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HMS Ocean to become Fleet Flagship

HMS Ocean will become Fleet Flagship Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Ocean, the nation’s very high readiness helicopter carrier, will shortly assume the duties of Fleet Flagship.

The Plymouth based ship takes over from HMS Bulwark on the morning of Monday 1 June.

The ship will sail next month for the first of a series of exercises that will demonstrate the flexibility of the warship for tasks ranging from the delivery of humanitarian aid to the full range of amphibious operations.

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Families cheer their loved ones as HMS Kent and Dauntless sail into port

HMS Kent (Foreground) and HMS Dauntless Sail home Credit: Kate Taylor
Twins Aaron and Luke Walker wait for their dad Leading Chef Benjamin Walker on board HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
Families wait on the Quayside for HMS Kent to return home Credit: Kate Taylor
Cheering families welcome home HMS Dauntless Credit: Kate Taylor
Band of the Royal Marines welcome home HMS Dauntless and HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor
HMS Dauntless returns to Portsmouth Credit: Kate Taylor
Evie and Lacey Moore fly the flag for dad Petty Officer Joseph Moore aboard HMS Kent Credit: Kate Taylor

New exhibition opens to mark 100th anniversary of First World War

It's one of the lesser known campaigns of the first world war, but conditions for soldiers at Gallipoli were probably worse than they were in the trenches of the Western Front.

To mark the 100th anniversary, a new exhibition has opened at the National Museum of the Royal Navy to dispel some of the myths about a struggle that went on for more than a year.

At the same time the restoration of the only Royal Navy ship to have been at Gallipoli is nearing completion. Richard Jones reports.

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New uniform for the Royal Navy

World War II submariner Hedley Woodley pictured the last time the Navy uniform was changed Credit: Royal Navy

The crew of Portsmouth-based HMS Lancaster are about to make some naval history. They will be leaving Hampshire at the weekend - wearing the Royal Navy's first new uniform in more than seventy years. The design is described as 'more modern and practical'.

The Royal Navy's flame resistant new uniform Credit: Royal Navy

HMS Richmond to set sail

HMS Richmond in Portsmouth Credit: Ben Mitchell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Type 23 Frigate is to set sail today, Saturday, for the Middle East where she will take part in security operations. The ship will replace her sister vessel HMS Kent in the region.

The nine month deployment will form part of the Royal Navy's long term presence East of Suez. Her main task will be to provide reassurance to the UK's allies in the region as well as taking part in counter piracy operations and general maritime security. It is a routine deployment for the Navy.

The ship's crew's families are expected to wave the ship off from her Portsmouth base.

Chinese sailors tour Navy's newest warship

Chinese sailors visiting Portsmouth have been treated to a tour of the Royal Navy’s newest warship.

Fifty crew members from Chang Bai Shan were shown around HMS Duncan Credit: Royal Navy

Fifty crew members from the assault ship Chang Bai Shan were shown around the hi-tech Type 45 destroyer HMS Duncan in Portsmouth Naval Base.

The Chang Bai Shan is one of three Chinese Naval ships in the city for a five-day visit aimed at enhancing military understanding between the UK and China.

Fifty crew members from Chang Bai Shan were shown around HMS Duncan Credit: Royal Navy

On board Duncan the visitors were shown inside the hangar, bridge and weapon decks and were told about the basic roles and capabilities of the 7,350-tonne air defence vessel.

Fifty crew members from Chang Bai Shan were shown around HMS Duncan Credit: Royal Navy

“We were delighted to welcome our guests on board. Engagement and dialogue between our two militaries is useful given that we share similar global challenges including counter-piracy, preventing conflict, protecting our citizens overseas and supporting UN peacekeeping efforts.”

– Her Commanding Officer, Commander Rich Atkinson
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