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Warships in the morning sun

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on May 2, 2013

It has been a busy week on the Thames with two cruise ships, two warships and one tall ship arriving and departing. A good appetiser for the trio of British warships which are expected next week for the Battle of the Atlantic commemorations in London!

Yesterday afternoon the Hurtigruten cruise ship Fram left her berth alongside the HMS Belfast at the start of a tour of the British Isles. This morning the tall ship Gorch Fock made a dawn departure, followed a little later by HMCS Iroquois. I had intended to grab a few shots of the Iroquois making its way through the lock gates into the Thames, but she was just a bit too quick for me!

L' Aigle in West India Docks

French minehunter L’ Aigle in West India Docks

One military visitor still remains in West India Docks – the French Tripartite class minehunter L’Aigle (the eagle), which arrived around dawn on Wednesday. The ship looked rather magnificent in the morning sun today.

L’Aigle (M647) was constructed in Lorient, launched in 1986, and is currently based in Brest.


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