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HMS Westminster (F237)

HMS Westminster is currently on her way home to Portsmouth following  a busy six month deployment to the Indian Ocean and Gulf region.

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The long-planned deployment will see elements of the UK’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) – the naval force formed under the 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review – hone its world class maritime skills thousands of miles from home through exercises with a number of key allies.

After Cougar, HMS Westminster will remain east of Suez in support of the Navy’s long-standing mission in the region to keep the sea lanes safe and secure for lawful trade.

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HMS Westminster’s refuelling first with new tanker RFA Tidespring

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Current operation Exercise Trident Juncture

Ex Trident Juncture 18 is the largest in a series of deliberately-planned exercises scheduled over several years to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to a threat from any direction. This year’s exercise will take place in Norway with over 40,000 personnel from 30 countries gathering to practise their ability to operate and respond to threats together.

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    Alongside in her home port of Portsmouth Naval Base

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.

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 Marines come in: we train to go where we’re needed – by sea, land or air – and deploy our forces with the aim of restoring peace.

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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 Hugh Beard

Rank: Captain

Captain Hugh Beard joined the Royal Navy in 1987 as a Naval College Entrant. He joined HMS Westminster in Command in August 2012.

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For nation and for Glory

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

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