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Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Chris Day | RFA Tiderace

RFA Tiderace

RFA Tiderace is the second in a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
Chris Day | RFA Argus

RFA Argus

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus was originally launched in 1981 as the commercially owned and operated Contender Bezant, a combination freight, Roll on Roll off ferry (RORO) and container ship. She is now fully equipped with state of the art emergency facilities and 100-bed medical complex on board, which can be uniquely tailored to deliver cutting-edge treatment afloat and is a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRS). She cannot be designated a hospital ship as she does carry some defensive guns so under the Geneva Convention cannot display the International Red Cross Symbol. She also provides specialist aviation training facilities for the Fleet Air Arm.   
Chris Day | HMS Richmond

HMS Richmond

HMS Richmond is a Duke Class type 23 Frigate and undertakes virtually every type of operation imaginable, from counter narcotics and anti-piracy, to disrupting people trafficking and detaining criminals. It is based in HMNB Devonport
Chris Day | RFA Tideforce

RFA Tideforce

RFA Tideforce is the fourth in a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
Chris Day | HMS Echo

HMS Echo

HMS Echo was the first of two Echo Class multi-role hydrographic survey ships commissioned by the Royal Navy. It was designed to conduct survey operations in support of submarines or amphibious operations. It has a secondary role as a mine countermeasure tasking platform.
Chris Day | RFA Fort Victoria

RFA Fort Victoria

Fort Victoria is an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship. She was originally designed to support frigates on anti-submarine warfare patrols. She provides vital support to the fleet acting as a stores ship and a fleet tanker. She also has a large flight-deck, hangar and maintenance facilities for helicopters.
Chris Day | HMS Northumberland and the Eddystone Lighthouse

HMS Northumberland and the Eddystone Lighthouse

HMS Northumberland and the Eddystone Lighthouse 14 miles away on the horizon. HMS Northumberland is a type 23 Frigate and was launched in April 1992 and entered service in late 1994. She was built in the North-East by the Swan Hunter yard and is affiliated to the County of Northumberland and reaffirmed her close ties to the area with a visit to the Port of Tyne in September 2013. She is based in Devonport when not deployed. HMS Northumberland was among the first ships of her class to receive the most advanced sonar designed to hunt down submarines and played a vital role in testing the new equipment with HMS Torbay as her quarry at a special test range in the Bahamas.
Chris Day | HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans the sixteenth and last of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be built was launched on 6 May 2000. Constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun. She is affectionately known as The Saint.
Chris Day | HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans, the sixteenth and last of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be built, was launched on 6 May 2000. Constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun. She is affectionately known as The Saint.
Chris Day | Thames Skyline

Thames Skyline

HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge, Tower of London
Chris Day | A Red Arrow over Plymouth Sound

A Red Arrow over Plymouth Sound

A Red Arrow circles over HMS Queen Elizabeth and RFA Tideforce on Plymouth Sound. The Red Arrows, officially called The Royal Airforce Aerobatic Team, is one of the best known and premier Aerobatic teams in the world. HMS Queen Elizabeth the most powerful vessel ever built for the Royal Nave along with one of its support ships RFA Tideforce.
Chris Day | HMS Albion

HMS Albion

HMS Albion is one of the Royal Navy’s two amphibious assault ships. It is an amphibious transport dock capable of carrying 400 sailors and Royal Marines with a huge range of skills. It is based in HMNB Devonport.
Chris Day | HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster is a type 23 Frigate. All the ships in the type 23 class are named after dukes. In this case, the Duke of Lancaster – who is also better known as Her Majesty the Queen. The British Monarch is the ship's very special sponsor and Her Majesty takes a keen interest in Lancaster's activities around the globe.
Chris Day | HMS ECHO

HMS ECHO

HMS Echo was the first of two Echo Class multi-role hydrographic survey ships commissioned by the Royal Navy. It was designed to conduct survey operations in support of submarines or amphibious operations. It has a secondary role as a mine countermeasure tasking platform.
Chris Day | HMS Richmond

HMS Richmond

HMS Richmond is a Duke Class type 23 Frigate and undertakes virtually every type of operation imaginable, from counter narcotics and anti-piracy, to disrupting people trafficking and detaining criminals. It is based in HMNB Devonport
Chris Day | RFA Tideforce

RFA Tideforce

RFA Tideforce is the fourth in a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
Chris Day | RFA Tiderace

RFA Tiderace

RFA Tiderace is the second in a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
Chris Day | HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster

