19/05/2011

Derry Event Links Royal And Irish Navies

The Royal Navy's fishery protection vessel HMS Severn sails into Londonderry this weekend in support of the city's Foyle Days celebrations.

Arriving mid morning on Friday, HMS Severn will dock at Queens Quay, along with Irish Navy fishery protection ship LE Emer, ahead of a busy weekend.

The high point of the visit will be opening the ship to visitors on both Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22nd from 11am-5pm, allowing local people to get on board for a look around this modern warship.

In addition, the ship will also hold a reception and capability demonstration on Saturday evening for invited civic dignitaries and other guests and will also attend the naming ceremony and blessing of the Derry-Londonderry Clipper yacht.

"We are really looking forward to joining our colleagues from the Irish Navy in support of the Foyle Days celebrations," said Lieutenant Adrian Visram, Executive Officer of HMS Severn, pictured here.
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"And we are also particularly looking forward to welcoming members of the public on board the ship at the weekend.

"We're delighted to be able to support this excellent event and the crew is looking forward, not only to chatting to local people about the ship and the modern Royal Navy, but also in getting involved in the fun of the Foyle Days."

HMS Severn, and her sister ships, HMS Tyne and HMS Mersey, all River Class offshore patrol vessels, conduct fishery protection duties around England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

She is 79m long, with a breadth of 13m and a displacement of 1,677 tonnes.

The working deck of the vessel is large enough to transport smaller craft such as oil spill recovery tractors and small landing craft, meaning she can also be used for disaster relief, anti-pollution and rescue work.

She has a crew of 30 sailors and also has room for a Royal Marine boarding party.

HMS Severn can spend in excess of 300 days at sea each year, whatever the weather, patrolling British Fishery Limits liaising with the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).

(BMcC/GK)

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