Ike Returns to Sea Following Planned Incremental Availability

March 28, 2019 – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) returned to sea March 28 following a scheduled planned incremental availability (PIA) during which the ship received innovative upgrades. One of the upgrades of note was the installation of the NULKA decoy system. “A disciplined and thoughtful approach to the basics brought us here,” said Capt. Kyle Higgins, Ike’s commanding officer of seeing the ship get underway. “We’ve been training for this for quite some time and invested a tremendous amount of sweat along the way. The hard work every…

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Coast Guard Cutter Tampa Returns Home After Inderdicting $240 million in Drugs

March 25 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned to Portsmouth Monday following a successful 85-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol off the coasts of Central and South America, Tampa’s crew successfully interdicted approximately 18,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of $240 million. The Coast Guard increased U.S. and allied presence in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin, which are known drug transit zones off Central and South America, as part of its Western Hemisphere Strategy. During at-sea interdictions in international…

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NNSY Welcomes USS George H.W. Bush for Dry-docking Planned Incremental Availability

February 21, 2019 – USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), Feb. 21, for a 28-month dry-docking planned incremental availability (DPIA). Dry-docking and maintaining a 103,000 ton, 1,092-foot aircraft carrier is complex work. This DPIA marks the first time George H.W. Bush has not been waterborne since 2006. Requiring an estimated 1.3 million man-days, it will be the most extensive maintenance period for the ship yet and one of the most complex CVN chief of naval operations availabilities in recent NNSY history. The shipyard workforce…

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Babcock opens new facility to support key MOD contract

January 22, 2019 – Babcock has opened a new office in Portsmouth in support of its critical five year Marine Systems Support Partner (MSSP) contract with the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Conveniently located close to the home of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet, the office opening coincided with MSSP’s first anniversary and highlights the collaboration across Babcock, the Royal Navy and the key support partners operating under the banner of Team Assure. Marked by a naming ceremony, Babcock representatives, Team Assure colleagues, Royal Navy and key stakeholders joined together…

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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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Harry S Truman Departs Portsmouth

October 11, 2018 – USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is heading back out to the North Atlantic after completing a four-day port visit in Portsmouth, England, Oct. 06-10. “Our Sailors were overwhelmed by the welcome we received across this beautiful isle,” said Commanding Officer Capt. Nick Dienna USN. “This visit was a phenomenal way to build on the long-standing partnership we have with our Royal Navy counterparts, as well as to forge new friendships with our gracious British hosts.” Having previously operated across the northern waters of both Second…

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USS Farragut Visits Historic Portsmouth

October 10, 2018 – USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth, Oct. 6, as part of a scheduled port visit. Farragut’s presence is aimed towards enhancing U.S.-UK relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. The purpose of the ship’s visit is to demonstrate the enduring partnership and mutual commitment to regional security and stability. “As Farragut moors in Her Majesty’s Naval Base Portsmouth, we not only have another opportunity to tour the beautiful country and immerse ourselves in…

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Portsmouth Welcomes US Carrier for Port Visit

October 8, 2018 – USS Harry S Truman has arrived into Portsmouth for a port visit while on deployment to the Mediterranean. Sister ship to the USS George W H Bush which arrived last summer, there are more than 5,000 personnel on board who will visit the city and take tours of the UK during their stay. The carrier most recently visited France and Greece and will continue with her program early this week. Arriving early Saturday morning into a foggy Solent, she has anchored off Stokes Bay near Gosport.…

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HMS Diamond sails for maritime security mission in the Mediterranean

September 29, 2018 – Royal Navy warship HMS Diamond has today sailed from Portsmouth for operations in the Mediterranean where the Type 45 destroyer will provide reassurance to allies in the region throughout the autumn. The deployment follows a busy few months for HMS Diamond and her crew, who spent most of the summer operating in or around UK waters. Commander Ben Keith, the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, said: “I’m thrilled that HMS Diamond is once again at sea on operations to keep our nation safe. I am proud…

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HMS Dragon leaves Portsmouth for Persian Gulf

September 18, 2018 – Portsmouth based HMS Dragon left her homeport today to embark on an operational deployment to the Persian Gulf. The Type 45 destroyer is scheduled to work alongside coalition and regional partners throughout her time away. She will be focused on providing regional maritime security, including counter-terrorism and anti-smuggling activities. Commander Michael Carter-Quinn, Commanding Officer of HMS Dragon, said, “Today’s departure on operations has been achieved through the hard work and support of my ship’s company, their families and the wider defense enterprise in ensuring that we…

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Coast Guard Cutter Northland returns to homeport after 79-day patrol

August 25, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Northland (WMEC-904) returned to Portsmouth, Virginia, after completing a 79-day patrol in the Western Atlantic Ocean, Saturday. The Northland is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported out of Portsmouth, and routinely deploys in support of counter-drug, alien migrant interdiction, fisheries, and search and rescue missions. The cutter crew interdicted 642 kilograms of cocaine and six suspected drug smugglers from a low-profile smuggling vessel while operating in the Western Atlantic Ocean. With the assistance of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon (WPC-1113) crew and…

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Gosport Oil Fuel Depot redevelopment

Information about the project to redevelop Gosport Oil Fuel Depot, how it will affect the local area and who to contact to make an enquiry. Contents Oil Fuel Depots Gosport Oil Fuel Depot Site redevelopment Work to be carried out Project timescales Noise and disruption management Traffic management Site security Community Relations Team Related information Oil Fuel Depots The Oil & Pipelines Agency (OPA) is responsible for 6 Naval Oil Fuel Depots in the UK. It works on behalf of the Secretary of State for Defence. It is a statutory public corporation sponsored by…

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Pakistan Naval Ship visits Portsmouth

PNS Aslat, a Zulfiquar-class frigate from the Pakistan Navy, and her 280-crew entered Portsmouth July 18th to visit the Royal Navy. Over the next few days the ships company will be conducting numerous engagement activities with Royal Navy personnel and be introduced to the Royal Navy training facilities on the base and at HMS Excellent. Captain Bill Oliphant, the Captain of Portsmouth Naval Base said, “It’s fantastic to welcome the Pakistan Navy to Portsmouth – this is the first time we have seen them in the city for 13 years…

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HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after leading NATO Deployment

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after six months leading a NATO task group in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Black Sea. She returned to cheering crowds of up to 800 people eager to see their loved ones home. Since January the 200 men and women aboard the destroyer, plus a dedicated Royal Navy-led multi-national staff, have sailed thousands of miles leading an international force of warships promoting stability and security across the region. HMS Duncan took charge of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2, a group…

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Get the ship in shape innovation event

DASA and the Royal Navy Innovation Team, DARE (Discovery, Assessment and Rapid Exploitation) are holding an innovation event alongside the crew of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier on Wednesday 4 July 2018. HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, and sister ship HMS PRINCE OF WALES, are the new cutting edge UK Aircraft Carriers and the largest ships the UK has ever built for the Royal Navy. These ships are intended to be operated by an extremely small crew relative to the ships’ size and the complexity of tasks that they undertake. The operating…

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