Talk:HMNB Portsmouth

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Conflict with the HMNB Devonport article[edit]

The HMNB Devonport article states:

It is the largest naval base in the European Union and Western Europe.

This article states that HMNB Portsmouth is the largest base of the British Royal Navy. Doonhamer 02:57, 7 October 2006 (UTC)

could be the difference between physical area, and the number of ships/docks/personnal?

Portsmouth Naval Base is a large site wholly owned by the Ministry of Defence, in which a number companies operate. Devonport Naval Base was broken up in 2002 with the result that the Ministry of Defence only own a small past, with the larger part being owned by the private companies. Technically, Devonport are measuring the total size of the old base (now split into spearate government and private ownership), whereas Portsmouth is still all government owned —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ralabaf (talkcontribs) 15:00, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Article intention[edit]

is this article about the history of the naval base or the Historic Dockyard tourist attraction? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.26.99.176 (talk) 14:28, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

According to [1] the heritage area is part of the naval base. CS46 20:35, 14 February 2008 (UTC)


The heritage area is completely within the formal site of the MoD Property which is the Naval Base. It's part of the area defined under the Military Lands Act. The heritage area are effectively tennants or the MoD —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ralabaf (talkcontribs) 15:03, 12 September 2009 (UTC)

Bases within HMNB Portsmouth[edit]

I can find no evidence that HMS Collingwood, HMS Dryad, HMS Dolphin, HMS Daedalus or Haslar Royal Military Hospital are, or ever were, considered part of HMNB Portsmouth. Can anyone find a reference? CS46 20:49, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

You won't find any because they aren't and never were. Each site listed was totally independent from the Naval Base, which for most of the period during which the sites existed was a Royal Dockyard. The confusion arises partly because people misunderstand that the Naval Base isn't part of the Royal Navy command structure (it's part of the Defence Equipment & Support organisation), even though significant parts of the RN Command were however accommodated with the Naval Base site --Ralabaf (talk) 16:17, 13 September 2008 (UTC)


Numbers and 'given'[edit]

In the lede, para 6, it says that '17,200 people' are employed at the base. But in the 'Functioning base' section, para 2, there are 17,300.
Which is correct?

In the information for the picture showing the Alimirante Cochrane, someone has written in the edit page: "HMS Norfolk was given to Chilean Navy". "Given"?! Shurely shome mistake. "Sold" perhaps, "leased" - possibly, but "given"? I don't think so. RASAM (talk) 21:51, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Decision To Close Shipyards[edit]

Which article should closing of the shipyards be part of?Twobells (talk) 13:05, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

There is no decision to close any shipyards. Shipbuilding in Portsmouth will stop, but maintenance will continue. - David Biddulph (talk) 14:03, 6 November 2013 (UTC)