- International Festival of the Sea, 2001
The International Festival of the Sea, 2001 was held at H.M. Naval Base,
Portsmouthbetween 24 and 27 August 2001. It was the third in a series of International Festivals of the Seaheld in the United Kingdomsince 1996. The event allowed people to walk around the Naval Base, to go on board many of the visiting vessels, including several vessels belonging to the Royal Navy. It also allowed people to visit the historic dockyard, including HMS Victoryand the Mary Rose. There were also many maritime displays, street entertainers, military bands, music concerts and unique shops.
According to the event's patron, Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, the festival was a "celebration of all things maritime".
The first International Festival of the Sea took place in
Bristolin 1996 with the Royal Navy as primary participants. Following the declining numbers of visitors to Portsmouth Navy Day's encouraged the Royal Navy to invite the festival to Portsmouth for the first time in 1998. The event was highly successful with over 200,000 visitors. So the festival returned in 2001.
Many events were held during the four days of the festival. Most of the spectacular events were military in genre, some displaying the most modern of hardware, whilst others showed of historical equipment. Other events, such as concerts and children's activities.
Operation Island Storm
The main military event of the festival was "Operation Island Storm", a demonstration of British military ability confronted by a situation most likely in to-day's world. It involved a hostage situation off the West African coast, and the
Royal Marinesoperation to free them.
A specially constrcted island in the harbour was the site of the action, which was held every afternoon of the event. It was the biggest display of British military hardware during the whole of 2001.
Lists of Ships
Numerous ships of different capacities and from various nations attended the event.
"These lists are not complete"
Royal Navy Ships
Invincible class aircraft carrier
** HMS "Illustrious" (R06)
hips of Other Navies
* USS "Winston S. Churchill" (DDG-81) of the flagicon|USA
United States Navy
* "Albatros" - flag|The Netherlands
* "Artemis" - flag|The Netherlands
* "Astrid" - flag|United Kingdom
* "Christian Radich" - flag|Norway
* "Cisne Branco" - flag|Brazil
* "Cuauhtemoc" - flag|Mexico
* "Dar Mlodziezy" - flag|Poland
* "Europa" - flag|The Netherlands
* "Grand Turk" - flag|United Kingdom
* "Granvillaise" - flag|France
* "Kaliakra" - flag|Bulgaria
* "La Recouvrance" - flag|France
* "Lord Nelson" - flag|United Kingdom
* "Matthew" - flag|United Kingdom
* "Mir" - flag|Russia
* "Oosterschelde" - flag|The Netherlands
* "Orp Iskra" - flag|Poland
* "Palinuro" - flag|Italy
* "Pogoria" - flag|Poland
* "Prince William" - flag|United Kingdom
* "Renard" - flag|France
* "Royalist" - flag|United Kingdom
* "Sedov" - flag|Russia
* "Shabab Oman" - flag|Oman
* "Shtandart" - flag|Russia
* "Sorlandet" - flag|Norway
* "Statsraad Lehmkhul" - flag|Norway
* "Swan Fan Makkum" - flag|The Netherlands
* "Zenobe Gramme" - flag|Belgium
* International Festival of the Sea, 2001 - Official Souvenir Programme
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