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A thought comes to mind that when a merchant navy ship of any nationality comes into any port a pilot is required to assist her to anchoror wherever she is going. Is a pilot required to bring a Royal navy ship into port and what about foreign navies does the same rule apply
 

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Generally vessels of the navy of the country in question are exempt from taking a pilot. Foreign naval vessels are required to take a pilot.
 

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Merchant Navy vessels do not necessarily require a pilot when in home waters. it depends upon the port authority and National regulations and of course tonnage of the vessel.
For example, in Canada, Canadian vessels do not require a pilot in most ports provided the Master has been approved by the Pilotage authority as competent in the local waters.
 

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In major naval ports where navy ships are based there is usually a Master Attendant (the naval equivalent of Harbour Master) and his branch is responsible for providing naval pilots to guide both foreign and flag naval shipping.

When I was Harbour Master in Sydney the United States required their capital ships (aircraft carriers and battleships) to take a commercial pilot as they did not believe the RAN had the necessary experience to handle very large vessels. Much to the annoyance and anger of RAN personnel.
 
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