Algerian Navy Training Ship on maiden voyage visits Portsmouth

The Sail Training Ship El Mellah, a Polish-built tall ship from the Algerian Navy, and her crew of 126 sailors and 84 trainees have made Portsmouth the first stop on the ship’s maiden voyage.

As the ship arrived into Portsmouth, onlookers were stunned by the sight of the ships’ company lining the rigging of the ship; their equivalent of the Royal Navy’s Procedure Alpha.

Commodore Jeremy Bailey, Portsmouth Naval Base Commander said: “I am delighted to welcome the Algerian Ship El Mellah and her ship’s company to HM Naval Base Portsmouth.

Over the next few days the ship’s company will be able to visit Portsmouth and beyond, before hosting an evening reception on board for both Algerian and Royal Navy guests.

I hope that this visit helps to strengthen the ties between the UK and Algeria, one that is important to both nations and that the visiting ship’s company make the most of their visit to Portsmouth and the UK

Commodore Jeremy Bailey, Portsmouth Naval Base Commander

Over the next few days the ship’s company will be able to visit Portsmouth and beyond, before hosting an evening reception on board for both Algerian and Royal Navy guests.

Commissioned in Algiers in December 2018, she will be used for basic navigation and recruit training as well as representing the Algerian Navy in international events. The three-mast vessel is 110 metres long with a total sail area of approximately 3000 square metres, allowing the vessel to reach speeds of up to 17 knot.

The crew of the El Mellah, which translates to “The Sailor”, will be taken on tours of HMS Victory and the Historic Dockyard, while the ship will be refuelled and restored ready to proceed on their maiden voyage later this week.