Naval tours focuses on forthcoming courtesy visits from foreign navies of our nearest neighbors, to European Union navies and perhaps even to those on distant shores.
By covering these naval tours, the range of nationalities from these ships can also be wide in terms of the variety of ships docking in our ports.
The list of types of warships is long and they perform many tasks. These warships can include coastal patrol boats, minesweepers, mine hunters, frigates, destroyers, amphibious landing stages, helicopter carriers, submarine support ships and the rarer submarine sighting. -marines.
When naval tours are taken, these are the ones that are open to the public to board, provide a great opportunity to demonstrate up close, what they look like and what they can do, and a chance to chat with the crew.
This can make it even more interesting to visitors when a flotilla arrives, including notably an international fleet, adding to the sense of curiosity and adding a greater mix to the type of ships on board.
All of this makes Naval Visits a fascinating and intriguing glimpse into the role of foreign navies, as they spend time in our ports, primarily on a weekend stopover, after performing exercises at sea.
These naval exercises may involve joint cooperation between other naval fleets off Ireland, around the Atlantic, and well off the coasts of Western European countries.
In certain circumstances, naval visits involve ships making long-distance repositioning voyages between continents, after having completed a tour of duty in areas of conflict.
Joint naval fleet exercises bring greater integration of navies in Europe and beyond. These exercises enhance greater cooperation at EU level but also at international level, not only on a political front, but these exercises allow training skills to be shared in the implementation of naval skills and knowledge.
Naval visits are also reciprocal, as the Irish Naval Service has, over the decades, visited major gatherings overseas, while conducting specific operations on many fronts.
Ireland can therefore be represented through these ships which also act as floating platforms of ambassadors, supporting our national interests.
These interests are not exclusively political in terms of foreign policy, through humanitarian commitments, but also aim to support existing trade and tourism links and to develop.
Equally important is our relationship with the Irish Diaspora and sharing that sense of identity with the rest of the world.