HMS KENT PASSES PENARTH PIER ON HER WAY TO A WEEKEND IN CARDIFF

HMS Kent passing  Penarth Pier - viewed from the Piermaster's cabin (Photo Steve Huxable

HMS Kent passing Penarth Pier – viewed from the Piermaster’s cabin (Photo Steve Huxable)

Strollers on Penarth Pier and the Esplanade tonight were able to see the warship HMS Kent being guided past the Penarth Pier and Penarth Head towards Cardiff Docks in the evening light.

HMS Kent is one of the newest of the Type 23 frigates within the Royal Navy . She was built by BAE Systems on the Clyde and  launched in 1998 by Princess Alexandra of Kent.

The ship's complement lined up on deck in customary fashion as HMS Kent passed Penarth on her way to Cardiff Docks

The ship’s complement lined up on deck in customary fashion as HMS Kent passed Penarth on her way to Cardiff Docks

As she came in to Cardiff HMS Kent was accompanied – as is standard practice these days – by an armed police anti-terrorist unit on board the South Wales Police high speed rigid inflatable boat Polmar.

HMS Kent passing the red Penarth Head buoy on her way into Cardiff Docks tonight

HMS Kent passing the red Penarth Head buoy on her way into Cardiff Docks tonight

Kent is in Cardiff on a routine courtesy visit – but it also coincides with a major publicity campaign taking place this month promoting the work done by the Royal Navy Reserve  .

Many of HMS Kent's crew will be enjoying a "run-ashore" tonight in Cardiff

Many of HMS Kent’s crew will be enjoying a “run-ashore” tonight in Cardiff

The warship has had a colourful career to date including a deployment in the  Persian Gulf alongside USS Carl Vinson and other US Navy fleet units in efforts against smugglers, pirates, terrorists and also in the fight against ISIS .

HMS Kent - here for the weekend

HMS Kent – here for the weekend

Although Kent – a Type 23 frigate – was able to operate in the Middle East without problems,  the  Royal Navy’s newer fleet of six Type 45  destroyers have been breaking down when deployed in the warm waters of the Gulf because their turbine engines seem unable to cope with extreme temperatures .

 

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One Response to HMS KENT PASSES PENARTH PIER ON HER WAY TO A WEEKEND IN CARDIFF

  1. AK says:

    I visited one of the warships a few years ago with overseas students from Glamorgan Uni. They were surprised to be allowed to take photographs of the vessel, and totally blown away when they were allowed abaord.

    Always good to see Her Majesty’s naval vessels in the capital, guns trained on the Welsh Assembly just to remind our second rate ‘politicians’ who is in charge.

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