HMS Westminster Home for Christmas

December 14, 2018 – HMS Westminster has returned home to Portsmouth in time for the festive season after spending eight weeks with multinational partners in colder climates. She departed Portsmouth on 15th October 2018 to head to Reykjavík in Iceland in preparation for Exercise Trident Juncture, the largest NATO exercise in nearly 30 years. Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 saw around 50,000 personnel from 31 Countries, including 61 ships, participating in exercises off the West Coast of Norway for a three-week period. The Commanding Officer, Commander Will Paston said, “The last…

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Royal Navy ships complete NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 7, 2018 – NATO’S biggest war game in years – and the largest staged in Norway in 30 years – ends today with Royal Navy participants at the tip of the spear. Seven Royal Navy ships joined warships from across the alliance in a 65-vessel force mustered at sea and in the fjords, with Royal Marines from 45 Commando on a US assault ship and Fleet Air Arm Merlin helicopters hunting submarines. The two-week workout – which stretched from Reykjavik in Iceland to Narvik in the Arctic Circle and…

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HMS Westminster and Northumberland make most of NATO’s biggest exercise of 2018

November 5, 2018 – The crew of the tanker USNS Leroy Grumman haul in a line as they fill up two British warships simultaneously in the icy waters of the Norwegian sea. HMS Westminster and Northumberland took a break from submarine hunting with the French to take on board fuel after a challenging first few days in the far north of the Atlantic. The duo are part of a protective ring of steel around the US amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and her British and American marines leading the…

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NATO Allies Meet for Trident Juncture 18 Pre-Sail Conference

October 22, 2018 – NATO allies gathered together in Reykjavik, Iceland for a Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO pre-sail conference in support of NATO-led exercise Trident Juncture 18 Oct. 20. The purpose of the conference was for all participating nations to finalize schedule components, greater understanding of the exercise overview and for senior leaders to meet their foreign colleagues face-to-face. Exercise Trident Juncture 18 will take place in Norway, Sweden, and Finland beginning this month, with expected participation of more than 50,000 troops from more than 30 NATO member…

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Due to Lack of Ships, Royal Navy Deploys Survey Ship for Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – Royal Navy warships are making their way to Norway for one of NATO’s biggest exercises in recent years. Type 23 frigates HMS Northumberland and Westminster were joining minehunters Cattistock, Hurworth, Grimsby and Ramsey, along with survey ship Enterprise and a fleet diving unit, for Trident Juncture 18. X-Ray Company from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, are also embedded in the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima. Around 150 aircraft, including a Merlin Mk2 from 814 NAS aboard Northumberland, 65 vessels and up to 10,000 vehicles are…

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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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