HMS Lancaster is a type 23 Frigate. All the ships in the type 23 class are named after dukes. In this case, the Duke of Lancaster – who is also better known as Her Majesty the Queen. The British Monarch is the ship's very special sponsor and Her Majesty takes a keen interest in Lancaster's activities around the globe.
Chris Day | HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans, was the last of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be built and was launched on 6 May 2000. As with all Duke class frigates they are versatile and can operate in any imaginable situation. At the time of this photograph "the Saint" is the Fleet Ready Escort and will spend the majority of the time on call at Base port
Chris Day | Astute Class SSN under escort on Plymouth Sound

Astute Class SSN under escort on Plymouth Sound

What appears to be an Astute class attack submarine being escorted in to Devonport. The name is unknown as the Navy doesn’t like to let give information on the whereabouts of its nuclear vessels. It is under its own power with the tugs tethered together and going in reverse. Ther were many other Royal Naval vessels there to protect the submarine at a time when it is at its most vunerable. Including men in fast boats wearing black uniforms. Other vessels were kept well away throughout the whole operation.
Chris Day | Astute Class SSN under escort on Plymouth Sound

Astute Class SSN under escort on Plymouth Sound

What appears to be an Astute class attack submarine being escorted in to Devonport. The name is unknown as the Navy doesn’t like to let give information on the whereabouts of its nuclear vessels. It is under its own power with the tugs tethered together and going in reverse. Ther were many other Royal Naval vessels there to protect the submarine at a time when it is at its most vunerable. Including men in fast boats wearing black uniforms. Other vessels were kept well away throughout the whole operation.
Chris Day | Astute class attack SSN about to enter  Plymouth Sound

Astute class attack SSN about to enter Plymouth Sound

Astute class attack SSN about to enter Plymouth Sound where its escort awaits. On the horizon the Eddystone Lighthouse can clearly be seend
Chris Day | Astute Class attack SSN

Astute Class attack SSN

What appears to be an Astute class attack submarine being escorted in to Devonport. The name is unknown as the Navy doesn’t like to let give information on the whereabouts of its nuclear vessels. It is under its own power with the tugs tethered together and going in reverse. Ther were many other Royal Naval vessels there to protect the submarine at a time when it is at its most vunerable. Including men in fast boats wearing black uniforms. Other vessels were kept well away throughout the whole operation.
Chris Day | HMS Dragon leaves Plymouth Sound

HMS Dragon leaves Plymouth Sound

HMS Dragon is the fourth of the Royal Navy's six Type 45 air defence destroyers. Launched on 7 November 2008. After successful firing the Sea Viper, intensive at-sea training, her maiden deployed on 19 March 2013 to the Gulf region. Dragon quickly integrated into the Gulf theatre of operations, working closely with other UK and international partners to promote security in the region and keep the trade flowing through the Straits of Hormuz. While in the Indian Ocean Dragon visited many of the Gulf states including Oman,Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain. HMS Dragon then repositioned to the Eastern Mediterranean to demonstrate the flexibility of deployed maritime forces and to ensure the protection of UK interests, which includes the defence of our Sovereign Base Areas.
Chris Day | HMS Queen Elizabeth and RFA Tideforce

HMS Queen Elizabeth and RFA Tideforce

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy and is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft. She wil replace HMS Ocean as the navys flag ship. She is so large that she cannot navigate Plymouth Sound to Devonport Dockyard,, despite being one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Plus RFA Tideforce is the fourth in a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
Chris Day | HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy and is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft. She wil replace HMS Ocean as the navys flag ship. She is so large that she cannot navigate Plymouth Sound to Devonport Dockyard,, despite being one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
Chris Day | HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the largest and most powerful vessel ever constructed for the Royal Navy and is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft. She wil replace HMS Ocean as the navys flag ship. She is so large that she cannot navigate Plymouth Sound to Devonport Dockyard,, despite being one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
Chris Day | RFA Tiderace

RFA Tiderace

RFA Tiderace is the second of a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-Class tankers, capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. *** NOT suitable for a canvas wrap ******
Chris Day | HMS Enterprise

HMS Enterprise

HMS Enterprise is an Echo-class multi-role survey vessel . Multi-talented and adaptable, she’s equally at home mapping and surveying the ocean floor as she is acting as a floating base for our minehunters.
Chris Day | HMS Enterprise

HMS Enterprise

HMS Enterprise is an Echo-class multi-role survey vessel . Multi-talented and adaptable, she’s equally at home mapping and surveying the ocean floor as she is acting as a floating base for our minehunters.
Chris Day | RFA Fort Victoria

RFA Fort Victoria

Fort Victoria is an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship. She was originally designed to support frigates on anti-submarine warfare patrols. She provides vital support to the fleet acting as a stores ship and a fleet tanker. She also has a large flight-deck, hangar and maintenance facilities for helicopters.
Chris Day | HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans

