HMS Westminster

HMS Westminster is currently regenerating following an extensive Upkeep.
She is due to return to active duty in the early part of 2017 on completion of a successful trials period.

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Whilst in her deep refit period Westminster will remain in dry dock in Portsmouth Dockyard undergoing extensive upgrades to the Ship’s combat and weapon systems under the care of BAE Systems. Following this refit and upgrade Westminster will be ready for many more years of service.

Westminster’s main propulsion systems will be thoroughly overhauled and the hull itself will be subject to repairs and preventative maintenance that will ensure that she will be in the best possible condition for the years of operational duties ahead.

During this time many of Westminster’s Ship’s Company have left and joined other seagoing units. The small number of Ship’s Company that remain will stay in post to ensure Westminster is in the correct state at the end of her refit period.  

HMS Westminster makes Capital return to the Frontline

HMS Westminster makes Capital return to the Frontline


HMS Westminster Latest News

Westminster has teeth and tail

Sting in the tail from Westminster as she tests her sub-hunting kit

HMS Westminster returns

A whirlin' Merlin and the crash of the 4.5in gun announce HMS Westminster's return

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Current operation Maintenance and sea-trials

Ships, units and aircraft need periods of maintenance and sea-trials to ensure that they are at their best for any tasks asked of them.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

Ready to fight

When diplomacy fails, the UK has to be ready to protect its interests and its allies. What’s more, as a member of NATO and the UN, the UK also acts to support the enforcement of UN resolutions and come to the aid of our allies. This is where the Royal Navy comes in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

Location Portsmouth

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Unit History

The First HMS Westminster1918

The first HMS Westminster was one of the famous V and W-class destroyers built to deal with the first U-boat menace in the Great War. 

Battle Honours1940

North Sea 1940-45

World War 21940

In the Inter-War period the ship was held in reserve. She saw action during the Blitzkrieg campaign of 1940, helping to evacuate Allied troops from Flushing, before being damaged off Dunkirk.

Battle Honours1943

English Channel 1943

End Of An Era1948

The destroyer spent the bulk of the war defending coastal convoys, fending off attacks from German E-boats – fast heavily-armed motorboats.

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Commanding Officer Simon Kelly

Rank: Commander

Cdr Simon Kelly joined the Royal Navy in 1998 as a Warfare Officer. He assumed command of HMS Westminster in September 2016.

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Ship's Motto

For nation and for Glory

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