Aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush pays Portsmouth a visit

One of the world’s largest aircraft carriers, USS George HW Bush, sailed into Portsmouth today for a port visit before embarking Royal Navy personnel on a two-week exercise. USS George HW Bush and elements of her carrier strike group — USS Philippine Sea, USS Donald Cook, and Norwegian ship HNoMS …

HMS Daring Commander marks departure with camel ride!

After three years in charge of HMS Daring, Commander Philip Dennis has marked his departure from the Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer by riding off along a Bahrain beach on the back of a camel. The ship’s company decided that a send-off with a desert theme would be perfect for Commander …

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BAE Systems’ Artisan 3D system passes sea-based acceptance trials

BAE Systems’ Artisan 3D radar system has successfully completed three years of sea-based trials on the Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigates, and has been fitted onto new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, due in Portsmouth later this year. The radar, which can monitor more than 800 objects simultaneously from 200 …

Security Minister praises Prevent work in Portsmouth

Minister for Security John Hayes meets Portsmouth community representatives on a visit to learn about Prevent work Minister for Security John Hayes MP has announced that he was ‘impressed’ with Portsmouth’s work on Prevent after visiting the city. Prevent is a national programme dedicated to stopping people before …

HMS Mersey deployed to North Atlantic from Portsmouth

  Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Mersey sailed from her home port of HMNB Portsmouth on Wednesday 6th January for a seven-month deployment in the North Atlantic. The ship will provide security and assurance to the UK’s overseas territories in the Caribbean and carry out counter-narcotics patrols as part of …

Part of Southsea seafront closed after sea wall breakdown

Portsmouth photographer Jon Neil took this photo of the collapsed sea wall foundation A small section of Southsea seafront has been closed whilst work is carried out to repair coastal defences following the breakdown of a part of the sea wall directly behind the Pyramids Centre.

Royal Navy’s HMS St Albans seizes 320kg of cannabis

The Royal Navy has carried out its second drugs bust in the Mediterranean in two weeks, with HMS St Albans seizing around 320kg of cannabis. Having left Portsmouth on a nine-month deployment less than a fortnight ago, the Type 23 frigate stopped the drug smugglers during a routine security patrol …

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth from Middle East

Hundreds of families gave a rousing welcome to HMS Duncan today (Friday 27th November) as she returned to Portsmouth from her maiden nine-month deployment to the Middle East. The Type 45 destroyer – the UK’s newest warship – left the UK in March and has sailed 43,000 nautical miles and …

Portsmouth frigate HMS St Albans deployed to Middle East

Portsmouth-based Type 23 Frigate HMS St Albans will sail on Monday 30th November for a nine-month deployment, focusing on maritime security operations in the Middle East. St Albans will continue the work which her sister ship, HMS Richmond, carried out earlier this year as part of the Royal Navy’s …

HMS Middleton to leave Portsmouth for three years in the Gulf

Portsmouth-based minehunter HMS Middleton will set sail on Monday (November 9th 2015) for a three-year deployment to the Gulf where she will protect vital sea lanes and provide wider maritime security to the region. Although Middleton will be based in Bahrain for three years, the 45-strong ship’s company will rotate …

Republic of Korea warships visit Portsmouth

Two Republic of Korea warships arrived in Portsmouth today — November 3rd November — as part of a round-the-world training deployment for hundreds of their navy cadets. The destroyer Kang Gam Chan and the logistics ship Dae Cheong will spend three days at Portsmouth Naval Base. They were welcomed by …