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HMS Westminster (F237)

HMS Westminster is currently deployed as part of a NATO task group, conducting a wide range of routine operations and exercises in Northern Europe.

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Current operation Standing NATO Maritime Group 1

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is a multinational, integrated maritime force - made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team - that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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.

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location the North Sea and the Bay of biscay

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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 Will Paston

Rank: Commander

Commander Will Paston joined the Royal Navy in 2000. He assumed command of HMS Westminster in July 2018

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Ship's Motto

For nation and for Glory

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Ships motto

'Sans Peur' Without Fear

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