THE WARSHIP THAT SAW-OFF THE RUSSIAN NAVY PASSES PENARTH

The tug "Tradesman" ( going astern with spotlights on ) took the HMS Richmond's bow warp with a second tug Irishman acting as the "brake" .

The tug “Tradesman” (going astern with spotlights on ) took the HMS Richmond’s bow warp with a second tug “Irishman” acting as the “brake” .

Emerging out of the morning mist off Penarth sea-front today was the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond – heading for Cardiff Docks.

Launched in 1993, Richmond was  the last warship to be built by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders.

A machine-gun - useful for sinking pirates - is mounted on the bridge of HMS Richmond

A machine-gun – useful for sinking pirates and killing terrorists – is mounted on the bridge of HMS Richmond

She was the first British naval vessel in 100 years to visit Russian port of Vladivostok and also escorted the Royal Yacht Britannia on her final voyage before decommissioning.

HMS Richmond leaves the yellow Outer Wrech buoy astern as she enters the Wrach Channel

HMS Richmond leaves the yellow Outer Wrach buoy astern as she enters the Wrach Channel

Last month Richmond was busy “man-marking” the Russian Navy as its fleet  – including their flagship aircraft carrier  Admiral Kuznetsov  – passed  through the English Channel en route to the Eastern Mediterranean to support the Russian campaign in Syria.

The Russians however presented no difficulties for Richmond – other than a possible health and safety hazard from the voluminous black smoke being emitted from the Russian aircraft carrier’s funnel.

The crew of HMS Richmond form the traditional line up on the foredeck as teh ship enters the Wrach Channel off Penarth Head

The crew of HMS Richmond form the traditional line up on the foredeck as the ship enters the Wrach Channel off Penarth Head

In time-honoured tradition, members of Richmond’s crew lined up on the deck fore and aft – symbolically indicating that the big warship has no hostile intent as she enters port.

The crew will be out on the streets of Cardiff tomorrow selling poppies for the British Legion appeal.The ship will be open to the public over the weekend – but exact times have not been confirmed .

These days anybody can be the enemy. A South Wales Police RIB with armed officers escorts HMS Richmond into Cardiff

These days anybody can be the enemy. A South Wales Police RIB with armed officers escorts HMS Richmond into Cardiff

Today as is now standard practice with all visits by navy ships – an anti-terrorist police RIB with armed officers aboard escorted HMS Richmond into port

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3 Responses to THE WARSHIP THAT SAW-OFF THE RUSSIAN NAVY PASSES PENARTH

  1. AK says:

    However did Her Majesty’s Royal Navy manage to win battles at sea before South Wales Police got their RIB to keep the bad guys at bay ?

  2. AK says:

    Does PDN have any idea when / if it may be open for public tours ?

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