Royal Navy

Government won't buy handover warship HMS Chatham

Former Royal Navy lieutenant Daniel Keeping believes HMS Chatham could have a new life as a floating museum. Photo: Felix Wong

A former British Navy warship that played a key role in the city's handover in 1997 is up for sale this month, giving the government a rare chance to buy a piece of Hong Kong's maritime history.

Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 4:06am

Problems beset new British nuclear submarine

HMS Astute, the British Royal Navy's latest nuclear submarine, sails up the Firth of Clyde to its base in western Scotland. Photo: AFP

Britain's new multibillion-pound hunter-killer submarine, HMS Astute, has been beset by design and construction flaws that have raised doubts about its performance and safety.

Astute, costing £9.75 billion (HK$119.7 billion) and the first of the Royal Navy's seven new submarines, has been unable to reach its intended top speed.

17 Nov 2012 - 3:07am

Real dog's life as British sailor


Just Nuisance is the only dog to have been a member of Britain's Royal Navy. The legendary animal, as tall as a man when standing on his hind legs, he is still fondly remembered today.


2 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Five computer notebooks were among items worth $90,000 stolen from nine offices in an Admiralty office block. Police were called to the Far East Finance Centre in Harcourt Road at 8am when staff found their offices ransacked. Also stolen were two cameras, a mobile phone and cash.

13 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Sailors fear advent of HMS Fluffy as 'cuddly' ship names find favour

The Royal Navy has come under fire over the names it chooses for its ships, which sailors claim are too 'cuddly' for vessels designed to blow enemies out of the water.

The war of words comes amid a government review of defence strategy and the future role of the Navy and the other armed forces.

2 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Admiralty proves popular as office space sold off for $20m

A 1,799-square-foot office on the 33rd floor of the Bank of America Tower in Admiralty has sold for $20 million, according to property agents Chartersince Realty (International). In another deal, two floors in the 28-storey Effectual Building in Hennessy Road were bought for $236 million. The buyer paid about $7,000 per square foot.

14 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Hong Kong laundrymen to continue serving on Royal Navy ships

Hong Kong laundrymen will continue to serve on Royal Navy ships after the handover following a deal signed with a company in the territory.

The future of the men, who work in nearly every big ship, had been in doubt.

13 May 1997 - 12:00am

Sailing into political waters

It is April. The handover is still more than two months away. Yet the Royal Navy's White Ensign has already been lowered over HMS Tamar and the first People's Liberation Army servicemen have settled into their new quarters at Stonecutters Island.

27 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Goodwill abounds as Exeter sails in

ITS White Ensign fluttering in the wind and 300 crew standing smartly to attention in their whites, HMS Exeter sailed into Victoria Harbour yesterday.

The first Royal Navy warship to enter Hong Kong in 14 years, and one of the last to arrive under British sovereignty, the Exeter is on its way to make a goodwill visit to China, to cement ties before the handover.

29 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Speedboat trio arrest

THREE mainlanders were arrested and a stolen car recovered yesterday in an operation involving the anti-smuggling taskforce, Marine Police and the Royal Navy.

Officers were told two speedboats would be coming from Weidong to pick up cars from a pier near Tap Shek Kok, Castle Peak.

24 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Warship visit

THOUSANDS of people in Macau, many of them tourists from China, queued at the Outer Harbour to board two visiting Royal Navy vessels. The HMS Plover and Peacock, both stationed in Hong Kong, were in the enclave on a friendly visit and will return to the territory today. Warships have been a rare sight in Macau since the Portuguese garrison withdrew in 1976.

6 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Hype hits skids as rally revs up

IT'S 9.30 am at HMS Tamar, the Royal Navy's Hong Kong base on Stonecutter's Island, and the string of farces which will come to characterise the opening of this year's Hong Kong-Beijing Rally is about to begin.

23 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Navy set to raise anchor in 1997

THE Royal Navy has no intention of retaining a presence in Hong Kong after 1997 but hopes it will be allowed to come and visit, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Britain intends to concentrate what naval activities it has in the region, and they are not heavy, in Singapore.

10 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Sailor swims to deserted island after being forced overboard by smugglers

THE Royal Navy may discuss possible changes to anti-smuggling operations after a young sailor was abducted by smugglers and forced to swim to an uninhabited island.

6 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Fishing vessels stopped

A VESSEL believed to be a Chinese patrol boat yesterday entered the territory's waters and intercepted three Hong Kong-registered fishing vessels off Waglan Island.

The speedboat was sighted by a Royal Navy vessel in the eastern section of Hong Kong waters at 6.10 pm.

20 Apr 1994 - 12:00am