Westminster’s back with a bang as frigate hits the firing range

September 27, 2018 – Fresh from patrolling the North Atlantic, Type 23 frigate HMS Westminster has returned to the south coast with a bang. As one of the Royal Navy’s high readiness ships she has spent a busy summer focused on her primary anti-submarine role. But the ship’s company took the opportunity to lay down some lead with her 4.5-inch gun with some gunnery practice on the way back to her home port of Portsmouth. The Type 23 frigate stopped off at the ranges in the Lulworth exercise areas –…

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HMS Westminster Receives First Ever RAS From RFA Tidespring

Other ships have practised – including future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth but HMS Westminster became the first Royal Navy vessel to receive fuel on operations from the Fleet’s newest tanker, RFA Tidespring. Fellow tanker RFA Wave Knight and Westminster’s HMS Sutherland had previously proved the Tide-class ship’s capabilities during her sea trials last year. [smartslider3 slider=75] The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is one of four built to refuel the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and her task group when at sea. Measuring just over 200 meters in length and with…

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HMS Westminster Escorts Russian warships Through English Channel

Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster is today escorting a Russian military task group through the English Channel and areas of UK interest. The Portsmouth-based Type 23 frigate was activated on Friday (5 Jan 18) to sail and keep watch on two Russian warships and two supporting vessels as they passed close to UK territorial waters in stormy conditions. HMS Westminster remained at sea over the weekend to meet up with the Russian vessels, keeping track of their activities in areas of Britain’s national interest. During this time, sources told SeaWaves…

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