HMS Northumberland sails into Liverpool for four-day visit

May 22, 2019 – Frigate HMS Northumberland sailed into Liverpool for a four-day logistics stop after shadowing a Russian naval vessel through the English Channel. The Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate arrived at Liverpool’s cruise liner berth with her ship’s company lining the upper deck in full ceremonial uniforms.   The ship and her crew – including three Liverpool natives – were alongside to take on supplies and enjoy a brief respite from the operations she has been conducting. Last week HMS Northumberland was activated to sail and meet the Severmorsk,…

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Women winning battles: Recreating the Wrens unit which helped win the War

September 11, 2019 – Dstl staff have recreated the work of a World War Two unit which was set up to help stop U-boat attacks on Allied ships. The Western Approaches Tactical Unit (WATU) was formed of officers and rating from the Women’s Royal Naval Service, or Wrens. Despite rudimentary facilities, more than 5,000 officers were trained by the women; operational analysts and war gamers who helped to win the Battle of the Atlantic. Modern-day war-gamers from Dstl teamed up with today’s Royal Navy to recreate the work of the WATU…

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