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  • 17 January 2014

    The Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset dropped her anchor in Gibraltar on the way to beginning a deployment East of Suez. The deployment comes in the aftermath of HMS Somerset’s £21 million pound refit, which renewed her operational capability and restored her full readiness.   Whilst in Gibraltar HMS Somerset conducted replenishment of […]

  • 23 October 2013
    Training & Education

    This week Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset has hoisted the recently endorsed Somerset county flag from its yardarm for the first time in an operational setting. The flag was flown during Exercise Joint Warrior. The red dragon on a yellow background is flown throughout Replenishment at Sea evolutions and during other operational activities when a […]

  • 12 May 2014
    Training & Education

    HMS Somerset had an event filled visit to Muscat, Oman, midway through her six-month deployment to the Gulf.   Taking a well-earned break from her operational tasking HMS Somerset had a busy schedule supporting the British Embassy’s Queen’s Birthday Party celebrations, paying respects to fallen comrades and hosting both visitors and media on board. Sailors […]

  • 17 July 2013
    Training & Education

    The Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset hoisted the new Somerset County flag after being presented with it by the Chairman of Somerset County Council. Councillor David Fothergill presented the flag to the ship’s captain Commander Mike Smith on board during a weekend visit by council representatives from across the ancient county. The guests were given […]

  • 27 May 2014

    HMS Somerset held a Service of Remembrance for personnel from HMS Brilliant who perished when their Lynx helicopter crashed in Mombasa, Kenya on 14 May 1989.   The ship’s company of HMS Somerset, including the embarked Lynx flight crew, took time to remember those lost from the Type 22 Broadsword-class frigate. Even a quarter of […]

  • 17 September 2013
    Training & Education

    By spending two days moored on the River Dart, HMS Somerset provided an elegant and stylish backdrop to Britannia Royal Naval College’s special alumni dinner, marking 150 years of Officer training in Dartmouth. A series of events have been held throughout the year to make the anniversary of HMS Britannia’s arrival in Dartmouth in September […]

  • 22 April 2014
    Training & Education

    The amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, April 21.   Somerset was formally commissioned March 1 during a ceremony in Philadelphia and shortly afterward began a journey from the Atlantic Ocean, through the Caribbean Sea and Panama Canal, to San Diego. “The crew […]

  • 12 February 2013
    Training & Education

    HMS Somerset has welcomed a helicopter on to her flight deck for the first time in 12 months as she continues training after a £20m revamp. A Merlin from 829 Naval Air Squadron – which provides the Royal Navy’s frigate fleet with helicopters to support their missions around the globe – safely landed and took […]

  • 3 September 2015

    A combined rescue operation between the Coastguard, RNLI and Royal Navy has helped recover a missing diver off the Cornish coast. The diver became separated from his buddy after diving a wreck several miles off the Lizard Peninsula. A mayday call was sent by their dive boat at around 2:30pm on Tuesday, 1 September. This […]

  • 24 June 2014

    It’s not every day that a Royal Navy warship celebrates her 20th birthday and HMS Somerset has done so in style.   Currently in the final month of her deployment, Somerset, and her seaboats, have drawn the number 20 across the blue seas of the Mediterranean. The 200 men and women have adopted the tag […]

  • 19 February 2013
    Training & Education

    The Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset has operated with a helicopter for the first time in 12 months, after the ship underwent a maintenance period in dock. The re-embarkation of a Merlin aircraft from 829 Naval Air Squadron, based at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, Cornwall, represents an important milestone in the Type 23 frigates […]

  • 19 September 2011
    Training & Education

      HMS Somerset’s first act upon beginning her security patrol east of Suez was an exercise with the Saudi warship HMS Taif. The two vessels met in the Red Sea and Somerset’s Royal Marines carried out a practice boarding of the Saudi vessel.. A Royal Marine from HMS Somerset wields his weapon as the commandos […]

  • 12 November 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    HMS Somerset has been at the centre of an advanced course for the next generation of warfare officers. HMS Somerset has spent the week at sea on complex war-fighting exercises designed to test skills of the next generation of Royal Navy principal warfare officers as the ship became a dynamic floating classroom. Under pressure students […]

  • 5 February 2014
    Industry news

    All the hard work on certifying the ninth U.S.Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, Pre-Commissioning Unit Somerset, (LPD 25) has finally paid off enabling the ship to cast off from Avondale-based Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site on Monday, February 3, bound for commissioning.   Somerset will be officially brought to life on March 1, […]

