Sir Humphrey Gale

Sir Humphrey Gale

Sir Humphrey Gale

The UK Ministry of Defence police boat "Sir Humphrey Gale" getting ready to escort the Royal Navy Warship "HMS Mersey" into of Portsmouth

The Ministry of Defence Police has the largest marine fleet in Britain and has recently taken delivery of a brand new state-of-the-art class of launch. The main task of the marine units are to ensure the protection of the UK Naval Bases by providing armed security and patrolling the waterfront. The units also escort Royal Navy submarines and surface vessels, and those of visiting navies, to and from the sea.Officers in the marine units are required to train to Royal Yacht Association standards; this can range from Competent Crew to Coastal Skipper

Lieutenant General Sir Humfrey Myddelton Gale, KBE, CB, CVO, MC (4 October 1890 – 8 April 1971) was an officer in the British Army who served in the First and Second World War, during which he was Chief Administrative Officer at Allied Forces Headquarters and later SHAEF under General Dwight D. Eisenhower. After the Second World War he was European Director of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, worked for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, and was chairman of the Basildon, Essex New Town Development Corporation.

The tugboat on the left and in the distance is the SD SUZANNE which was built in 2010 as a vessel in the Tug segment. Its IMO number is 9533749 and the current MMSI number is 235074416. The vessel has callsign 2COB9. SD SUZANNE is sailing under the flag of United Kingdom.

The frigate moored on the right in the distance is the Leopold I (F930) which is a Karel Doorman-class frigate of the Marine Component of the Belgian Armed Forces. Prior to 29 March 2007, the ship was known as HNLMS Karel Doorman (F827). It is one of the two frigates of this class purchased from the Royal Netherlands Navy on 22 December 2005.

HNLMS Karel Doorman was the first ship of the Karel Doorman class of multi-purpose frigates (also known as "M-fregat" class). She was the third ship in the Royal Netherlands Navy to be named after Admiral Karel Doorman, who was killed during the Battle of the Java Sea. The ship was laid down on 26 February 1985, launched on 20 April 1988 and commissioned on 31 May 1991.

Portsmouth Harbour is a 1,264.2-hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest between Portsmouth and Gosport in Hampshire. It is a Ramsar site (wetlands of international importance) and a Special Protection Area.

It is a large natural harbour and geographically it is a ria: formerly it was the valley of a stream flowing from Portsdown into the Solent. At its north end is Portchester Castle, of Roman origin and the first fortress built to protect the harbour.

The mouth of the harbour provides access to the Solent. It is best known as the home of the Royal Navy, HMNB Portsmouth. Because of its strategic location on the south coast of England, protected by the natural defence of the Isle of Wight, it has since the Middle Ages been the home to England’s (and later Britain’s) navy. The narrow entrance, and the forts surrounding it gave it a considerable advantage of being virtually impregnable to attack from the sea. Before the fortifications were built the French burned Portsmouth in 1338. During the civil war parliamentary forces were able to carry out a successful cutting-out expedition within the harbour and capture the six-gunned Henrietta Marie.

In modern times, the harbour has become a major commercial ferry port, with regular services to Caen, France, Cherbourg, France, St Malo, France, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight. There is a passenger ferry to Gosport. It is also a major area for leisure sailing. In 2006 the Gunwharf Quays development, including the Spinnaker Tower, was opened on the site of HMS Vernon (a former naval shore establishment).……

Posted by Beardy Vulcan II on 2022-09-02 18:37:54

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