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Introduction – The Royal Navy at Portsmouth

Portsmouth is the Royal Navy’s oldest naval base. Throughout the 20th century Portsmouth has played an important role in enabling the Royal Navy to operate in British waters and around the globe. Today, the city still remains the home of the Royal Navy and the base port of 60% of the Navy’s surface ships.

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Portsmouth Harbour and Dockyard c.1910. (RNM)
Portsmouth Harbour and Dockyard c.1910. (RNM)

To find out about the importance of Portsmouth as a base, select Next

...Or, to learn about some of Portsmouth Command's Shore Establishments, follow the links below -

Eastney Barracks - former home of the Portsmouth Division Royal Marines

HMS Dolphin - the former Submarine Branch Depot Ship in Gosport

HMS Victory - Portsmouth's Royal Naval Barracks