After a very quiet start to the year things have really picked up now in terms of naval vessels visiting London as this weekend is the turn of the German Navy to make a port call.
We were fortunate to receive a visit from the 7th Fast Patrol Boat Squadron that operate the Type 143A Gepard class Fast Attack Craft.
These vessels can reach speeds of around 40 kts and pack a heavy punch with a quad anti-ship missile launcher, a 21 shot anti-air missile launcher and a 76mm gun.
The standard practice for deployments is to have an accompanying supply / support ship and on this occasion the Elbe-class replenishment ship FGS Werra was fulfilling the role.
The flotilla had taken part in the Joint Warrior exercises held off Scotland in April and had then transitted around the UK making calls at Cork and Portsmouth before heading to London on their way back to their home port – this is a similar deployment to that of the Minesweeper squadron that visited last year.
The first part of the flotilla sailed up the Thames and headed to their moorings in West India Docks in the very early hours of 8th May with the final three Fast Attack Craft arriving on the afternoon tide.
A few more pictures can be seen here.
Not quite sure whether this is some form of towed decoy or practice target but was noted stowed in the rear of FGS Werra.