Royal Marines P1 LCU MK10 Landing Craft, Western Docks, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 30, 2010

The landing craft has just come out of the Tidal Harbour and is shown passing between two cruise ships in the Inner Harbour: the MS Eurodam on the left, and the MS Braemar on the right. The ships are berthed against the Admiralty Pier of Dover's Western Docks.

The photo was taken at 7.09 am on Saturday, 29th of May, 2010, from a point between the Porthole Shelters (to the right) and the Lighthouse (to the left) on the Prince of Wales Pier (western side) in Dover Harbour.

Information about the landing craft, which carries "P1" or "PI" on the hull and "9730" on the bridge, will be added when available.

Co-incident with events commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation during the Second World War, the landing craft is about to leave Dover Harbour via the Western Entrance and then cross the English Channel to Dunkirk (Dunkerque) in France. There, it will take part in picking up a group of cyclists who have completed a bike ride to raise money for the forces' charity Help for Heroes:

Veterans will gather on Dunkirk beach to mark the 70th anniversary of the famous troop evacuation.

Up to 40 former Second World War soldiers are expected to attend the ceremony at the Allied Memorial on Dunkirk seafront, with 50 of the original "little ships" that took part in the operation offshore.

The day will also see a bike ride for the forces' charity Help for Heroes finish in the town after its 320-mile trip from Portsmouth.

The cyclists are due to return to Dover by Royal Navy landing craft on Sunday.

Part of the caption to the F235 HMS Monmouth photo (the frigate had been berthed where the MS Braemar is three days earlier) reads:

HMS Monmouth is en route to Ramsgate where she will take part in a re-enactment of the Second World War Dunkerque/Dunkirk evacuation on the 27th of May (2):

A fleet of 'Little Ships' that took part in the Dunkirk evacuations has gathered in Ramsgate ahead of the 70th anniversary of the event.

Up to 60 small vessels that assisted in Operation Dynamo, which started on 26 May 1940, will re-enact their journey.

A fleet of fishing boats and pleasure craft assisted naval vessels in the evacuation of about 300,000 Allied troops from the French coast.

Ramsgate`s Royal Harbour Marina was the reception centre for returning troops.

The Statue of Vice-Admiral Ramsay, who organised the evacuation of the Allied forces, is located in the grounds of Dover Castle.

Footage from the Dunkirk evacuation is shown in "Dover in World War Two: 1942", a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

Click to see all Ships photos (related tags: Boats, Ferries, Cruise Ships).

(1) Daily Mirror: Veterans mark Dunkirk evacuation

(2) BBC News: Ships gather in Ramsgate ahead of Dunkirk re-enactment

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John Latter on May 31, 2010

Extract from Charity cyclists receive heroes welcome at Dover:

Three hundred bike riders were given a heroes welcome when they came ashore at Dover on Sunday, May 30, 2010, at the end of a demanding and emotional 320-mile cycle ride across Northern France.

...They had spent the night onboard the command ship HMS Largs Bay (1) which brought them into Dover Harbour.

Relatives and supporters gathered on the beach to watch them transfer to the landing craft and then come ashore.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get down to the beach yesterday!

(1) Wikipedia entry for RFA Largs Bay (L3006)

John Latter on June 1, 2010

The landing craft appears to be a LCU Mark 10 (Landing Craft Utility) (1):

The LCU Mk10 class vessels are operated by the Royal Marines. They are intended for use onboard the new assault ships HMS Albion L14 and HMS Bulwark L15 and can use the Bay-class landing ships (eg the Largs Bay).

A Royal Navy webpage (2) states:

LCU Mk10 is a very capable craft, with a range of around 600 nautical miles - more if auxiliary tanks are added - and is designed to operate independently for 14 days with its seven man Royal Marines crew in both arctic and tropical climates. All the crew members have bunk accommodation and there is a galley and store rooms.

The LCUs are designed for world-wide operation, in the arctic or the tropics and with their new drive through design - featuring both bow and stern loading ramps - they will have a dramatic impact on the speed with which equipment can be disembarked from the assault ships.

The red and yellow flag on the landing craft is the NATO Number 1 flag (3). The similarity it bears to the flag of Spain lead to a Daily Telegraph report (4) on the 20th of November, 2009, stating:

The diplomatic incident, which occurred amid mounting tensions in the sea around the British colony (of Gibraltar), was triggered when the crew of a (Spanish) Civil Guard vessel reported spotting the fast patrol boat Scimitar firing at the "Spanish colours" during a military exercise in international waters.

Giles Paxman, 58, the younger brother of the BBC broadcaster Jeremy Paxman, was summoned to Spain's foreign ministry less than a month after taking up his new post as British Ambassador.

While he insisted the flag on top of the buoy used in the target practice was not in fact a Spanish flag, he apologised for what he called a lack of judgement by the British navy.

The only things left now are to find out whether its "P1" or "PI" (on the hull) and if the "9730" on the bridge is indeed the identification number.

(1) Wikipedia entry for Landing Craft Utility (UK)

(2) About HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark

(3) Wikipedia entry for Naval flag signalling

(4) Royal Navy used Spanish flag for target practice off Gibraltar

Also see 1 Assault Group Royal Marines (1AGRM)

John Latter on November 23, 2010

John Latter, on May 30, 2010, said:

The landing craft has just come out of the Tidal Harbour and is shown passing between two cruise ships in the Inner Harbour: the MS Eurodam on the left, and the MS Braemar on the right.

Click to see a photo of the MS Eurodam taken on 29th of June, 2010, and one of the MS Braemar taken on 29th of May, 2010.

John Latter on February 25, 2013

Also see a second view of the landing craft, taken a few seconds later:

Royal Marines P1 LCU MK10 Landing Craft, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, England

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  • Uploaded on May 30, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/05/29 07:09:18
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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