HMS Forth is officially commissioned into the Royal Navy

HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation of Offshore Patrol ships has been formally commissioned into the Fleet. Held at her home base of Portsmouth, the commissioning ceremony for HMS Forth represents the second ship to join the Royal Navy in less than six months. After the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in December, HMS Forth is the next generation of warships to arrive as part of the government’s £178bn plan to give the Armed Forces the equipment it needs over the next decade. She is the first…

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Portsmouth’s historic dockyard proves top five tourist hit

Portsmouth’s historic dockyard has smashed its way into the top UK’s five cultural attractions outside the capital. More than 900,000 people visited the site – home to HMS Victory, Mary Rose, Warrior, WW1 monitor M33, their supporting museums and the Jutland exhibition – in 2017. That lifts the dockyard into the upper ranks of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions’ top draws. Outside London only Stonehenge, the Roman baths in Bath, Chester Zoo and the RHS gardens at Wisley pull in more punters – with the exception of theme parks,…

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Forth Maiden Arrival Portsmouth February 24th

The first of the Royal Navy’s next-generation patrol ships set sail from Glasgow today for her homeport of Portsmouth. HMS Forth is the first of a class of five state-of-the-art Royal Navy vessels, designed for counter-piracy, anti-smuggling, fishery protection, border patrol, counter terrorism and other maritime defence duties. They will become the RN’s eyes and ears around the UK, help to safeguard fishing stocks, reassure and protect Falkland Islanders and, if necessary, deploy to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and elsewhere to safeguard our physical and economic interests around the world. Commanding…

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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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HMS Duncan deploys to Mediterranean and Gulf

Royal Navy warship HMS Duncan today deployed to the Mediterranean to take over as flagship to a major NATO task group. The Type 45 destroyer left Portsmouth Naval Base this morning to resume the role after a three-month stint in charge last year. HMS Duncan will conduct defense engagement activities alongside the UK’s NATO partners and will lead Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 through a series of high-profile exercises. On completion of this task, Duncan will then sail to the Persian Gulf to take up the UK’s standing commitment to…

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Coast Guard Cutter Legare Returns from Operation Unified Resolve Patrol

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare returned to Portsmouth on Sunday after completing a 45-day deployment to the Caribbean Sea in support of Operation Unified Resolve. Operation Unified Resolve is a combined effort between Joint Interagency Task Force South, the Coast Guard and international partners in the Caribbean region to interdict vessels smuggling drugs and illegal migrants to the United States. During the deployment, the Legare’s crew patrolled waters stretching from the Dominican Republic, through the Greater and Lesser Antilles, and as far south as the Dutch Antilles. The Legare’s first…

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Dry dock reopened to boost warship engineering support

The arrival of a new caisson at Portsmouth Naval Base has enabled a former dry dock to be reopened for the first time since 2002. This multimillion pound uplift will increase the level of engineering support and warship maintenance on the base, boosting operational capability. Reopening this dock takes the base capability up to 11 dry docks which can support ships up to the size of a Type 45 destroyer. Captain Bill Oliphant, Captain of the Base said, “Today is a significant moment in the regeneration of Portsmouth Naval Base.…

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HM The Queen has commissioned aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into the Royal Navy

The Queen spoke at a ceremony in Portsmouth’s naval base this morning, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Chancellor Philip Hammond and military chiefs. In her role as the ship’s Lady Sponsor Her Majesty addressed guests before the Ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Jerry Kyd, read the commissioning warrant. The iconic White Ensign was then raised, symbolising the commissioning of the nation’s future flagship into the Royal Navy’s fleet. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “Today marks the start of a hugely significant chapter for the Royal…

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Queen Elizabeth to Commission Namesake Aircraft Carrier

Her Majesty the Queen will formally commission her namesake aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, into the Royal Navy fleet in just three weeks’ time. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the news as he made his first landing onto the deck of the carrier today, while she was at sea sailing around the South Coast of England. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said, “In a world of intensifying global threats, this magnificent ship will be a leading force fighting to protect the values of the UK and our allies. It’s an honour…

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Takes Another Step Forward in Modernization

With more than 20 years of research, planning, designing, construction and certification, the new Controlled Industrial Facility (CIF) onboard Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) is not only a new work site, it is a giant step into radiological facilities revitalization. “We first started talking about a new CIF back in 1996,” said Robert Fogel, 3910N Nuclear Facilities and Equipment manager. “The whole concept of this type of a modern-day facility was to streamline our processes, house multiple jobs continuously, be more energy efficient, reduce required man-hours, increase productivity, safely work on…

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Dragon roars as she arrives home into Portsmouth

Royal Navy warship HMS Dragon has fired a 17-gun salute to hail the First Sea Lord’s presence in Portsmouth. The Type 45 destroyer roared into her home port as she returned from a series of exercises off the South West coast and off the coast of Scotland. The number of guns fired designates the seniority of the recipient – in this case Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the Head of the Royal Navy. Her Majesty the Queen would receive 19. Lieutenant John Richardson, Principle Warfare Officer on HMS Dragon said: “Gun…

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HMS Queen Elizabeth Leaves Portsmouth for Trials

HMS Queen Elizabeth has sailed from Portsmouth Naval Base for the first time since arriving at her home port in August. The Royal Navy’s future flagship has embarked on the next set of sea trials to test the £3 billion ship’s capability. Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base, Captain Bill Oliphant said: “HMS Queen Elizabeth has been in Portsmouth Naval Base for two months of planned maintenance to allow her to sail to complete her sea trials today. “This period at sea will mark an extremely significant milestone in the life…

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HMS Severn decommissions after 14 years of service

Fourteen years of distinguished service by HMS Severn was honoured today at a ceremony in HM Naval Base Portsmouth. The ship’s company and guests gathered at South Railway Jetty for a final inspection and service of thanksgiving for her crew and the safe completion of her commission. HMS Severn has now reached the end of her planned service life, and the majority of her 45 personnel will remain within the squadron. She was the first of the Royal Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels ever to undertake North Atlantic patrol duties in…

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French minehunter visits Portsmouth

FS Sagittaire and her forty-nine crew members sailed into Portsmouth Naval Base on Friday morning for a weekend pit stop before continuing with their duties in the North Sea. Based in Brest, the home of the French navy, the FS Sagittaire is a tripartite class minehunter which was commissioned in 1996. As a key NATO partner the ship will be taking part in Exercise Joint Warrior over the coming weeks and are looking forward to working with their partners on one of the largest military exercises of its kind in…

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