Great photo, with some great ships on display. I am still amazed that Pompey can call itself the "Home of the RN" when Devonport is bigger, more capable, and better positioned. Spin Doctor's at work?
As for ships, I think I see 4 T22's, 3 Leanders, 2 T Class submarines, and 5 Survey vessels, amongst the RMAS mob, and is that the back end of a Rover Class RFA at the bottom? And the training vessels from Fisgard in the Basin? And all this before FOST arrived !
Devonport would not be worthy of the title home if the navy as it does not have half as much history as Portsmouth and when the local council can't even be bothered to save their own namesake warship for preservation all claims just die. Even Chatham made the effort to preserve it's heritage with the RN who left there years ago.
Thats a bit harsh Stevo. Plymouth's naval history goes back to at least 1588 which may not be quite as old as Pompey but is worthy of consideration. Your comparisons are unfair. Chatham was presented with a blank sheet when the MoD pulled out and the Navy sensibly chose to have its main heritage centre based around Victory. Devonport remains a working dockyard which limits its public access and perhaps the Council has enough consideration for its taxpayers not to import any white elephants.
By the way Macca, your title is misleading. DML was only ever the name of the former managing company, the place being Devonport Royal Dockyard after privatisation.
i agree with stevo and devonport is set to close, they cant even sell southyard one wants it, the subs are moving to scotland the surface ships are coming to portsmouth and at the moment all they will have left are the amphibious ships...clearly portsmouth is the home of the royal navy........ it poses the question how long will HMS raleigh survive when all navy training is in the portsmout area when send new recruits to plymouth
Wishful thinking WD. The Type 23s remain here for the next 5 years and most surface refits. The next Government may not be so obsessed with employment in a certain constituency in Scotland.
And who, in their right mind, would want to move anything to such a God-awful place as Pompey?
Ouch! Lancastrian, Pompey God awful?!! As a waterfront Portsmouth is truly an amazing place and I doubt you will find better in the Uk for public access. I will admit that there are some rough areas on Portsea Island but on the whole it's a great place with history on every corner. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against Devonport/Plymouth but am very protective over 'my Portsmouth' and the Solent.
Nonetheless well argued Lancastrian.