HMD Portsmouth

Portsmouth , Hampshire , England

united kingdom United Kingdom

Satellite and aerial maps of HMD Portsmouth with nearby locations

Nearby locationsKmBearing
HMNB Portsmouth , England 0.7305
HMS Excellent , England 0.9357
HMS Vernon , England 1.4209
Fort Blockhouse , England 2.1215
Fareham Creek , England 2.8302
Horsea Island , England 3.2001EGH44

  HMD Portsmouth

1212 to present

50° 48' 17'' N     1° 5' 53'' W
Portsmouth, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Elevation: 10 feet

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

-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-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

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

By Date | By Serial | By Model

1950-dec RN Colossus class R16 HMS Triumph

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

1972 RN Type 81 Tribal class F133 HMS Tartar

1982-apr-151982-apr-23 RN Hecla class A138 HMS Herald

1991-apr Laid upRN Fearless class L11 HMS Intrepid

2010-jan-252010-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

2019-dec RN Type 45 Daring class D37 HMS Duncan

2020-jun2021-jun-17 RN Type 45 Daring class D32 HMS Daring
2020-oct-09 DeliveryRoyal Bahrain Naval Force Modified River class 80 RBNS Al Zubara

2022-mar Laid upRoyal Fleet Auxiliary Wave class A389 RFA Wave Knight

2023-mar-252027 RN Type 45 Daring class D36 HMS Defender

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