HMS RICHMOND BIDS FAREWELL TO CARDIFF AND PENARTH

The view from Penarth as HMS Richmond towered above her tugs as she prepared to put to sea from Cardiff Docks  (Photo John Clark) _

The view from Penarth as HMS Richmond towered above her tugs as she prepared to put to sea from Cardiff Docks (Photo John Clark) _

Notwithstanding the low temperatures, the drizzle and the grey late-autumn weather it’s been a busy day on the waters off Penarth today.

At Cardiff Docks – being manoeuvered through the Queen Alexandra Dock lock at lunchtime was the Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond at the conclusion of her weekend visit to Cardiff.

With signal-pennants hoisted HMS Richmond moves past Penarth Head towards Penarth Pier

With signal-pennants hoisted, HMS Richmond moves past Penarth Head towards Penarth Pier before setting course down-channel (Photo John Clark)

HMS Richmond was towed out of the docks with the tug Tradesman going stern-first on her bow to ease the warship out to open water . On Saturday Richmond’s crew were out on the streets of Cardiff helping the Royal British Legion launch its annual Poppy Appeal in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday next weekend.

The ship was also open to the public whilst she was moored in Cardiff Docks at Britannia Quay – (so-named after the Royal Yacht Britannia).

The Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond parts company with her tugs off Penarth Pier and with the police security RIB Phoenix  this morning

Off Penarth Pier this afternoon  the Royal Navy frigate HMS Richmond parts company with her tugs  and with the South Wales Police  security RIB Phoenix  (Photo Peter Stealey)

HMS Richmond cast off from her tugs just off Penarth Pier and powered-off down channel. Her destination was not disclosed.

The military operations ship Smit Towy will be based at Penarth Marina for the next two months for coastguard helicopter training

The military operations ship Smit Towy will be based at Penarth Marina for the next two months for coastguard helicopter training

Meanwhile a new regular visitor to Penarth Quays Marina today is a vessel that’s just too wide (at 6.7 metres beam)  to squeeze through the Marina’s lock. She is the  140-ton Smit Towy military operations ship – which will be based at Penarth Marina for two months.

Because of her size she’s being berthed on the dolphins outside Penarth Marina’s lock gates and is striking sight for passers-by.

Smit Towy will be operating out of Penarth Marina for the next two months

Smit Towy will be operating out of Penarth Marina for the next two months

The Smit Towy is acting as a training platform for the new HM Coastguard helicopters based at MoD St Athan.

Special arrangements are having to be made to re-fuel the big ship in situ at the dolphins – which means having to close the Penarth Quays Marina lock for about an hour or so each week whilst refuelling is under way.

The stern-trawler Our Louise was hauling more than just fish this morning. She took a broken down motor boat in tow

The local stern-trawler Our Louise was hauling more than just fish this morning. She took a broken down motor boat in tow back to Penarth

This morning out on the channel there was another case of a helping-hand being given to a broken down boat – which saved the expense of a call-out for Penarth Lifeboat.

The local trawler Our Louise took the fishing boat Dauphin III under tow out in the channel and brought her safely into Cardiff Bay .

The disabled boat Dauphin III is secured alongside the trawler Our Louise for the final stage of the tow.

The disabled boat Dauphin III is secured alongside the trawler Our Louise for the final stage of the tow.

Off Penarth Head Dauphin III was secured alongside to enable Our Louise to manoeuver her through one of the Cardiff Bay barrage locks.

 

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