HMS Monmouth Returns From F-35B Plane Guard Duty

December 14, 2018 – HMS Monmouth has returned to her home in Devonport after being deployed with the UK’s newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth. The Type-23 frigate has operated as part of the Carrier Strike Group since the ships sailed in August on the WESTLANT 2018 Deployment. Her role has been to provide security at sea for the Strike Group on the East Coast of the US as the Carrier conducted hugely successful and historic trials with the F35B- Lightning II jets. During her deployment, she travelled over 20,000…

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HMS Albion heads home after Gibraltar pit stop

November 20m 2018 – After nearly ten months away, UK flagship HMS Albion is homeward bound for Plymouth having completed her final port of call. The assault ship spent three days in Gibraltar, last stop before home and the end of a mammoth deployment which has taken her to Tokyo and back. After a number of stops in the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East – Indonesia, South Korea, a lengthy period in Japan, Vietnam, Brunei and Oman amongst others – Albion called in on The Rock and a traditional last…

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HMNZS Te Mana Returns From Asia-Pacific Engagement

November 9, 2018 – Families and friends crammed the wharf at Devonport Naval Base this morning to welcome back the 176 crewmembers of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) frigate HMNZS Te Mana, who returned from a five-month engagement across the Asia-Pacific region. Te Mana and its crew left in June to conduct defense engagement activities in five countries across the region. The ship also took part in four international exercises as part of its deployment. The first of these exercises was the biennial Rim of the Pacific, the world’s…

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Babcock Closing Appledore Shipyard

November 1, 2018 – Babcock International has today announced it has taken the difficult decision to exit operations at its Appledore facility in Devon, ending its site lease in March 2019. Babcock’s focus is now firmly on its workforce and its determination to protect their employment within the business. To that end, the company will offer relocation opportunities for all 199 Appledore employees at other Babcock facilities, 140 of whom are already on short-term redeployment to its Devonport operations. Babcock very much regrets having to take this course of action…

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NZDF Completes Pacific Fisheries Patrol

October 23, 2018 – The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) inspected 10 vessels during recent maritime patrols in the Exclusive Economic Zones of Samoa and Tokelau. Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the patrols were conducted to support New Zealand’s Pacific neighbors and involved enforcement personnel from Samoa and Tokelau. “We recognize that fishery resources are important to the economy and food security of Pacific Island countries,” Major General Gall said. “To support our Pacific neighbors we regularly…

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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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