Russian warship makes a rare visit to Falmouth

by tocle on October 31st, 2013 - Comments Off

Russian warship makes a rare visit to Falmouth

An extremely rare visitor to A&P Falmouth had a few heads turning in the port on Thursday (24 October) when the shipyard welcomed the state-of-the-art Russian warship the Soobrazitelny.  The ship is based in Baltiysk and is part of the Russian Baltic Fleet.

The Steregushchy class corvette is the first Russian warship to berth in Falmouth for decades.

The 2,200-ton warship arrived at 9am for a day-long visit before sailing in the evening.

The Soobrazitelny had sailed from Cork, in Ireland, where she helped to celebrate a naval festival, and en route to Falmouth took part in a planned search and rescue exercise with HMS Monmouth.

The purpose of the visit was to replenish fuel and stores, but the ship’s company also took the opportunity to visit Falmouth looking for presents – they were delighted with the town and expressed the hope to return in the future for a longer stay.

Commander Tom Herman, Deputy Naval Regional Commander hosted a lunch of Cornish fare at the Falmouth Hotel, with Captain Oleg Kornienko (Russian Naval Attaché) and Commandor Ivan Elkin (Assistant Naval Attaché) from the Russian Embassy.  The ship was represented at the lunch by Captain Igor Osipov and Lt Cdr Vladimir Cherokov.  Also in attendance was Peter Child, Managing Director of A&P Falmouth and Falmouth’s Royal Naval Liaison Officer Lt Cdr Mike Lynch (Naval Regional Command Wales & Western England).

CSL Argosy arrives in Falmouth

by tocle on October 29th, 2013 - Comments Off

CSL Argosy arrives in Falmouth

The self-discharging bulk carrier CSL Argosy (Beltship Management Limited) has arrived in Falmouth for a refit.

Built in 1981, the vessel is 244m long with a 32m beam, making her a perfect fit for A&P Falmouth’s Queen Elizabeth No 2 drydock.

The vessel pictured below on the Queen’s Wharf will drydock on Thursday afternoon.


Grande Togo looks as good as new

by tocle on October 18th, 2013 - Comments Off

Grande Togo looks as good as new

The Grande Togo left Falmouth on the 14th October looking as good as new after her refit and paint programme at the A&P yard.

Escorted out of Falmouth’s Queen Elizabeth Dock by A&P Falmouth’s tugs St Piran and Percuil, the Grimaldi car carrier’s distinctive yellow and white paintwork gleamed as it reflected in the afternoon high tide.

HMS Mersey back in Falmouth for refit

by tocle on October 17th, 2013 - Comments Off

HMS Mersey back in Falmouth for refit

HMS Mersey, the youngest of the original batch of River class patrol vessels built for the Fishery Protection Squadron has arrived in Falmouth for a six-week refit period. Repair work will also include a major painting programme.

Mersey was the last ship to be built at Vosper Thornycroft yard in Woolston, Southampton. Like her sister ships the vessel is not owned by the RN but leased by BAE who retain the responsibility for any major maintenance and upkeep.   The Fishery Protection Squadron is the oldest unit in the Royal Navy. Mersey patrols the waters of the UK and up to 200 miles in the Atlantic ensuring that fishing boats and trawlers stick to internationally-agreed quotas.

During her career to date, HMS Mersey has steamed a total of 391,653 nautical miles and spent nearly 50,000 hours at sea. She returns to Falmouth under the command of Lt Cmdr Sarah Oakley, who assumed command in May 2012.

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