HMS Queen Elizabeth sets sail for sea trials

History was made today as HMS Queen Elizabeth, the first QE Class aircraft carrier, set sail from Rosyth to commence first stage sea trials off the north-east of Scotland. Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “This is a historic moment for the UK as our new aircraft carrier takes …

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s crew take up residence ahead of Portsmouth arrival

The Ship’s Company of HMS Queen Elizabeth has now taken up residence on board the nation’s future flagship. Over the last couple of months, the 700-strong crew has been getting to know the ship, navigating their way around the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, familiarising themselves with the new and high …

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RFA Gold Rover returns to Portsmouth before ending service

After 43 years supporting Royal Navy operations around the globe, RFA Gold Rover has reached the end of her lengthy and distinguished career. Proudly flying her paying-off pennant, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship arrived in Portsmouth today ahead of her official end-of-service ceremony on Monday 6th March 2017. It marks …

Royal Navy detonate WWII bomb found in Portsmouth Harbour

Royal Navy bomb disposal experts detonated an unexploded Second World War bomb today after it was dredged up from the bottom of Portsmouth Harbour. The German SC250 bomb was found in the early hours of Wednesday 22nd February in the excavator head of a barge dredging the harbour — …

Royal Navy trains for national Remembrance ceremonies

Sailors and Royal Marines have been honing their ceremonial drill to perfection as they prepare to represent the Royal Navy at this year’s national Remembrance events in London. More than 100 men and women of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service …

Portsmouth-based HMS Diamond completes counter illegal arms patrol

Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyer HMS Diamond ended her operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea this week, handing over duties countering the illegal arms trade into Libya to RFA Mounts Bay. The Portsmouth-based destroyer has been active in the region for the past two months, conducting surveillance and boarding merchant …

BAE Systems win long-term systems integration contract with Royal Navy

Portsmouth-based BAE Systems has signed a ten-and-a-half-year contract extension to provide the Royal Navy with combat systems integration services to both in-service and future platforms, including Type 45 destroyers, the new Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class aircraft carriers, and the Type 26 Global Combat Ships. Following on from the first phase …

HMS Westminster completes extensive refit at Portsmouth Naval Base

A multi-million pound refit has been carried out on Portsmouth-based Type 23 Frigate HMS Westminster. Her extensive maintenance period, as part of the £600 million Maritime Services Delivery Framework (MSDF), has been carried out by a team of more than 800 people at Portsmouth Naval Base. The upkeep programme on …

Strictly Come Dancing contestants jive into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard we treated to a sneak preview of Strickly Come Dancing stars first dance ahead of this last weekends opening live televised competition. Contestants couple Louise Redknapp and dancing professional Kevin Clifton sprinkled a bit of dancing magic onto The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s …

Portsmouth’s HMS Tyne escorts Russian warship through Channel

Portsmouth patrol ship HMS Tyne has been called on twice in a month to escort Russian warship through the English Channel. The warship monitored the progress of military transporters Minsk and Alexander Shabalin for more than 500 miles each as the vessel passed the British Isles. The Russian vessels are …

Portsmouth Naval Base chefs taste success in cooking contest

Teams from Portsmouth Naval Base swept the board in a cooking contest open to Navy chefs across the fleet. Twenty-one chefs took part in the inaugural two-day Portsmouth Flotilla Cook and Serve competition at Admiralty House, the Naval Base residence of the Second Sea Lord. Each team of three had …