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Belfast to be a port of call for Nato fleet

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 01/11/2016

HMS Duncan
HMS Duncan
ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon
FGS Rhon
NRP Alvares Cabral

Four Nato warships are heading our way.

The fleet - including the Belfast-affiliated HMS Duncan - will arrive this weekend after being stood down from monitoring the movement of a Russian aircraft carrier through the English Channel and to the Mediterranean. The ships, from the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), will arrive on Friday morning and afternoon into Belfast.

The ships in the group are ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon, a Spanish frigate and the flagship for Admiral Delgado; NRP Alvares Cabral, a Portuguese frigate; FGS Ludwigshafen and FGS Rhon, German naval corvette and support ship; and HMS Duncan, a Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer and Belfast's own affiliated ship.

HMS Duncan will foster links with the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice, Sea Cadets from across Northern Ireland and the local Royal Naval Reserve unit, HMS Hibernia.

The fleet is due to be in Belfast until next Monday.

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