Edinburgh failed to slow downFriday, June 23, 2006 at 23:33 | Posted in Estonia, History | Leave a comment
Tags: military, naval
The British Navy destroyer H.M.S. Edinburgh today collided with a dock during a naval parade in the Estonian Baltic Sea island of Saaremaa, Estonian Television reports. According to Kaitseliit press spokesman Tanel Rütman, an Estonian pilot onboard H.M.S. Edinburgh advised the crew to slow down their speed when approaching the harbor but they disregarded the pilot’s advice. Both the destroyer and the dock suffered minor injuries but nobody was hurt.
H.M.S. Edinburgh was participating in the annual Victory Day parade commemorating the Estonian victory against the German Landeswehr in the battle of Võnnu (presently Cesis in Latvia) 23rd June 1919 during the Estonian freedom war. The parade is organized by the voluntary military organisation Kaitseliit and it marks the start of the Midsummer holiday. This year’s parade was the first to be held as a naval parade.
H.M.S. Edinburgh was the biggest of the 19 vessels participating in the parade. The parade was received by the Estonian president Arnold Rüütel and the armed forces commander vice admiral Tarmo Kõuts onboard the Estonian Navy’s flag ship Admiral Pitka.