Portsmouth Naval Base has been an integral part of the city since 1194. It is home to almost two-thirds of the Royal Navy's surface ships, including the new formidable Type 45 destroyers, Type 23 frigates and mine countermeasures and fishery protection squadrons.
It will be home to two new aircraft carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince Of Wales – which are currently being built. At 65,000 tonnes they will be the biggest ships ever built for the Royal Navy.
The base is a major employer and provides lodging facilities to RN personnel serving at the base and in Portsmouth-based ships.
The Royal Navy’s presence on the world stage sends a powerful message that the UK is committed to global affairs and provides a stabilising influence. In this way we prevent conflict on the high seas and protect the flow of international trade on which our nation depends.
PROVIDING SECURITY AT SEA
The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.
Protecting the 17.3 billion tonnes of goods imported into the UK every year, and the 600,000+ UK jobs that directly depend on maritime trade necessitates that the Royal Navy is a formidable presence on the global stage.
WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP
Keeping the high seas safe to be lawfully used is a full-time international effort. The Royal Navy works with NATO and other allied nations on security operations and exercises all around the world, including the Gulf and off the Horn of Africa.
COMBATING PIRACY, TERRORISM, TRAFFICKING & ILLICIT TRADE
90% of world trade is transported by sea. This inevitably attracts groups seeking to illegally profit. As the UK is an island nation, and dependent on sea trade, the Royal Navy is committed to protecting maritime commerce.
WORLD CLASS PEOPLE
Preserving the freedom of the high seas demands a force of highly trained experts. Our personnel are leaders in their field – and up to date on the latest methods and technologies needed to keep us effective.
Safeguarding the trade routes that our nation relies on, requires us to operate all over the world. This is why the Royal Navy’s forces deploy right across the globe – and maintain a strong presence and links with dependent territories.
Ministry of Defence (Naval Bases Operating Centre)
HM Naval Base