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  • united kingdom HMD Portsmouth

    Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

    United Kingdom





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    0.7305 HMNB Portsmouth, England
    0.9357 HMS Excellent, England
    2.1215 Fort Blockhouse, England
    2.8302 Fareham Creek, England
    3.2001EGH44 Horsea Island, England
    3.7125 Eastney Barracks, England



    1212 to present

    50° 48' 17'' N - 1° 5' 53'' W
    Portsmouth
    Elevation: 10 feet




    History of this Location


    Her Majestys Dockyard Portsmouth. The southern and eastern part of the site was essentially the shipbuilding and refitting yard. This has significantly contracted since 1970 and most of the land to the south has been released to tourism as Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

    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, 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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    List of ships built at HMD Portsmouth

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    From
    -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

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



    HMD Portsmouth News


    Portsmouth Harbour To Be Dredged For QEC Carriers, 30-Jun-15 : Defence Infrastructure Organisation has awarded the £31 million contract to dredge Portsmouth Harbour to Boskalis Westminster.






    List of aircraft and events at HMD Portsmouth

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    DatesOrg/TypeUnit
    1952-sep RN Colossus class R71 HMS Vengeance
    1953-nov DockyardRN Centaur class R06 HMS Centaur
    1957-nov RN Modified Centaur class R07 HMS Albion
    1962-apr Buccaneer refitRN Illustrious class R38 HMS Victorious
    1962-nov-13 DepartureRN Improved Centaur class R12 HMS Hermes
    1982-apr-15 1982-apr-23 RN Hecla class A138 HMS Herald
    2010-jan-25 2010-oct DockyardRN Type 42 (Batch 3) D97 HMS Edinburgh
    2014-jul CUPRN Type 45 Daring class D34 HMS Diamond
    2014-nov RN Type 23 Duke class F237 HMS Westminster
    2016-oct RN Type 45 Daring class D36 HMS Defender



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