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HMS Scott visits Portsmouth for 400th anniversary

9 June 2023
There’s nothing unusual about a Royal Navy ship sailing into Portsmouth, but there is when it’s the namesake port in New Hampshire, USA.

HMS Scott, fresh from her exploits at New York Fleet Week, sailed north to the historic seaport of Portsmouth on the New Hampshire coastline.

The ocean survey vessel arrived for crew rotation ahead of another stint on her Atlantic survey grounds mapping the world’s oceans, but was also there as the city celebrated its 400th anniversary, marking its history and heritage.

Scott isn’t the first Royal Navy ship to mark such an occasion.

HMS Minerva – a Leander-Class Frigate [F45] which counted then-His Royal Highness Prince Charles amongst its sailors – visited during the 350th anniversary. 

HMS Scott was welcomed back by some of their crew and families 50 years later for a tour of the survey vessel, as well as to join them in a number of social events throughout the week.

Sailors represented the Royal Navy in the Grand Parade through the city centre, were graciously hosted at the American Legion by the Post Commander and played a “soccer” match against the submariners of USS Cheyenne.

In a moment of reflection, sailors were also given the opportunity to commemorate fallen service personnel and merchant sailors whose graves lie in the Naval Base Cemetery.

Ben Browne, a hydrographic specialist said: “It was fantastic to be here to celebrate the 400th anniversary.

 “The city has a strong connection with the Royal Navy and we have been warmly welcomed throughout our stay.”

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