Defence Secretary Announces Devonport Will Be Home to Type 26 Frigates

October 8, 2018 – All of the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 frigates will be homed in Devonport, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced at the Naval Base today. The eight Type 26 warships will start being delivered to the Royal Navy from the mid-2020s, heralding yet another new era in the role of a base which has played a central role in the defence of the UK for hundreds of years – from the Napoleonic wars to the Falklands Conflict. The 6,900-tonne frigates will be world-class anti-submarine warships and…

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Duke of Edinburgh sends best wishes to HMS Magpie

The Duke of Edinburgh gave his blessing yesterday as the name of a ship he once commanded was resurrected after nearly 60 years. New survey ship HMS Magpie was formally welcomed into the Naval family in her home of Devonport yesterday afternoon. Among the Commanding Officers of the previous Magpie was the Duke of Edinburgh, who was in charge of the sloop/frigate between 1950 and 1952 in the Mediterranean. A message from the 97-year-old was read out to crew, friends and family of the new ship during today’s commissioning ceremony:…

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HMS Talent to begin operational sea training

The Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine HMS Talent is beginning intensive training to re-join the frontline operational fleet after a major refit. The Trafalgar Class submarine has completed an extensive multi-million pound maintenance period in HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth. [smartslider3 slider=76] The successful end of the engineering project was marked by her crew celebrating with the formal ceremony of Ship’s Company Divisions. The tradition of divisions, steeped in history, was overseen by Commodore J Le S Perks, Commodore of the Submarine Flotilla. Submariners were joined by 100 family and…

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HMS Ocean sails from Portsmouth for the last time

HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship, has sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for the last time before she decommissions from the Royal Navy. The helicopter carrier and assault ship arrived last Friday to pay a brief farewell visit to the city before returning to her homeport of Devonport, Plymouth for the final time under a white ensign later this month. Commanding Officer of HMS Ocean, Captain Robert Pedre, said: “It is fitting that the Fleet Flagship should have this opportunity to bid farewell to the city before decommissioning; a…

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DIO awards contract for new jetty at HMNB Devonport Oil Fuel Depot

The project will deliver a new jetty with fuel loading and firefighting facilities; the firefighting facilities within the depot will also be replaced. The jetty will be constructed within a Special Area of Conservation on the River Tamar and the project has to comply with stringent environmental regulations. The completed facility will service all of the Navy fueling requirements at Devonport. Bill Hughes, DIO Project Manager said: This is a key milestone in the Navy Oil Fuel Depot upgrade program. There have been considerable environmental challenges and constraints that have…

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NRP Corte Real Returned From FOST

Google Translation The mission began on August 21 and ended today, September 30, with the OST participation period from August 28 to September 28. The OST consists of an intensive operational training period, under the aegis of the British Navy’s “Flag Officer Sea Trainig (FOST)”, designed to train the ship across the spectrum and environments of Naval Operations, maximizing its combat capability. During the transit to Plymouth (21-25AGO), the garrison was involved in the preparations for the OST, having held a small training series in the key areas of the…

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Future flagship Albion completes sea trials after £90m overhaul

The only way is up for Britain’s future flagship as she successfully completes her sea trials this week following a massive £90m revamp. HMS Albion is in the Channel preparing to flex her gunnery muscles as she re-masters the art of military operations after six years away from the front line. The Devonport-based assault ship completed initial sea trials in the late spring when machinery systems and sensors were tested. After summer leave for the 350 or so sailors and Royal Marines on board, trials resumed with the emphasis on…

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Highest Ratings for Navy frigate Evertsen

Google Translation March 24, 2017 – “Good on the final inspection. Overall very satisfactory”. With these words of praise in his pocket, the Evertsen will today return to Den Helder. The air defense and command frigate (LCF) is the British Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) declared operationally ready with a rare good final. During the final phase of the Fost was practiced according to during a very realistic scenario of war. The FOST is the last hurdle in the intensive and extensive work-up all naval vessels after undergoing a maintenance…

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USS Donald Cook Completes FOST

March 20, 2017 – USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) completed Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) March 16.  The FOST certification aims to certify NATO ships in advanced warfare areas. “This being our second visit to FOST the crew was well prepared and it showed. The professional staff at FOST flexed the crew through serials and drills that emphasized communication and partnership with multi-nation forces. It was, once again, a phenomenal opportunity to see how our forces integrate; and to see what we can adopt in our Navy’s culture and procedures…

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Lockheed Martin Canada Delivers High Fidelity Combat System Trainer to Royal New Zealand Navy

March 14, 2017 – Completing the first major delivery under the New Zealand ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade Project, prime systems integrator Lockheed Martin Canada and Chief of Navy Rear Admiral John Martin have officially opened the New Zealand ANZAC combat system trainer. The combat system trainer was delivered ahead of schedule to the Maritime Warfare Training Centre at the Royal New Zealand Navy base in Devonport on February 16, 2017. Rear Admiral Martin stated, “It is wonderful to receive the trainer early which will allow our sailors to be properly…

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USS Donald Cook Arrives in Plymouth for FOST

February 23, 2017 – Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) arrived in Plymouth, United Kingdom, Feb. 22, for a scheduled port visit to complete the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) certification. FOST is an advanced warfare certification training event conducted with the British Royal navy. The ship’s presence in the North Atlantic is a demonstration of the U.S. Navy’s continued commitment to and collective defense of the European region. “It’s great to be in the waters of the southwest British Isles again for Flag Officer Sea Training. Our…

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HMS Albion readies for sea

February 1, 2017 – The Royal Navy’s amphibious command ship HMS Albion has embarked her crew marking a major milestone in the ship’s multi-million pound capability upgrade in Plymouth. Almost 350 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines moved on-board for the first time in almost six years. The occasion was marked with an official handing over of the ship from Babcock to HMS Albion and the ship celebrated with the galley serving its traditional first fish and chips in HM Naval Base Devonport. The ship’s senior naval officer, Commander Stuart…

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