Commander John Payne has been appointed Commanding Officer of the frigate, HMS Sutherland, which will deploy to the Caribbean this summer on the front line in the global war against drugs. Commander Payne's interest in a life at sea was raised when a Royal Navy presentation team came to visit his class at school. He said: "It looked like a great life, full of adventure and … [Read more...] about New Commanding Officer for HMS Sutherland
Commander Simon Huntington has taken over the Command of the Type 22 Frigate HMS Chatham, at her base in Devonport, Plymouth. Simon Huntington was born in Southern Scotland in 1969 and raised in Cumbria. He went to the Trinity School in Carlisle and then studied Marine Biology at Newcastle University as a Royal Navy Bursar, while also training as a Seaman Officer in the … [Read more...] about New man in command of HMS Chatham
Plymouth-based 42 Commando and joint forces have hit the ground running on arrival in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, achieving early successes engaging Taliban forces. 42 Cdo RM has undertaken the role of Regional Battle Group South, working directly for the Regional Command (South) HQ in Kandahar . They are the regional task force right across southern Afghanistan , taking … [Read more...] about South West Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
HMS Chatham, the Plymouth-based Royal Navy frigate is due to return home to a warm welcome on Wednesday (22 October) after seven months protecting Iraqi offshore oil platforms, policing maritime traffic and making a huge illegal drugs seizure. The ship is expected to be greeted by 800 friends and families on the jetty and a Royal Marines Band. HMS Chatham has been … [Read more...] about HMS Chatham returns home from drug busting patrol.
The strategic deterrent submarine HMS Vigilant has docked today (11 October) at HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, for a major refit and refuel of her nuclear power plant. The long overhaul period and refuel will take about three years and provide work for hundreds of people in Devonport which is the only place in the UK which specialises in this work for the Royal Navy's … [Read more...] about HMS Vigilant in Devonport for major refit
The Royal Navy's largest warship HMS Ocean returned to her home base of Devonport, Plymouth , today after two very successful weeks conducting trials at sea in home waters following a major upgrade. A £30m investment in the ship and 14 months in the hands of Babcock Marine in HM Naval Base Devonport has maintained the commando carrier at the sharp end of the Royal Navy's … [Read more...] about The Royal Navy’s largest warship HMS Ocean’s successful sea trials
Today at Headquarters Task Force Helmand in Lashkar Gah, Southern Afghanistan, a ceremony was held to mark the transfer of authority between 16 Air Assault Brigade and Plymouth-based 3 Commando Brigade. During their six-month tour, 16 Air Assault Brigade took part in one of the most significant operations in Helmand province since British troops have been deployed to … [Read more...] about 3 Commando Brigade take control from 16 Air Assault Brigade in Southern Afghanistan
More than 600 families and friends braved the biting wind to welcome their loved ones home aboard HMS Montrose when the ship arrived in Plymouth this morning (Friday 3 October). The crew of the Type 23 frigate were praised by their commanding officer Commander Andy Hogben after a successful seven-month operational deployment in the Gulf which included a ten-tonne illegal … [Read more...] about HMS Montrose home to warm welcome after anti-drugs success
The Trafalgar class attack submarine HMS Turbulent has left Devonport Naval Base among the most advanced communications links in the Royal Navy's fleet of submarines after a Ministry of Defence update. Several key upgrades, along with routine service and maintenance, were incorporated in the job delivered by Babcock Marine at Devonport, which will extend the submarine's … [Read more...] about HMS Turbulent receives the most advanced communications.
Musical Royal Marines have helped boost funds for Plymouth good causes. Royal Marines from Stonehouse, Plymouth today presented four charities with cheques totalling £6,000. The beneficiaries are: Ford Park Cemetery Fund, Friends and Families of Special Children, Help for Heroes and The Plymouth Guild Fund. This money has been raised by the hard work of Carole Dinham who is … [Read more...] about Musical Royal Marines have helped boost funds for Plymouth good causes