Repulse wrote:SKB, Is it normal for ships to commission at Chatham (referring to HMS Medway)?
Huh? That's the first I've read about it. Chatham has not been an active RN base since 1984.
But Chatham and the River Medway, which HMS Medway is named after, are both in the county of Kent. So If HMS Medway is to be commissioned in Chatham, it would seem to have been organised for historic, geographic and sentimental reasons.
On 13th March 2019, Royal Navy's website confirmed it:
In September she'll have her commissioning on the river Medway. She will also exercise the Freedom of the Borough (of Medway).
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... es-for-sea