New additions to Navy Days 2010

Several new additions have been made to the list of ships due to appear at Navy Days 2010, taking place in Portsmouth Dockyard from 30 July to 1 August.

HMS Gleaner is the smallest vessel in the Royal Navy, measuring just 14.8 metres and with a crew of five. Normally based at Devonport, he role is to survey the waters around the UK coastline.

FS Cormoran

FS Cormoran

The French Ship FS Cormoran is the first Foreign naval vessel to confirm her attendance. Normally based at Brest, the Fishery Patrol vessel has a crew of 19. She is a farely frequent visitor to Portsmouth Harbour on her Channel patrols.

So far the following ships are due to attend: The Type 45 Destroyers HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, aviation training and casualty receiving ship RFA Argus, Type 23 Frigates HMS Richmond and HMS Westminster, minehunter HMS Cattistock, Fishery patrol vessel HMS Tyne, and now HMS Gleaner and FS Cormoran.

Regular attendees will be hoping that more ships are added, and soon. Whilst no aircraft carrier will be presen due to refits, operations and mothballing, the Navy really should try to get one of the landing ships Ocean, Bulwark or Albion to attend. A lot is being made of the two new Destroyers, but no matter how new and shiny they are, Destroyers are never going to be crowd-pullers. And this is especially important at a time when the Royal Navy is facing cuts and needs to work on its public profile.

Lets hope that some interesting foreign ships confirm to attend, otherwise its starting to look pretty feeble compared to Navy Days past.

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6 responses to “New additions to Navy Days 2010

  1. The trouble is that ALBION is heading for exercises off of the US East Coast, and OCEAN is too – I think. BULWARK is in refit/upkeep.

    Perhaps one of the (RFA operated) BAY Class LSD(A)s?

    And why shouldn’t state of the art destroyers be crowd pullers?

  2. James Daly

    Thanks for pointing that out WEBF, I should have done my research on Ocean, Albion and Bulwark. I know operational commitments are important but its a shame the RN couldnt have found some way of making at least one of the capital ships available even for a few days.

    Last Portsmouth Navy Days we had Mounts Bay, which I enjoyed very much – I’m a big fan of those ships, cheap but flexible.

    The Type 45′s are great ships, I’ve been on Daring last year. Its great for those of us who are into our warships to get a close up look at them. But I can’t help but feel that for the general public who aren’t quite as into naval affairs as some of us warship geeks its the big ships that grab the interest.

  3. ash

    what? that sounds awful. i have never been to one before and probably will not again, they cannot free up one of the half interesting ships for one day? they could tow hms invincible round to the public area, if only just to look at and not go on. i have never seen an aircraft carrier in my life. i only want a look. it is only dumped a short distance from the harbour area. and i am very upset about albion, ocean, etc. if no ships are available then they should have chosen a date when they are. i can only hope there may be a foreign carrier there instead?

  4. James Daly

    Hi ash, thank you for your comment. If you haven’t been to Navy Days before and you’re interested in the Navy I would still recommend going, even tho its not nearly so interesting as when one of the major ships are there. Its still worth going though, there are loads of stands and displays about the Navy, the Marines, BAE, and the Royal Marines band are always good to see.

    I’ve been to three Navy Days in the past, two with carriers as the centrepiece and one without, and the Carrier makes an ideal basis for watching the aerial displays. I agree they could move Invincible round just to pad it out. Mind you we don’t know what kind of state its in, its been mothballed for 5 years now…

    We should start hearing about a few more foreign ships in the next few weeks, last time we had 3 Japanese ships, a Chilean Frigate and a Danish ship. I’m not sure if we’ll see a foreign carrier as the RN won’t want to be overshadowed. But something interesting like one of the Dutch Landing ships would be great. Fingers crossed…

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