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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Future USS Manchester (LCS 14) Transiting to Commissioning Site

The Navy’s newest littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Manchester (LCS 14) departed from Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama, May 5, beginning her journey to her commissioning site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The ship’s commissioning is scheduled for May 26, after which she will begin her transit to her homeport of San Diego. As part of her sail around, Manchester will conduct regularly scheduled equipment and systems checks, training, visit several ports and transit through the Panama Canal. “We are proud to take full ownership of our new ship,…

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USS Farragut Departs Portsmouth

USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Portsmouth, United Kingdom, April 24, following a three-day port visit. Farragut Sailors had the opportunity to visit HMS Victory and other historical sites as they traveled around Portsmouth to become familiar with the history and culture of the region. “Getting off the ship onto a country you’ve never been before is always something new, as you don’t know necessarily know what to expect,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin O’Brien. “The brief time spent in Portsmouth will be cherished and I hope to come back…

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USS Farragut Port Visit to Portsmouth

USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in Portsmouth, England, April 23 for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S. and U.K. relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe. “I think this visit is a great chance to renew our links to NATO and the special relationship we share with the U.K., while also getting a quick taste of Britain and the naval history Portsmouth offers,” said Cmdr. Casey Baker, Farragut’s commanding officer. Portsmouth is Farragut’s first port visit since departing Naval Station Mayport April…

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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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