HMS Portland

She was built on the Clyde and 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.

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Having completed a successful 7 week period of Operational Sea Training (OST) in the New Year, Portland underwent a maintenance period alongside in Devonport in preparation for an imminent operational deployment.

The OST package honed the Ship’s Company’s skills as war fighters with a series of increasingly complex scenarios testing them and the Ship. 

It also included training in the varied non-combat tasks that Portland would be expected to face, ranging from searching suspect vessels, to providing humanitarian aid in the wake of a disaster, or conducting a non-combatant evacuation of British citizens from a global trouble spot.

Portland sailed from her native Plymouth in mid-June for a nine-month patrol of the Gulf and Indian Ocean supporting the international naval mission clamping down on smuggling, trafficking, terrorism and piracy.


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Current operation Operation Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast.

Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

  • Atlantic Patrol Tasking

    Ships and units on Atlantic Patrol Tasking provide ongoing protection and reassurance to British interests in the Atlantic, maintaining the continuous Royal Naval presence in the Atlantic.

  • Alongside in Devonport

    Alongside in her home port of Devonport Naval Base.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History

Portland is born1653

The Portland story begins in 1653, she saw extensive action in wars with the Dutch and French. The ship was burned in 1692 near Malaga to prevent her falling into French hands.

Battle Honours1666

Four Days’ Battle 1666
Orfordness 1666

The Second Portland1693

It did not take long for the Portland name to be resurrected in 1693. The vessel served for 50 years, helping to recapture HMS Coventry from the French in 1709. She was broken up in 1743.

Battle Honours1709

‘Coventry’ 1709

The Third Portland1744

Portland No.3 was a 50 gunner and saw repeated action against the French in the 1740s and 1750s in the Channel, Mediterranean and North America. She was sold out of the navy in 1763.

Battle Honours1746

‘Auguste’ 1746

Battle Honours 1747

Ushant 1747

Battle Honours1748

‘Magnanime’ 1748

Battle Honours1759

Lagos 1759
Quiberon Bay 1759

The Fourth Portland1770

The fourth was launched in 1770. She had the distinction of carrying home Captain Cook’s vital journals and charts from his Pacific expedition. 

The Fifth Portland1795

The fifth Portland was a converted river barge which was purchased in 1795 and briefly used to defend Plymouth during the Napoleonic Wars before she was sold in 1802.

The Sixth Portland1822

The final Portland from the days of sail was a 52-gunner, which spent 40 years in service, including a stint as flagship of the Pacific Station.

The Seventh Portland1941

Number 7 was a minesweeper laid down in 1941 in Hong Kong; she was still being built when the Japanese captured the colony. Sunk by the Americans in 1945.

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Commanding Officer Paul Stroude

Rank: Captain

Captain Paul Stroude joined the Royal navy in 1991, he assumed command of HMS Portland December 2015.

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Craignez honte - Fear dishonour

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Displacement: 4,900 tonnes; length: 133m; beam: 16.1m; complement: 185