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Portsmouth Naval Base is at the heart of the city of Portsmouth and has been an integral part of the city since 1194.

It is home to almost two-thirds of the Royal Navy's surface ships, including the aircraft carriers, Type 42 destroyers, Type 23 frigates and a mine countermeasure squadron, as well as fishery protection and training units. The base is a major employer in the Portsmouth area, with 17,200 people working at peak times and supporting the local community. It provides lodging facilities to Royal Navy personnel serving at the base and onboard Portsmouth-based ships.

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