patrol boats of the French Navy used for fishery monitoring, search and rescue, and patrolling France’s coastal waters.

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FS Flamant  and sister ships FS Cormoran and FS Pluvier were built and are based in Cherbourg. The three boats were ordered 1993 and entered service in 1997.

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Cormoran and Pluvier have visited West India Dock previously in 2013 and 2014, Flamant is 54 m (177 ft 2 in) long and has a beam of 10 m (32 ft 10 in). The ship usually carries a crew of 21 which includes 3 officers and 18 men.

Flamant photo Fraser Gray

Photo – Fraser Gray

The FS Flamant visited West India Dock at this time last year and the visit is likely to be related to Remembrance Sunday which takes place this weekend.

French Navy Ship Flamant in West India Dock

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After a relatively quiet period in West India Dock, we welcome the arrival of French Navy ship Flamant (P676).

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Flamant is a Flamant class patrol boats of the French Navy used for fishery monitoring, search and rescue, and patrolling France’s coastal waters.

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FS Flamant  and sister ships FS Cormoran and FS Pluvier were built and are based in Cherbourg. The three boats were ordered 1993 and entered service in 1997.

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Cormoran and Pluvier have visited West India Dock previously in 2013 and 2014, Flamant is 54 m (177 ft 2 in) long and has a beam of 10 m (32 ft 10 in). The ship usually carries a crew of 21 which includes 3 officers and 18 men.

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At this moment, we do not know the reason for the visit, however it could be related to Remembrance Sunday which takes place this weekend.

French Navy Ship Andromede in West India Dock

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Andromede M643

The winter months is a lean time for visitors to West India Dock, therefore it is a pleasure to welcome the French Navy ship Andromede into the dock today.

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The Andromede (M643) is an Eridan-class Mine countermeasures vessel  that was built as part of  a Tripartite fleet of ships undertaken by the French, Belgian and Dutch navies.

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The Tripartite class of mine warfare vessel were built in the 1980s , the Andromede  was built at Lorient shipyard and entered service in 1984.

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The ship saw action in the Gulf war in 1991 and is presently based in Brest.

Last year, West India Dock welcomed a number of French Navy ships of this type when they were on exercises.

There is currently no information why the ship is here or for how long.

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West India Dock Visitors Review 2013

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One of our more unusual visitors, the futuristic  Turanor Planet Solar

We have been fortunate this year to have had a wide range of visitors to the West India Docks.

Let me remind you of some of our most notable visitors.

January

MS Stubnitz –  a East German made ex fishing vessel

March

HMS Lancaster – Royal Navy

April

HMCS Iroquois – Canadian Navy

The Gorch Fock – tall ship belonging to the German Navy

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May

L’ Aigle –  Eridan Class Mine Warfare Vessel of the French Navy.

June

HMS Richmond – Royal Navy

STS Tenacious –  a wooden sail training ship

F.S. Cormoran  is a Flamant class patrol vessel in the French Navy

MV Arctic Sunrise an Icebreaker ship operated by Greenpeace

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Currently held by the Russian Government for Trespass and Piracy

French Training Ships

A748 Léopard,  A749 Panthère,  A750 Jaguar , A751 Lynx , A752 Guépard , A753 , Chacal A754 , Tigre,  A755 Lion.

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July

Montigne – Super Schooner

August

Turanor Planet Solar – Solar panel powered

Stad Amsterdam – Tall ship

Big Eagle – Super Yacht

Amerigo Vespucci – Italian Navy Tall Ship

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September

Light Holic – Super Yacht

Stavros S Niarchos – British brig-rigged tall ship

HMS Northumberland F239 – Royal Navy

October

Odessa II – Super Yacht

Sea Owl – Super Yacht

November

FS Eridan  (M641) – French Navy Minesweeper

HMS Tyne (P281) – Royal Navy

December

Massey Shaw – Historical Fireboat

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Other Highlights

City of Adelaide at Greenwich

Great River Race

Clipper around the World Race.

French Navy Ship Eridan in West India Dock

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FS Eridan M641

After welcoming the HMS Tyne into West India Dock this week, today we welcome another visitor the FS Eridan  (M641) a French Navy Minesweeper.

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The Eridan is Eridan class and is known as a Tripartite Ship that is because  they were part of joint venture of the navies of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the Tripartite class of minesweepers were conceived in the 1970s and built in the 1980s. France built the mine-hunting equipment, Belgium provided the electronics, and the Netherlands constructed the propulsion train.

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The Eridan was built in Lorient, launched in 1981 and entered service in 1984.
Her home base is Brest.

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This class of minesweeper is mainly used for detection, localization, classification, identification and destruction or neutralization of mines funds from 10 to 80 meters.
But they also guide convoys under threat of mines.
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Eridan and HMS Tyne

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French Fleet at West India Dock – Part Two

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The French Fleet

Late last night saw the arrival of four more French Navy ships into West India Dock. The Lynx , Guepard, Tigre and Chacal were joined by the  Lion, Leopard, Jaguar and Panthere. To have so many Navy ships at one time in the dock is unusual and the Fleets  arrival was shrouded in mystery but I can now reveal that they are on a training exercise mostly surrounding navigation and will be departing on Monday to travel onto Belgium.

Full list of Ships:

A748 Léopard
A749 Panthère
A750 Jaguar
A751 Lynx
A752 Guépard
A753 Chacal
A754 Tigre
A755 Lion

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West India Dock

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The Panthere and Jaguar

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The Leopard and Lion

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Part of the fleet

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The French Fleet at West India Dock

French Fleet arrive in West India Dock

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Friday saw the arrival of four French Navy training ships  they are all Leopard class

A751    Lynx
A752  Guépard
A753  Chacal
A754 Tigre

The purpose of the visit seems to be a bit of a mystery , but it is rumoured four other ships will be arriving later.

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Lnyx

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Guepard and Tigre

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Lynx and Chacal

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The Eagle has Landed – L’Aigle French Minehunter in West India Dock

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Today we said goodbye to the Gorch Fock and HMCS Iroquois in West India Dock but welcome  L’ Aigle an Eridan Class Mine Warfare Vessel of the French Navy.

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The L’Aigle is the latest in a long line of ships in the French Navy to bear the name Aigle meaning Eagle.

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The ship is known as a Tripartite vessel because it was made in the 1980s as part of  a joint venture between the French, Belgian and Dutch Navies.

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It will open for a tour between 2pm and 5pm on Friday the 3rd of May.

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