French Navy to visit

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Three French Navy training vessels are due to dock in Douglas harbour tomorrow morning (Friday).

Jaguar, Glycine and Eglantine will be at Victoria Pier until Monday – and there is a chance for the public to step on board from 3pm to 6pm.

Jaguar, a Leopard class 470-tonne schoolship, will be open to the public – weather permitting – on Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm.

Meanwhile, the commandants of the three vessels will meet Douglas Mayor Stan Cain at Douglas town hall on Friday and then Infrastructure Minister Laurence Skelly.

They will also have a guided visit of Tynwald.

The French Navy will host a cocktail party for invited guests on board Jaguar on Friday evening. Among those invited are some French people living in the island.

Glycine and Eglantine are both 295-tonne navigational training ships.

The last time the French Navy visited was in 2011.

On that occasion, another training ship, the sailing yacht Le Mutin – or Mischievous – docked in Douglas after taking part in the first leg of the Tall Ships Race.

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