• Friday, 14 August 2020 - 2:00pm

    Royal Marines played a significant role in helping the Royal Navy and the Allies succeed with many different operations during the Pacific War and in the lead up to VJ Day. Fleet Marine detachments aboard Royal Navy warships were fighting in the Far East from the beginning. 

    In January 1942, 210 surviving Royal Marines from HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales combined with survivors from the 2nd Battalion, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Their unit was nicknamed the ‘Plymouth Argylls’, after the football team, and helped defend Singapore.

    Later, Royal Marine pilots...

  • Friday, 14 August 2020 - 1:09pm

    Attack by XE-3 on Takao

    Lieutenant Fraser and his crew of three men undertook one of the most daring submarine operations of the Second World War in XE3. Their mission was to get close to the Japanese ship Takao moored at Singapore, attach limpet mines and get out before the mines detonated.

    First, they had to navigate 80 miles through the Singapore Straits. To avoid detection by hydrophone listening stations XE3 left the safe channel and entered the more hazardous mined waters. 


  • Friday, 7 August 2020 - 6:00pm

    This week we made the exciting announcement that our sites in Portsmouth, Gosport, Yeovilton and Hartlepool would be reopening in the coming weeks with tickets being available to pre-book from Thursday 6 August.

    Just like us, many of you were overjoyed by our exciting announcement and couldn’t wait to get back on board. As you may know all of our tickets now have to be booked online as this helps us manage capacities and adhere to social distancing...

  • Wednesday, 5 August 2020 - 10:48am

    We’ve swabbed the decks and are ready to welcome you back on board!

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the Gosport sites (The Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower) will be reopening on Monday 24 August 2020. Tickets will be available to pre-book from Thursday 6 August at 12 noon. However, that’s not the only news we have to share!

    When the Dockyard reopens, it will be in collaboration...

  • Tuesday, 4 August 2020 - 11:50am

    It’s been all hands on deck but today we are delighted to announce our reopening dates for The Fleet Air Arm Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.

    They are:

    The safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our number one priority and therefore we will be...

  • Thursday, 30 July 2020 - 9:48am



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