Devonport is the biggest naval base in Western Europe and has been a vital support for the Royal Navy since 1691. Spread across a vast area of more than 650 acres, it features 15 dry docks, four miles of waterfront, 25 tidal berths, and five basins.
Role of the base
Devonport serves as the home to several important naval assets, including Britain's amphibious ships, survey vessels, and half of her frigates. It is also the central training hub for the frontline Fleet at FOST (Flag Officer Sea Training), and the Royal Navy's Amphibious Centre of Excellence at RM Tamar.
With a workforce of 2,500 Service people and civilians, Devonport also contributes to the local economy by supporting approximately 400 local businesses and generating around ten percent of Plymouth's income.
The centre provides a range of support services, including medical care, rehabilitation programs, and psychological support, to help individuals in their recovery and transition back into active duty or civilian life. Effective assistance and support is also available for their families.