HMS St Albans, the sixteenth and last of the Royal Navy's Type 23 frigates to be built, was launched on 6 May 2000. Constructed by BAE Systems at Scotstoun, she was delivered to the Royal Navy in November 2001. HMS St Albans emerged from an extensive £25M refit late in 2014. alongside in base port. As with all Duke class frigates they are versatile and can operate in any imaginable situation. At the time of this photograph the Saint is the Fleet Ready Escort and will spend the majority of the year in and around UK waters conducting training and exercises with various UK and military agencies and organisations.
Chris Day | RFA Argus and RFA Fort Victoria

RFA Argus and RFA Fort Victoria

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus was originally launched in 1981 as the commercially owned and operated Contender Bezant, a combination freight, Roll on Roll off ferry (RORO) and container ship. She is now fully equipped with state of the art emergency facilities and 100-bed medical complex on board, which can be uniquely tailored to deliver cutting-edge treatment afloat and is a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRS). She cannot be designated a hospital ship as she does carry some defensive guns so under the Geneva Convention cannot display the International Red Cross Symbol. She also provides specialist aviation training facilities for the Fleet Air Arm.   Fort Victoria is an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship. She was originally designed to support frigates on anti-submarine warfare patrols. She provides vital support to the fleet acting as a stores ship and a fleet tanker. She also has a large flight-deck, hangar and maintenance facilities for helicopters.
Chris Day | RFA Argus

RFA Argus

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus was originally launched in 1981 as the commercially owned and operated Contender Bezant, a combination freight, Roll on Roll off ferry (RORO) and container ship. She is now fully equipped with state of the art emergency facilities and 100-bed medical complex on board, which can be uniquely tailored to deliver cutting-edge treatment afloat and is a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRS). She cannot be designated a hospital ship as she does carry some defensive guns so under the Geneva Convention cannot display the International Red Cross Symbol. She also provides specialist aviation training facilities for the Fleet Air Arm.
Chris Day | HMS Example in Weymouth

HMS Example in Weymouth

HMS Example is the Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit (URNU). It is an Archer class fast patrol boat based at HMS Calliope, a Royal Naval Reserve Base next to the Tyne Bridge on Gateshead Quayside. The Northumbrian URNU provides a three-year package of training and activities to student in order to broaden their knowledge of the Royal Navy and its activities worldwide.
Chris Day | HMS Diamond

HMS Diamond

HMS Diamond is a Type 45 air defence destroyer and one of the most advanced warships in the world. Nearly as tall as Nelson’s Column, Diamond's sleek lines are designed for stealth at sea, appearing virtually invisible on enemy radar. With cutting-edge military sensors and a range of weapons systems, Diamond is ready to detect and destroy any airborne, surface and sub surface threat. Her Motto is - honor clarissima gemma – honour is the brightest jewel.
Chris Day | HMS Montrose

HMS Montrose

HMS Montrose is a type 23 Frigate. She is based in Devonport when not deployed. She returned to sea in 2017 after a £35 million pound upgrade.
Chris Day | HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland is a type 23 Frigate and was launched in April 1992 and entered service in late 1994. She was built in the North-East by the Swan Hunter yard and is affiliated to the County of Northumberland and reaffirmed her close ties to the area with a visit to the Port of Tyne in September 2013. She is based in Devonport when not deployed. HMS Northumberland was among the first ships of her class to receive the most advanced sonar designed to hunt down submarines and played a vital role in testing the new equipment with HMS Torbay as her quarry at a special test range in the Bahamas.
Chris Day | HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland

HMS Northumberland is a type 23 Frigate and was launched in April 1992. She was built in the North-East by the Swan Hunter yard.
Chris Day | HMS Somerset

HMS Somerset

HMS Somerset is one of a batch of Type 23 frigates ordered in 1992 from the Yarrow yard (today BAE Systems) in Scotstoun. It was there that she was launched in June 1994 before she made her way to her home port of Devonport two years later to take her place in the Fleet. HMS Somerset traces her history back three centuries, but it was in 2005 that she adopted her motto from the Duke of Somerset, for whom she is named: Foy pour devoir - faith for duty.
Chris Day | Hms Belfast and city skyline

Hms Belfast and city skyline

One of the most powerful large light cruisers ever built, HMS Belfast is now the only surviving vessel of her type to have seen active service during the Second World War, Serving Britain for 32 years, she played an important role in both the Second World War and the Korean War as well as performing peacekeeping duties throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Saved from destruction in 1971, HMS Belfast is now part of the Imperial War Museum and is the first ship to be preserved for the nation since Nelson's Victory. It is moored just upstream from Tower Bridge on the River Thames.
Chris Day | HMS Dragon

HMS Dragon

HMS Dragon is a Royal Navy's sType 45 air defence destroyers. Launched on 7 November 2008. Her maiden deployment was to the Gulf region in March 2013.