Trio of Navy warships to arrive in Newham
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East London residents will soon be witnessing what used to be a rare sight, a trio of Navy warships arrive in Newham.
Until last year’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee events and the Olympics, it was uncommon for more than one Royal Navy warship to venture up the River Thames to central London at the same time.
In May this year HMS Illustrious, Edinburgh and Blyth berthed in the capital in support of the Battle of Atlantic 70th anniversary events.
Now, another trio of naval vessels will sail through the Thames Barrier starting this weekend, to support a series of major international maritime events taking place in London between September 9 and 13.
The first to arrive will be the Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland, which is expected early on Friday morning. She will be based at the Royal Docks, near the ExCeL Exhibition and Conference Centre.
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Her sister frigate, HMS Monmouth – which is also base-ported at Devonport in Plymouth – will go alongside at West India Dock at around 5pm on Saturday, before the Offshore Patrol Vessel, HMS Tyne arrives at 11pm on Sunday night.
The visits coincide with the Royal United Services Institute’s (RUSI) Future Maritime Operations conference which takes place at the ExCeL.
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The date and venue were chosen to coincide with the Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition, London International Shipping Week and the 150th anniversary of training on the River Dart.
Due to the nature of the ship’s visit programmes, they will not open to the general public.
In addition to the Royal Navy ships, there will a variety of other craft and vessels from the navies of Germany, Holland, Sweden and Korea in London during next week.
HMS Monmouth leaves London on September 12, HMS Tyne on September 14 and HMS Sutherland on September 15.