HMS Grimsby is the first Royal Navy vessel to visit an Irish port since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The minehunter sailed overnight from Scotland to Dublin.
HMS Grimsby is a Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV). The ROyal Navy say on their website that she maintains freedom of navigation on the high seas – vital to the UK international trade – by keeping international shipping lanes open.
“She has a crew of 38, the majority of whom have done multiple deployments to the Middle East and Europe to work alongside NATO Allies. Over the past five years she has had seven different crews and visited over 18 different countries, working tirelessly to maintains freedom of navigation on the high seas by keeping international shipping lanes open.”
Good Morning Dublin! A gorgeous morning of pilotage up the River Liffey, ahead of a weekend of engagements and a chance for the Ship’s company to experience their first (Covid-Safe) overseas run ashore in some time @UKDefenceDublin pic.twitter.com/OMK1P5qNkQ
— HMS Grimsby (@HMSGrimsby) October 15, 2021
HMS Grimsby will now engage on a weekend of engagements.
Accoring to local media here:
“The Royal Navy Minehunter HMS Grimsby, is home to the First Mine Countermeasures Squadron Crew 2 and the call by the Sandown class minehunter to the Irish capital, will enable a weekend of engagements. In addition an opportunity for the Ship’s company to experience their first Covid-Safe overseas run ashore in quite some time.
Less than a fortnight ago was the notable visit by the Royal Netherlands Navy which marked the first foreign navy to call to Ireland with visits taking place in Dublin and Cobh, Cork Harbour. On arrival to Dublin Bay this morning, a pilot boarded HMS Grimsby with the vessel heading up the River Liffey to berth at the North Wall Quay Extension next to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) bridge.”