British battleship HMS St Albans in Estonia

On 12 December at 3 p.m., a frigate of the British Royal Navy HMS St Albans, will arrive in the Old City Harbour of Tallinn. The arrival of the ship celebrates a hundred years’ passing from when the British fleet arrived in Tallinn to support Estonia in the War of Independence. The battleship of the British Royal Navy will stay in Tallinn until 15 December and is open to visitors on the last day.


•    HMS St Albans, a frigate of the British Royal Navy, will arrive in Tallinn Old City Harbour on 12 December at 3 p.m. The battleship is greeted by Theresa Bubbear, British Ambassador to Estonia, Commander Gary Brooks, Defence Attaché, and Major General Indrek Sirel, Deputy Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces. HMS St Albans will arrive in the Old City Harbour accompanied by ships of the Estonian Naval Defence Forces, whereas Captain Jüri Saska, Commander of the Estonian Navy, will arrive on Ugandi. Ugandi will remain in the Old City Harbour, positioned next to the British battleship. In celebration of the friendship between the two nations, a reception of the British ambassador and Commander John Cromie, Commanding Officer of HMS St Albans, will be held after the ship has arrived. Prime Minister of Estonia Jüri Ratas will perform a speech and music will be played by the Royal Artillery Band, who arrived from the United Kingdom just for the occasion.

•    On 13 December, the ship will be visited by President Kersti Kaljulaid. On the same day, she will perform a speech at the Defence Forces Cemetery of Tallinn, where bouquets will be placed on the graves of British sailors who died in the Estonian War of Independence.

•    On 15 December from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., HMS St Albans and Ugandi, a ship of the Estonian Naval Defence Forces, will be open to all visitors. In addition to ships, British military equipment of the NATO battle group in Estonia will also be demonstrated. At the same time, a city train will travel from Old City Harbour to the Seaplane Harbour and back, bringing visitors to a museum for a small fee to see the exhibition 'Red Trek. Ensuring Estonian Freedom', exhibiting events from a hundred years ago.

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