Ship sail

Royal Netherlands Navy ship and Brittany Ferries Armorique sail to Plymouth Sound

Plymouth Sound was a hive of activity over the weekend with many ships sailing. Saturday evening saw the familiar return of Brittany Ferries’ Armorique vessel.

The French company, with UK headquarters in Plymouth, has relaunched service after a winter service hiatus. Armorique connects Plymouth to Roscoff, the Breton headquarters of the company.

Kevin Kelway took to Twitter to post some great photos of the boat. He said: “Armorica’s welcome return to Plymouth Sound tonight with regular rotations to Roscoff this summer season.”

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ABP South West Port Manager Tom Batchelor previously said: “We are delighted to welcome the return of Brittany Ferries services here at ABP Plymouth. We know people are keen to go overseas again and we can’t wait to start what we expect to be a busy season.

On Sunday, meanwhile, the Royal Netherlands Navy’s HNLMS Tromp arrived in Devonport. HNLMS Tromp, 144.24 meters (473.2 ft) long, is a Provinciën-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship was built in 1999, launched in 2001 and commissioned in 2003. The frigate is named after Dutch naval heroes Maarten Tromp (1598–1653) and Cornelis Tromp (1629–1691).

In 2010, Tromp was deployed to the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa as part of Operation Atalanta, made up of European Union naval units. The operation’s mission was to suppress piracy in the region. In the same year, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands traveled to Norway aboard Tromp for a 3-day state visit.

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