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Monday, 30 October 2017

Baltic warships: Part 6: Tallinn

When we visited Tallinn in Estonia, our ship moored in the main ferry/cargo port, which was across the bay from the Estonian Navy's base. We could clearly see two of the Navy's warships ...


... the EML Admiral Cowan (M313) (the ex-Royal Navy Sandown-class minehunter HMS Sandown), ...


... and her sister-ship the EML Ugandi (M315), formerly HMS Bridport.


Towards the horizon, and on her way to the open sea, was the third ship of the class operated by the Estonians, EML Sakala (M314), formerly HMS Inverness.


The vessels were transferred from the Royal Navy to the Estonian Navy between 2006 and 2009, and form the backbone of the country's fleet.

4 comments:

  1. Nice to see that Estonia has honoured Admiral Cowan for his efforts in the Baltic post WW1, by naming a warship in his honour.

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    1. David Bradley,

      There is a memorial in Tallinn to the assistance given to Estonia by Admiral Cowan and other members of the Royal Navy.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Cool pics of the Estonian navy! My wife and I were in Tallinn in January, but we were only in the harbor in the dark, and I didnt see any ships! and C O L D :)

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    1. WarRaptor,

      I had hoped to make it as far as the museum that is located in the old Seaplane Station (which is closer to the naval base) but never quite made it.

      Luckily I've never been to the eastern Baltic during the colder months; Copenhagen and Hamburg in the run up to Christmas were cold enough for me!

      All the best,

      Bob

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