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Thursday, 8 October 2015

M Class Frigate - NRP D Francisco de Almeida (F334)

NRP D Francisco de Almeida (F334)

On November 1, 2006, the Portuguese Defense Minister Nuno Severiano Teixeira signed a contract for the purchase of the former Dutch frigates Van Nes and Van Galen.  Van Nes, was renamed NRP Bartolomeu Dias (F333), was transferred to Portugal on January 16, 2009 and Van Galen, was renamed NRP D Francisco de Almeida (F334) was transferred on January 15, 2010

Nrp D Francisco de Almeida is a former Karel Doorman (or M Class) Frigate; the design was originally intended to play a role similar to the current Holland class for patrol duties in the North Sea and Caribbean, with high automation and a crew of 80-100.

She is seen below alongside in Leith on the 4th October 2015.

Halifax Class Frigate - Hmcs Winnipeg

Hmcs Winnipeg FFH 338

HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) is a Halifax-class frigate that has served in the Royal Canadian Navy since 1996. She is a guided-missile frigate that also carries a multipurpose helicopter [but especially for anti-submarine warfare (ASW)]. Her missile armament includes Harpoon anti-ship missiles and Evolved Sea-Sparrow anti-aircraft and anti-missile missiles. She also carries ASW torpedoes for close-in defense, and a Phalanx CIWS defense cannon.

Winnipeg is the ninth ship in her class, whose design was based on the Canadian Patrol Frigate Project. She is the second Canadian warship to carry the name HMCS Winnipeg.

Winnipeg was laid down on 20 March 1993 at Saint John Shipbuilding Company in Saint John, New Brunswick, and she was launched on 25 June 1994. This warship was officially commissioned into the Canadian Forces on 23 June 1995, and carries the hull classification symbol 338. In April 2012 Winnipeg was turned over to Seaspan Marine Corporation's Victoria Shipyards, to start an 18 month mid-life upgrading and modernization. On 10 April 2013 Winnipeg was returned to the Royal CN to finish the midlife refit, and she will renter service sometime in 2014. The ship is assigned to the Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC), and she has her homeport at the Canadian Forces Maritime Base at Esquimalt.

Winnipeg is seen outboard of the Spanish Frigate Blas De Lezo and then sailing from Leith on the 4th October 2015.

Álvaro de Bazán Class - Blas De Lezo F103

Sps Blas De Lezo (F103)

Sps Blas De Lezo is the third of seven Álvaro de Bazán class (also known as the F100 class of frigates) with the Spanish Navy.

The Álvaro de Bazán-class frigates are the first modern vessels of the Spanish Navy to incorporate ballistic resistant steel in the hull, along with the power plants being mounted on anti-vibration mounts to reduce noise and make them less detectable by submarines. The original contract for four ships was worth €1,683m but they ended up costing €1,810m. As of 2010 it was estimated that the final vessel, F-105 would cost €834m.

Blas De Lezo is seen alongside in Leith on the 3rd October 2015 with the Canadian (Halifax Class) Frigate Winnipeg outboard.

De Zeven Provinciën-class frigates - Hnlms De Ruyter

HrMs De Ruyter (F804)

HrMs De Ruyter is the third De Zeven Provinciën-class frigate  of the Royal Netherlands Navy. She was laid down in 2000, launched in 2002, and commissioned in 2004. The frigate is named after the famous Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter (1607–1676).

De Zeven Provinciën-class frigates are highly advanced air-defence and command frigates in service with the Koninklijke Marine (Royal Netherlands Navy). This class of ships is also known as LCF (Luchtverdedigings- en commandofregat, air defense and command frigate). The ships are similar to the German Sachsen-class frigates in role and mission.

De Ruyter is seen alongside in Leith on the 26th September 2015.

Barentshav Class OPV - Kv Barentshav

Kv Barentshav (W340)

Kv Barentshav is a Barentshav class offshore patrol vessel. The class consists of three vessels powered by liquefied natural gas. Ordered for the Norwegian Coast Guard, their main tasks are EEZ patrol, fishery inspection, search and rescue as well as tug readiness along the shore of Norway which is seeing increasing traffic from tankers.

Barentshav is seen below arriving to the Port on the 12th August 2015 to pick up the NATO Submarine Rescue Vehicle (from Leith).  After departure she return to Norway to drop of the submarine, she then turned about and headed back to Leith for on the 24th September to return the submarine holder, departing again on the 28th September 2015.

And alongside on the 27th September