HMNB Devonport
Devon PL2 2BG
Devonport lies to the west of Plymouth on the eastern bank of the River Tamar. Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport is home to the Royal Navy’s Devonport Flotilla and the Royal Naval Dockyard, operated by Babcock International Marine Division.
Devonport is the largest naval base in Western Europe and the sole nuclear repair and refuelling facility for the Royal Navy. The Devonport Flotilla includes the largest ship in the Royal Navy HMS Ocean and seven of the Trafalgar Class nuclear powered hunter killer submarines.
Plymouth’s naval associations started in 1588 when the English Navy ships sailed from the mouth of the River Plym to do battle with the Spanish Armada.
Shipbuilding had been carried on in the estuary of the River Plym but in 1689 King William III ordered that a new naval dockyard be built on the banks of the Tamar and in 1691 construction started in what is now known as Devonport.
Today the Royal Navy Dockyard consists of 14 dry docks, 3.7 miles (6 km) of waterfront, 25 tidal berths and 5 basins. In 2002 a refitting dock was built to support the Vanguard class Trident missile nuclear ballistic missile submarines.
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here:    External Link
- Group Tours of Devonport Naval Heritage Centre & Visitor Centre (Post Code PL2 2BG)
The Centre is open by appointment to groups of visitors. Tours are conducted by RN Personnel and Civilian Volunteers. Included in the tour are The Naval Heritage Centre, the Duty Visit Ship, the decommissioned submarine ‘Courageous’ and Naval Base Coach Tours. For further information Tel: +44 (0)1752 552907
- Plymouth Boat Trips
An exciting way to view the Naval Base and its warships and submarines is to take the one hour daily naval harbour cruise. The cruise passes Plymouth Hoe and Drake’s Island and then on to the River Tamar to the Naval Base. The boats depart from The Barbican, Plymouth where the Plymouth Boat Trips booking office is located.
For further information visit Web: River Tamar Boat Trips    External Link
- Navy Days
Occasionally, locals and tourists can visit the Dockyard, sometimes go aboard active Royal Navy and allied ships and watch various displays of naval prowess. Among the most popular attractions is the decommissioned nuclear submarine HMS Courageous. There are a number of interesting stands with information on lesser well known aspects of the naval service.
Navy Days are usually held over a weekend. Visit Web: Royal Navy Events Calendar    External Link
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