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HMNB Devonport

The largest naval base in Western Europe, Devonport has been supporting the Royal Navy since 1691. The vast site covers more than 650 acres and has 15 dry docks, four miles of waterfront, 25 tidal berths and five basins.

HMNB Devonport
HMS Ocean Homecoming
Triumph home from striking another blow against the Gaddafi regime

Devonport is home to Britain’s amphibious ships and half her frigates, plus the training hub of the front-line Fleet, FOST.

The base employs 2,500 Service personnel and civilians, supports around 400 local firms and generates around ten per cent of Plymouth’s income. There are over 5,000 ship movements annually.


Graeme Little

HMS Sutherland,
Military experience

Graeme Little joined the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer Officer in 1984, following a conventional initial training route, which included a first degree at RNEC Manadon and culminated in his appointment in 1990 to HMS Birmingham as Deputy Marine Engineer Officer.

Following award of his Charge Qualification, and a brief sojourn as 1st Lieutenant Whale Island, he read for an MSc in Electrical Engineering at RNEC Manadon, joining DGFS(ES) as the lead for Electrical Propulsion Systems in 1994 where he was responsible for the introduction of Integrated Electrical Propulsion solutions to the LPD and AO.

In 1997 he joined HMS Sutherland in build as the first Marine Engineer Officer, staying with the Ship until the end of its first Operational Deployment. Following selection for promotion to Commander in 1999 he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course and then joined the Warship Support Agency as Head of Electrical Systems, where he was again closely involved in the Electric Ship programme.

In 2002 he was appointed to the Equipment Capability Customer with responsibility for Marine Engineering, Survivability and Maritime Operational Clothing, he also led the Maritime Coherence Study and was EA to the Chief Naval Engineer Officer.

He joined HMS Illustrious as the Commander Marine Engineering in October 2005 and was honoured with an OBE in the 2005 New Years Honours. A brief period as an Equipment Team Leader in the DLO on promotion to Captain in 2006 was followed by an appointment as Assistant Director to the Chief of Materiel Fleet in the newly formed DE&S.

From 2008-11 he continued in DE&S as the Capital Ships Team Leader with direct responsibility for delivering operational availability, safety, complex upkeep projects and disposals.
He is a support and acquisition specialist, having spent the bulk of his career, at all levels, in appointments within DE&S and its forerunners. An Alumni of the 2011/12 Royal College of Defence Studies course, he was promoted Commodore in 2012 and has recently been appointed as the Naval Base Commander Devonport. He was also appointed an Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty the Queen in July 2012.

Married with a son who is a full time boarder at Kingswood School Bath the family are delighted to be relocating to the West Country and Drake House.
Graeme is a keen cyclist, he is Chairman of RN orienteering and an aspiring middle distance runner, he also enjoys dinghy sailing and skiing.

HMNB Devonport's Ships and Submarines

  • HMS Bulwark

    The Flagship of the Ryal Navy and the Nation, HMS Bulwark has recently completed an intensive period of Operational Sea Training (OST) where the Ships’ Company were put through their paces, testing all aspects of the ship to the very limit.

    HMS Bulwark
  • HMS Ocean

    'Britain’s biggest warship', HMS Ocean is currently in her home port of Devonport and in the midst of a scheduled period of maintenance. She returned in the latter part of last year from Greenwich, London, where she was moored for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

    HMS Ocean
  • HMS Monmouth

    HMS Monmouth, the ‘Black Duke’ – the ship which has more battle honours than any other serving warship.

    HMS Monmouth visits Cardiff
  • HMS Scott

    HMS Scott is the Royal Navy’s only ocean survey vessel. Designed to commercial standards, she provides the Royal Navy with a deep bathymetric capability off the continental shelf. At 13,500 tonnes Scott is the fifth largest ship in the Royal Navy. Scott is lean-manned with a complement of only 78.

    Survey Ships
  • HMS Portland

    HMS Portland, the fastest and most fearless Type 23 frigate in the Royal Navy. She is one of the youngest Type 23 frigates in the Royal Navy and was built on the Clyde. She was launched by the Ship’s Sponsor, Lady Heather Brigstocke on 15 May 1999. HMS Portland was commissioned into the Royal Navy on 3 May 2001.

    Portland protects the nation on 24-hour call after completing six months of rigorous training
  • HMS Triumph

    HMS Triumph is the latest and most capable Trafalgar-Class submarine. HMS Triumph is the last of seven Trafalgar-class submarines, and in March 2011 was prominent in Operation Ellamy in Libya, firing the first shots of Britain’s involvement in the shape of cruise missile strikes from the Mediterranean. She is the tenth RN warship (and the second submarine) to bear that name, the first being a 58-gun galleon launched in 1562.

  • HMS Somerset

    HMS Somerset is currently undertaking an operational deployment in support of UK interests in the Middle East and the Gulf. The West Country’s favorite warship will be away from UK until mid 2014 conducting a wide range of operational roles East of Suez. Somerset is one of a batch of Type 23 frigates ordered in 1992 from the Yarrow yard – today BAE Systems – in Scotstoun. It was there that she was launched in June 1994 before she made her way to her home port of Devonport two years later to take her place in the Fleet.

    HMS Somerset pays visit to Isles Of Scilly




Royal Navy sailor thanks Royal British Legion
11 April 2014

A Royal Navy sailor has thanked the Royal British Legion...

Royal opening for naval rehabilitation and recovery centre
11 April 2014

His Royal Highness The Duke of York officially opened a...

Iron Duke to the rescue as frigate joins emergency services for disaster exercise
Iron Duke to the rescue as frigate joins emergency services for disaster exercise
11 March 2014

Clear the way - casualty coming through! Medics from HMS Iron...

HMS Talent homecoming
HMS Talent home from successful deployment
27 January 2014

The crew of the Royal Navy submarine HMS Talent arrived...


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