  • 21 November 2017
    Authorities, Vessels

    Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset scrambled recently to shadow a Russian naval destroyer as it transited the Moray Firth, returning home from the Mediterranean Sea. It was not the Kulakov’s first visit to UK waters as the destroyer was also shadowed by HMS Somerset from the same position in the Moray Firth in March 2016. […]

  • 27 February 2014
    Training & Education

    Her Majesty’s Ship Somerset has completed her first calendar month on operations in the Gulf and Indian Ocean, and it has been a busy period for the West Countries’ favourite warship.   t has been a challenging initial month for the Devonport-based frigate, which sailed from the UK on 9th January, and is now on […]

  • 2 March 2014
    Training & Education

    USS Somerset (LPD 25), the Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship, commissioned during a formal ceremony at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, March 1.   USS Somerset represents the heroic actions of the 40 crew and passengers of United Flight 93, honoring their collective sacrifice and the tremendous courage displayed in the face of overwhelming adversity. […]

  • 10 June 2013
    Training & Education

    Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset arrived in the Isles of Scilly over the weekend to support the islands’ 70th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of the Atlantic and to reaffirm relations. Whilst anchored in St Mary’s Roads the ship welcomed more than 500 islanders and tourists on board from Friday to Sunday, with an official […]

  • 21 September 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset will sail up the Clyde river in Scotland this weekend for a period of local engagement, the Royal Navy said. The Clyde-built Warship, one of thirteen Type 23 Duke-class frigates in service with the Royal Navy, arrives in Govan’s King George V Dock late on Friday evening and will welcome […]

  • 1 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development, Training & Education

    HMS Somerset has officially handed over her Operation Kipion duties to sister ship HMS Northumberland, after spending six months in the Indian Ocean and Gulf region.   The two Devonport based Type 23 frigates met at sea to transfer essential stores and key information to enable HMS Northumberland to continue the fight against piracy, narcotics […]

  • 22 March 2013
    Industry news

    HMS Somerset returned to the active Fleet on Friday 15th March 2013 following an extensive package of sea trials, after a large upgrade package for the Plymouth based Type-23 frigate. She returns to the Fleet with improved sustainability and fighting capability. Commodore Jake Moores OBE ADC Royal Navy, Commodore Devonport Flotilla, gave HMS Somerset the […]

  • 6 February 2014
    Training & Education

    The Royal Navy ship, HMS Somerset replenished at sea with the US Navy replenishment oiler USNS Laramie.   HMS Somerset received fuel from the Command Task Force 53 tanker without having to leave her area of operations. The type 23 frigate recently passed the Suez Canal and was in need of refuelling before continuing her […]

  • 26 August 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    The U.S. Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS Somerset has completed COMPTUEX, a series of simulations, exercises and drills designed to prepare a ship’s crew for deployment. Somerset, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is preparing for its upcoming maiden deployment. “COMPTUEX afforded the blue-green team onboard Somerset to exercise our skills while tackling more […]

  • 9 August 2016

    Royal Navy’s Type 23 frigate HMS Somerset recently visited Scotland where she opened up to visitors. The Plymouth-based frigate sailed into the Port of Leith and opened her doors to lucky members of the public who had a rare chance to see how sailors live and work at sea. Taking advantage of a couple of days away […]

  • 16 May 2017
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy’s Makin Island amphibious ready group (ARG) entered Naval Station San Diego, May 15, returning from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. During the deployment, more than 4,500 sailors and marines of the Makin Island ARG and embarked 11th marine expeditionary unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater […]

  • 29 May 2014

    The UK Royal Navy has seized an £8.5m haul of heroin after a raid on a suspect vessel in the northern Arabian Sea.   Nearly 60 kilograms of the drug was seized by sailors and Royal Marines from HMS Somerset, the Plymouth-based Type 23 Frigate, who intercepted the fishing boat in Royal Navy fast boats. […]

  • 15 November 2016
    Authorities, Training & Education

    U.S. Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit on November 13. Somerset departed Naval Station San Diego for its maiden deployment October 14, and this will be the first overseas port visit in the ship’s history. The ship was commissioned into the U.S. Navy in March […]

  • 24 February 2014
    Industry news

    The U.S. Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock ship, Pre-commissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25) arrived at its commissioning site of Philadelphia, on February 21 in preparation for its commissioning ceremony, scheduled for March 1.   During the port visit, Somerset sailors are scheduled to participate in several community outreach events including working with the Boys and […]

  • 4 June 2014

    HMS Somerset and HMAS Darwin, the two top naval crime fighters in the Indian Ocean have met and shared their experiences of half a dozen drugs busts.   Between them they have accounted for seizing £240m of illegal narcotics in the past two months. The duo, directed by a Royal UK Navy-led task force, have […]