united kingdom HMD Portsmouth

Portsmouth, England

united kingdom


Location: 50 48 13.32 secs N     -     1 5 59.35 secs W

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There has been a Royal Dockyard at Portsmouth since 1212 after orders were issued by that rogue King Richard I (the Lionheart) for a dock to be built.

As well as supporting the fleet, the Dockyard became a seat of engineering excellence and drivers of the industrial revolution, for instance with the invention of the first machine for making consistently reliable blocks and tackle for naval rigging.

The last ship built at the Yard was HMS Andromeda (F57), launched in 1967.

It is fair to say that much of the southern part of the site today is more of a tourist destination, but there is still a Naval presence towards the north of the site and in the surrounding area. Portsmouth was long ago eclipsed by Devonport Dockyard as Chatham and then Rosyth closed and some of their facilities were re-distributed.

A visit to the Historic Dockyard is well worth it, if only to visit the Action Stations building. Go on a quiet day and you can have the Merlin simulator to yourself.

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-Corvette Port of Spain class
1960Frigate Type 12 Rothesay class
1962Frigate Type 81 Tribal class
1966Frigate Towed Array Exocet Leander class
1968Frigate Seawolf Leander class
2007Corvette Modified River class

1959-apr-23 F129 HMS Rhyl Type 12 Rothesay class
1960-sep-6 F131 HMS Nubian Type 81 Tribal class
1964-sep-22 F40 HMS Sirius Towed Array Exocet Leander class
1967-may-24 F57 HMS Andromeda Seawolf Leander class
2006-jun-14 P257 HMS Clyde Modified River class
2009-nov Port of Spain Port of Spain class

News about this location :

Portsmouth Harbour To Be Dredged For QEC Carriers, 30-Jun-15 : The Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers will be significantly larger than any vessel that currently uses Portsmouth Harbour.

Events in this location: Login to Edit    

1953-novDockyardRoyal NavyCentaur classR06 HMS Centaur
2010-jan-25 2010-oct DockyardRoyal NavyType 42 (Batch 3)D97 HMS Edinburgh
2014-novRoyal NavyType 23 Duke classF237 HMS Westminster

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