An Irish Navy ship will visit Cardiff Bay to celebrate the strong ties between Wales and Ireland

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An Irish Navy ship is taking a break from its normal maritime patrols to dock in Cardiff Bay this week and will be open to visitors and offer tours.

The Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Róisín will sail to Britannia Quay in Cardiff Bay from 18 to 20e July with members of the public able to board, and the crew will organize a series of events in conjunction with the Consulate General of Ireland.

Organizers say the visit will celebrate the strong relationship between Ireland and Wales and mark the recent establishment of the Irish consulate.

Docked just steps from the Millennium Center and Senedd, the ship will be open for free public tours from 2-5 p.m. on Monday July 18, 10-12 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday. July 19.

There will also be a ground crew member who will be able to talk about life on board with any visitor with reduced mobility or in a situation of accessibility.

This is a rare opportunity to visit an Irish Navy ship, meet the crew and learn about the Irish Defense Forces and their sailing experiences.

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The vessel – built at Appledore Shipyards in Devon – was designed to patrol the rough waters of Ireland and the North Atlantic all year round. At 78.8m in length, the vessel is described as having a long sleek appearance which improves conditions for the crew.

Onboard facilities include more private accommodation, a gymnasium and changing rooms and storage areas for boarding crews.

Roisin entered service in the Irish Naval Service in September 1999 and is based in Haulbowline Island, home of Cork Harbor and shipyard.

The high level of automation built into the ship’s systems allows the ship to be operated with just 47 crew, including eight officers

Commenting on the Irish Navy’s visit, the Consul General of Ireland, Denise Hanrahan, said: “I am delighted that Cardiff Bay will be home to the Irish Navy’s LÉ Róisín from 18e at 20e of July.

“We look forward to welcoming many visitors on board to celebrate the close ties between Wales and Ireland, and to express our gratitude for all the support we have received in establishing Ireland’s diplomatic presence in Wales.

“Our maritime heritage and the Irish Sea are at the heart of the diverse and dynamic cultural, economic and community relations between Ireland and Wales.”

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